Through The Card: Ascot, Saturday 27 July

Enable
All eyes will be on Enable as she aims to become the first horse to regain the King George at 15:40

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

"...he looks worth siding with to take this open-looking listed contest for two-year-olds."

Timeform on Al Dabaran

13:50 - It's difficult to look past SUMMER ROMANCE (10), who has looked every inch the high-class prospect her pedigree/price tag would suggest in landing each of her 2 starts to date, taking the step up to listed level in her stride when romping clear at Newmarket in June. With further progress anticipated, she will be very tough to beat now stepping into Group company, and is taken to extend her perfect start. Dark Lady, who was impressive at Lingfield, Ultra Violet and Good Vibes head up the dangers.

14:15 - Admittedly, BEATBOXER (1) was a disappointment in the Britannia Stakes here last month, and as such his profile is becoming rather all-or-nothing, but he had produced a career-best effort prior to that, proving a different proposition when winning a competitive event at Haydock two starts back in May. The big field scenario perhaps didn't play into his hands last time so early into his career, and he could still prove to be on a good mark yet considering he burst to the front at Haydock in the manner of a pattern-class performer. Sash recorded a career best performance to win readily at Windsor last time and is respected now he's seemingly found his trip, while Motakhayyel and Flashcard are also promising handicappers who are worthy of consideration.

15:00 - RAISING SAND (3) is one of the best Ascot operators around at the moment, and he's produced two fine efforts so far this season, most recently when finishing third in the Royal Hunt Cup over a mile here last month, taking longer to unwind than the two who finished in-front of him, and doing all of his best work in the finish. He's an admirably consistent type in these big field scenarios, and looks primed to strike off the same mark as last time. This is incredibly competitive, though and it also looks worth including MAKZEEM (9), who makes plenty of appeal under a penalty following his emphatic Newbury success last weekend. Stablemate Blue Mist, an eye-catcher over C&D in May, is not without hope, but bigger threats may be posed by the consistent Spanish City, Admirality and Ripp Orf.

15:35 - ENABLE (8) looked a good as ever when making a winning return in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown last month, and with the return to a mile and a half much more to her suiting, she's difficult to look past for win purposes, and will likely prove very difficult to beat as she looks to become the first horse to regain the King George crown, having missed this race last year (won as a three-year-old in 2017). Crystal Ocean will be a tough nut to crack given his performance at Royal Ascot, while Derby-winner Anthony Van Dyck could be waiting in the wings if Enable and Crystal Ocean take each other on too early.

16:15 - AL DABARAN (1) made the perfect start to his career when scoring by two and a half lengths at Newmarket last month, and with more improvement to come from him yet, he looks worth siding with to take this open-looking listed contest for two-year-olds. Sun Power shaped promisingly when fourth in the Chesham over C&D at the Royal meeting and is respected, while Maxi Boy is also much respected on the back of his third in the Group 2 Superlative at Newmarket last time.

16:50 - The absence of Lyndon B this morning means that this contest has a much more open feel to it, and as such it looks worth siding with SHADY MCCOY (1). It's been a long time since he last got his head in front, with his last success coming at York in October 2017, and although he's yet to fully fire so far this season, he's slipped to 2 lb below his last winning mark, and this looks a good opportunity for him to go close at the very least. Redarna and Normandy Barriere are next best on the list, while Big Storm Coming also merits respect.

17:20 - It looks best to concentrate on the three-year-olds in Ascot's finale, and KIEFER (7) is narrowly preferred. He shaped really well to finish second in what's proving to be a really strong contest at Salisbury last time out (two who finished behind him have won since), and should be up to taking this with more improvement a possibility. The gutsy Lariat is another three-year-old to consider, while Vivid Diamond also enters calculations.

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