Through The Card: Royal Ascot, Saturday June 24

There is high-class Flat racing from Royal Ascot on Saturday
There is high-class Flat racing from Royal Ascot on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card on the final day of Royal Ascot 2017.


14:30 - SEPTEMBER (16) is beautifully bred and looked an exciting prospect when making a winning racecourse bow at Leopardstown two weeks ago. That form leaves her 2 lb clear of the field on Timeform ratings here and, with that initial outing likely to bring about plenty of improvement, September is fancied to see off the attentions of Goodwood winner Masar and can continue the fine form of jockey Ryan Moore (12 winners in the last 14 days).

15:05 - KHAIRAAT (6) looked a group horse in the making when completing a hat-trick at Chester on his return last month and remains potentially well treated, despite a 13 lb hike in the weights. Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum won this race with Mahsoob two years ago and appears to hold sound claims of doing so again with the Sir Michael Stoute-trained runner here. He is joined in the Placepot by CENTRAL SQUARE (4), who shaped encouragingly when third on his seasonal debut at Newmarket and should be seen to better effect now stepping back up in trip.

15:40 - IDAHO (7) shaped with promise when sixth on his most recent outing in the Coronation Cup at Epsom, not given a hard time once it became clear his chance had gone and keeping on well under the circumstances to be beaten just seven and a quarter lengths. He should do better with that first outing for eight months under his belt here and looks sure to be thereabouts if returning to the form of his win in last year's Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.

16:20 - LIMATO (7) is a high-class performer at his best, just as he showed when winning the July Cup and Prix de la Foret last year. Things transpired against him out in Dubai on his latest start, and he is well worth another chance with conditions in his favour in this fourth leg of the Placepot. It would come as no surprise were The Tin Man to emerge as the best of those who raced in the Duke of York last month, while Suedois could be a lively outsider sporting a visor for the first time.

17:00 - DANZENO (13) had group form to his name in his prime and makes plenty of appeal for Placepot purposes here. He was well beaten over an unsuitable seven furlongs at York on return last month, but is entitled to improve for the run, and a BHA mark of 104 is more than fair on judged on previous exploits. He is joined in the Placepot by RAUCOUS (7), who showed he is suited by these big-field handicaps when third in the Stewards' Cup last year, and looks sure to run well if the application of blinkers has the desired effect here.

17:35 - THOMAS HOBSON (13) could hardly have been more impressive when landing the Ascot Stakes over slightly shorter here on Tuesday, rapidly cutting through the field and bounding clear in the style of a fresh horse. He looks sure to go close if arriving in the same mood here, with 2015 winner Oriental Fox, Qewy, who goes well fresh, and Montaly heading the dangers in this concluding leg of the Placepot.


Win back IDAHO in the 15:40 at Royal Ascot
Win back THOMAS HOBSON in the 17:35 at Royal Ascot

Placepot permutation:

14:30 - 16
15:05 - 4, 6
15:40 - 7
16:20 - 7
17:00 - 7, 13
17:35 - 13

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