THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG(S)

Top class action from Newmarket and Ascot today, with a bonus race from Redcar thrown in for good measure.

We’ll start at HQ, where the main event is the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at 2.42 (precisely).

This race was won last year by the admirable Saffron Beach, who pitches up again and is 13-8 to repeat the dose.

Last time out, Jane Chapple-Hyam‘s 4-y-o finished second to the unheralded Pearls Galore in the Group 1 Matron Stakes (sponsored by Kenneth Williams) with Irish Guineas winner Homeless Songs back in fourth.

Today, however, there are good reasons to suggest that Dermot Weld‘s raider may well reverse the form with that run under her belt.

Forced to miss Royal Ascot because of firm ground, Homeless Songs was having her first run since May and looked a certainty to come on a bundle for the run. Visually very impressive when taking the Classic, we recommend a win bet at 2-1.

First televised race is the Premier Fillies’ Handicap at 1.31, which contains a host of 3-y-os from top yards with potential to improve.

There is also a fast improving 4-y-o turning up and becoming our selection.

Dha Leath (means bi-partite, whatever that means) has improved her handicap mark by 25 spots in her last five runs and comes here after an excellent 4th of 22 in a hundred grand handicap at the Curragh three weeks ago. A repeat of that performance off just a pound higher mark will make the 3-y-os pull out all their stops and we recommend an each way bet at 14-1.

The other televised race at Newmarket is the very silly 27 runner Auction Stakes at 2.06 – thanks, but no thanks.

Over ta Ascot, we start with the Listed Rous Stakes at 1.51, over the minimum trip.

Our fancy for this is the Julie Camacho trained Ainsdale, which is available at 8-1.

Having just the second run for is in-form yard, Ainsdale finished a never nearer 4th in the Beverley Bullet and should have benefited greatly from that outing. With ground conditions favourable, this looks the way to go.

The Cumberland Lodge Stakes at 2.25 has the Haggas trained Hamish installed as the 5-4 favourite, probably justifiably.

However, such was the apparent improvement by Cresta last time out, we must suggest the Meade‘s 3-y-o as the value alternative. The Windsor Listed race he won would not be the strongest contest you’ve ever seen but winning by 6+ lengths with the jock easing down half a furlong from home was visually very impressive and 9-2 will do for us.

The Bengough Stakes at 3.00 is wide open but we will throw two darts with the course specialist Rohaan at 3-1 and Al Suhail, trying sprinting for the first time, at 8-1.

The Peroni Nastro Azzurro Challenge Cup Handicap at 3.36 has the distinct whiff of ‘whose turn is it today’ about it, but we hope it might be the turn of either Symbolize or River Nymph, which are available at 6-1 and 15-2 respectively.

The Redcar race is the William Hill Two Year Old Trophy at 3.21 and in this we give a good chance to Washington Heights, which, as a cheap yearling, is in receipt of half a stone from the ones at the top of the market.

Let’s go each way at 11-1.  

That’s it – now off to The Emirates for World War 3.

Summary:

Homeless Songs 2.42 Newmarket 3pts win @ 2-1

Dha Leath 1.31 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 14-1 (4 places)

Ainsdale 1.51 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 8-1

Cresta 2.25 Ascot 1.5pts e/w @ 9-2

Rohaan 3.00 Ascot 2pts win @ 3-1

Al Suhail 3.00 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (4 places)

Symbolize 3.36 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 6-1 (5 places)

River Nymph 3.36 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 15-2 (5 places)

Washington Heights 3.21 Redcar 1pt e/w @ 11-1 (4 places)

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