14:45 Pontefract

MADAME AMBASSADOR (NAP) (best price 9/4) has only scored once in 10 starts, but at the same time, she hasn’t run a badly in any of those races and arriving here off arguably one of her most notable efforts in her short career, Charlie & Mark Johnston’s filly can gain due rewards for her consistency.

No more than mildly promising on her first two starts to the campaign, cheekpieces were sported in a bid to sharpen up the daughter of Churchill and on the evidence of both her two efforts since the application, the headgear seems to have had a galvanising effect.

Runner-up to subsequent King George VI Handicap fourth, Savvy Knight, at Hamilton last month month, she went on to run an equalling good race at Goodwood next time out (runner-up won at Haydock on Saturday) and with the time figure from both events indicating she’d run to an extremely high standard in defeat, the fact the handicapper has eased her in the ratings makes no sense.

However, it means she now drops down a level to class 4 company and with today’s stiffer track seen as a positive, the three-year-old chestnut is fancied to regain the winning groove.

Madame Ambassador - 1pt @ 9/4

15:15 Pontefract

RISING STAR (best price 15/2) landed one of the most competitive races during the entire week of Royal Ascot, and with her time figure she posted strongly suggesting there was no fluke involved, Marco Botti’s filly is taken to confirm form with Dubai Love and add some valuable black type to her list of achievements.

Disappointing on her two previous starts, it was easy to see why the daughter of Fast Company was relatively friendless in the market at the Berkshire track, but as it turned out, she went on to prove her 40-1 starting price was all wrong with a career-high performance.

Staying on strongly in the latter stages, she picked up the running heading just inside the final furlong and despite being pestered all the way to the line by Random Harvest, she had enough in reserve to get the job done. Obviously, today’s task will be no stroll in the park up against the likes of Thunder Beauty and Roman Mist, who are already proven at pattern level, but she does deserve a little more respect than the market affords her and her knowledge of the Yorkshire track from last year is bound to come in handy.

Rising Star - 1pt e/w @ 15/2

16:45 Ponterfract

There’s little doubt Chilled sets the standard here with a rating of 88, but he does face an opponent in the shape of CHILLINGHAM (best price 3/1) who created a favourable impression in an above-average contest on the figures on his debut and with the likelihood of further improvement to come, Edward Bethell’s gelding rates the percentage call at the morning prices.

Gelded and hooded prior to his first call of duty, the son of Ulysees wasn’t especially well fancied according to the pre-race market, but that didn’t prevent him from shaping with a huge amount of encouragement in what turned out to be a well-run contest for the grade.

Held up towards the rear after a slow start, the well-made three-year-old stayed on in eye-catching fashion down the outside to finish a never-nearer fifth and with the winner and runner-up holding ratings of 92 and 85 respectively, he clearly ran to fair level at the first time of asking. Sure to know more on his second spin, this promising gelding can provide the favourite with an uncomfortable afternoon’s work.

Chillingham - 1pt @ 3/1

19:50 Ffos Las

Quite a few unknown quantities in this three-year-old handicap and one of the most interesting runners at a price is DANZA DELLA LUNA (best price 14/1).

A promising fourth on her debut at Nottingham last season, the daughter of Phoenix Reach began this campaign with a pretty inauspicious display when down the field in a maiden at Windsor, but she did manage to run a good deal better at Newbury last time out.

Although only seventh of the 12 runners in a mile novice event at the Berkshire venue, she did show up prominently for a long way and the overall speed figure of the race extremely healthy, even a nine-length defeat abled her to run a decent number.

Given that she started off her career with a run over the extended mile, there’s a decent chance she will be better served by today’s trip and with the booking of Derby-winning hero Richard Kingscote also taken as a positive, William Muir & Chris Grassick’s filly has to be worth a small interest to see what she can do off an opening mark of 68.

Danza Della Luna - 0.5pts e/w @ 14/1