Through The Card: Ascot, Saturday October 21

There is high-class racing at Ascot on Saturday
There is high-class racing at Ascot on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card at Ascot on Saturday...


13:25 - Now that the rain has arrived and the ground will seemingly ride on the testing side, it's very hard to get away from the claims of ORDER OF ST GEORGE (7) here. He burnt punters fingers both in this race last year and in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot this season, but he ran another cracker in the Arc at Chantilly last time and very much looks the one to beat on form. Duretto has been quietly backed also seemingly on account of the ground and he is interesting, though he does have stamina to prove on his first try at 2m.

14:00 - We have been treated to a phenomenal year in the sprinting division, and this looks another cracking renewal to finish off with. Again, it's very hard to get away from the short-priced favourite HARRY ANGEL (10) who has proven his effectiveness on soft ground and looks the clear one to beat judged on his Haydock Sprint Cup win last time. Caravaggio beat Harry Angel in the Commonwealth Cup over this C&D at Royal Ascot this season and got back to winning ways in a Group 2 at the Curragh last time, but a bigger danger could be the filly QUIET REFLECTION (12). She also bounced back to form in Ireland last time and is another who is at home on soft ground, so is also worth keeping on side. Course specialist The Tin Man would be of interest if the ground hadn't gone against him.

14:40 - Journey was a very impressive winner of this race last season, but that came on good to firm ground, and she again may prove vulnerable to BATEEL (2) who beat her in the Prix Vermeille at Chantilly last time. Bateel has shown much improved form for her new stable this season and she thrives in testing conditions and is quite rightly favourite for this race now and there is no reason to go against her.

15:15 - RIBCHESTER (4) has dominated the division all season, missing out on the Sussex Stakes (won by Here Comes When) when the ground was barely raceable, but he got straight back to the point when winning the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp at Chantilly last time. Soft ground isn't much of a concern for him and he looks a very worthy favourite bidding to go one place better in this race than last year. BEAT THE BANK (8) is very much the up-and-coming miler in the division though and he is also worth keeping onside following his mightily impressive display when winning the Joel Stakes at Newmarket last time.

15:50 - You can see why Cracksman heads the betting here given his profile and the rain has arrived for him, but whether he should be so short is another question. He remains with plenty of potential - particularly for next year - and he should make a bold bid, but at the prices BARNEY ROY (6) makes more appeal. He is a fluent mover and has a long stride, so soft ground is a potential concern, but there is enough in his favour to make him the one to focus on, particularly as connections have stated he will be ridden more patiently.

16:30 - The Balmoral Handicap looks as competitive as you'd expect for a very valuable end-of-season handicap, with plenty to consider, but it's hard to get away from the front of the market and the claims of both ZABEEL PRINCE (12) and LORD GLITTERS (10). The former is hard to crab this season, winning all three of his starts in impressive fashion, and he still looks well treated under a penalty for all this is more competitive than the handicap he won at York last week. Whereas Lord Glitters made a very encouraging start for the David O'Meara team in the Challenge Cup over seven furlongs here last time, shaping as though the return to a mile would suit, and a bold bid is expected able to race from the same mark.

Placepot permutation:

13:25 - 7
14:00 - 10, 12
14:40 - 2
15:15 - 4, 8
15:50 - 6
16:30 - 10, 12

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