ELARQAM (3.00) has left the impression he will stay this longer 1m 4f distance and wins the vote under in-form Jim Crowley in an intriguing renewal of the Hardwicke Stakes.

The son of Frankel rallied strongly when headed over 1m 2f at Haydock 12 days ago, just failing to peg back well-supported Lord North. Elarqam again finished strongly over that distance in the Sky Bet York Stakes last July (soft), powering more than three lengths clear of Addeybb. The form of his Lord North run was franked in no uncertain terms on Wednesday and Addeybb also performed with credit.

Last year’s Investec Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck returned in good form at Newmarket a fortnight ago, splitting Ghaiyyath and Stradivarius in the Coronation Cup. He needs a sound surface to be seen at his best and Thursday’s heavy rain has compromised his chance.

LOPE Y FERNANDEZ (3.35) had what appeared to be quite a hard race when third to Shiskin in a rough Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh but O’Brien is happy to strip him for action back sprinting in the Commonwealth Cup. He chased home Pinatubo in last year’s Chesham Stakes.

Kimari represents Ward and Dettori, while Royal Cuisine’s second at Saint-Cloud for Charlie Appleby puts him in the picture.

The one to beat is probably Pierre Lapin. Roger Varian’s colt has won both his starts, at Haydock and Newbury, latterly beating Mystery Power cosily in the Mill Reef Stakes.

BORN WITH PRIDE (4.10) bypassed an engagement earlier in the week to wait for the 1m 6f Queen’s Vase.

The William Haggas-trained filly beat subsequent Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Peaceful and this month’s runaway Newmarket scorer Run Wild when they clashed on heavy ground last November. It is best to ignore Born To Pride’s recent Kempton flop as her sire Born To Sea has a shocking all-weather record. She was also forced wide throughout and we should see a different horse now back on turf, especially if there is some cut underfoot.

Berkshire Rocco’s second to English King in the Lingfield Derby Trial sets the bar high but he was well held by the winner. Al Dabaran takes a significant rise in distance after scoring over seven furlongs at Ascot, before taking second spot over nine furlongs at Chantilly.

Santiago needs to improve for his Listowel maiden victory last September but O’Brien could have fielded a number of other candidates so his chance is respected.

WEST END CHARMER (4.40) destroyed his rivals with a devastating front-running performance at Newmarket 12 days ago and may grind his rivals into submission in the 1m 4f Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes. The Johnston-trained four-year-old incurs a 5lb penalty but is nicely berthed in stall three for another attacking ride.

John Gosden and Frankie Dettori team up with El Misk, a three-time winner last season, and he is open to more progress. Durston, second to Sir Ron Priestley at Glorious Goodwood, was placed behind Technician in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury and should be considered along with Good Birthday, placed behind Lord North in last autumn’s Cambridgeshire but only third to West End Charmer on re-appearance.

Dubai Future was in winning form at Meydan over the winter for the boys in blue but stall 22 could be problematical. Deja and Johnny Drama have form on soft ground and that will stand them in good stead at decent odds.

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27 Comments
  1. recoba 4 months ago

    Elarqam for me at too. Had him on when Lord North beat him so if there’s anything to be said for form being “franked” and him coming on for having a run he looks best bet of the day.

    Superb Stradivarius yesterday! 👏
    Well done the winners!

  2. recoba 4 months ago

    Hit The Road…Busan R8.

  3. uncle pom 4 months ago

    Ascot
    13:50 flying aletha 5/1 1pt win
    14:25 golden pal 13/2 1pt win
    15:35 Kimari 9/2 1pt win

    • uncle pom 4 months ago

      Oisin Murphy I hate you 🤮😂

  4. Crawmeister 4 months ago

    Banker won. Next best 3.00 Anthony Van Dyck 3/1 (best form IMO, good prep, minor concerns about ground make it a backable price). Keep drifting.
    Third best of week Japan absolute blowout. When the likes of Kevin Blake (inside info on O’Brien) tip up Lord North you know your money has gone.

