There’s a couple of days to go at Royal Ascot but we’ll shift to our regular spot on Friday night to get us some readies after a nice 44/1 double (Pastoral Player 13/2 & Lady Bayside 5/1) last week.
Capolavoro, Goodwood, 6.45pm
Won on his debut at Wolverhampton for Robert Cowell and ran well at Brighton on quick ground that wasn’t ideal. He’s well drawn up the stand’s rail and given that he’s only having his second try at sprinting, soft ground will help him. His main market rival Mad Endeavour wants it like the road and it won’t be that tonight. Crowley’s in the saddle and he could be worth a punt in the conditions.
Knight’s Table, Ayr, 7.05pm
Still looking for his maiden win and pitches up in Scotland. The three-year-old has placed twice in his last five starts and sets a steep enough rating off 79. Given his experience he should make it tell by winning this one for Paul Mulrennan, who needs a lift after Meccas Angel ran a stinker at the start of the week at Royal Ascot.
Mercifilly, Newmarket, 7.30pm
She starts life in handicaps on a fair mark of 67 over the mile. After a less than impressive debut she made two eye-catching runs over 7 furlongs, leaving it late before flying home on both occasions. If she gets into a nice rhythm early over this extra furlong, the daughter of Whipper is in with a great shout.
Noble Silk, Goodwood, 7.50pm
All the focus on this one will be on Monotype which means that Noble Silk could fly in under the radar. The track and ground are fine and he goes well first time out. Just look at some of his previous form in the Mallard at Donny and the Ascot stakes behind Clondaw Warrior.
It’s a surprise he’s now down to a mark of 91 and Lucy Wadham is under-rated but knows how to get the job done.
Archimedes, Goodwood, 8.55pm
I tipped him at Bath and got it badly wrong. Simply put, the three-year-old Archimedes has to do better this time. The only reason I’m going back in is that he’s never run on this type of ground and it might be the golden ticket for him.
It’s low company (a 51-70 handicap) which will suit the sprinters and he’s drawn well to attack. The team are hot and he looks like a good price to sneak in.
Innocent Touch, Ayr, 9.15pm
He’s perfectly suited to a galloping track and has wins under his belt at Doncaster and Redcar and ran excellently at Wetherby at the end of May. Adam McNamara is jockeying for the first time under race conditions, and takes a handy 7lb off the gelding, who got a 2lb penalty from that Wetherby run.