Through The Card: Royal Ascot Day 5, Saturday 20 June

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Royal Ascot concludes with another top-class card on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card on Day 5 of Royal Ascot on Saturday...

"...a scopey sort who always looked likely to improve as a three-year-old..."

Timeform on Wichita

12:40 - BLUE MIST (5) and APLOMB (10) could be the pair to focus on here for Placepot purposes. The former shaped as if needing the run when second on his reappearance at Newbury last week and remains potentially well treated from the same mark, while Aplomb was a big eye-catcher when fifth on his return at Newmarket, doing his best work at the finish to be beaten only two and three quarter lengths. His strength at the finish points to him making further progress now back up in trip, with a BHA mark of 95 unlikely to prove beyond him when everything falls right.

13:15 - Aidan O'Brien has never won the Queen Mary Stakes but looks to hold obvious claims of breaking his duck with MORE BEAUTIFUL (8), who could hardly have been more impressive when making a successful debut at Naas recently. Well on top at the finish, she should have even more to offer with that experience under her belt and is fancied to follow in the footsteps of her dam Maybe (who has also produced the 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior) by winning at Royal Ascot as a two-year-old. Campanelle, Happy Romance and Sacred could be amongst those to give the selection most to think about.

13:50 - Unlike the Queen Mary, Aidan O'Brien has already won the Coventry Stakes on nine occasions, a tally he can add to here with the exciting ADMIRAL NELSON (1). He could hardly hardly have been more impressive when making a winning start to his career at the Curragh last week, travelling powerfully and just needing to be nudged out in the closing stages to beat stablemate Merchant Quay (who was sent off favourite) by a length. He was value for much more than that and looks a big player if this doesn't come too soon. Qaader and Creative Force, who made winning debuts at Newbury and Newmarket respectively, appeal as the most likely to take advantage if the selection fails to deliver on his immense potential.

14:25 - ALPINE STAR (1) is fancied to emulate her half-sister Alpha Centauri by winning the Coronation Stakes for Jessica Harrington and the Niarchos Family. Admittedly, Alpha Centauri had already won the Irish 1000 Guineas when lining up here, whereas Alpine Star will be making her first appearance on a racecourse for 10 months. The daughter of Sea The Moon clearly possesses plenty of ability, though, as she showed in winning two of her three juvenile starts (including the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh), and there should be even better to come from her as a three-year-old. Quadrilateral and Run Wild are fancied to emerge as the chief threats, though this is an open renewal on paper in which none of the seven runners can be ruled out with total confidence.

15:00 - This is another race that has been good to Aidan O'Brien over the years, with eights wins to his name since 2000. The pick of his three runners this time looks to be WICHITA (7), who had chief market rival Pinatubo back in third when filling the runner-up spot behind Kameko in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket last time. That contest raised doubts as to whether Pinatubo is still capable of the top-class form he showed at two, but there are no such concerns when it comes to Wichita, a scopey sort who always looked likely to improve as a three-year-old. He may yet prove capable of better still and is fancied to confirm the placings with Pinatubo to open his account at the top level. Palace Pier completes the shortlist.

15:35 - SCEPTICAL (5) was most impressive when extending his winning sequence to four on his turf debut at Naas recently, taking the step up to listed level in his stride with another dominant display. This is clearly going to be tougher again, but his improvement seemingly shows no signs of slowing down yet, so there is every reason to be positive about him as he continues the remarkable journey he has been on since being bought by his current connections for just £2,800 last August. One Master is another to consider, especially if the going puts the emphasis even more on stamina, while Hello Youmzain also commands respect if reproducing the form he showed to win the Sprint Cup at Haydock last season.

16:10 - BIELSA (9) remains unexposed and is worth the chance to defy an 8 lb higher mark than when winning his final four-year-old start at Doncaster in dominant fashion. Highland Dress, Summerghand and Dazzling Dan are just three of several dangers in a typically competitive renewal of the Wokingham.

16:40 - Alan King has already saddled two winners at Royal Ascot this week and looks to hold sound claims of bringing up the hat-trick here with WHO DARES WINS (9). The 2019 Northumberland Plate winner developed into a smart chaser over the winter and should relish this test. Last year's Ascot Stakes victor The Grand Visir is back for more and has solid claims up in trip. Nate The Great is an interesting alternative.


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