Through The Card: Ascot, Friday May 12

There is racing from Ascot on Friday evening
There is racing from Ascot on Friday evening

Timeform take you through the evening card at Ascot on Friday.

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17:35 - As with many races on the round course at Ascot, a prominent racing position will not go amiss here, and both DAISY BOY (9), who has a fair record when fresh and should run his race, and ARTHUR MC BRIDE (2), who won at Goodwood last season and wasn't seen to best effect at Goodwood on his most recent start, should be up in the van throughout and are both worth including in an open race.

18:05 - Out of The Flames is a very interesting newcomer and has attracted support throughout the day, but the safer option in terms of the Placepot could well be ZIARAH (11), who finished third under a considerate ride on debut at Newmarket last month and is entitled to improve for that here.

18:40 - Mori attracted plenty of attention ahead of her debut last time given that she is by Frankel and out of Group 1-winning mare Midday and though she should come on for the run, she ultimately didn't quite live up to expectations first time out. GLITTERING JEWEL (6) showed more on her debut (when fourth, beating two next-time-out winners) and therefore looks the one to be with of the front pair in the market.

19:15 - WINNING WAYS (8) looked to have been let in lightly by the handicapper off a mark of 80 based on how well he shaped at Lingfield in February and though he couldn't capitalise straight away - finished third at Newbury on handicap debut last time - he deserved plenty of extra credit given that he was left with plenty to do that day. The feeling is that he remains a very well handicapped horse despite a 4 lb rise in the weights.

19:50 - Hard to get away from MAZZINI (5), who did well to finish third here on his penultimate start last season having missed the break. He built on that with a better exit from the stalls at Kempton on his most recent start, and a 7 lb rise in the weights for that probably won't be enough to stop him winning again here, given his upwardly mobile profile.

20:20 - Our final leg of the Placepot is certainly the most open race on the night. ERNSTSTAVROBLOFELD (2) has continued improving this season and took another step forward from a ratings perspective when not beaten far at Yarmouth last time. He could have even more to offer and a strongly run race/big field could see him to better effect. ENDLESS GOLD (16) is bred to stay further than this but looks good enough to remain competitive at a strongly run mile for now. He was still showing signs of greenness when second to a very promising sort on his reappearance last time, and has been gelded since. Of the others JUPITER LIGHT (5) is well worth another chance after perhaps not handling the overly watered ground at Sandown last time. He'd done well to win an all-weather maiden prior to that and appeals as another on a good mark.


Recommendation:

Win back WINNING WAYS in the 19:15 at Ascot

Placepot permutation:

17:35 - 1, 2
18:05 - 11
18:40 - 6
19:15 - 8
19:50 - 5
20:20 - 2, 5, 16

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