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Through The Card: Ascot, Saturday 5 October

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"It is worth noting that he is unbeaten at this trip..."

Timeform on Tabdeed

14:00 - DAKOTA GOLD (1) is in the form of his life and he's fancied to defy a 3 lb penalty given he is already proven on the forecast softer ground. Tis Marvellous hasn't been seen to best effect since winning over C&D in July and remains one to bear in mind, while Maygold is well worth another try at this level on the back of an impressive win at Haydock.

14:35 - FAYLAQ (4) has a mouth-watering pedigree, the third foal of a Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Danedream, and he is now starting to live up to it, looking a pattern-class performer in the making at Kempton last time. He seemingly hasn't been the easiest to train, but he travelled like a smart type on that occasion, and reportedly wants a bit of cut in the ground. Conditions should be ideal for him here and he is expected to progress past these. MORANDO (1) is very much at home under these sort of conditions and also can't be ruled out with the Placepot in mind.

15:10 - CASANOVA (15) is firmly on the up and less exposed than most of these, so he's a standout choice in this in the hope that he handles the ground, in what is an otherwise open and intriguing handicap. Recent C&D runner-up Ripp Orf is an obvious danger along with track-specialist Raising Sand, although there's plenty of others with live chances.

15:40 - It is hard to argue with TABDEED's (7) strike rate, winning four of his five starts to date, and looking a pattern-class performer in the making when easily scoring in a minor event after 10 months off at Doncaster last time. He had his task made easier by his main rival running below form, but that was a clear career-best effort from Tabdeed, racing freely and going handy about halfway, before quickening to lead over a furlong from home and readily putting the race to bed. It is worth noting that he is unbeaten at this trip and, though the breaks in between his races suggest he is a fragile sort, he is very much the unknown quantity in here and is worth siding with on that basis.

16:15 - DI FEDE (5) was impressive when winning this last season and this looks a good opportunity for her to get off the mark for the year. Fred Darling winner Dandhu hasn't been seen since finishing down the field in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in May but remains with potential, while fellow penalised-winner Beauty Filly is another to consider.

16:50 - A winner at Newcastle in April, PENDLETON (11) has yet to open his account in handicaps, yet won't be long in bucking that trend judged on recent exploits. First home in his group in the Bronze Cup last time, he's one to be interested in and gets the nod. Last year's winner Erissimus Maximus looks to have been primed for a repeat and is feared, along with Came From The Dark and Texting.

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