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It all depends on the weather overnight as thunderstorms are forecast. If Ascot avoids the rain then I like CADAMOSTO. They won’t chance him on slow ground but if it’s quick he’s a big runner. If the thunderstorms do hit, I fancy ANDREAS VESALIUS for Joseph O’Brien. He was really impressive on soft ground at Naas, improved from his first two runs and he does handle the cut. If we get the rain, we know he’ll go on the ground.
I’m going to take on Mohaafeth with MOVIN TIME. He was good at Newmarket when he beat Kemari. There’s a 70 per cent chance the thunderstorms will hit Ascot and if they do hit then Movin Time will give Mohaafeth a race.
It’s hard to split Eshaada and Gloria Mundi as there was only a neck between them when they met at Newbury. With the luck of the draw that could be turned around but will either of them get up to the form of Divinely and Noon Star? It all ties into Snowfall but I thought Snowfall at Epsom looked a lot better than at York. Divinely was unlucky not to be a really good second and had she not got hampered in the first furlong and a half at Epsom she may well have bridged that 16-length gap between Snowfall and the second and shaved it down to 8 or 9 lengths. I’m going to go for DIVINELY to beat Noon Star.
Princess Zoe needs the rain clouds to park on top of Ascot. She’s a very good filly and I’d love her to win but I can’t see it.
The rain won’t help Stradivarius. He’s a seven-year-old colt and is big and heavy without a prep run. He hasn’t run since beating Ocean Wind in April and I’d love to have seen him on the track more recently.
I like the look of SIAM FOX based on the draw. It’ll be a big advantage to be high and Stall 32 is right under the stands rail. David Probert rides for Richard Hannon. He bolted up at Doncaster last week over a mile and won before that at Nottingham.
Sir Lamorak won his handicap at Leopardstown off a rating of 85 and got 15lb for it. He’s the obvious one in Stall 11 and the higher you are in mile-and-a-half races at Ascot the better. Sir Lamorak will be the one to beat but I fancy SURREY GOLD, who is drawn in Stall 19.
I fancied Ejtilaab at Chester and BOARDMAN absolutely trounced him. Ejtilaab then went to Epsom and won on Derby Day so I’d say a 6lb rise might not be enough to stop Boardman.
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