Action from three meetings today, action that includes some of the fiercest handicaps of the current season at Ascot and Haydock.

We begin, however, with the slightly calmer waters of Lingfield, where the Classic trials take place.

The Derby Trial Stakes at 2.40 has cut up to just four runners and, with the Charlie Appleby trained Walk Of Stars trading at odds-on, we are no bet in this race.

The Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes at 3.15 has Emily Dickinson at the head of the market at 11-10 and there is little doubt that AO’B‘s filly has the best form on offer. Despite occasional turn-ups in this race, we venture a win bet.

First televised race at Leafy is the SBK Handicap at 2.05 and this looks a good opportunity for Verreaux Eagle to get off the mark for the season after an excellent second at Brighton 11 days ago. Mr Buick takes the ride and a win bet at 9-4 is suggested.

The SBK Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes at 3.50 completes the Lingfield coverage and, in this, we give a good chance to the 3-y-o Pearl Glory, trained by Kevin Philippart de Foy.

Kev‘s girl put up some really good performances as a 2-y-o, winning twice from four runs and finishing a close second in a Group 3 at Salisbury. Fitness has to be assumed, but at 13-2 an each way bet looks the way to go.

Over to Ascot next, beginning with the Royal Ascot…Handicap at 1.45, which has a field of 17.

Given the nature and complexity of these type of races, we won’t bore you with why and just suggest the following each way bets: HMS President (6-1), Mascat (11-1) and True Courage (22-1) – there, that’s done.

The Buckhounds Stakes at 2.20 features the return to action of the enigmatic Al Aasy, which looked a potential Group 1 horse last season before the wheels fell off, which resulted in ‘he’ becoming an ‘it’.

At 6-4 without knowing what to expect, this is not for us and we much prefer the chances of Stowell at 7-2.

The Gosden‘s 4-y-o has the look of a late developer (unraced at 2) and put in a promising re-appearance to be 3rd in a Group 3 at Newbury three weeks ago. It’s likely that the Mad Italian will be moving his arms slightly more today.

The British EBF Fillies’ Handicap at 3.30 has a wide open look despite just nine runners and we are sweet on the chances of Spirit Of The Bay from Clive Cox‘s yard. Fully fit and well handicapped, she will carry our money each way at 9-1.

And so on to the impossibility which is the tote Victoria Cup at 4.05 when 28 beasties will be charging down the straight 7f, spread all over the track.

History says high numbers are favoured while the jolly old going stick gives the advantage to low, so our little portfolio caters for both.

Vafortino (14-1), Darkness (16-1) and Dance Fever (25-1) are our three against the field and may God go with them.

On to Haydock for just the one race, the valuable Swinton Handicap Hurdle at 3.00 and you will be relieved to know we are putting up just two in this.

We are quietly confident that Luttrell Lad (13-2) and Anna Bunina (11-2) will land the money and suggest each way bets on both.

Happy punting.


Emily Dickinson 3.15 Lingfield 4pts win @ 11-10

Verreaux Eagle 2.05 Lingfield 2pts win @ 9-4

Pearl Glory 3.50 Lingfield 1pt e/w @ 13-2

HMS President 1.45 Ascot 1.5pts e/w @ 6-1 (6 places Hills/Skybet)

Mascat 1.45 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 11-1 (6 places Hills/Skybet)

True Courage 1.45 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 22-1 (6 places Hills/Skybet)

Stowell 2.20 Ascot 2pts win @ 7-2

Spirit Of The Bay 3.30 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 9-1

Vafortino 4.05 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 14-1 (7 places bet365, 8 places Skybet)

Darkness 4.05 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 16-1 (7 places bet365, 8 places Skybet)

Dance Fever 4.05 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 25-1 (7 places bet365/8 places Skybet)

Luttrell Lad 3.00 Haydock 1pt e/w @ 13-2 (5 places)

Anna Bunina 3.00 Haydock 1pt e/w @ 11-2 (5 places)

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