14:30 Wednesday

Amestris, 0.5 pts E/W, 20/1, 5 places 

AMESTRIS (best price 20/1) turned in a promising display on debut at Newmarket with a fast-finishing second, beaten less than a length, before confirming that promise when easily going one better at Lingfield. 

That wasn’t much of a race, but she showcased a sharp turn of foot, and trainer Michael Bell has had this race mapped for his filly for a while. She will need a new personal best, but she travels well, has lots of speed, and should be suited to the pace.

At a double-figure price, she appeals most. Most firms are paying up to five places, so hopefully she can serve it up to the big guns. Her trainer likes her, and there’s good reason to think she is overpriced. If she were trained by Aidan O’Brien, I have no doubt she would be trading at single-figure odds. 

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Ultima Grace, 0.5 pts E/W, 11/1, 5 places 

Wesley Ward has an outstanding record in this contest, winning it four times since 2009, and there’s a fair chance he could do it again with this daughter of American Pharoah, ULTIMA GRACE (best price 11/1). She is markedly up in grade, but her handler wouldn’t be sending her over to contest this race without good reason. 

She produced great gate speed when surging to the front early on, and after settling just off the pace afterwards, the way she quickened to the front over two furlongs out and sealed the deal was impressive. She is the most interesting runner in the field and can be backed accordingly, with five places widely on offer. 

15:05 Wednesday

Illinois, 2pts WIN, 9/4

ILLINOIS (best price 9/4) (NAP) was unfortunate to bump into subsequent Epsom Derby second Ambiente Friendly when last seen, but despite doing plenty wrong, he did very well to finish a clear second and is the choice of Ryan Moore for the Queen’s Vase.

This doesn’t look like the strongest edition of the race, and the step up in trip should suit this son of Galileo. Open to a great deal of improvement, I am optimistic that he will prove to be a class above these if he can keep his mind on the task ahead. Ryan keeps the faith. 

15:45 Wednesday

Gregarina, 0.5 pts E/W, 16/1, 4 places

This race is completely wide-open, with a lot of these closely matched on ratings. With this in mind, I’ll chance GREGARINA (best price 16/1), who made a good start for the stable when taking a Group 3 race at the Curragh.

She should prove to be just as effective returning to this longer distance, and William Buick has been booked to do the steering. All in all, she could exceed market expectations here, especially returned to better ground with four places widely on offer. 

17:05 Wednesday

Holloway Boy, 1pt E/W, 16/1, 6 places 

Karl Burke is having a season to remember, with winner after winner, and confidence in the stable will be high with HOLLOWAY BOY (best price 16/1) in the Royal Hunt Cup. 

Surprisingly, this four-year-old has yet to succeed since winning at this meeting on his debut two years ago, causing a shock in the Chesham Stakes. Nonetheless, he’s posted some excellent efforts in defeat since, placing in various Group races.

He did well to finish fourth in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at this meeting last year and should be approaching peak fitness now after two starts this year. An opening handicap debut mark of 105 seems lenient, and everything looks in place for another bold performance with six places widely available. 

Streets Of Gold, 1pt E/W, 16/1, 6 places 

STREETS OF GOLD (best price 16/1) was unbeaten in his first five starts and his third at this meeting last year, when third in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes reads well. 

He is closely matched with Holloway Boy, who finished fourth in that same race, and he warmed up for this with a solid sixth in the Victoria Cup here last time out. 

All of his best work came in the closing stages, so the step up in trip should work the oracle, and his mark has dropped a pound, which is lenient. I think he’s a serious contender for top honours.

Six places are widely available.

Wild Tiger, 1pt E/W, 9/1, 6 places 

My third and final dart at the Royal Hunt Cup is WILD TIGER (best price 9/1) who has made up for missing last season with comfortable wins at Yarmouth and Goodwood and looks absolutely thrown in here off a mark of 98. 

His trainer and owner know what it takes to win this race, having won it with Real World a few years ago, and this horse has a very similar profile. He’s three-from-three in Britain, and Oisin Murphy retains the ride. He could be another Godolphin pattern-class horse masquerading in a handicap. 

Despite the large field, I am really strong on his chances from an each-way perspective, with six places generally available. 

17:40 Wednesday

Villanova Queen, 0.5 pts E/W, 20/1, 5 places 

Last year’s winner, VILLANOVA QUEEN (best price 20/1) hasn’t been at her best since this meeting 12 months ago, but her whole campaign has probably been built around a return to defend her title, and I think she can make a bold bid off top-weight. 

The cheekpieces are refitted, and she finds herself only a pound higher than when she won this race a shade snuggly at a big price. Shane Foley gets a go on her at the Royal meeting this time, and this mare will love a strong pace like she received last year. Five places are widely available. 

17:40 Ascot

Fakhama, 0.5 pts E/W, 40/1, 5 places

We haven’t seen her for 309 days, but it’s alluring to see William Haggas let FAKHAMA (best price 40/1) take her chance here on handicap debut after three starts, and she could turn out to be the surprise package. 

This daughter of Kingman made an impressive introduction at Newbury last April when scoring by two lengths and then caught the eye with a staying on fourth in what was a warm-looking Listed race at York. 

The first three home in that race are now all rated 100+, so there’s optimism to think she is well-handicapped off a mark of 93 here. She hasn’t been seen since being beaten at short odds by Shining Jewel, but the winner was allowed to dictate.

She’s a strong traveller, and Cieren Fallon retains the ride. This larger-field scenario should suit her better than the small fields she has contested so far. With five places on offer, she could be extremely competitive.

18:15 Royal Ascot

Sir Yoshi, 0.5 pts E/W, 33/1, 5 places 

Irish raider SIR YOSHI (best price 33/1) built on the promise he showed in placing in his first couple of starts when opening his account at Tipperary last time out and seems overpriced for the Windsor Castle. 

David Marnane’s charge could have easily arrived here with a perfect record, having finished his first two starts strongly when narrowly denied each time. The stiff finish should suit, and he’s drawn very nicely in stall 25, so with five places on offer, he will do for me.