The Scoop6 fund is starting to build nicely - there's an estimated £500,000 in the win fund - and Timeform suggest a permutation...
Magician has proven on multiple occasions that he is a high-class operator and he has been underestimated in the market...
York 14:20 - Not an easy start to proceedings but it may be worth chancing Sir Reginald as he shaped well in the Scottish Stewards' Cup over six furlongs last time and should benefit from the return to seven. He deserves extra credit for that effort as he fared best of those that raced towards the far side, and shaped as if he is in the form to snap a long losing run. A bold bid looks assured.
Ascot 14:40 - A number of progressive, unexposed three-year-olds line up here but it could be worth siding with You're Fired as Karl Burke's lightly-raced colt is improving with experience, showing run-to-run progress, and he shaped well in defeat at Newmarket last time, responding well under pressure to keep on for second. That was You're Fired's first effort at a mile, and he seemed to relish the trip, hinting that there could yet be further to come.
Newcastle 15:05 - Azagal was better than ever when landing a seven-furlong event at Doncaster in May and, returned to that trip, she bounced back to form at York last time, finishing a close-up third; she makes plenty of appeal in a close-knit handicap. Azagal is on a workable mark at present, and the move into open company looks a good one as she faces fewer unexposed, progressive rivals than would be the case against her own generation.
Ascot 15:15 - This really is an extremely tricky contest, and it could be worth siding with a pair of in-form horses that, crucially, have run well on the Ascot straight course before. The first horse that we will include is Ayaar. Luca Cumani's charge has shaped well on all three starts for this yard, including when an unlucky fifth in the Hunt Cup over one mile here last month. Ayaar was in the process of running a blinder when he was bumped and lost momentum at a crucial stage, and with better luck this time he is likely to be on the premises. He is joined in the permutation by Watchable as David O'Meara's charge ran well when third over C&D at the Royal meeting and could still be open to improvement having made just the five starts. He should have derived tremendous benefit from racing in a big-field cavalry charge last time and has to enter the reckoning with that experience behind him.
York 15:30 - At a tasty price, it is worth considering the claims of Foxtrot Romeo as he produced his best effort of the season last time and looks worth a go at six furlongs. Foxtrot Romeo hasn't run over this trip since his two-year-old days but he showed plenty of speed over seven furlongs at Newcastle, making headway on the bridle, suggesting that he could prove effective at sprint trips. Foxtrot Romeo clearly isn't the most solid proposition, though, so it is also worth including the thriving Line of Reason who is in the form of his life having racked up a quick-fire hat-trick. He may be capable of progressing further based on his latest win here, where he won with greater authority than the winning margin would suggest, and is sure to put up a bold show.
Ascot 15:50 - Telescope and Taghrooda obviously hold strong claims, coming into this race on the back of impressive, wide-margin wins, though it is worth pointing out that Magician also ran right up to his best when finishing second in the Prince of Wales's Stakes and he looks the value in a good renewal of the King George. Magician's finest hour came when winning the Breeders' Cup Turf over this trip on fast ground and, with the sun beating down at Ascot, he should have things in his favour come race time. He has proven on multiple occasions that he is a high-class operator and he has been underestimated in the market.
Leg 1- 5
Leg 2- 6
Leg 3- 8
Leg 4- 17, 21
Leg 5- 3, 17
Leg 6- 3
4 lines @£2 = £8