  5. frankel 4 months ago

    2.25 ascot Emirati Dirham@25/1 bet365 7 places, 4.25 Lingfield Solar Park@4/1 gl

  6. 4 months ago

    Asct 1.50 Golden Melody 9/2

    Asct 2.25 Eye Of Heaven 7/4

    Asct 3.00 Elaqam 11/4

    Asct 3.35 Piere Lapin 9/2

    Asct 4.10 Santiago 4/1

    Asct 4.40 Good Birthday 8/1

  7. sb162002 4 months ago

    Could be a golden day today !
    1.50 Golden Melody 9/2
    3.00 Elarqam 5/2
    3.35 Golden Horde 5/1
    4.10 Berkshire Rocco 4/1
    4 win singles
    Win lucky 15

    1.15 Keep Busy 8/1
    4.40 Durston 9/2
    Win singles

    My 16/1 tip Jim Cowley now 1/3 to be top Jockey 👍

    • recoba 4 months ago

      Good shout that mate I mind reading it but a never joined you on it. 👍

    • sb162002 4 months ago

      Cheers Could have got 25/1 Elsewhere but used skybets free £5 bet to place it as don’t usually like these kind of bets ,still worried about somebody having good last couple of days and coming out the pack though

    • recoba 4 months ago

      Good way to use yer free bet,best of luck I really hope he gets one on the board with Elarqam.

  8. tinmantim 4 months ago

    115 ascot art power
    225 jojo rabbit 16/1

    • mint 4 months ago

      Tinmantim,

      Cracking start mate, If only life was as easy as that!

      Mint…

    • tinmantim 4 months ago

      Your welcome just hoping for Hollie to give JoJo a good ride on my next

  9. azzthewigan 4 months ago

    Bonnyrigg.. 12.20. ascot.. dancinginthestreet 1.15 flying aletha 1.50 golden pal 2.25 fanny logan 3.00 le Don de vie 3.35 noble prize 4.10 Well done winners

    • ew thief 4 months ago

      Well in mate👍

    • azzthewigan 4 months ago

      cheers ew thief

    • jimba 4 months ago

      Well done with Fanny Logan was on bud👍🏇

    • azzthewigan 4 months ago

      cheers Jimba

  10. double carpet 4 months ago

    1.15 Dancin inthestreet 8/1 ew
    1.50 Golden Melody 4/1
    3.35 Pierre Lapin 9/2
    4.40 Getchagetchagetcha 33/1 ew 5 places

    Well done all the winners yesterday. Rizzel top class

    BOL

  11. elvis parsley 4 months ago

    3-00 Anthony van dyke 3-1 NB
    3-35 southern hills 16-1 Ew extra 8 places.
    4-10 Santiago 4-1 (NAP)

  12. theplug 4 months ago

    Durston 9/2 NAP/NB 4-40 ascot

  13. ew thief 4 months ago

    Well done winners yesterday some great tipping Elvis rizell & plenty others late to the party again
    Am going all in on Defoe 3.00 13-2☘️Gl all

  14. Wildhorse 4 months ago

    Hi All !!

    Ascot Day 4 , its a quiet day for me .

    Al Dabaran , to be placed .

    Indianapolis / EW

    See you on Day 5 , BOL !!

  15. elvis parsley 4 months ago

    Cheers Ew thief.
    Pleased with the nap winning again, and the Ew shout was 7th so profit there too.
    As for van dyke ⛔…

    Well done winners, especially fanny Logan azz etc in the big race…

    • azzthewigan 4 months ago

      cheers elvis well done also

  16. recoba 4 months ago

    Not great at Ascot today bar Art Power it was all down hill from there. Well done winners!

    Small stakes US Trixie and single….

    Woodbine-R1…Break and Enter. 3/1(***)
    R4..Bodes Maker. 13/8
    Gulf-R3..First Navy Admiral. 3/1

    Gl all

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