Samba time at Haydock
Anita Chambers provides a tip for every race on Saturday and fancies Gordon Lord Byron in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
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ROYAL ASCOT: 2.30 Dick Whittington, 3.05 Squire Osbaldeston, 3.45 Telescope, 4.25 GORDON LORD BYRON (NAP), 5.00 Rocky Ground, 5.30 Whiplash Willie.
AYR: 1.50 Squats, 2.20 Pretzel, 2.55 Capo Rosso, 3.35 Muharrer, 4.15 Bispham Green, 4.50 Swan Song, 5.25 Jaeger Train.
DOWN ROYAL: 2.35 Calm Bay, 3.10 Jack Naylor, 3.40 Relentless Pursuit, 4.10 Urban Moon, 4.45 Jazz Girl, 5.20 Wateed, 5.55 Zarawi.
GOWRAN: 2.10 Gone Platinum, 2.45 Star Power, 3.20 The Plan Man, 3.50 Mm Dazzler, 4.20 City Line, 4.55 Point The Toes, 5.30 Blueberry Hill.
HAYDOCK: 6.50 Mumford, 7.20 Angel Way, 7.50 Cape Samba, 8.20 Lesha, 8.50 Protected, 9.20 New Street.
LINGFIELD: 6.05 Epsom Poems, 6.35 Jaladee, 7.05 Vecheka, 7.35 High On Life, 8.05 Blazing Chilli, 8.35 Dalgig, 9.05 Bennelong.
NEWMARKET: 2.15 Diaz, 2.50 Corn Maiden, 3.25 Sequined, 4.05 Four Cheers, 4.40 Soul Brother, 5.15 Tanzeel, 5.50 Red Pike.
REDCAR: 2.05 Home Cummins, 2.40 Hot Spice, 3.15 Kalk Bay, 3.55 Money Team, 4.30 Red Paladin, 5.05 Highland Rebel, 5.40 Storyline.
DOUBLE: Gordon Lord Byron and Squire Osbaldeston.
Gordon Lord Byron can improve on his fourth place of last year with victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, the main event on the final day of Royal Ascot.
The six-year-old deserved plenty of credit for his 2013 effort as he was drawn on the wrong side of the track yet still finished less than five lengths behind winner Lethal Force.
Tom Hogan's charge reversed that form in style when claiming the Sprint Cup at Haydock later in the season, seeing off the reopposing Slade Power among others, before chasing home the superstar mare Moonlight Cloud over seven furlongs at Longchamp.
Gordon Lord Byron is thoroughly versatile in terms of trip and after a fine fourth in the Hong Kong Mile on his final 2013 start, connections switched their attention to Australia where he duly won a Group One event over that distance at Rosehill.
The decision to drop back to six furlongs on heavy ground for another outing at Randwick did not really pay dividends, while he was too far back to make an impact on his most recent outing in the Champions Mile in Hong Kong.
Those last two runs could temper enthusiasm for this test but they could also ensure he is a couple of points longer than he should be and although lightning quick ground would be a bit of a negative, he still represents a value call back over arguably his best distance.
With Noble Mission out of the way, Telescope can finally notch his first victory of 2014 in the Hardwicke Stakes.
The four-year-old, a one-time Derby favourite, is in danger of becoming something of a disappointment after a string of setbacks and near-misses.
He rounded off last year with victory in the Great Voltigeur before an injury put paid to his autumn plans and his supporters were out in force when he reappeared in the Gordon Richards at Sandown in April.
However, very testing conditions were against him there and he was beaten nine lengths by Noble Mission before narrowing that gap to two and a quarter lengths when again having to give best to Lady Cecil's charge at Chester.
Obviously that form received a massive boost when Noble Mission went on to claim the Tattersalls Gold Cup and with a couple of runs under his belt and quicker ground in prospect, Telescope will surely have few excuses if he is beaten again this time.
Dick Whittington is the choice in the Chesham Stakes following his comprehensive defeat of the smart Dandyleekie at Navan last week.
He was beaten just a head by Coventry runner-up Capella Sansevero on his debut last month so is obviously pretty sharp and Aidan O'Brien has made no secret of the regard in which he holds this Rip Van Winkle colt.
Frankie Dettori is an interesting booking for Squire Osbaldeston in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes, with his recent Chester fourth a particularly eyecatching effort.
He finished strongly after being dropped in early on and his Listed placing on the all-weather earlier in the year suggests he has the requisite touch of class for a Royal meeting handicap.
Andrew Balding and Jimmy Fortune teamed up to win the Queen Alexandra Stakes last year and they can repeat the feat with Whiplash Willie this time around.
The six-year-old has had his problems in the past but bounced back with a win at Salisbury on his first start in 988 days before finishing a fine third to Brown Panther in a Sandown Group Three last time.
He clearly has ability and shapes as though he may see out this marathon trip with some clever handling from Fortune.
Balding can also strike Listed gold at Ayr as Swan Song is the pick in the Scottish Sun/EBF Stallions Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes.
At Newmarket, Sequined can sparkle in the Eastern Counties Finance EBF Stallions Fillies' Handicap while Hot Spice is the pick in the Teesside Hospice Fashion Show Handicap at Redcar.
High On Life can star in Lingfield's 32Red Casino Handicap following two recent wins, with Mumford bound to improve for his debut effort in the Lymm Maiden Stakes at Haydock.