Horse Racing Tips

Through The Card: Ascot, Saturday 25 July

Ascot finish
There is a high-class card at Ascot on Saturday

"...may have more to offer back at this trip..."

Timeform on Japan

Timeform take you through the card at Ascot on Saturday...

12:40 - MAYAAS (6) was well found in the market and showed plenty to work on in the mud on debut at Haydock and should take a step forward now. He was held back by inexperience on that occasion, but is bred to be useful, and can put that experience to good use. Any market support for newcomers Hamoudi, Inveigle and Mohawk King would be interesting.

13:15 - A field of really well-bred fillies, but ISLE OF MAY (3), the only one to have run, showed a lot of promise under considerate handling when second at Newmarket on debut, and she may well be able to make her experience tell. The betting is likely to be informative, but Godolphin pair Creative Flair and Renaissance Rose, and the Queen's Light Refrain all stand out on paper.

13:50 - Having shaped with considerable promise on debut at Newmarket, NAVAL CROWN (6) may find the requisite improvement to follow in the foosteps of stablemate Al Dabaran, who landed this prize 12 months ago. Saint Lawrence is feared greatly on the back of his encouraging effort in Group 2 company and is next on the list ahead of the unbeaten Twaasol and Coventry Stakes third Saeiqa.

14:25 - SHELIR (14) may have been stretched by the step up to a mile at Haydock last time, and is perhaps worth another chance as he's now 4 lb lower than when a promising fifth in the Buckingham Palace over course and distance at the Royal meeting. ARBALET (15), second in this when trained by Hugo Palmer in 2018, is another interesting runner for David O'Meara. He has started well for new connections and is handicapped to strike. Eshaasy catches the eye as a progressive three-year-old from a top yard and is another for the shortlist.

15:00 - Preference is for TSAR (2), who bumped into a smart sort on return at Newbury, and displayed a good turn of foot when making a winning handicap debut at Yarmouth last time, making a mockery of his opening mark. This well-bred colt should go on to better things in due course and is expected to follow up here. Dance Fever was behind Tell Me All on return at Windsor, but he didn't get the rub of the green that day and may emerge as the main danger. The promising Evening Sun is also firmly on the shortlist.

15:35 - Only three runners in this year's renewal but there is still plenty of intrigue. JAPAN (2) has finished behind Enable on the two previous occasions that they've met, and the superstar mare won't go down without a big fight in her bid for a record third King George. However, there was only a head between them at Sandown last month and Japan, who may have more to offer back at this trip, is the more appealing at the prices.

16:10 - Several to consider in this competitive handicap, with JUST THE MAN (3) topping the shortlist. Clive Cox's charge shaped encouragingly at Kempton where he was left with too much to do and he's 2 lb lower than for his latest success at Lingfield in December. The unexposed Media Storm will be a danger to all if taking to turf, while Mascat and Power of States are others with claims, along with Arabist.

16:45 - COLLINSBAY (1) has shown enough in maidens to suggest that this mark should be within reach now pitched into a nursery, particularly with the step up to seven furlongs a potentially good move. Richard Hannon is in great form and he can open his account. Next on the list is Marsabit, who bettered his previous efforts at Newbury last time and has also been handed a fair-looking opening mark. Temple Bruer and Meshakel are others who may be capable of better.

17:20 - This is his toughest assignment to date, but SOLO SAXOPHONE (2) is clearly on the crest of a wave at present and he is taken to complete the four-timer. The six-year-old had plenty left up his sleeve when beating Young Merlin at York and, on that evidence, a 10 lb rise looks manageable. Scaramanga is feared most with Frankie Dettori in the hot-seat, while Table Mountain and Speedo Boy also have claims.

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