16:55 Ascot

FANTASY BELIEVER (best price 20/1) is one of the least sexy of this contest in terms of profile, but at the same time, he is one of only two C&D winners in the field and following an eye-catching effort at Kempton last time out, Ed Walker’s gelding should turn out to be a far bigger player than his odds suggest.

A dual winner over a straight mile this season, he last tasted success when scoring with a bit in hand here three starts ago and although he’s failed in his bid to add to his tally in two subsequent outings, both have been in extremely hot handicaps. Unsuited by Goodwood two starts ago, the son of Make Believe fared much better in the final of the London Mile Series at the Sunbury venue 27 days ago and if it wasn’t for being checked in his run over on the far side rail at a crucial stage, he may have improved on his fifth place position.

Granted, there are several three-year-olds lurking down the foot of the weights who might prove a step or two ahead of the assessor, but there’s always a chance they might not take to the demands of today’s stiff track and we know that this five-year-old is good enough to capitalize if that proves to be the case.

Fantasy Believer - 0.5pts e/w @ 20/1

19:00 Dundalk

SPIRIT GAL (best price 7/2) may have been chalked up second favourite for this listed contest, but she undoubtedly brings the best form to the table courtesy of her success at Naas last time and for that reason, she deserves to be played accordingly.

Just touched off by the useful Dower House at the Ci Kildare venue back in August, Willie Browne’s filly returned to the scene of that narrow-margin defeat in a bid to finally get off the mark and having set about her work with a degree of intent right from the start, she duly justified favouritism. Stringing her field out 15 days ago, she ended posting a very smart speed figure and with the third home, Small Oasis, going on to pay her a handsome complement at The Curragh last weekend, the form looks pretty watertight. Yet to race beyond six furlongs, the way she hit the line last time out suggests she shouldn’t have too many fears stepping up in trip and with a good break from her favourable low draw likely to see her in the vanguard from the start, the daughter of Invincible Spirit could take some pegging back.

Spirit Gal - 1pt @ 7/2

20:30 Dundalk

AMORTENTIA (NAP) (best price 9/4) has missed several high profile gigs of late for reasons only known to connections, but providing he’s somewhere near to his best after a 75-day break, he is likely to have far too much quality for tonight’s opposition.

A creditable 11th of 30 in the red-hot Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot, Joseph O’Brien’s gelding looked to have been found the perfect opportunity to bounce back to winnings ways at the Curragh when last seen, but unfortunately he ended up getting a bit of a pig of a ride by his inexperienced pilot. Held up going strongly turning for home, the son of Caravaggio was forced to go down a blind alley that never looked like opening at any stage inside the final two furlongs and by the time some daylight did appear, the dye was already cast. On that evidence the three-year-old grey appears well treated off his current mark and having already shown a liking for today’ venue, including a barrier trial success, he fancied to start making up for lost time over a trip that should suit.

Amortentia - 2pts @ 9/4