13.50 – William Hill Prestige Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) – 7f
QUEEN OLLY was a good winner on debut at York and has since performed very well in making the frame in both the Albany at Royal Ascot and Duchess of Cambridge at Newmarket behind some good horses. The step up in trip looks a positive move and she should go close in this race with the form in the book to play a major role. BRIGHT DIAMOND looked to be going nowhere at halfway on debut before she found her stride and quickened away to score by nine lengths. This is a much deeper race but Karl Burke’s filly could easily turn out to be above-average and is worth her place in the field to see if she can handle the rise in grade.
Selections: QUEEN OLLY, BRIGHT DIAMOND
14.25 – William Hill Handicap – 7f
TACARIB BAY has always been held in high regard by connections and while he couldn’t land a blow in the 2,000 Guineas, likewise to when down the field in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot when badly hampered, he capitalised on a drop in grade when scoring on handicap debut on his penultimate start. He was unlucky not to finish closer last time at Ascot when denied a clear passage when travelling well but still managed to grab second. I have no doubt he’s the best horse in this race, so he’s expected to be in the shake-up. SAFE VOYAGE isn’t the force of old but he’s a multiple pattern-class winner and was unlucky when fourth in the Group Two Lennox over C&D two years ago. He appeals at large odds.
Selections: TACARIB BAY, SAFE VOYAGE
15.00 – William Hill March Stakes (Group 3) (In Memory Of John Dunlop) – 1m6f
The very classy HOO YA MAL is going to start a short-priced favourite but rightfully so given he is miles clear of these on ratings and on the form available. This year’s Derby runner-up ran a tremendous race to finish second in the Gordon Stakes here last time behind New London and would have gone close without his rider dropping the whip at a crucial stage. This is a huge drop in grade and, with William Buick doing the steering, he should have no trouble in beating these comfortably for his new handler.
Selections: HOO YA MAL
15.35 – William Hill Celebration Mile Stakes (Group 2) – 1m
A disappointing turnout for this Group Two event to be completely honest with only five going to post but it should present a good opportunity for MUTASAABEQ to collect the spoils. He holds the edge on the form available and is clear of these based upon official ratings too. After an excellent head second to Chindit in the Summer Mile at Ascot last time, he’s strongly fancied to go one better. Finest Sound, who’s been in good form this year, can chase home the favourite.
16.10 – William Hill / EBF Fillies’ Restricted Novice Stakes (GBB Race) – 6f
Ralph Beckett’s KEEP BIDDING would have definitely won at Kempton last-time-out had she not hung badly left in the final furlong in which she threw completely through the race away. However, connections will have tried to iron out that problem ahead of today’s assignment and therefore if she can keep straight, she should have too much for these, especially when her previous fourth in the Woodcote is the best form on offer.
Selections: KEEP BIDDING
16.45 – William Hill Extra Places Every Day Handicap – 1m1f
Andrew Balding’s CITY STREAK has yet to finish out of the frame in his last five starts and ran a good race to finish second at Chester when last spotted. He has gone up two-pounds but should remain competitive here with more to come. MAYSONG was badly hampered in his hat-trick bid at Newmarket last time but still ran well to finish seventh of 11 and will find this much easier. He’s feared most here.
Selections: CITY STREAK, MAYSONG