We’ve teamed up with BetVictor and Charlie McCann to preview the day’s racing.
A field of seven go to post for tomorrow’s King George at Ascot with Her Majesty The Queen’s Royal Ascot winner Dartmouth the 15/8 market leader to score under Olivier Peslier.
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute boasts a terrific record in the Group 1 mile and a half contest, likewise at the two-day meeting, and should go close today with Delve in the Fillies’ Listed Stakes under Richard Kingscote.
The beautifully-bred daughter of Dansili made it fourth time lucky last time out at Doncaster and is respected stepping up in grade, however preference lies instead with David Lanigan’s Mix and Mingle (3.30) under regular partner Ted Durcan.
An excellent fourth on her seasonal debut in the Nell Gwyn was followed by a seventh-place finish in the 1000 Guineas and back in calmer waters she can bounce back to winning ways.
Elsewhere on the card Luca Cumani’s Bermondsey (4.05) is a confident selection for the mile and a half handicap under Ryan Moore. The gelded son of Galileo made a pleasing return, winning a 10f Handicap at Sandown, and looks the ideal type to defy a 10lb rise at the weights.
The 5f Handicap looks a cracker with the majority of the top-half of the field group placed at the very least and Jeremy Gask’s Medicean Man (4.35) fancied to relish conditions dropping down in grade.
The gelding was last seen finishing sixth in the King’s Stand last month over C&D at the royal meeting and should be competitive back handicapping under Richard Kingscote.
Sir Mark Prescott’s string have hit full stride during July, which should see Sea of Heaven (2.55) go close in the 2m Handicap under Luke Morris. The selection finished a terrific second over the same trip last week at Newbury, and looks to have obvious claims from an unrevised mark.
There’s a terrific evening card at York where David O’Meara’s Pandora (7.30) should go close in the feature Fillies’ Listed contest over a mile and a quarter.
The daughter of Galileo responded well to a first time hood last month on the Knavesmire, getting up late under Philip Makin to land a competitive C&D handicap, and with further improvement likely she can earn some valuable black-type for connections.
The yard must similarly go close in the opener with stablemate Haraz (6.00) fancied to make it 12th time lucky in the 9f Apprentice Handicap under Josh Doyle.
The selection was an unlucky loser last week at Hamilton when trying to make all and collared in the closing stages. With plenty of pace in this evening’s contest, he will surely be given a more patient ride and give weight and a beating to his ten rivals.
The ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ festival heads to Thirsk with yet another O’Meara inmate fancied to enter the winners’ enclosure and Fashion Queen (2.30) a confident selection to make it second time lucky under Danny Tudhope.
The filly was unfortunate to bump into a smart one of the William Haggas yard last month on debut in a hot York maiden and can make swift amends down in grade.
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