DEFROCKED (best price 10/1)
clearly comes with his quirks, but at the same time there’s no denying he has plenty of talent, and he looks just the type to go well under a typically patient Ascot ride by Jamie Spencer. A smooth winner of a Windsor maiden on his seasonal bow, he had the likes of subsequent winners Desert Haze and Morando well beat that day, and although he failed in his bid to follow up that success at Sandown next time, he probably saw too much daylight before fading in the dying strides. Back under exaggerated waiting tactics last time out, Jamie Osbourne’s inmate was once again seen to good effect at Doncaster, and even though he drifted markedly right in the latter stages, he still had enough quality to overcome that ground loss. Nicely drawn towards the favoured far side, the son of Lope De Vega should get a strong pace to run at, and he looks to have a big chance of providing his Lambourn handler with another Royal winner.
PACODALI (best price 40/1)
is another mercurial customer, but there’s no way he should be an unconsidered 50-1 poke based on the pick of his form against some of the better maidens run in Ireland so far this season. A decent fifth in a red-hot contest on the opening day of the Irish Flat season at the Curragh which contained the likes of Shamreen, Embiran, Stellar Mass, Claudio Monteverdi and Bravery (all rated over 100), Johnny Murtagh charge has since had the misfortune to bump into the likes of Irish 2000 Guineas winner Awtaad and the useful Footbridge last time out. Proven over a stiff mile on soft ground, it would come as little surprise if the son of Paco Boy were to run himself into the places at the very least.