Horse racing Lucky 15 – Sunday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British and Irish meetings on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

WISH IN A WELL (Fontwell 2.10) has proved a little frustrating to say the least. Ben Case’s representative had 19 runs without success before blinker were applied for the first time at Fakenham in a 2m5f amateur riders’ handicap chase four weeks ago They seemed to work the oracle, as he scooted in, despite making a blunder at the second last, to win by 20 lengths. There is no guarantee they will work again but he was rated as high as 113 as a novice and one assumes the eight-year-old should be on a workable mark of 72. Today’s 2m5f handicap chase is more competitive, but if the headgear works, his confidence would not have been hurt and he may well follow up. London busses and all that.

VOLVALEIN (Sedgefield 1.50) won a novices’ handicap chase off a rating of 111 three starts ago here in October, although the form has barely been franked with just one subsequent winner coming out of that race. A soft-ground bumper winner, that was only his second start for the Brian Ellison yard and he did not run badly next time in better company at Sandown off a 5lb higher mark, finishing third to Pilgrims Bay over 2m4f. He is having his first run since before Christmas today and his jumping seems to have improved, if taking his latest narrow second to Eastview Boy at Newcastle is taken at face value. He seems better suited by 2m than a bit further and Ellison applies cheekpieces for the first time today in a better race. Off a mark of 116, he does get plenty of weight from his four rivals, however.

IDENTITY THIEF (Leopardstown 2.30) can land the Grade 1 Irish Arkle on a cracking card at the Dublin track. Henry de Bromhead’s seven-year-old was good enough to win the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle in 2015 but he was just short of top class as a hurdler. He has started his chasing career in fine style, though, winning a beginners’ chase at Punchestown before scoring in a Grade 2 novices’ event at the same track in November. He was pulled up lame in his last start in the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Boxing Day, but if near his best, the seven-year-old will be a tough nut to crack for his three rivals in the 2m1f affair.

NICHOLS CANYON (Lepardstown 3.30) might upset the odds in the Grade 1 Irish Champion Hurdle. With Faugheen ruled out through injury yesterday, Willie Mullins relies on the seven-year-old, who isn’t a bad second-string. Third to similarly sidelined stablemate Annie Power in the Champion Hurdle last March, he opened his autumn campaign with victory in the Grade 1 Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown, but the seven-times Grade 1 winner does have a bit to find with Petit Mouchoir on his runner-up effort to that rival in the Ryanair Hurdle in late December. We think he can overturn that form, however.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

FONTWELL PARK: 1.40 Accord, 2.10 WISH IN A WELL (NAP), 2.40 Safe Harbour, 3.10 St Saviour, 3.40 Venetian Lad, 4.10 Sutter’s Mill

SEDGEFIELD: 1.20 Mahlerdramatic, 1.50 Volvalein, 2.20 Old Salt, 2.50 Ascendant, 3.20 Shadows Lengthen, 3.50 Turtle Cask, 4.20 Yur Next

LEOPARDSTOWN: 1.30 Melon, 2.00 Let’s Dance, 2.30 Identity Thief, 3.00 Dallas Cowboy, 3.30 Nichols Canyon, 4.00 Katnap, 4.30 Le Richebourg

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Sunday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

After Saturday’s 4/1 winning NAP, take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British and Irish meetings on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

YORKHILL (Leopardstown 2.10) is current ante-pots favourite for both the JLT and the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival. Though beaten on his seasonal debut at the Punchestown Festival, that was his only defeat under Rules and he rattled up a hat-trick of wins over timber. He may be equally effective over fences and after eight months off the track, he sauntered to a 14-length won at Fairyhouse on his chasing debut last month in bottomless ground, despite being keen early on as he can be. Yorkhill (above) did jump left at a couple of his fences, which could either mean there is a physical problem, or he would simply prefer going left handed. Either way, if he stands up, he should land the 2m3f novice chase, but we shan’t be yet lumping on for the JLT or the Arkle.

HEARTBREAK CITY (Leopardstown 3.10) was runner-up in the Melbourne Cup for trainer Tony Martin in November and the winner of the Ebor at York in August. He had won twice over hurdles prior to his York success and it was clear that he was improving at a rate of knots in both codes when scoring at York off a mark of 103. Jockey Donagh Myler was aboard when scoring at Galway last July and while he has had a break, he won on his seasonal debut last term after a five-month break. This valuable 2m handicap hurdle will not be an easy race to win with 22 rivals and off a mark of 125, he has a little to find with a few of these. Still, he is in the right hands and should continue to progress.

