14:30 Ascot

Sunday Sovereign (5/2) has been very impressive in his last two outings. He beat Arizona by three lengths back in May who has scored already this week. After that, Sunday Sovereign blew away the field in pretty tricky conditions earlier in the month. This should get the day off to a flyer.

Sunday Sovereign - 2pts @ 5/2

15:05 Ascot

King Ottokar’s (8/1) form has been bolted by Dashing Willoughby winning on Wednesday. The three year-old beat yesterday’s winner on soft ground at Newbury back in April. King Ottokar followed that up by losing to Sir Dragonet at Chester - that trip proved to be too long on that occasion.

King Ottokar - 1pt e/w @ 8/1

15:40 Ascot

The softer ground brings Star Catcher (9/1) into this race, and gives me belief to turn round the form on Queen Power. The race before that John Gosden’s horse won with ease on soft over at Newbury.

Star Catcher - 1pt e/w @ 9/1

16:20 Ascot

Stradivarius (5/4) deserves to be favourite, but there are pretty solid horses in this race, with many capable of a big run hence the single point stake. Dee Ex Bee will be praying for more rain tomorrow, and anymore could see the odds shorten. However, Stradivarius won well on return and should have enough to win this race for the second year in a row.

I imagine a few people hate this next tip, but with effectively four places on offer I’m chancing Thomas Hobson at 14/1 without the favourite. Thomas Hobson was disappointing when returning to the track in Germany, but does love Ascot. Willie Mullins’ horse last ran here in similar conditions and only finished 1 ½ L behind today’s favourite. Could easily run into a place.

Stradivarius - 1pt @ 5/4
Thomas Hobson w/o fav - 1pt e/w @ 14/1

17:00 Ascot

David Menuisier is a genius and is in serious form. Migration (11/1) was finishing really well when coming second to Masaru. He then followed that run up by winning at Newmarket. His first race of the season saw him come runner-up to Fox Champion. He will also handle the bit of cut in the ground.

1pt Win Double: Sunday Sovereign and Migration

Barriston the Bold (33/1) was a pretty useful 2yo and could go well in this race. Richard Kingscote is back on board which is a huge boost, and I’m looking past his last run at Haydock which was a little deflating.

Migration - 1pt e/w @ 11/1
Barriston The Bold - 0.5pts e/w @ 33/1

17:35 Ascot

Fox Premier (11/1) looks a very talented horse, and that win at Sandown was a real eye opener. The three-year-old had plenty left in the tank and will relish the extra trip. De Sousa has chosen Fox Premier over Good Birthday. I am a little wary of Constantinople though.

Fox Premier - 1pt e/w @ 11/1