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Ripon and Southwell host evening meetings today and Anita Chambers has a tip for every race.
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ASCOT: 2.30 That Is The Spirit, 3.05 Harry's Dancer, 3.45 MAGICIAN (NAP), 4.25 Purr Along, 5.00 Abseil, 5.35 Muteela.
HAMILTON: 1.50 Split The Atom, 2.20 Hab Reeh, 2.55 Handwoven, 3.30 I'm Super Too, 4.10 Solid Justice, 4.45 Diddy Eric, 5.20 Remember Rocky, 5.55 Operateur.
RIPON: 6.50 Fathom Five, 7.20 Olivia Fallow, 7.50 Dolphin Rock, 8.20 The Hooded Claw, 8.50 Eternitys Gate, 9.20 Pertuis.
SOUTHWELL: 6.10 Jim Tango, 6.40 Very Stylish, 7.10 Turoyal, 7.40 Nordic Quest, 8.10 Edmaaj, 8.40 Midnight Thomas, 9.10 Kalamill.
UTTOXETER: 2.10 Larteta, 2.45 Mister Bricolage, 3.20 Big Sound, 4.00 Ittirad, 4.35 Mon Reve, 5.10 Marufo, 5.45 Fivefortyfive.
WEXFORD: 6.00 Discover Wexford, 6.30 Boru Boy, 7.00 Shield 7.30 Cloudy Morning, 8.00 Shake The Bucket, 8.30 Araglen Lad, 9.00 My Betty.
DOUBLE: Magician and Abseil.
Magician endured a nightmare run at Royal Ascot last year but he can make amends 12 months on and claim the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the feature event on day two of the meeting.
Aidan O'Brien's charge was well fancied for the St James's Palace Stakes last term, but a late setback combined with a bump in the home straight saw him trail home last of the nine runners.
However, he showed that run to be all wrong on his final outing of 2013 as he swooped late and fast to land the Breeders' Cup Turf, beating off multiple Group One winner The Fugue in the process.
Hopes were high Magician could take a starring role in Dubai but he suffered a troubled passage in the Sheema Classic and never looked like challenging the leading players.
He once again bounced back with a Group Three win at the Curragh in May before subsequently being all at sea on very testing ground when beaten by the resurgent Noble Mission in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.
On the face of it, that was a thoroughly disappointing effort, but Joseph O'Brien was far from hard on his mount when it became evident he was struggling and he was still only beaten just over a length.
Faster ground is guaranteed and while Magician faces a tough task in conceding weight to hot favourite Treve, he is a proven traveller and she will be stepping into unknown territory with her first outing outside of France and on the back of her first defeat.
Purr Along can give Johnny Murtagh his first Royal Ascot winner as a trainer in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.
The four-year-old failed to live up to her juvenile promise last year but was snapped up for a million guineas at the autumn sales, with new owner Qatar Racing sending her off to Murtagh's yard.
She made a dream start for new connections when running out a 20-1 winner in a Curragh Group Three, with all ground seemingly alike to her.
Purr Along has plenty to find with the best of these fillies but a change of scenery has clearly reinvigorated her and she could register another minor surprise.
Abseil made it into the Royal Hunt Cup line-up by the skin of his teeth and Sir Michael Stoute's charge looks a likely type in this ultra-competitive heat.
He looked a potential Pattern performer when winning at Epsom earlier this month, travelling well throughout before asserting his authority in the final furlong to win by half a length, and that was with drifting across the track.
The 5lb penalty he picked up for that win has seen him make the cut and he can take full advantage of his lowly weight.
That Is The Spirit puts his unbeaten record on the line in the Jersey Stakes after making steady progress in three runs this term.
He opened his account in a Doncaster maiden and has gone on to Listed success at Epsom via a handicap win at York.
John Quinn has a strong juvenile hand this season and five-length Thirsk winner Harry's Dancer should give a good account in the Queen Mary.
Muteela has yet to be beaten and she can keep it that way in the closing Sandringham Handicap.
Away from Ascot, Split The Atom is an interesting Irish raider in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes at Hamilton, while The Hooded Claw can strike gold in the Wells Memorial Challenge Trophy Handicap at Ripon.
National Hunt action is on offer at Southwell and Uttoxeter with Edmaaj taken to go well in the Green Fee Offers At southwellgolfclub.com Handicap Hurdle at the first-named venue.
Mister Bricolage was well beaten when second at Uttoxeter last week but can make a swift return pay in the William Hill - Download The App Conditional Jockeys' Selling Hurdle at the Midlands track.