STELLAR NOTION (Leopardstown 2.40) showed he has the ability to win a decent prize over fences when producing a faultless round of jumping at Leopardstown in a 3m½f handicap chase, only to be collared late on by Noble Endeavour and a couple of others. Henry De Bromhead’s nine-year-old possibly needed the run as he had been off since October when chasing home the useful Tiger Roll at Limerick over 3m. The drop to 2m5f might be just what is required today and while he has gone up a couple of pounds to 139, we expect him to go well again under David Mullins.

MINSTRELS GALLERY (Fontwell Park 2.00) won a couple of low-grade 1m6f all-weather handicaps at Wolverhampton last spring but the eight-year-old is patently better over hurdles, particularly when the mud is flying. Unless there is a significant thaw at the West Sussex track, this meeting is under serious threat but if it does, Lucky Wadham’s runner will get the heavy ground he relishes as he lines up against nine rivals in the extended 2m5½f handicap hurdle and off a mark of 128, he has a fair chance of landing the spoils.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

LEOPARDSTOWN: 1.10 Bargy Lady, 1.40 The Comdesiologist, 2.10 YORKHILL (NAP) 2.40 Stellar Notion, 3.10 Heartbreak City (nb), 3.40 Sutton Manor, 4.10 Imperial Way

FONTWELL PARK (inspection 8am): 1.00 Tearsofclewbay, 1.30 Johns Luck, 2.00 Minstrels Gallery, 2.30 Hinton Indiana, 3.00 Old Salt, 3.30 Brise Coeur, 4.00 Whatzdjazz

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will provide you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British and Irish meetings on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

GOODWOOD MIRAGE (Sandown Park 3.40) seeks his first win for 21 months in the 1m2f handicap for horses with an official rating of 0-85. The Michael Bell-trained six-year-old, who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori, has run a couple of good races in defeat this season, notably when a narrow runner-up to Shakopee in a similar event at Doncaster last week. He was a little unlucky that day, having been trapped in a pocket and being extricated too late, but if there is a sound gallop, he should hold every chance as he races off the same mark of 85.

ALCOCK AND BROWN (Worcester 4.00), a dual winner for Andy Oliver on the Flat in Ireland, is now with jumps trainer Dan Skelton. He has had two starts over hurdles, both over 2m, and has run with credit both times, finishing runner-up to a previous winner at Worcester and following-up with victory over this same course and distance 17 days ago. While he is capable of scoring again in a 2m novices’ hurdle, it will be interesting to see how much progress can be made when he is upped in trip, as he looks very likely to improve over further.

TOP OF THE BANK (Doncaster 7.25) has been gelded over the winter, having lost his way after a good start to his career. With cheekpieces fitted for the first time on his seasonal debut at Thirsk, following a seven-month break, Kevin Ryan’s charge scored with a bit to spare. That was on good ground in April, so there is a doubt that since he has had another spell on the sidelines, he may just need a run to get him straight. However, he runs off the same mark of 80 for his handicap debut and should not mind this quicker ground.

DENINGY (Newbury 6.05) would look to hold an obvious chance in what looks an ordinary 6f maiden. The Charlie Appleby-trained son of Sepoy has had one previous run, when a narrow third to subsequent Group 3 Albany Stakes fourth Brave Anna and subsequent Group 2 Norfolk Stakes runner-up The Last Lion on good to soft ground at Ascot. A replication of anything like that form, on vastly different ground it has to be said, means he should be a cut above his seven rivals. The fitting of a hood and a step up to 6f are both positives.

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OTHER SELECTIONS

SANDOWN PARK: 2.00 Blue Suede, 2.30 October Storm, 3.05 On Her Toes, 3.40 GOODWOOD MIRAGE (NAP), 4.10 Multigifted, 4.45 False Id

WORCESTER: 1.50 Replacement Plan, 2.20 The Backup Plan, 2.55 On Alberts Head, 3.30 Destiny’s Gold, 4.00 Alcock And Brown (nb), 4.30 Trafalgar Rock, 5.00 Polo The Mumm, 5.30 Sporting Milan

YARMOUTH: 2.10 Quiet Moment, 2.40 Gale Song, 3.15 Kaisan, 3.50 Kay Sera, 4.25 Sahara, 4.55 Cosmic Chatter, 5.25 Generalyse

DONCASTER: 5.50 Seamster, 6.20 Amherst Rock, 6.50 Hilldale, 7.25 Top Of The Bank, 7.55 Hawatif, 8.25 Jabbaar. 9.00 The Kid

NEWBURY: 5.35 Nafaath, 6.05 Deningy, 6.35 Spiritous, 7.10 Both Sides, 7.40 Red Napoleon, 8.10 Serradura, 8.45 Poet’s Song

LEOPARDSTOWN: 6.00 Utah, 6.30 Credit The Giver, 7.00 Intricately, 7.35 Eagle Spirit, 8.05 Kadra, 8.35 Swift Harry, 9.05 Zulu Alpha

