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ASCOT RACE 5

1. VALOUR ROAD returned to winning ways in the Miss Andretti Stakes in which he gave the impression he may be even more impressive over 100m farther.

6. DON’T FUSS may get the better of Belter in the battle for second place this time.

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2. BELTER has run two cracking races in losing to Fabergino and Valour Road this year.

5. CUP NIGHT resumes off two trial wins but he is facing a genuine top-class sprinter in Valour Road.

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3. COMING AROUND is working his way through the grades for his new training team and he is likely to improve as he encounters better rivals and faster races.

2. SPEEDING COMET tries 1,400m for the first time since he was fourth in a fast-run WA Sires’ Produce Stakes four seasons ago.

1. MY GREEK BOY has place claims second up after finishing third in the Mungrup Stud Sprint.

8. SKINNEN TINS reunites with Jade McNaught and carries only 52.5kg.

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7. INSPIRATIONAL GIRL was beaten by the very slow tempo last time out but her Saturday assignment maps as being run at a much more genuine pace.

4. GO CRYING is likely to get back in the field but he should have an opportunity to make up ground late.

3. PADDY’S SHADOW has contested stronger races in her previous campaigns but queries persist about her best trip.

1. PATRISTIC has won three races on the spin and drops in grade but that comes with a hefty weight hike.

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12. LIPSTICK FLICKERS won her recent trial well and, as an on-speed galloper in gate three, she looks likely to enjoy a better run in transit than her main rivals.

8. STATE ATTORNEY won a fast graduation handicap before missing the top three in a slow ratings race.

4. PLUTOCRACY’s connections must have walked under several ladders because he is having no luck at all this season.

9. FAIRVIEW has drawn a barrier even wider than that of Plutocracy.

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8. CATHERINE WHEEL resumes with a very light weight and a central gate from which she may get the run of the race on the speed under Chris Graham.

7. ROSEBUSH does not win out of turn but she has drawn another good barrier and William Pike jumps on her back.

14. ALCINA was strong through the line in a decent midweek sprint last time out.

5. TO RISE AGAIN goes in the minors largely because of how he maps.

STAR BET

ASCOT RACE 5

1. VALOUR ROAD

VALUE BET

ASCOT RACE 9

8. CATHERINE WHEEL