Through The Card: Royal Ascot, 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
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Timeform take you through the card on day four at Royal Ascot 2017.

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14:30 - It was hard not to be impressed by ALPHA CENTAURI's (2) win in a listed race at Naas last time, leading on the bridle over two furlongs out, and then quickening clear in impressive fashion to win by five lengths. That is much the best form on offer coming into this and she is a confident selection to get us off to a winning start.

15:05 - Sir Michael Stoute has a fantastic record in the King Edward VII Stakes and he has another leading fancy in this year's renewal in the shape of CRYSTAL OCEAN (4). The same connections won this race with his half-brother Hillstar in 2013, and they will be hoping he can follow in his footsteps. He shaped well in the Dante when last seen in May, and the feeling is they missed Epsom in favour of this race. The step up to 1½m looks sure to suit and he is very much one to consider.

15:40 - Both CARAVAGGIO (3) and HARRY ANGEL (4) made striking impressions in their latest starts and the pair are hard to split on Timeform ratings. However, the former remains unbeaten and there is a sneaky suspicion he still has more to offer. Still, Harry Angel clocked an exceptional timefigure at Haydock last time and it could be worth siding with both.

16:20 - WINTER (7) has quickly developed into a very smart filly this season winning both the English and Irish 1000 Guineas, in equally impressive fashion. The feeling is she will continue to take all the beating throughout the season, and there is still more to come from her if required, so she looks banker material.

17:00 - The Queen's Vase has been raised from listed class to a Group 2 this year and has also altered trip from 2m to 1¾m. Aidan O'Brien has a cracking record in this, winning five of the last 10 renewals, including with subsequent St Leger winner Leading Light in 2013. He has two runners this year, but BELGRAVIA (2) looks the stables first string, and he looks a solid contender. Not disgraced in a listed race over 13f last time, he very much shaped as though he would benefit from a sterner test and, fitted with first-time blinkers, he holds sound claims. Another to consider, however, is STRADIVARIUS (11), who was beaten at short odds at Chester last time, but is another who should be suited by this longer trip. This more galloping track is another positive for Stradivarius and he is also worth keeping on side.

17:35 - A most competitive handicap to finish where a case can be made for several, but Roger Varian's WADIGOR (5) has won all three of his starts to date in taking style, and he is potentially smart. He had more in hand than the bare margin suggests at Kempton last month and a subsequent 8 lb rise could well underestimate him. However, SIXTIES GROOVE (16) was a major eye-catcher over an inadequate trip at Epsom on his return earlier this month and can't be left out for Placepot purposes. He hasn't always looked entirely straightforward, but he ought to get a good toe into the race in this big field, and returned to a more suitable trip, he is also of interest.

Recommendation:

Win back CRYSTAL OCEAN (4) in the 15:05

Placepot permutation:

14:30 - 2
15:05 - 4
15:40 - 3, 4
16:20 - 7
17:00 - 2, 11
17:35 - 5, 16

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