LIMERICK: 5.40 Kashmiri Sunset, 6.10 Msmilan, 6.40 Sam King, 7.15 Manuka, 7.45 Beau Et Sublime, 8.15 Thanks For Tea, 8.50 An Caisteal Naudh

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will provide you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British and Irish meetings on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

WHIRL ME ROUND (Hamilton Park 2.00) was a little unfortunate not to get off to a winning start when beaten at Beverley by fellow newcomer Naples Bay. Kevin Ryan’s representative had a few with experience in behind and the form of that debut looks solid, as the pair drew a little way clear of the remainder. That was over 5f in soft ground and the good ground today should be ideal. He has plenty of speed in his pedigree (dam is a half-sister to Nunthorpe winner La Cucaracha among others) and should get off the mark in a race won last year by the smart sprinter and last week’s July Cup third Quiet Reflection.

CLEF (Doncaster 6.35) won a Beverley 5f maiden on her second start, accounting for subsequent winner Lonely The Brave, with the third home, Jeanie, somewhat franking the form yesterday when second at Catterick to a smart filly in Queen Kindly. This daughter of top-class juvenile Dutch Art and Group 3 winner Humouresque goes up in trip to a more suitable 6f today and Richard Fahey’s runner, ridden by Paul Hanagan, would appear to hold a fair chance of following up off a mark of 73 in the fillies’ nursery.

TOFFEE APPLE (Hamilton Park 5.15) won at Hamilton over a mile on Saturday and won again under a 6lb penalty at Beverley on Tuesday when upped in trip to 1m2f. She bids for a quick hat-trick under an extra 6lb penalty, so races off a mark of 57. She had to work hard for her latest success and it may be that she is better on softer ground. However, dropping back in trip to an extended mile and carrying bottom weight, while not necessarily negating fears of being able to back up so quickly, Keith Dalgliesh’s filly is worth sticking with.

MISS RANGER (Chepstow 5.25) landed a Doncaster fillies’ handicap on her penultimate start and upped 3lb, went close last time at Pontefract off today’s mark of 68. She did not have the cleanest run, coming wide and late to get within a length of Azzir, but there is no doubt Brian Ellison’s four-year-old is on good terms with herself at present and she should be competitive again in the 1m2f handicap under her regular pilot Callum Shepherd, who claims 5lb.

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OTHER SELECTIONS

CHEPSTOW: 2.10 Mission Authorized, 2.40 Feed The Goater, 3.15 Gulland Rock, 3.45 Ocean Bentley, 4.15 Layla’s Hero, 4.50 Triple Dream, 5.25 Miss Ranger, 5.55 Mexican Mick

HAMILTON PARK: 2.00 WHIRL ME ROUND (NAP), 2.30 Tinsill, 3.05 Run Rio Run, 3.35 Faithful Mount, 4.05 Muhaafiz, 4.40 Haraz, 5.15 Toffee Apple

LEICESTER: 1.50 Hedging, 2.20 Smirnova, 2.50 On The Bill, 3.25 Honeysuckle Lil, 3.55 Great Order, 4.25 Theydon Bois, 5.00 Consistent

DONCASTER: 6.00 Hit The Lights, 6.35 Clef (nb), 7.05 Blue Point, 7.35 Naifah, 8.10 Commodore, 8.40 Goodwood Mirage, 9.10 Cacica

EPSOM DOWNS: 6.10 Dubawi Light, 6.45 Alyssa, 7.15 Bear Valley, 7.50 Arnold Lane, 8.20 Rosy Morning, 8.50 Dawn Mirage

KILLARNEY: 2.25 Penhill, 2.55 Icelip, 3.30 Ancient Sands, 4.00 Sizing Alberta, 4.30 The Plan Man, 5.05 Galboystown Lady, 5.35 General Trickery

LEOPARDSTOWN: 5.50 Sportsmanship, 6.25 Slaney Street, 6.55 Seville Star, 7.25 Sufoof, 8.00 Tennessee Wildcat, 8.30 Arya Tara, 9.00 Settle For Red

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’s top selections

It is the first day of Newmarket’s prestigious July meeting. 

Each day Bet4Causes will provide you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Thursday, July 7, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

THE GREY GATSBY (Newmarket 3.15) gets the NAP vote on a cracking card on the opening day of the three-day July Meeting. Kevin Ryan’s five-year-old has been a little expensive to follow since winning the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes in September 2014. He has subsequently run some big races in defeat, including runner-up placings in the Dubai Turf, Price Of Wales’s Stakes and Eclipse (last season), and opened his account this term with a four and a half-length fourth to My Dream Boat in the Prince Of Wales’s Stake at the Royal meeting. There should be no excuses today. The 1m4f trip for this Group 2 and quick ground is ideal. He has had a run to blow away the cobwebs.

