Timeform: Ascot, Friday September 4

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Ascot, Friday September 4

NB: All times listed AEST


23.10 Town & Country Maiden Auction Stakes (4) 6f

Top Rated
106 16. YEAH BABY YEAH Gay Kelleway Luke Morris
93p 3. OPERATIVE Ed de Giles Jim Crowley
91 6. SHORT WORK Ralph Beckett Oisin Murphy

Analyst’s Verdict: Yeah Baby Yeah sets the standard on her fine third in a listed race at Deauville last month, and with the step up in trip likely to suit, is taken to get off the mark in the opener. There are plenty of dangers however with Taurean Star, Operative and Art Echo chief among them.

23.40 Dare To Be Original Harrogate Spring Water Handicap (4) 6f

Top Rated
101p 13. MILADY Roger Charlton William Twiston-Davies
100 10. FYRECRACKER Marcus Tregoning Pat Dobbs
98 15. GLASTONBERRY Geoffrey Deacon Frankie Dettori

Analyst’s Verdict: Milady left her debut form well behind when easily getting off the mark at Lingfield last month, and with further progress anticipated, can make a successful transition to handicapping. Hat-trick seeking Cape Xenia is feared most, with Diamond Lady, Pixeleen and Glastonberry completing the shortlist.

00.10 Great Ascot Cake Competition Maiden Stakes (4) 1¼m

Top Rated
95p 10. MEDIATION Roger Varian William Buick
93P 3. INDIAN MONSOON Sir Michael Stoute Andrea Atzeni
92p 8. SWASHBUCKLING Michael Wigham Jim Crowley

Analyst’s Verdict: Indian Monsoon shaped particularly well in what turned out to be a well above-average Newbury maiden in April, and providing he’s none the worse for a near 5-month absence, can be expected to improve significantly. Mediation and Swashbuckling made their debuts much more recently and offered plenty to work on too, so have to be feared.

00.45 Mitie Events & Leisure Handicap (3) 1½m

Top Rated
106 7. RICHARD OF YORKE Luca Cumani Jamie Spencer
105p 1. IGIDER Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni
104 4. FAITHFUL MOUNT Ian Williams William Twiston-Davies

Analyst’s Verdict: Richard of Yorke has not been seen since disappointing at Newmarket in June, but had looked useful prior to that run, and is bred to appreciate this longer trip. With this easier ground promising to suit him, he can resume winning ways. Igider and Faithful Mount look the likeliest dangers.

01.20 Stella Artois Handicap (2) 1m

Top Rated
120 2. SPARK PLUG Brian Meehan Jimmy Fortune
119 1. BIRDMAN David O’Meara Sam James
118 4. ENERGIA DAVOS Jane Chapple-Hyam Jamie Spencer

Analyst’s Verdict: A chance is taken on Puissant, who hasn’t been seen since finishing down the field in a Doncaster handicap in May, but will enjoy the likely underfoot conditions, and is capable of better after only 5 career starts. Spark Plug looks the chief danger with his stable continuing in good form, while Haydock-winner Early Morning also merits respect.

01.55 Champagne Bollinger Classified Stakes (3) 1m

Top Rated
110 6. SUBTLE KNIFE Giles Bravery Paddy Pilley (7)
109p 8. FRANKLIN D Michael Bell Jamie Spencer
109 10. SUPREME OCCASION David O’Meara Sam James

Analyst’s Verdict: Arthenus‘ runner-up effort at Kempton in July represents strong handicap form, and the manner in which he dispatched his rivals back in a maiden last time suggests he’s one to keep on side. Fellow 3-y-o Franklin D did well to finish as close as he did at Newmarket and he too remains with potential, while Obsidian looks the pick of the older brigade.