CHESHAM STAKES: Probably the poorest race of the five days: it resembles a decent maiden. Ballydoyle has been well backed but is no value so a sporting each-way bet is DESSERTOFLIFE. Mark Johnston’s juveniles are in tip-top form and this grey filly looks overpriced at 16/1.
WOLFERTON HANDICAP: Mahsoob will be all the rage and rightly so after his amazing win at York. But I’m hoping the forecast rain comes for COLLABORATION. He has won three on the bounce and can go in again if the ground eases. Sennockian Star is each-way value.
KING EDWARD VII STAKES: TELESCOPE can follow up last year’s victory if the rain stays away. The lightly-raced Eagle Top is a fascinating rival while Postponed is also in the mix.
DIAMOND JUBILEE STAKES: A wide open affair with Aussie raider Brazen Beau strongly fancied to take the prize back Down Under. DUE DILIGENCE was second last year and can go one better with trainer and jockey in wonderful form.
Selection: DUE DILIGENCE
WOKINGHAM HANDICAP: Tatlisu will be popular in this cavalry charge. But LOUIS THE PIOUS is deadly on his day as he showed when scoring at this meeting last year over 7f before running away with the Ayr Gold Cup off a mark of 104. He is on 109 today and Ascot’s stiff 6f and fast ground look perfect. Louis The Pious ran nicely last time at York under a quiet ride and it looked like the perfect warm-up for this.
Selection: LOUIS THE PIOUS
QUEEN ALEXANDRA STAKES: A WICKLOW BRAVE victory would be a fitting finale for what’s been a momentous week for Ryan Moore. Any rain would help his chance even more and he looks banker material.
Selection: WICKLOW BRAVE