SIXTIES GROOVE (Epsom Downs 6.10) has one win from five starts but can double that tally in the opening 1m2f handicap. Jeremy Noseda’s three-year-old scored off a mark of 63 on the all-weather at Kempton last month on his handicap debut, despite hanging left into the whip, more out of immaturity than anything else. Upped to 1m3½f at Windsor and hiked 8lb for his victory, he travelled very well but ran out of puff on the rain-softened ground. He is a bit better than that and has a fair chance off the same mark of 71 tonight.

PUMBLECHOOK (Doncaster 5.05) was third to subsequent Dante winner Wings Of Desire on his Wovlerhampton debut and was well backed to win a Pontefract maiden auction event over 1m4f last time. He duly delivered and now takes a step up in class for his handicap debut, having received a mark of 80. Lucy Wadham’s representative, a son of Dalakhani, should like the good to soft ground and while it is still early days, he looks a horse to put in the notebook for the future.

JACK BEAR (Newbury 8.40), a son of US Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes runner-up Joe Bear, is unlikely to live up to the exploits of his sire. Having been switched from Jonathan Portman’s yard and having his first run for seven months, he made a winning stable debut for Harry Whittington in a staying handicap at Nottingham last month. Jack Bear refused to settle yet he routed his seven rivals, with decent types such as Minstrels Gallery in behind. He looked a seriously well-handicapped horse off a mark of 64 and the handicapper has hiked him 9lb for that five-length soft-ground success. The expected good to firm ground may not be ideal, but his pedigree suggests he should handle it and he would appear to have a fair chance of taking the 1m5f handicap.

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OTHER SELECTIONS

NEWMARKET: 2.10 Platitude, 2.40 Mehmas, 3.15 THE GREY GATSBY (NAP), 3.45 Kadrizzi, 4.20 Oh So Terrible, 4.55 Bouquet De Flores, 5.30 Lumiere, 6.05 Normal Equilibrium

CARLISLE: 2.00 Confessional, 2.30 Clear Evidence, 3.00 Emerald Loch, 3.35 Hilary J, 4.05 Strummer, 4.40 Miss Sheridan, 5.15 Freight Train

DONCASTER: 2.20 Flash City, 2.50 Waqaas, 3.25 Edward Lewis, 3.55 Pure Art, 4.30 Wowcha, 5.05 Pumblechook, 5.40 Balmusette

EPSOM DOWNS: 6.10 Sixties Groove (nb), 6.40 Three C’s, 7.10 Powderhorn, 7.45 Sunday Royal, 8.20 Thames Knight, 8.50 Upstaging

NEWBURY: 6.00 Silver Alliance, 6.30 Mr Hobbs, 7.00 Stop The Wages, 7.30 Marcano, 8.05 Makzeem, 8.40 Jack Bear, 9.10 Golden Wedding

LEOPARDSTOWN: 5.50 Brooklyn’s Rose, 6.20 Uninhinbited, 6.50 Lord Justice, 7.20 Tennessee Wildcat, 7.55 Aared, 8.30 Botany Bay, 9.00 Swamp Fox

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes  will provide you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British and Irish meetings on Thursday, June 23, 2016…

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

EDWARD LEWIS (Newmarket 3.40) did not look as though Chester suited him on his second start and it did not help that he was in a pocket when a horse weakened in front of him and he took a while to be extricated. Had he have got a clear passage, he may well have won. As it is, he is probably best judged on his debut when a couple of lengths behind Smuggler’s Moon at Newbury. He can get off the mark at the third attempt for trainer John Gosden and Frankie Dettori, who takes over the from Robert Havlin saddle today.

NAIFAH (Newbury 6.40), another Gosden inmate, stepped up on her Goodwood debut to run the useful filly Dainty Dandy close at Doncaster in a warm-looking fillies’ novices’ race on her second start. She has plenty of stamina in her pedigree but given the likely soft ground, today’s 7f trip looks ideal for her at this stage of her development. She should score.

WOWCHA (Newcastle 5.10) won a maiden at Pontefract in April and John Quinn’s representative has been thrice a beaten favourite since scoring over 6f in heavy ground, latterly when she was well backed in a Sandown handicap 13 days ago. She is getting into a habit of being an ‘unlucky’ horse, since she was ridden too conservatively at Leicester, hampered at Nottingham and also found a little trouble in running last time. She is better than those performances indicated and should not be given up on just yet.

PARLIAMENTARIAN (Hamilton Park 7.35) has his first run since his debut at Redcar last October. Charlie Appleby’s Dubai colt made a tardy start in that 1m1f soft-ground maiden, but finished very well. With natural progression and a winter on is back to strengthen up, he should shape up into a useful tool and has a big chance of getting off the mark in a modest 1m1f maiden for the money.

