Through The Card: Ascot, Friday May 11

There is a good Flat card at Ascot on Friday evening
There is a good Flat card at Ascot on Friday evening
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Timeform take you through the card at Ascot on Friday...

"Whilst he generally needs the run on reappearance, he’s just 3 lb higher than his last winning mark and has been found a winnable race."

Timeform on Arthur McBride

17:25 - An open staying handicap to kick off the card, in which it could be worth taking a chance on ARTHUR MCBRIDE (2). It's worth noting when National Hunt trainers send one out on the level, and he proved to be a useful performer in this sphere last year. Whilst he generally needs the run on reappearance, he's just 3 lb higher than his last winning mark and has been found a winnable race. Nigel Twiston-Davies has a good record on the Flat at this time of year, and it isn't inconceivable that he will be ready to go today at a big price. SOGHAN (4) scored at Kempton last time out and has the assistance of a top claimer, so is also worth including.

18:00 - A race which looks to be dominated by two expensive Breeze-Up purchases, QUEEN OF BERMUDA (7) and Come On Leicester. Both are attractive prospects on paper, and a narrow preference is for the former, considering that the Haggas yard is in fine form at the moment. Stage Play and Collect Call are two others to consider in a race which could well turn out to be a strong one.

18:35 - CORGI (1) found only Young Rascal, who subsequently has gone on to land Wednesday's Chester Vase, too strong in a hot race at Newbury on reappearance, recording an excellent timefigure in the process, and he is strongly fancied to get off the mark at the fourth time of asking here. Both Stream of Stars and Urbino look highly promising types themselves, and can give the selection plenty to think about.

19:05 - Another hot race on a fine card, in which FENNAAN (5) is fancied to score. There's plenty of substance to his Kempton win on reappearance last month, and his opening mark of 93 could well underestimate him. Society Power gave the impression that he was ready for a step up in class when winning at handicap debut at Wolverhampton last time and is another to consider, ahead of George of Hearts.

19:40 - DREAMFIELD (2) arrives here unbeaten in two starts so far, and he gave the impression that he was potentially pattern class when winning his juvenile races last year. His future entries suggest that his connections think highly of him, and he could well be up to defying a mark of 95 despite an 18-month lay-off. It's a highly competitive heat, though, and RAUCOUS (8) is also worth including on what now looks like a workable mark.

20:10 - OLIVER REED (13) took a big step forward from his two-year-old form when beaten by two progressive rivals on reappearance at Newbury last time, and he seems sure to make his mark before long. It's another highly competitive heat, and Bold Reason, Highlight Reel and Corrosive all enter calculations.

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