Ascot isn't a card to throw up huge dividends, though it looks as though we can put forward a cheap and viable perm.
"We at Timeform are very excited about Limato as a top-level sprinter this year and, with upwards of half a stone in hand on form to date, he has to rate as a banker in this Group 3."
14:25 - This is arguably one of the best two-year-old races so far this spring. Our choice rests between Buratino and Gifted Master. With the lurking danger of Log Out Island, we can't afford to be cute with Buratino, so Gifted Master gets the nod having looked a handy prospect at the Craven meeting.
15:00 - We can take on Pulcinella with Montalcino, who ran well over C&D last autumn, and the race-fit Shagah, who it's hoped can pick up the thread with her seasonal reappearance (failed to settle/found nothing) behind her.
15:30 - Tac de Boistron coming out opens up the Sagaro Stakes. For all he normally starts later than this, Pallasator usually comes out firing at the beginning of his season and makes it into our perm. Forever Now probably has more to give as an unexposed four-year-old and his recent Nottingham run was presumably a prep for this and/or the Yorkshire Cup.
16:05 - We at Timeform are very excited about Limato as a top-level sprinter this year and, with upwards of half a stone in hand on form to date, he has to rate as a banker in this Group 3.
16:35 - Mondialiste and Hors de Combat dominate the betting and Placepot convention dictates that we side with the race-fit, consistent Mondialiste. That goes even though he might be favourite.
17:10 - Duelling Dragon is too tempting to resist, impressive over seven furlongs at Leicester last time and bound to be suited by a mile. Evening Attire was only fifth in that Leicester race, though he raced on the unfavoured part of the track and overall shapes like one back in top form. He tends to stay there once he arrives.
14:25 - 2
15:00 - 3, 5
15:30 - 5, 8
16:05 - 9
16:35 - 4
17:10 - 7, 11
= 8 lines