Three races for us this afternoon. We start at Ascot where the going is Good and then onto Newmarket who have Good to Firm ground. Rain is expected at both courses this afternoon.
Ascot 2.30 Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Group 3)
The three oldest horses in the field of nine are the market leaders.
Arab Spring returned to near his best with an impressive win at Kempton.
At his best Western Hymn would have every chance, but he has been below form on his last couple of starts.
Kings Fete could be the main danger to Arab Spring.
All three horses will handle any easing of the ground.
The market looks about right. My provisional tissue:
Arab Spring 3/1
Kings Fete 4/1
Western Hymn 5/1
Move Up 8/1
3.05 Ascot John Guest Bengough Stakes (Group 3)
High class 2yo Shalaa makes his seasonal reappearance. Unbeaten in all of his last five starts.
Well documented reports suggest he has recovered well from a pelvic injury.
Softening ground not a problem. Would be good to see him return to his best.
Currently the general 2/1 favourite.
4.00 Newmarket Sun Chariot Stakes (Group 1)
Confined to fillies and mares, with a quarter of a million pounds on offer in prize money.
Alice Springs put a disappointing performance in France behind her with an impressive win at Leopardstown. That win confirms she is effective on easy and fast ground.
A reproduction of that form sets a high standard.
French challengers Ervedya [first time cheek-pieces] and Volta[first time tongue-tie] are the form dangers.
I price the main contenders as follows:
Alice Springs 6/4
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