From the front CHAIRMANIC only just missed out over Haydock’s 7 furlongs last time and he’s taken to go one better over this stiff 6 furling affair.
Lexington Dash has failed favourite backers at odds-on during his last pair of outings, but surely it’s only a matter of time for him.
Vasari looks better handicapped than Clareyblue on a line through the former’s Wolverhampton conqueror and the Stoute horse, now gelded, is a danger to all.
However, MAGICAL MAX didn’t really get the run of things when backed into favouritism on his handicap debut and, returning to the trip at which he was unbeaten as a two-year-old, he edges preference.
Star Cactus finished marginally ahead of SKY ANGEL on their debuts here a fortnight ago, but the Godolphin filly was a big eyecatcher under hands and heels encouragement.
Sky Angel’s stablemate Wedding Dance would naturally be very tempting if preferred in the market.
It’s easy to fancy half of these in a really competitive handicap. For one so inexperienced KING RAGNAR (NAP) did well to hit the frame in a 0-100 (Class 2) here a fortnight ago and, according to his breeding, this step up to 7 furlongs can only benefit.
Al Rufaa could easily be well handicapped, Lion Tower likewise after coming from an impossible position to be second at Pontefract and River Nymph, National League and Mount Mogan are others to consider after shaping with varying degrees of promise in the same messy race at Lingfield. Lion Tower is second choice.
The suggestion is RIVIERA NIGHTS, who got his career firmly back on track last autumn and can make a successful start for new trainer Roger Varian.
Ventura Ocean is on a winning mark and rates a danger with his reappearance behind him, while Deep Intrigue performed respectably in two comeback outings here in quick succession a fortnight ago and should also have a part to play.
Montather landed short odds on debut so is clearly well regarded by the Roger Varian team, while Imrahor’s opening Newbury second came in a useful contest.
However, Kingman’s half-brother SUNRAY MAJOR looked really good when coming clear for little more than hand riding on his recent C&D debut and can take this en route to better things.
A tight handicap that could turn tactical. Marginal preference is for MAFIA POWER, who was never far away when a close fourth at Kempton and, easy to back that afternoon, the run may have been needed.
Al Maysan had the form of his last run given a boost at Ascot and he’s feared most.
It’s probably significant that John Gosden is persevering with GOOD TIDINGS and, with his Newcastle effort a step back in the right direction, he may be the answer in first-time blinkers.
Holy Kingdom is hard to knock and feared most, ahead of Volcanic Sky. Scaramanga could be the pick of those that have been hurdling.
* Prices on our snazzy new bet widget are bang up to date.
- Horse Racing tips: Our traders’ Super Saturday selections for Royal Ascot
- Horse Racing Tips: Through the card for Day 5 of Royal Ascot with Timeform’s best bets for EVERY race
- Horse Racing tips: Frank Hickey’s 8 punts can be great at Royal Ascot on Saturday