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Royal Ascot Day One - remaining races

ASCOT STAKES

I won't go through all the runners here but one horse I've always liked in Nathanael Greene. He ran fourth in the Northumberland Plate last year, was sold out of the Haggas yard to go jumping, then bled and was pulled up on debut in a maiden hurdle. Back to the flat with an unconventional trainer, he's a massive price if retaining his flat ability.

Pledgeofallegiance has been coming through the ranks for Sir Mark Prescott but has drawn the despised inside barrier in a field of 20. For third I'll go with the Irish raider Boher Road. Jarlath Fahey doesn't bring them over often but this one looks well suited.


NATHANAEL GREENE ew, Pledgeofallegiance, Boher Road, Kyle of Lochalsh

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COPPER HORSE

A Piece Of Heaven has moved into the Joseph O'Brien yard and looks the right type for this. Never worse than fourth in seven starts, he could still be untapped. 

Fox Journey bolted in at Newmarket last time, only rising 9lbs for that. There's likely to be a bit more left. 

Intinso is yet to break her duck on turf but keeps running honestly on all surfaces and should be there at the finish.


A PIECE OF HEAVEN, Fox Journey, Intinso, Party Central

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