OTHER SELECTIONS

NEWMARKET (JULY): 2.00 Wahash, 2.30 De Aguilar, 3.05 Fawaareq, 3.40 EDWARD LEWIS (NAP), 4.10 Green Door, 4.45 Silent Attack, 5.20 Dutch Destiny

NOTTINGHAM: 2.10 Mister Blue Sky, 2.45 Perigee, 3.20 Torquay, 3.50 St Andrews, 4.25 Sir Domino, 5.00 Lady Joanna Vassa, 5.30 The Gay Cavalier

NEWCASTLE: 1.50 Flawed Diamond, 2.20 Dusker, 2.55 Bogardus, 3.30 Exclusive Diamond, 4.00 Mont Ras, 4.35 Can’t Change It, 5.10 Wowcha, 5.40 Strummer

NEWBURY: 5.35 Golden Wedding, 6.10 All About The Pace, 6.40 Naifah, 7.15 Prosecute, 7.45 Blacklister, 8.20 Racing Angel, 8.50 Turnbury

HAMILTON PARK: 6.00 Sherman McCoy, 6.30 Montataire, 7.00 Pilgrims Path, 7.35 Parliamentarian, 8.05 Rosamaria, 8.40 Imperial Legend, 9.10 Cosmic Chatter

LEOPARDSTOWN: 5.50 Pandagreen, 6.20 Schubert, 6.50 Diodorus, 7.25 Texas Radio, 7.55 Burning Bullet, 8.30 Flowerhill Nova, 9.00 Sea Of Blue

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Royal Ascot – Day 3 Preview

It is Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot and after winners priced at 6/1, 7/1, 2/1 and 9/4 over the last two days, we have a strike-rate of 33% at Royal Ascot this week.

Here is our analysis and selections for every race at the Royal meeting, plus all the other British and Irish cards taking place on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Each day Bet4Causes will provide you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

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ROYAL ASCOT – DAY THREE

2.30 Norfolk Stakes (Group 3) 5f

FORECAST: Global Applause (2/1), Silver Line (7/2), Red Lodge (5/1), Legendary Lunch (8/1), Peace Envoy (8/1), Prince Of Lir (10/1), Prince Of Cool (16/1), Plata O Plomo (20/1), The Last Lion (25/1), Big Time Baby (33/1), Nuclear Power (66/1)

ANALYSIS: Established in 1843, juveniles contest the Norfolk Stakes which was promoted to Group 2 status 10 years ago.

The last seven market leaders have floundered, but four of the last five winners returned a single-figure Starting Price.

Eleven runners are set to go to post, with £56,710 on offer to the winning connections and nine of them won last time out.

GLOBAL APPLAUSE sets a good standard. He was all the rage on his debut after a sparkling piece of work and duly had backers in clover at Newmarket.

The Ed Dunlop-trained son of Mayson went up to 6f next time at Newbury and on rain-softened ground was well held by debutant Mehmas.

However, he turned the tables on that rival in the 5f National Stakes at Sandown subsequently and this looks his trip for the time being.

Silver Line was a warm order on his Nottingham debut and the Godolphin representative delivered, picking up nicely. His pedigree suggests he would ideally be suited by a bit further, but there is no question he is smart and the only issue is inexperience.

Peace Envoy similarly looked green despite making his third start when winning over 6f at Naas. He beat Lundy by half a length, but that one did not set the world alight in the Coventry Stakes on Tuesday, finishing a well-held 14th. He has a bit to find, but in Aidan O’Brien’s hands, most things are possible.

Red Lodge represents the American barn of Wesley Ward and this speedball made light work of her rivals in a 5f fast-ground maiden at Belmont Park in New York on her second start. She is by 2008 Breeders’ cup Juvenile winner Midshipman, so will not want for stamina. The easy ground is the question. Will she handle it?

The Robert Cowell-trained Prince Of Lir, who cost £170,000 earlier this year, knew his job on his debut in a fast-ground 5f conditions event at Beverley. That was against decent opposition and while in receipt of weight from his five rivals, did the job nicely. It would be no surprise to see him lay it down to the selection.

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3.05 Tercentenary Stakes (Group 3) 1m2f

FORECAST: Abdon (3/1), Blue De Vega (7/2), Hawkbill (7/2), Steel of Madrid (6/1), Long Island Sound (8/1), Royal Artillery (12/1), Prize Money (14/1), Mulk (16/1), Race Day (25/1)

ANALYSIS: Formerly known as the Hampton Court Stakes, the last three runnings of this three-year-old contest have been won by the market leader. Sir Michael Stoute, who has saddled the winner twice in the last seven years, is dual-handed with Abdon and Mulk.

Abdon won his maiden in soft ground at Newbury over 1m in August and made a promising return over this trip when a close second to Hawkbill in a Listed race at Newmarket in April. The pair may both find improvement, although the latter would probably prefer a sounder surface.

