2.30 Ascot

Previous solid Group-race form is often the key to this contest and following his excellent third in the English 2000 Guineas, RIBCHESTER (best price 8-1) looks a must for any shortlist. Although Richard Fahey’s charge stayed the mile perfectly well at Newmarket, he left the impression he may well be better served by dropping back down in trip in future and given that he’s also got two cracking pieces of form on testing ground, the son of Iffraaj looks a must for any shortlist on that basis.

Although the official ratings suggest REMARKABLE (best price 12-1) has plenty to find on the book, John Gosden’s charge may have the sort of improvement left in him to bridge the gap. The way he quickened up from an unpromising position to mow down his field at Doncaster two starts ago pointed towards that theory, and he did nothing to dispel the notion that he’s a ready-made pattern performer in the making with his run at Newbury last time. Although the son of Pivotal couldn’t lay a glove on the eventual winner Log Out Island, that horse got a particularly smart ride from the front that day and it’s best to judge his effort in beating the likes of Dhahmaam and King Of Rooks giving them a head start.

Having won this race twice before and also gone close to adding to that tally in recent years, his handler certainly knows what type of horse it takes to win this prize and even though the main focus of attention will no doubt be on the sexier Castle Harbour from the same barn, it would come as little surprise if this fella were to prove the pick of the pair.
Ribchester - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1
Remarkable - 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1

3.05 Ascot

As we saw yesterday, the form of Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh a month ago is pretty much the best on offer pre-Ascot, so there’s more than fair chance ROLY POLY (best price 12-1) can emulate her stable mate Caravaggio who bolted up in the Coventry Stakes 24 hours ago. Although Aidan O’Brien’s inmate was put in her place to the tune of seven lengths, her performance against the colts is clearly much better than at first thought on the day itself and being one of the few fillies with proven pattern-race form on soft ground, the daughter of War Front makes plenty of appeal at her double-figure quotes.
Roly Poly - 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1

5.00 Ascot

Having already backed Earth Drummer ante-post, it makes sense to fire another bullet at the target and, in the shape of DONNCHA (best price 14-1), Robert Eddery’s charge appears to have plenty in his favour to justify another bet in the race. Runner-up in the hugely competitive Spring Mile at Doncaster back in April, the son of Captain Marvellous was quietly fancied to run another big race on his next assignment at York. Unfortunately for his backers, the four-year-old got stopped in his tracks several times down the straight when trying to muster up a challenge, and given the way he finished off his race once out in the clear, there’s little doubt he would have been a massive player with a clear run. With already proven form over today’s straight mile on soft ground, the only thing that can prevent him from running a huge race is the potentially unfavourable high draw, but as there’s likely to be plenty of pace up the stands side rail courtesy of Algaith, it might not be much a bad place to be.
Donncha - 1pt e/w @ 14/1

8.00 Ripon

MY AMIGO (best price 9-2) clocked a smart speed figure when landing a competitive contest at Wetherby last time out and with runner-up, Celebration, going to advertise the form at Chester over the weekend, Ann Duffield’s charge can hopefully follow suit. Prior to that smart performance, the Stimulation colt had locked horns with the progressive Remarkable at Doncaster and with that horse now plying his trade against genuine Group 2 performers, there’s a fair chance this improving three-year-old has plenty more to come himself off his current perch of 86.
My Amigo - 1pt e/w @ 9/2