17:10 Market Rasen

Chemical Walfare fell at the last when in contention over fences last time off a 10lb higher mark so his chances are respected but I expect recent course and distance winner SPOT ON SOPH (best priced at 15/8) to follow up in this race. The Sam England trained mare has a good record at the track with form figures of 131 with her latest victory coming a conditional jockeys’ race. 

Spot On Soph won comfortably by 1 ¾ lengths off a mark of 100 and she gets to run here off the same mark despite being raised 6lbs by the handicapper for that victory. 

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17:40 Royal Ascot

This looks a competitive renewal of the King Edward VII Stakes and a chance is taken on THEORY OF TIDES (best priced at 14/1) who was supplemented for this race by connections. The John & Thady Gosden trained colt has only got a rating of 95 so the fact they are willing to risk that mark in preference for a shot at a Group 2 shows the confidence in his chances. 

Theory Of Tides won on his debut at Nottingham by ½ length before a really impressive win at Yarmouth under a penalty by 2 ¼ lengths. The stable has won this race three times with Plea Bargain, Nathaniel and Eagle Top and hopefully Theory Of Tides can run well with  

18:15 Royal Ascot

We have seen some big priced winners at the meeting so far and I am hoping MARKAKOL (best priced at 66/1) can be another. For the same connections as Charyn earlier this week, the three-year-old was highly tried following a victory at Newcastle last season. Running in two listed races and behind Big Evs in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes last season, he ended last year with a close 2nd at Newcastle in a novice race under a penalty. 

Connections have gelded Markakol over the winter and the fact they come straight here off a mark of 88 on his handicap takes my eye. Despite not appearing to have a bias this week so far, stall 24 is definitely not a negative and he could outrun his odds with up to seven places available. 

20:55 Newmarket

This looks a weak 0-68 handicap and it will be disappointing if WONDER KID (best priced at EVENS) doesn’t follow up his recent success. The Hugo Palmer trained three-year-old ran with credit on his three starts last year over a mile and was awarded an opening handicap mark of 70 as a result. Gelded over the winter, he was upped in trip to 1m4f on his handicap debut and stayed on strongly late on to win by a widening 4 ¾ lengths under Oisin Murphy.

The handicapper has raised Wonder Kid 11lbs for that victory so connections run here only eight days later under a 6lb penalty meaning he is 5lbs “well in” at the weights. He should be able to defy that penalty with Ross Coakley taking over on board.