FAIR COP - 16:50 Redcar
FAIR COP proved at least as good as ever when successful on her most recent outing at Chepstow, travelling strongly in the first-time cheekpieces and always in control once hitting the front at halfway, ultimately winning by a length and a half with a bit in hand (closed down only late on). Clearly, a 6 lb rise in the weights makes life tougher here, but she still sets the standard on weight-adjusted ratings, by 2 lb from Betsey Trotter and Machree, and there could be even more to come if the headgear proves as effective second-time-round - she remains relatively lightly raced for a five-year-old and her half-brother Desert Law didn't reach his peak until the age of seven.
FRANZ KAFKA - 15:00 Brighton
FRANZ KAFKA looks likely to go off favourite here, but he has had plenty of opportunities to open his account and, given his overall profile, he looks one to take on at the prices. Indeed, John Gosden's charge has already proved expensive to follow, twice beaten at odds-on in his short career to date, and he didn't appear to have any excuses when third at Wetherby last time, so it could be worth siding with his chief market rival instead. Admittedly, Current Option was also beaten at short odds at Epsom last time, but it looked a case of him simply not handling the track on that occasion, and he is well worth another chance to get back on an upward curve, with the form of his final two-year-old start at Newbury working out well.
SHAWAAMEKH - 19:50 Ayr
£65.68 - Declan Carroll's profit to a £1 level stake when having one runner at a flat meeting
SHAWAAMEKH filled the runner-up spot for the second start in succession at Wetherby earlier this month, shaping with plenty of promise on the day, too, catching the eye with how well he travelled, but simply doing too much too soon for him to see out the trip. The drop back to seven furlongs looks a good move here, and a 2 lb higher mark might not be enough to prevent him gaining a deserved success - indeed, he still sets the standard on weight-adjusted ratings, and, representing the Declan Carroll yard that has a good record when sending just one runner to a meeting, he is fancied to make the long journey up from North Yorkshire a worthwhile one for his connections.