Timeform pick out three bets from the opening day of Royal Ascot 2016 on Tuesday.
"That high-class effort represented the best in the race since 1999..."
Mecca's Angel - Ascot 15:40
Mecca's Angel was a bit below her best when second in the Temple Stakes at Haydock last time, but she still produced a very smart effort to get within a neck of Profitable and - sure to be sharper with that outing under her belt - she could yet return to the sort of level she achieved when winning last year's Nunthorpe Stakes. That form would leave her rivals with 7 lb to find on Timeform ratings here and, having been considered an unlikely runner on ground with the word firm in the description, the recent rainfall has to be considered a major positive for her chance. The thriving Profitable is an obvious danger, but Mecca's Angel is expected to reverse the placings here and confirm her standing as the world's best sprinter on Timeform ratings.
The Gurkha - Ascot 16:20
The Gurkha was a thoroughly impressive winner of the French 2000 Guineas at Deauville last time, showing good early speed to take up a position just behind the pace and forging clear in the closing stages for a five and a half-length victory. That high-class effort represented the best in the race since 1999 and, with just three starts behind him in his short career to date, he could yet be capable of better for a yard that has already won this race seven times. Indeed, he rates arguably the most exciting three-year-old prospect in training at present and, although Awtaad is respected on the back of a smooth success in the Irish 2000 Guineas, The Gurkha is expected to bring up the hat-trick in what look set to be favourable conditions.
Silver Concorde - Ascot 17:00
Silver Concorde suffered a troubled passage when third in the Chester Cup on his most recent outing and ultimately did extremely well to finish as close as he did behind the reopposing No Heretic. He was held up in what appeared to be a slowly-run race that day and, having been forced to switch from inside to out as the field entered the final furlong, he finished well once in the clear to be beaten a little over one length. A winner of the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in 2014, he certainly gave the impression he has a big staying handicap in him this season and, although the softening ground is a slight concern, Silver Concorde is fancied to confirm that promise with a defeat of the recent Goodwood winner Galizzi.
Timeform UK SmartPlays:
(All from Ascot)
Back Mecca's Angel in the 15:40
Back The Gurkha in the 16:20
Back Silver Concorde in the 17:00