Through The Card: Ascot, Saturday July 29

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

Timeform take you through the card at Ascot on Saturday.


13:50 - The form that NYALETI (5) has shown on her last two starts very much makes her the one to beat here. She showed both speed and determination when runner-up to an exciting prospect in the Jersey Stakes and run to a similar level when finishing second to another promising Ballydoyle filly in a Group 2 at Newmarket last time. With Ryan Moore booked, Nyaleti is expected to dominate this small field and deservedly resume winning ways.

14:25 - The drop back to 1m has been the making of CENTURY DREAM (3), who has won his last two starts in good style. He confirmed the improvement he showed at Doncaster when winning a useful handicap at Ayr last time, and he is probably capable of smart form when the time demands it. He has a few other progressive three-year-olds in opposition today, most notably Juanito Chico, who arguably went like the best horse at the weights here last time, but the feeling is Century Dream can progress again and earns a narrow vote.

15:00 - A typically-competitive big-field handicap where you can make a case for plenty, but FASTNET TEMPEST (10) looks the one to start with. He didn't get the chance to show what he can do in the Hunt Cup last time and almost certainly remains in top form. The unexposed gelding had to pick his way through 2f out, and was forced to switch 1f out, keeping on after, but too far back to land a telling blow. The feeling is he remains ahead of his mark and, with the combination of blinkers and Ryan Moore on for the first time, he makes plenty of appeal. REMARKABLE (4) is another who needs keeping on side following his run at Newbury last time. He ran right up to his best that day, and appears to be at his best on a straight track. Indeed, he isn't the easiest to win with, but he has plenty of ability, and has the form to play a leading role here if getting the breaks.

15:35 - A good renewal which revolves around the fantastic filly ENABLE (10), who completed the Oaks double at the Curragh last time by five and a half lengths. John Gosden won this race with a similar filly in Taghrooda in 2015 and, with the prospect of even more to come, Enable looks a solid favourite in receipt of both the age and sex allowance.

16:10 - TIGRE DU TERRE (3) was easy to back on debut, and clearly sprang a surprise when running out an impressive winner over this C&D. He was well positioned as the race went, but he still scored in some style, and he seems sure to improve for that experience. He is just preferred to the more experienced Ventura Knight, who arrives chasing a four-timer.

16:45 - The vote goes to BERTIEWHITTLE (3), who has shaped as though he turn may be near on his last two starts. He ought to get the strong pace he craves here, and off a fair mark, he is fancied to open his account for the season. This looks wide open, though, and Superta, Classic Seniority and Imperial State all need considering, too.

17:20 - ROYAL ASSOCIATE (13) made plenty of appeal on paper and belied relatively big odds to make a winning debut at Doncaster earlier this month. He showed a good attitude to prevail that day, pulling clear of the remainder with the second and, open to improvement now, he is expected to prove an opening mark of 86 lenient.

Placepot permutation:

13:50 - 5
14:25 - 3
15:00 - 4, 10
15:35 - 10
16:10 - 6
16:45 - 3

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