14:00 Ascot

CARNIVAL ZAIN has been in flying form in recent starts, winning three of his last four outings (one over C&D), and the progressive son of Youmzain is fancied notch up another victory this afternoon. Young Fire hit the frame in a 0-105 last Saturday and demands the utmost respect in these slightly calmer waters. Pocket The Profit could go well under top amateur pilot Simon Walker, along with Kimifive, who remains well treated.
Prediction : 1st Carnival Zain 2nd Young Fire 3rd Pocket The Profit

14:35 Ascot

GUMBALL returns to action following 142 days off the track and, having been successful on the back of a similar break last season (off a 2lb lower mark), a bold bid looks highly likely. Fergal O'Brien's charge will have to be at his best to withstand the challenge of Whitehaven who, though held by the reopposing Aggagio on his last two starts, may fare better on revised terms. Malakahna could still have more to offer in this sphere and she can't be ruled out either.
Prediction : 1st Gumball 2nd Whitehaven 3rd Aggagio

15:10 Ascot

Denied by the narrowest of margins on his racecourse debut, SWEET WILLIAM is expected to make amends and go one better. The John & Thady Gosden-trained colt was slowly into stride at Kempton, but he's likely to have learned from that experience and won't need a giant step forward in order to strike. Cadmus relished the step up in trip at Wolverhampton last month and could improve back on the turf, while Suffrajet, who produced some smart form at two, will be a threat if returning from a break at the top of her game.
Prediction : 1st Sweet William 2nd Cadmus 3rd Suffrajet

15:45 Ascot

Preference is for GIAVELLOTTO, who arrives in this following a good third in the St Leger at Doncaster earlier this month. He kept on during that outing and the drop in grade might just do the trick. Secret State seeks to bounce back following a creditable second in a Group 2 at York last month, while Perfect Alibi can also make her presence felt.
Prediction : 1st Giavellotto 2nd Secret State 3rd Perfect Alibi

16:20 Ascot

Thunder Legend arrives in this following a good win at Newmarket on his latest outing, but he has gone up 8lb in the handicap for that win which makes life tougher. Therefore, preference is for LETHAL NYMPH, who is only rated 3lb higher following a cosy win in a competitive handicap here earlier this month. He is entitled to make his presence felt once more, while Silent Speech is another not to be taken lightly.
Prediction : 1st Lethal Nymph 2nd Thunder Legend 3rd Silent Speech

16:55 Ascot

There has been no stopping PERSIAN ROYAL of late and he stepped up in class to secure a comfortable victory at Salisbury earlier this month. A shift from handicap company does not look set to stop him, as he gets a three-year-old allowance and gets 4lb from Rhythm N Rock despite sharing the same rating. Yantarni sports first-time cheekpieces and is feared most ahead of the class-dropping Spirit Of Nguru.
Prediction : 1st Persian Royal 2nd Yantarni 3rd Spirit Of Nguru