Through The Card: Royal Ascot, Friday June 17

It's day four of Royal Ascot on Friday, featuring the Commonwealth Cup and Coronation Stakes
It's day four of Royal Ascot on Friday, featuring the Commonwealth Cup and Coronation Stakes

Timeform take you through the card on the fourth day of Royal Ascot 2016.

"Ebediyin looked a horse to keep on the right side of when winning comfortably at Naas last month. His dam stayed very strongly and, not only is he worth including in permutations, but he's worth a bet too."

2.30pm Royal Ascot - Create A Dream is respected, especially given the style of stablemate Lady Aurelia's demolition job in the Queen Mary, however the form of her Ascot win doesn't leap off the page. Preference is for Aidan O'Brien's Cuff who followed up her maiden win at Naas with a listed win at the same venue and there is a strong level of confidence behind her challenge; the yard also took the Coventry on day one. Kilmah is not without a chance, given her trainer has once again done well with his juveniles and should know how her form compares, however a bigger threat could be posed by Frankel filly Queen Kindly. Not many Royal Ascot winners start out at Catterick but she sits high up the trainer's pecking order of two-year-olds.

3.05pm Royal Ascot - Humphrey Bogart, Carntop and Across The Stars are closely matched on their run in the Lingfield Derby Trial last month, and - having avoided a tough race in the classic at Epsom since - it wouldn't be a big surprise if Carntop was to come out on top this time around. Ralph Beckett's charge should come on for that run, though it's slightly disconcerting to see the cheekpieces applied so swiftly. Instead, the vote goes to Choreographer. Roger Varian's Sea The Stars colt impressed on debut at Windsor and is better than the bare result of his Dante seventh, having been stopped in his run at a crucial moment. Beacon Rock looks the best of the rest.

3.40pm Royal Ascot - Quiet Reflection holds several of these on her emphatic Haydock win last time and she can confirm the form. Karl Burke's filly has won five of her six starts, is very effective on testing going, and is clear top on Timeform ratings. For those who want to oppose her, perhaps remembering how her sire Showcasing flopped in the Golden Jubilee, then Kachy might be the answer. Tom Dascombe's charge was an emphatic winner at Chester in May and followed up that run with a creditably sixth behind Profitable in the Temple Stakes - form franked in a major way since. Richard Fahey's Donjuan Triumphant and last season's Coventry winner Buratino, who both ran behind Quiet Reflection at Haydock last time, are both respected.

4.20pm Royal Ascot - Nathra and Qemah fared best in the French 1000 Guineas last time out and they form the staking plan here. The former, trained by John Gosden, was also fifth in the 1000 Guineas behind Minding and has the strongest level of soft-ground form overall. Qemah, whose stablemate La Cressionaire won the Pouliches at Deauville, did well to finish as close as she did having stumbled mid-race. Irish 1000 Guineas winner Jet Setting will race in new silks, having been bought by the China Horse Club for £1.3 million on the eve of the meeting, however she had a very hard and protracted battle with Minding at the Curragh and might not be able to repeat the form. The ground has gone against the impressive York winner Nemoralia.

5.00pm Royal Ascot - Sir Michael Stoute has won three of the last eight renewals of this race and it's worth including King's Fete in any staking plan. King's Fete also had an entry in the Hardwicke Stakes but contests this handicap instead off a mark of 104 and might just prove to be a class above his rivals, having caught the eye in a big way on his return from 21 months off over an inadequate trip at Goodwood last month. The top of the handicap looks the place to concentrate on, with the in-form duo of Elite Army and Cymro likely to appreciate the return to a bigger field and each is included on our shortlist as a result.

5.35pm Royal Ascot - Two of the last three renewals have gone to horses trained by Aidan O'Brien and both Cole Porter and Landofhopeandglory are respected, with the step up in trip expected to suit both. However, another Irish-trained horse, Ebediyin, looked a horse to keep on the right side of when winning comfortably at Naas last month. His dam stayed very strongly and, not only is he worth including in permutations, but he's worth a bet too. Ormito is also expected to improve plenty for this longer trip so it's worth including Andrew Balding's Chester vase third on the shortlist.

Placepot permutation:
Leg 1 2:55 Royal Ascot - 5, 13
Leg 2 3:05 Royal Ascot - 4
Leg 3 3:40 Royal Ascot - 5, 12
Leg 4 4:45 Royal Ascot - 8, 12
Leg 5 5:00 Royal Ascot - 1, 2, 3
Leg 6 5:35 Royal Ascot - 4, 12

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