Mulk won his second start in a weak Chester maiden, having previously run a promising second in the Wood Ditton on his debut. He still showed signs of greenness and pulled a little too much, but should get better the further he goes and is no back number, despite his current odds.

BLUE DE VEGA, trained by Michael O’Callaghan, takes a steep drop in class, having chased home Awtaad and Galileo Gold in the Irish 2000 Guineas last time. That was on yielding ground and ideally he could do with a sounder surface, but should he get this trip, he would take a bit of beating.

Steel Of Madrid is proven over the trip, having scored over it in a Listed four-runner event on quicker ground at Newmarket, but Prize Money is preferred for the place money, having given subsequent Derby seventh Algometer plenty to think about in the Cocked Hat at Goodood.

Long Island Sound is a War Front colt who appears to have actually trained on and he looked a Group horse in the making when winning over 1m at Killarney. He should improve for the step up in trip and the easier ground. He cannot be ruled out easily.

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3.40 Ribblesdale Stakes (Fillies’ Group 2) 1m4f

FORECAST: Architecture (3/1), Even Song (4/1), Sovereign Parade (6/1), Queen’s Trust (8/1), Chicadoro (10/1), We Are Ninety (10/1), Shall We (12/1), The Black Princess (12/1), Beauly (20/1), Olala (20/1), Rocaverde (20/1), Ajman Princess (25/1), Dessertoflife (25/1), Capricious Cantor (33/1)

ANALYSIS: Seldom has this proven a good race for favourite-backers, with just three of the last 17 market leaders obliging.

There used to be a time when picking the winner of the Ribblesdale Stakes was easy – you simply followed anything trained by John Dunlop. With his retirement, things have become a little more complicated.

And while Saeed bin Suroor has filled the void somewhat, sending out five winners on this race since 1998, he does not have a runner this year. So bah and humbug to that trend.

ARCHITECTURE is officially rated over a stone superior to her rivals. She also has arguably the best form on offer, having followed up her second in the Lingfield Oaks Trail by chasing home a very fortunate Minding in the Oaks. We say fortunate, because Ryan Moore gave her such a poor ride that she was forced to work much harder than she should have done. His ride On US Army Ranger in the Derby was probably even worse. And for his ride on The Gurkha in the St James’s Palace Stakes on Tuesday… best not go there, either.

Moore partners Even Song for Aidan O’Brien. She is having only her fourth run, having finished almost six lengths behind Swiss Range on her seasonal debut in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket last month. She stayed on nicely over that 1m2f trip, shaping as though the extra two furlongs would suit and that she would come on plenty for it. She looks a viable alternative to the likely favourite.

Similar sentiments apply to the Ralph Beckett-trained Chicadoro, who split the pair of them, whilst looking to need every yard of the trip.

Sovereign Parade arrives on the back of a debut win over 10f at Salisbury, a race won two years ago by another John Gosden newcomer who went on to win a Group 3 next time out. She showed plenty of toe, despite taking a while for the penny to drop and this trip is sure to suit. She could be anything, but inexperience is against her.

We Are Ninety would perhaps be the most aptly-named winner of the meeting, and the pinstickers do have a fair chance of celebrating HM The Queen’s 90th birthday in style. Hugo Palmer’s filly defied a muddling pace and a class hike to score in a Listed 10f event at Newbury on her third start in 22 days. That was only the fourth run of her career and she may well get this trip. She had Queen’s Trust, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, two lengths behind her that day, but that form could be reversed. Queen’s Trust was tightened for room when about to make her move and stayed on well, suggesting she would not only get the extra two furlongs, she would relish it. She rates the each-way value in the race.

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4.20 Gold Cup In Honour Of The Queen’s 90th Birthday (Group 1) 2m4f

FORECAST: Order Of St George (10/11), Max Dynamite (7/1), Mizzou (8/1), Clever Cookie (10/1), Flying Officer (10/1), Pallasator (12/1), Curbyourenthusiasm (16/1), Scotland (16/1), Mille Et Mille (25/1), Burmese (33/1), Fun Mac (33/1), Sheikhzayedroad (33/1), Tiberian (33/1), Kicky Blue (50/1), Suegioo (50/1), The Twisler (66/1), Wasir (66/1), Griraz (200/1)

HISTORY: Founded in 1807, the Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious races at Royal Ascot. At two miles and four furlongs, it thoroughly tests a horse’s stamina but is not the longest contest of the meeting, with that accolade going to the Queen Alexandra Stakes over two miles and six furlongs on the final day.

Last year, ex-jump jockey Graham Lee, who rode Amberleigh House to victory in the 2004 Grand National, partnered his first Royal Ascot winner aboard the Ed Dunlop-trained Trip To Paris. The winner started the campaign with a rating of 88 and collected three handicaps on his way to Royal Ascot, including the prestigious Chester Cup.

