14:35 Ascot

With 3 wins from his last 5 starts AGGAGIO looks a good bet to go in at Ascot on Friday. He only missed a short head at Goodwood last month and back up in trip he showed a good attitude to prevail last time. He stayed on well in the closing stages and the front pair came clear. He is only 3lb higher here and quite simply if in the same form will take a lot of beating. There isn’t much pace on so I expect him to be prominent again and it’ll take a well handicapped horse to peg him back. Whitehaven is second fav but he has 4 and a half lengths to make up with the selection. He has been dropped 2lb though and so has a 5lb swing and should be a little fitter but he’ll need to settle and that’s a worry. Gumball has plenty of ability and has won fresh before so perhaps will fare best of the rest but his last run at Newmarket back in May left something to be desired.

16:40 Newcastle

I know this is an apprentice event and I usually try and avoid these for my main bets but such is FINERY a standout I have to put her forward. This mare by Al Kazeem likely clocked a career best winning at Chelmsford last week. She made all on that occasion and was always in command from Shifter with the field well strung out. She is turned out quickly under a penalty and comfortably looks the one to beat in this. Erika Parkinson rode her to success the last day and so knows her well which is a positive as well. There is potential for a soft enough lead here and I’m surprised she isn’t shorter than 5/2 at the time of writing. Twilight Secret won a weak enough race here last time and looked suited by how that panned out so will need more here. Starshiba bumped into Kimifive at Epsom last month and might emerge as a greater danger to the favourite here.