Ascot stages a quality card on Wednesday, and Alan Dudman's two best bets come from the Berkshire venue - relying on top trainers Luca Cumani and John Gosden...
"Luca Cumani's five-year-old broke the course record when storming to success in 2015 with his trademark strong finish. He is still lightly-raced with just four wins in eight career starts, and he's a player for the big cup races this term."
15:20 Ascot - Mizzou to repeat staying feat
The Group 3 Sagaro Stakes is a cracking early season staying race, and last year's winner Mizzou lines up again - in what looks a good renewal.
Luca Cumani's five-year-old broke the course record when storming to success in 2015 with his trademark strong finish. He is still lightly-raced with just four wins in eight career starts, and he's a player for the big cup races this term.
This horse is all about stamina, and whilst there isn't a natural front-runner in the field, there are plenty of prominent racers.
His trainer held the belief he was an Ascot Gold Cup contender - a race he wasn't beaten too far in last summer, coming from a long way behind. Incidentally he is 16/1 for this year's Royal meeting on the Sportsbook.
Cumani has sent out just three runners this term, with a win and a second. Mizzou looks the type of horse to need a break between his races - and first time out is the time to catch him.
16:30 Ascot - Oppose Arod with Gosden's Hopkins
Arod easily has the best form in here, but he'll be short enough in the market for his reappearance. And whilst I have always loved the horse, he has to bounce back after two poor runs out in Australia - the last of which came in November. He refused to settle in one of the races, and he has shown that on a previous 'first time out' effort.
And of course he'll have much bigger targets later this season.
I'll be backing Gm Hopkins at a larger price, as the horse has top-quality handicap form and he acts very well at the track.
Ryan Moore gave him a brilliant ride to land the Royal Hunt Cup in 2015 over the far side, and the ground should be ideal for him on Wednesday. He has always looked a potential Group performer. And he was drifting out to 4.03/1 on Tuesday night, so we'll take those odds.
Hopkins was a Victorian poet who was educated at Highgate School - who I took six wickets against many years ago. Including snaring their captain with a lovely googly.
I initially looked at Swirral Edge - but there's a chance she'll be over-bet due to the rattling good form of her yard (David Brown).
However, at a bigger price, Captain Dion makes plenty of appeal.
He had two runs last year at Redcar, and built on his debut promise to land his maiden in determined fashion. The three-year-old is trained by Kevin Ryan, and his horses have picked up well. Captain Dion looks the type to relish the six furlongs at a stiff track like Pontefract.
Wednesday's Recommended Bets (all half point)
Back Mizzou @ 5.04/1 in the 15:20 at Ascot
Back Gm Hopkins @ 4.03/1 in the 16:30 at Ascot
Back Captain Dion @ 4/1 in the 17:25 at Pontefract
Alan Dudman's profit and loss
Weekly P/L: -7.0
2015 P/L: +20.14