ROYAL ASCOT DAY 5 (SATURDAY)

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14:30 Ascot It’s interesting to note that the mighty force of Ballydoyle only produced one winning two year old debutant this year from a total of twenty five. The horse in question lines up as the favourite in the first today, September. She dominated in her only start and the likelihood is she’ll do so again. Trainer Charlie Appleby has had a great Royal Ascot so far and although the credentials of Masar are there for all to see it’s actually his other runner Gold Town who could be the surprise package for each way punters. SEPTEMBER (WIN)

15:05 Ascot Of the bigger priced runners Dragon Mall has a lively outside chance and may be overlooked by many for place money which could be a dangerous thing to do. Khairaat is a worthy favourite based on previous exploits but with this race looking very competitive I’m willing to take him on. The one to side with looks to be Central Square. The Roger Varian trained runner will no doubt improve for his seasonal reappearance and will strip fitter for that third placed finish at Newmarket. He’ll relish the firmer ground and can potentially upset the favourite. CENTRAL SQUARE (E/W)

15:40 Ascot Nothing will excite the crowd more than a Royal winner and course and distance winner Dartmouth aims to give her majesty something to cheer about. The Ryan Moore ridden five year old looks likely to go off favourite and is likely to retain the crown he claimed last year. Sir Michael Stoute’s other entry Across The Stars and John Gosden’s Western Hymn are worth noting at bigger prices and could run above what their odds suggest. DARTMOUTH (WIN)


16:20 Ascot The big race of the day is the Diamond Jubilee stakes over six furlongs. The biggest threats to the selection have to be Magical Memory who did very well to finish second last time out and is bound to put in an improved performance and Tasleet who looks a very progressive type. At bigger prices Kachy, who on his day could trouble some of the main protagonists and the unknown quantity in US raider Long On Value. All this being said I can’t look past Limato. He adores the firm ground, has never finished outside of the top two here at Ascot and has everything laid out for him to win once again. LIMATO (WIN) – NAP

17:00 Ascot A gigantic cavalry charge will be a great spectacle to behold as twenty eight set to line up for this six furlong handicap. It’s going to be a tricky race to decipher with so many runners but nevertheless I’ve managed to narrow it down to three worth siding with. At a sizeable price Lancelot Du Lac seems to always run creditably here at Ascot. He prefers firmer going and despite being seven has enough left to put in a good effort. A course and distance winner who’s never tasted defeat here at Ascot when faced with good or firmer ground is Eastern Impact and given today’s conditions will have things to suit. The third and final selection is the Roger Charlton trained Projection. Without a win in his last four starts he seems to have been laid out for this race as his long term target. Off a nice weight, a favourable draw and for a yard in form he’s set to go close. LANCELOT DU LAC (E/W) EASTERN IMPACT (E/W) PROJECTION (E/W)

17:35 Ascot We end the weeks action with a marathon contest that sees Willie Mullins’ Thomas Hobson look to claim two victories at the Royal meeting this week. A most impressive winner of The Ascot Stakes on Tuesday he’ll undoubtedly go close once again but how much he’s got left after Tuesday’s exploits is up for debate. The likes of Oriental Fox and Fun Mac are set to go close but are likely to find one or two too good however place money wouldn’t be unlikely. With Charlie Appleby’s yard firing on all cylinders I can’t look past Qewy. He’ll have to be fit after an absence but it’s not insurmountable and the blue silks of Godolphin could find their way into the winners enclosure with this consistent long distance runner. QEWY (E/W)