12:40 Ascot

MEGALLAN makes the most appeal on paper with John Gosden's Kingman colt out of a Listed-winning dam, who was a half-sister to the great Golden Horn. Owner Hamdan Al Maktoum has a strong hand with Ajrad and Laneqash, who both commanded six-figure fees at the sales, while Escobedo is a 70,000 guineas recruit for the Richard Hannon team, who are always a factor in this sphere. Godophin's Motataabeq is worthy of a market check along with French Conquest and Mark Johnston's Outback Boy.
Prediction : 1st Megallan 2nd Laneqash 3rd Escobedo

13:15 Ascot

Line Of Departure built on a near miss at Newbury when getting off the mark on his first outing in this sphere at Yarmouth last time. He should be thereabouts once again despite a 5lb rise, but preference goes to JADWAL, who took a huge step forward when scoring on his second start at Newmarket. He bounced off the quick ground on that occasion and there is no reason to doubt he could follow that impressive success up here. Et Tu Brute was second in that contest and is respected, while Ripon winner Ataser also warrants consideration, despite this appearing tougher.
Prediction : 1st Jadwal 2nd Line Of Departure 3rd Et Tu Brute

13:50 Ascot

Course-and-distance winner EQUITATION has a fine record at this venue and is backed to go one better than his second over 5f here last month off just a 1lb higher mark. Theotherside made it two wins from her last three when getting the better of Will To Win (second) at Windsor, but was hit with a 7lb rise for that which makes life tougher, and gives Simon & Ed Walker's gelding the chance to reverse the finishing order. Highland Dress has remained competitive in some hot events since scoring at Newmarket in June, while Chil Chil caught the eye when second on his reappearance at Windsor and could take advantage of the same rating.
Prediction : 1st Equitation 2nd Chil Chil 3rd Theotherside

14:25 Ascot

Jalaad merits respect having won at York a few weeks ago but he is 5lb higher and in a better contest today. With that in mind, preference is for SHELIR, who caught the eye when fifth in the Buckingham Palace over 7f here at the Royal meeting. When last seen the son of Dark Angel met trouble in running in the International Stakes also over 7f here and he looks to be primed for a big run, with the step up in trip likely to suit. Game Player has been off the track for over a year now but he is more than capable of making the frame if ready to go today.
Prediction : 1st Shelir 2nd Game Player 3rd Jalaad

15:00 Ascot

In a competitive contest the marginal preference is for KALOOR, who did not get the clearest of runs when third at Sandown over 1m6f last time. That performance suggests this step up in trip should suit and the form was boosted when the fourth won at Goodwood last Saturday. Australis only found one too good in the Northumberland Plate last time and he has an obvious chance today, although the fact that he is still a maiden on turf is a slight concern. Others to note are Sleeping Lion, Holy Kingdom and Red Force One.
Prediction : 1st Kaloor 2nd Australis 3rd Sleeping Lion

15:35 Ascot

Look Closely was an impressive winner over C&D last month and the son of Sea The Stars merits plenty of respect today, although an 8lb rise in the ratings will make his life tougher. CARADOC has a very good record on good to firm ground (three wins and two places from six starts) and the going may not have been fast enough for him in either of his previous starts this year. Ed Walker's gelding won a valuable handicap at Newbury last September and he arrives here just 4lb higher in the ratings. Omnivega has improved significantly on the all-weather this year and he could make the frame if transferring that progression to the turf.
Prediction : 1st Caradoc 2nd Look Closely 3rd Omnivega

16:10 Ascot

AL MADHAR lost his unbeaten record when finding the step up in class too much when finishing last in the Dante at York. However, he remains open to progression, now dropped into handicap company for the first time, and the manner of his success at Newbury on his return to action suggested the extra couple of furlongs would pose no issue. Wise Glory went up 5lb for his handicap debut success at Newmarket and he appears to have the scope for further progression, while the hat-trick seeking Grand Bazaar and Shandoz, a winner of his third start at Wolverhampton last September, are others worth considering.
Prediction : 1st Al Madhar 2nd Wise Glory 3rd Grand Bazaar

16:45 Ascot

Blue De Vega (first) got the better of Han Solo Berger (second) by a nose when they met at Newmarket last month and the pair command a fair amount of respect having been in decent form of late. However, the vote goes to the improving BAY WATCH as he landed a hat-trick of victories at Doncaster and the stiff 5f on this occasion will likely play to his strengths. Whelans Way justified favouritism to win at Newbury last month and has to be respected despite a 6lb rise from the handicapper.
Prediction : 1st Bay Watch 2nd Blue De Vega 3rd Han Solo Berger

08/08/2020 Ascot Acca