Horse Racing tips: Timeform’s 6 best bets at Ascot on Saturday

Our clever racing analysts fancy Palace Pier to see off Baaeed in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at 15:10.

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13:25 Trueshan

TRUESHAN’s demolition job in this race 12 months ago remains fresh in the memory and he is hard to oppose once again for all that the ground is drying out somewhat. He proved himself one of the best stayers around when defeating Stradivarius in the Prix du Cadran last time and has the speed to deal with this drop back in trip. He looks the solid option.

There are chances aplenty in behind him though, with William Haggas’s lightly-raced Hamish an intriguing runner, while the legendary Stradivarius can’t be ruled out either.

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14:00 Rohaan

This looks an extremely open renewal of the Champions Sprint and it is ROHAAN who receives the percentage call. He has been a real success story for this yard and confirmed himself a pattern-class performer when winning the Pavilion Stakes over course and distance.

It was his display when winning the Wokingham Stakes from a BHA mark of 112 that marked him out as a top-level operator though. He has shaped well in defeat all starts since, particularly catching the eye over 5 furlongs last time. The return to this venue can only enhance his chances and a big run is expected. Dragon Symbol and Art Power are others to strongly consider.

14:35 Snowfall

There isn’t much depth to this, and it looks an excellent opportunity for SNOWFALL to resume winning ways. She was a resounding winner of the Oaks and Irish Oaks this summer – along with the Musidora and Yorkshire Oaks (both at York) – before suffering a shock defeat in the Prix Vermeille.

She returned to form when a good sixth in the Arc last time and this is much easier, so is hard to oppose. Albaflora, runner-up to the selection at York in August, and improving Invite can also feature.

15:10 Palace Pier

This is potentially the best race of the day, which sees the mouth-watering clash between PALACE PIER and Baaeed. The latter only made his debut in June, but has made giant strides since – winning all five of his starts and recording his first Group 1 win in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp last time.

He faces a much sterner test in the shape of Palace Pier now though, and the four-year-old is narrowly fancied to come out on top. He also has won every start this season, his last three all at Group 1 level, and the level he is consistently capable of tilts the scales his way.

15:50 Mishriff

MISHRIFF recorded a third Group 1 win in devastating fashion in the Juddmonte International at York last time, producing a top-class performance which was backed up by the overall time and sectional data. He was beaten by Adayar in the King George – over a mile-and-a-half – at this track the time before, but Mishriff should have his optimum conditions here and he is taken to exact revenge on that rival now.

16:30 Sunray Major

This looks a typically competitive renewal. But, it is very hard to see past SUNRAY MAJOR, who is well in under a 6lbs penalty following his impressive win over 7 furlongs at this course earlier in the month.

Connections will surely have pattern-race aspirations with him next season and if he arrives in the same form should prove incredibly hard to beat. His stablemate King Leonidas is another low-mileage sort who should have more to offer, so he’s feared most ahead of Nugget.

Timeform tips summary:

13:25 Trueshan
14:00 Rohaan
14:35 Snowfall
15:10 Palace Pier
15:50 Mishriff
16:30 Sunray Major

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