ANALYSIS: A good race for favourite-backers in recent years, with seven of the last 11 ‘jollies’ prevailing.

The last four winners have been aged four and in the past 60 years only two horses aged over six have managed to win this: Drum Taps in 1993 and Yeats in 2008 and 2009.

Aidan O’Brien has won the Gold Cup six times, with Yeats (who also scored in 2006 and 2007), Fame And Glory (2011) and Leading Light (2014).

The master of Ballydoyle would appear to have another outstanding chance in the shape of Order Of St George who won on his season return over 1m6f at Leopardstown just 13 days ago, handling the quick ground comfortably. Last season’s Irish St Leger winner settled better than he has in the past and while that run will have brought him on, he has yet to tackle two miles.

Whether he can back up so quickly on what is likely to be soft ground is doubt enough to warrant taking him on at such a short price.

Willie Mullins and Luca Cumani have both had horses placed in the Gold Cup in recent seasons and their respective representatives Max Dynamite and MIZZOU both hold solid credentials.

The former, who was runner-up in the Melbourne Cup in November, was a below-par third to Pallasator when odds-on in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown (a reliable Gold Cup trial) and may have needed the run. That was on quicker ground, so the winner can be marked up as he will handle ground “as deep as you like” according to his trainer Sir Mark Prescott.

Mizzou won the Sagaro Stakes here en route to finishing three-and-a-half lengths seventh in the Gold Cup last year. He again won the Sagaro Stakes in April and Cumani believes that he needs to find another 5lb worth of improvement to win. He might be right, but he is capable of finding it.

Scotland was sixth in this last year and has had just the one race since, going down a head in a 1m4f Listed event here last month. Quite why Jamie Spencer replaces Jim Crowley is hard to fathom, but it seems a backward move for the Andrew Balding-trained gelding, who lacks experience over two miles, never mind this trip.

Flying Officer was beaten three-quarters of a length in the Sagaro when conceding 5lb to Mizzou and runner-up Clever Cookie, so looks the best horse of that trio at the weights. There is no reason why both should not be in the shake-up and they both could be good each-way value.

The form of that race stacks up well, with the latter coming out and winning the Yorkshire Cup over 1m6f last month (Curbyourenthusiasm a half-length second).

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5.00 Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) 1m

FORECAST: Out And About (15/2), Chief Whip (8/1), Folkswood (10/1), Mustashry (10/1), Monarch (12/1), Abe Lincoln (14/1), Defrocked (14/1), Garcia (14/1), Oh This Is Us (14/1), Predilection (14/1), Yattwee (14/1), Manson (16/1), Monteverdi (16/1), Fighting Temeraire (20/1), Perkunas (20/1), Sevenleft (20/1), Taurean Star (20/1), Above N Beyond (25/1), Banksea (25/1), King’s Pavilion (25/1), Nimr (25/1), Palawan (25/1), Speed Company (25/1), Arcanada (33/1), Carrington (33/1), Sea of Flames (33/1), Storm Rising (33/1), Wall of Fire (33/1), Zhui Feng (33/1), Zodiakos (33/1), Kingston Kurrajong (50/1), Mikmak (50/1), Pacodali (50/1)

ANALYSIS: Since 1987, only five market leaders have been successful in this competitive handicap for three-year-olds. Horses carrying under 9st have fared well – in the last 16 renewals, 13 winners shouldered between 8-3 and 8-13, so those at the top of the handicap will have the trends against them.

William Haggas, who win this in 2012 with Fast Or Free, saddles Out And About, who looks to be ahead of the handicapper judged on his length win at Haydock 19 days ago. That was just his third start, having taken a Redcar maiden when previously seen in October. He looks a serious contender.

Chief Whip, a head second to Garcia at Haydock last time off a mark of 92, had previously been touched off at York 10 days earlier and, like the winner, Richard Hannon’s runner remains largely unexposed.

Mustashry might not have beaten much when scoring by six lengths at Thirsk early last month but he is in Sir Michael Stoute’s masterful hands, while Folkswood has arguably the best jockey aboard in William Buick and there was plenty to like about the way he dealt with subsequent scorer Dolphin Vista and Zodiakos at Newmarket. However, he has been raised 9lb since and is still a little immature, according to trainer Charlie Appleby.

Aidan O’Brien saddles Monarch, who did not look straightforward when scoring at Gowran Park. He hung violently left but still managed to score readily and clearly has plenty of ability to match his quirks.

Abe Lincoln has a bit to find with Chief Whip (2nd) and Monteverdi (3rd) on his York run behind Castle Harbour, yet did not get much of a run and he was a beaten favourite in a Listed race at Lingfield previously. It would be no surprise to see him in the shake-up.

