2.35pm Ascot Tips & Betting Preview 06/10/2017

2.35pm Ascot tips for Friday’s Class 4. A field of 12 go to post as the action at Ascot on Friday really starts to heat up. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.

IN SUMMARY: Golden Goal has won three of his four starts and rates as one of the biggest dangers, however preference is for TAUREAN STAR. He won on his comeback off today’s mark and he’s been set some stiff tasks since. He’s a dual course scorer and tends to save his best for this venue, so with Jamie Spencer back on board he should take all the beating. Zwayyan will suit this return to the mile distance and rates as one of the biggest dangers with blinkers applied.

1 ALEJANDRO – Last win came back in May and in a handicap and his latest run can be forgiven as the softer ground wasn’t ideal. He doesn’t, however, win very often and is way down the list here as he’s painfully inconsistent.

2 HEAVEN’S GUEST – Well beaten in some hot handicaps this year before returning to form with a third here over the seven furlong distance. He has his stamina to prove at this trip and, with his previous efforts offering no hope that he sees this out, he’s best watched.

3 ONE WORD MORE – Losing run stretches back to April 2015 and he’s had plenty of chances since, finishing fifth in a Glorious Goodwood handicap back in August. He’s been well held of late and needs more here, but couldn’t be discounted with any confidence with Rachel Richardson taking off three.

4 PASTORAL PLAYER – Won at Epsom two starts ago with a strong late burst and he was caught out in a tactical affair when last seen. A step up to the mile isn’t certain to suit and he’s never won at this trip, so is likely vulnerable late on to a fast finisher.

5 STORM AHEAD – First-time cheekpieces worked well on his latest start over course and distance, finishing second after doing his best work late. Better ground is of no concern and Hayley Turner retains the ride, so he’s unlikely to be far away.

6 TAUREAN STAR – Dual course scorer for Michael Bell who won on his comeback in May, now back to that mark after three subsequent lacklustre runs. Jamie Spencer takes back the ride and this is easier than his latest assignment, so he looks sure to go very close.

7 ZWAYYAN – Won at Haydock four starts ago over this distance and he’s not been suited by 1m 2f since, so he’ll appreciate a return to this distance. He remains lightly raced and has potential for better, so with the blinkers and Frankie Dettori back up he’ll be going close.

8 GOLDEN GOAL – Has won three of his four starts for Saeed bin Suroor, joined on the post when dead heating at Chelmsford when last seen. There is far more to come from him now switched to turf and Paddy Bradley takes off five pounds, so he’s a big danger.

9 NATIVE SOLDIER – Has been painfully inconsistent for John Flint, winning at Newbury in July before two below par efforts the last twice. He has plenty to find on these terms and is best watched.

10 SUMMER ICON – Won at Lingfield in January, but recent efforts have been far from convincing, finishing well held at Lingfield when last seen over the seven. She has plenty to prove over the mile distance and is best watched.

11 ZAIN STAR – In the frame in two Kempton maidens the last twice, although he was beaten three lengths in a weak event when last seen. Plenty more is needed on these terms if he’s to be winning this and he’s unlikely to be good enough.

12 SIBILANCE – Finished a good third in a Listed race at York in May on only her third start and she’s faced two stiff tasks the last twice. This is much easier and a reproduction of her York run will see her going very close here with conditions to suit.

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