2.00 Ascot

The ability to quicken off a fast pace is a vital commodity and having shown those qualities on numerous occasions this season, the chance is worth taking at the prices that LIBRISA BREEZE (best price 10-1) can cope with this significant rise in class. Universally excepted as being unlucky not to land the Hunt Cup at the Royal meeting back in June, Dean Ivory’s charge has gone from strength to strength subsequently and following a relatively easy success in the big 7f handicap on King George Day a month later, the in-form four-year-old cemented his seeming love affair with the Berkshire venue with an even more impressive victory here last time out. Held up off the pace in usually fashion, the son of Mount Nelson found himself climbing over the back of horses dropping back into his lap approaching the final furlong, but showing an amazing change of gear with only yards to go, he somehow snatched victory from the jaws of certain defeat. Obviously, having yet to race over today’s trip, there’s a certain degree of guesswork attached to his prospects against this stellar field, but using his hand-held sectional times compared to Shalaa at last meeting 14 days ago, he certainly showed all necessary speed and attributes of a 6f horse, and as long as there’s genuine cut in the ground, this rapidly improving grey can easily punch above his weight.

LIBRISA BREEZE - 1pt e/w @ 10/1Lost -2pt

3.10 Ascot

LIGHTNING SPEAR (best price 12-1) proved with his excellent effort when third in the Queen Anne at the royal meeting that he’s a genuine top-class performer when on-song, and following his confidence-boosting success in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood last time out, David Simcock’s charge looks poised to hold his own against the sexier classic generation. Prior to that smooth victory at the Sussex track, the son of Pivotal had endured a nightmare passage in the Jacque Le Marois behind Ribchester when his propensity to pull too hard in the early exchanges contributed to him running an uncharacteristically poor race. Back to the scene of his career-high performance, the five-year-old should get the very strong pace he requires to be at his best courtesy of the front-running Jet Setting in the line-up and likely to be doing all his best work at the finish, he has sound claims of hitting the frame at the very least.

LIGHTNING SPEAR - 0.5pt e/w @ 12/1Placed 1pt

3.15 Stratford

TOP CAT HENRY (best price 10-3) appeared to be going as well as any when he departed the scene two out at Fontwell last time out and he’s taken to make amends in this similar contest. Since equipped with the tongue-tie, visor combination, Dr Newland’s inmate has run three solid races – including a victory at Wetherby last season – and representing a stable going really well at present, there’s every reason to feel upbeat about his prospects.

TOP CAT HENRY - 1pt @ 10/3Lost -1pt

4.25 Ascot

FIRMAMENT (NAP) (best price 9-1) has really taken well to rigours of big-field handicaps at today’s venue and that solid form displayed on his last two starts makes him an irresistible each-way bet returning to his optimum conditions. Prior to those narrow-margin runner-up spots, David O’Meara’s charge had polished off a smart field of handicappers with plenty to spare at York’s Ebor meeting and this strong-travelling type looks booked to go well again from his favourable draw right next to the speed.

FIRMAMENT - 1pt e/w @ 9/1Placed 1.25pt

5.10 Cork

Two of AVALANCHE's (best price 9-1) best performances have come over a mile, so following his eye-catching effort over 7f at Limerick last week, Tom O’Mara’s inmate is fancied to add to his victory at Killarney earlier in the campaign. The way the Three Valleys gelding finished off his race at the Munster venue seven days ago suggested an extra furlong would improve his prospects no end in future and having run well on his only previous visit to today’s track, the seven-year-old can bolster his win-to-run ratio – which up till now has been pretty poor.

AVALANCHE - 0.5pt e/w @ 9/1Lost -1pt

6.15 Wolverhampton

Four winners in the last two days indicate Tom Dascombe’s team are in decent nick, and COLOURFILLY (best price 9-1) has a decent chance of adding to the Malpas handler’s current winning tally. Running well on all her three starts at tonight’s track, her latest performance from a bad draw in particular highlights her solid credentials here this evening and even though she’s dropping back down in trip, she’s displayed enough tactical speed in the past to hold her position around the inside.

COLOURFILLY - 0.5pt e/w @ 9/1Lost -1pt