MANSON is not yet on the radar, but if the ground dried out, he would have a leading chance. He won a decent handicap at Sandown on his seasonal debut (favourite Defrocked held in fourth) and clearly looks ahead of the handicapper. Connections are eyeing the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington, Chicago, so big things are expected of the Dominic Ffrench Davis-trained Equiano colt. Oisin Murphy is an eye-catching booking and he represents big each-way value.

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5.35 King George V Stakes (Handicap) 1m4f

FORECAST: Lovell (4/1), Shraaoh (6/1), The Major General (7/1), Primitivo (8/1), Point of View (10/1), Guy Fawkes (12/1), Harrison (12/1), Midhmaar (14/1), Paris Protocol (14/1), Platitude (14/1), Danehill Kodiac (16/1), Juste Pour Nous (20/1), Navajo War Dance (20/1), Southdown Lad (20/1), Second Serve (25/1), Soldier In Action (25/1), Nietzsche (33/1), Ocean Jive (33/1)

ANALYSIS: There have been just three successful market leaders in the last 17 renewals of this valuable handicap, which is worth £56,025 to the winner.

Godolphin’s trainers have taken this in the last two years and last season’s winning connections rely upon Lovell, a 7f Thirsk maiden winner last September, who was second on his reappearance over 10f at Sandown. He is a colt with plenty of scope and looks a Group horse in the making. Lovell had Harrison and Paris Protocol behind, with the former, trained by Mick Channon, conceding weight. Harrison was a Dante and Derby entry, so is well regarded and should handle the ground.

Sir Michael Stoute has won this race on five occasions since 1983, the last coming in 2008. He is dual-handed this time with Shraaoh and PLATITUDE. The former landed a 1m2f Newcastle all-weather maiden on his third start and was eased down at the finish. He looks a useful handicapper in the making and will no doubt be a popular choice with Frankie Dettori aboard.

No horse has won this with 9-7 on his back since Beekeeper in 2001, who was trained by Stoute. Platitude will also carry top weight, having not been beaten far in the Listed Dee Stakes at Chester on his first run of the season, having been gelded over the winter. He is entitled to come on a bit for that and could be the value in the race.

With Ryan Moore aboard the selection, Aidan O’Brien puts up son Donnacha on The Major General, who looks as though he could be more of a St Leger type, judged on the way he won the Listed Irish King George V Cup at Leopardstown over this trip 13 days ago.

Primotivo won two valuable handicaps at Newbury and Sandown (under a penalty) last month for Alan King and he has improved massively over the winter. He has had four weeks to recover and while he now races off a mark of 95, he may defy that and is a strong contender.

For such an astute trainer, it is surprising that William Haggas has yet to win this prize, yet Guy Fawkes, a facile Redcar maiden winner, could be the one to break his duck. He runs in HM The Queen’s colours, so support in the market is very likely and he rates a fair each-way bet in a trappy finale.

Kempton all-weather winner Point Of View cannot be discounted easily, either, since he is in the hands of Roger Varian, who does so well with three-year-olds.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

GLOBAL APPLAUSE (Ascot 2.30, NAP)

MIZZOU (Ascot 4.20, nb)

SCUDDING (Chelmsford City 1.50)

QUALITY ART (Lingfield 6.50)

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OTHER SELECTIONS

RIPON: 2.10 Bear Essentials, 2.45 Fast Shot, 3.20 Hayward Field, 3.55 Salieris Mass, 4.35 San Cassiano, 5.10 Orient Class, 5.45 Illustrious Prince

CHELMSFORD CITY: 1.50 Scudding, 2.20 Eurato, 2.55 Cape Icon, 3.30 Perfect Cracker, 4.05 Golden Reign, 4.45 Scarpeta, 5.25 Ada Lovelace

FFOS LAS: 6.10 Pay Your Way, 6.40 Present Accepted, 7.10 Le Bacardy, 7.40 West Torr, 8.10 Theatre Goer, 8.40 Cape Caster, 9.10 Wabanaki

LEICESTER: 6.30 Metronomic, 7.00 Yourartisonfire, 7.30 Bondi Beach Babe, 8.00 Majestic Hero, 8.30 Compton Mill, 9.00 Bonhomie

LINGFIELD PARK: 5.50 Binky Blue, 6.20 Rajar, 6.50 Quality Art, 7.20 Picansort, 7.50 All The Rage, 8.20 Ambuscade, 8.50 Swiss Cross

LEOPARDSTOWN: 5.55: All Crazy Now, 6.25 Madrugada, 6.55 Kadra, 7.25 Ceol Na Nog, 7.55 Gordon Lord Byron, 8.25 Athenry Boy, 8.55 Don Vincenzo

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