ALMASHRIQ (7.10) was given a negative ride at Newmarket a fortnight ago but the fitting of a visor points to a more positive approach on a return visit to HQ this evening. Almashriq was restrained leaving the stalls and could never strike a blow behind Walkinthesand. Tonight's opposition is weaker and his previous second at Chelmsford City was a solid effort.
With thunderstorms around it would be wise to keep a eye on ground conditions as the current quick surfaces could change quickly. ANYTHINGTODAY (4.10) wouldn't mind a spot of rain falling at Ascot and the northern raider gets the nod over the Queen's course and distance winner Sextant. Anythingtoday is on a hat-trick following victories at Newcastle and York and a 3lb rise is fair. Sextant needed every yard of the extended 1m 3f trip at Windsor to get up close home and would appreciate a sensible end-to-end gallop.
The Queen's colours are also carried by strong favourite Magnetic Charm in the fillies'and mares' Listed contest and she must go well if repeating her close second to Thanks Be in the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot. ANNA NERIUM (3.35) is too big at 6-1 with Paddy Power as it is difficult to see the 2018 Qipco 1000 Guineas heroine being out of the picture. She couldn't compete on soft ground behind Move Swiftly in the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot but her previous victory at Epsom on Derby Day gives her an obvious chance.
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