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As­cot 12.45 I’m hop­ing con­so­la­tion awaits MA­JOR JUMBO (NAP) af­ter a solid ef­fort in the Wok­ing­ham. Jamie Spencer strug­gled to find a horse to fol­low that day and ended up mov­ing all over the track to try and find the pace. He looks a group horse in the mak­ing and al­though the weight doesn’t worry me, the drop down to 5f is a slight con­cern but I have the ut­most con­fi­dence in Spencer to time his chal­lenge right.

New­mar­ket 1.05 - This doesn’t look as strong a re­newal as years gone by and I can’t see many of them mak­ing their pres­ence felt in the clas­sics next year. One who might turn out to be above av­er­age is QUORTO who hails from the red-hot Char­lie Ap­pleby sta­ble. He made an im­pres­sive de­but here at HQ, and the bare form looks strong.

As­cot 1.20 - CEN­TURY DREAM ran sur­pris­ingly well in the Queen Anne, not be­cause he isn’t short of qual­ity, but be­cause he has al­ways pre­ferred a softer sur­face. Si­mon Cr­is­ford has han­dled him bril­liantly so far and he is now reap­ing the re­wards.

New­mar­ket 1.40 - There is no rhyme or rea­son as to why I fancy FIR­MA­MENT as his form has tailed off some­what, but it’s worth not­ing he is trained by David O’Meara and he has been known to pro­duce one off a long los­ing streak. The trip and ground should suit and he has dropped to a win­ning mark so at 14/1 he looks a solid each way bet.

York 1.55 - I’m al­ways keen to sup­port a fron­trun­ner at York, which is why I fancy AL­PHA DEL­PHINI in the City Walls stakes. From a plum draw, he looks to be ide­ally suited by the con­di­tions of the race and I ex­pect him to take a lot of beat­ing. New­mar­ket 2.15 - I am sure this is go­ing the way of Godol­phin and I hope I’ve picked the right one in DREAM­FIELD. John Gos­den’s lightly raced 4 year old got caught out by in­ex­pe­ri­ence last time out in the Wok­ing­ham but that was only his fourth ever run and his sec­ond since 18 months off. I fancy him to come for­ward from that and im­prove again which puts him bang there.

York 2.35 - DAL HAR­RAILD can put a dis­ap­point­ing run in Mey­dan be­hind him with a con­vinc­ing vic­tory here. He looked a much im­proved horse at Chelms­ford and was qui­etly fan­cied for the Dubai Gold Cup but ran no sort of race. Back in much calmer wa­ters he should re­sume his progress.

York 3.10 - York spe­cial­ist GET KNOT­TED should take some beat­ing here. He may not have the scope of Bless Him or Wadil­safa but he is a con­sis­tent type who loves it here on the Knavesmire. At 5/1, he looks the safest bet and should give pun­ters a run for their money.

New­mar­ket 3.20 - Hugo Palmer holds CU­RIOS­ITY, the son of High Cha­parral, in some re­gard and given how close he got to Ostilio at Royal As­cot I can see why. This is a much weaker event and his form is by far the strong­est in this race so I will be amazed if he goes off at his cur­rent price of 4/1.

York 3.40 - Dash Of Spice is a fine horse but at 4/1 in a race like this at York he has to be taken on. I’m backing the re­li­able SIR CHAU­VELIN (NB) who was an eye catcher be­hind Dash Of Spice at the Royal meet­ing. He had no sort of run but fin­ished strongly and has since run well in the Northum­ber­land Plate. If they go hard on the front end, this boy will be storm­ing home late at a big price.

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