2.30 Ascot

Conditions are also an unknown for SILVER LINE (Best price 7-2) but plenty of his sire’s progeny need cut in the ground and he could barely have been more impressive at Nottingham on debut, winning with any amount in hand in a strong time. His handler is 7-14 with his juveniles this term and the Godolphin team found some momentum yesterday.
Admittedly, Global Applause sets a good standard here courtesy of his National Stakes win when he turned the tables on Mehmas from their running at Newbury. The former’s blood was found to be below par after that run so it was good to see him bounce back in style. Today’s ground is an unknown but he will be tough to beat.
There was plenty to admire in the opening effort of Plato O Plomo at Haydock where he was very professional from the word go in clocking a good time. He could well outrun his price and 25-1 looks an insult this morning as does the 20-1 in the markets without Global Applause.
Silver Line - 1pt @ 7/2

3.05 Ascot

PRIZE MONEY (Best price 13-2) appeared to find the 11 furlongs at Goodwood on tacky ground beyond him last time when worried out of it by Algometer close home. Connections looked as though they wanted to see if he truly stayed that day with a view to heading to Epsom for the Derby so it was an experiment worth undertaking as today’s race looks more of a suitable test. Abdon won’t mind further showers as he won his maiden on soft at Newbury and his HQ comeback should have improved him mentally with it being just the second run of his life. Blue De Vega steps up in trip after finishing an honourable third in the Irish Guineas but I can’t make up my mind regarding his finishing effort in the closing stages.
Prize Money - 0.5pt e/w @ 13/2

3.40 Ascot

The draw could have been kinder to Oaks runner-up ARCHITECTURE (Best price 11-4) but if one rider could overcome a wide berth around this track it is Frankie Dettori. Soft ground holds no terrors for the Zoffany filly and she looks sure to post another bold show if Epsom hasn’t left its mark.
Even Song arrives here a fresh horse after bypassing Epsom and that may prove a masterstroke by connections. She looks sure to improve hugely for her Newmarket comeback over 10f where she made eye-catching late headway after finding a troubled passage.
The Sir Michael Stoute-duo, QUEEN’S TRUST (Best price 10-1) and Shall We are interesting contenders. Queen’s Trust looked ready for a step up to 12 furlongs when, after a tortuous run through, she stayed on late behind We Are Ninety at Newbury. She is worth playing at the prices.
Architecture - 1pt @ 11/4
Queen’s Trust - 0.5pt e/w @ 10/1

4.20 Ascot

Aidan O’Brien has made the Ascot Gold Cup something of a personal mission in the last decade and ORDER OF ST GEORGE (Best price Evens) will be a short price to extend Ballydoyle’s domination in the great race this afternoon.
Leading Light, Fame And Glory and the magnificent Yeats have ensured O’Brien has found the flat season’s premier staying event a happy hunting ground and his representative appears to have the perfect combination of speed and stamina to complete a fabulous five timer in today’s feature.
Victory by a wide margin in last season’s Irish Leger saw the four-year-old scorch on to the Gold Cup radar and his comeback in the Saval Beg Stakes, a route his trainer has employed many times prior to Royal Ascot, again displayed his turn of foot.
A stayer with speed can be a lethal combination and the selection boasts both in plentiful supply. That change of gear is a vital attribute in a short straight like Ascot and he is taken to make amends for that unlucky defeat of Kingfisher Bay for the same connections in last year's renewal.
Both CLEVER COOKIE (Best price 12-1 four and five places) and Mizzou will love conditions and hold serious frame chances with the latter likely to improve on his below par run in this race 12 months ago when the ground was too lively.
Clever Cookie ran a blinder in the King George here last summer and again was on the scene in the Long Distance Cup in the autumn so he has a major chance of again reaching the frame and, with some firms offering four or even five places, he is crying out to be backed each way.
Order Of St George - 2pt @ 1/1
Clever Cookies - 0.5pt e/w @ 10/1

5.00 Ascot

Those tackling today’s Britannia Handicap are going to need the five, and in some cases, six places on offer with the firms this morning as it is harder to imagine a tougher puzzle to solve.
That said MUSTASHRY (Best price 12-1) has been on the radar for this race ever since winning a Thirsk maiden which has subsequently thrown up a couple of winners. There was plenty of cut in the ground that day and he is drawn in the middle so his rider can choose a path. It goes without saying the likes of Out And About, gelded prior to scoring at Haydock (form boosted since) and Folkswood who has been saved for this since impressing at Newmarket on his return, rate highly.
However, given the record of Brian Meehan in this type of race, I can’t help risking a little on PERKUNAS (Best price 50-1) who was runner-up to Emotionless no less on his debut before continuing to run well on soft ground as a juvenile, including when finishing a place in front of the now 107-rated Zonderland in the Horris Hill Stakes.
It is a risk that the visor sharpens his mind, but at 50-1 I’m willing to pay to find out and backing a horse at a big price with the five place concession paid off yesterday with Battle Of Marathon.
Mustashry - 1pt e/w @ 12/1
Perkunas - 0.5pt e/w @ 50/1

5.35 Sandown

The Sandown handicap won by the talented Stargazer could prove a key piece of form with Lovell shaping extremely well in second. The Godolphin inmate looked like a step up in trip would induce further improvement and his operation has enjoyed good success in this race in past seasons. PARIS PROTOCOL (Best price 16-1) was fifth that day and not knocked about on his comeback, looking like there were bigger tests to await him further down the line. His breeding suggests there should be more to come over 12 furlongs and he was highly impressive in beating Stargazer at Salisbury over a mile on soft ground as a juvenile so could outperform market expectations. Lightly-raced maiden winners SHRAAOH (Best price 5-1) and Guy Fawkes are both hugely respected with preference narrowly for the former who represents a team with an excellent record in this race. The selection galloped on remorselessly at Newcastle showing plenty of knee action so the ground is unlikely to be a burden today.

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Paris Protocol - 0.5pt e/w @ 16/1
Shraaoh - 0.5pt e/w @ 5/1