Timeform UK SmartPlays: Friday, June 23

There is high-class Flat racing from Royal Ascot on Friday
There is high-class Flat racing from Royal Ascot on Friday

Timeform pick out their three best bets from day four of Royal Ascot...


Alpha Centauri - Ascot 14:30

Alpha Centauri looked an exciting prospect when winning a listed race at Naas last month, still on the bridle when hitting the front two-out and quickly forging clear in the closing stages. That form leaves her 7 lb clear of the field on Timeform ratings here and, with the prospect of more to come after just two starts, Alpha Centauri is fancied to see off the attentions of Ertiyad and can provide trainer Jessica Harrington with a first winner at the Royal meeting.

Crystal Ocean - Ascot 15:05

Crystal Ocean showed improved form when third on his most recent outing in the Dante Stakes at York, staying on strongly to get within one and a quarter lengths of the reopposing Permian and leaving the impression the step up to this trip would see him in an even better light. He represents a trainer with a fine record in this race and is fancied to reverse the form with Permian under Andrea Atzeni, with the lightly-raced Sir John Lavery feared most of the remainder.

Sixties Groove - Ascot 17:35

Sixties Groove very much caught the eye when third on his most recent outing at Epsom, forced to deliver his challenge from further back than ideal and doing extremely well in the circumstances to be beaten just five lengths. He certainly showed enough to suggest he is up to winning again from this mark and should prove tough to beat for the Adam Kirby/Jeremy Noseda combination here, with recent C&D winner Appeared an obvious danger if arriving in the same mood.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:
(All from Ascot)

Win back Alpha Centauri in the 14:30
Win back Crystal Ocean in the 15:05
Win back Sixties Groove in the 17:35


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