Ascot 4-05
Mizen Raven 5/2 9/4
Jack The Blaster 6 6
Fire And Rain 7 7/2
South Bank 9 8
By George 10 12
Zanzibar Boy 10 5

Ascot 4-40
Church Island 7/4 8
Out The Black 7/4 9/2
Ungaro 10 6

I have taken the early 8/1 about Church Island. I was quite strict about conditions for this race so ruled out most of the runners on distance, class and recent form. I would prefer Out The Black to Church Island but suspect the going will not remain good (watering and rain forecast) – is it just my perception or is Ascot notorious for watering to excess during the summer? Anyway, both on that ground and the all-important prices, Church Island has to be the bet. Ungaro doesn’t make the cut though he is tipped by a number of commentators; again, price makes the decision easy.

Nothing yet in the 4-05, all contend and no overlays – might be one to leave alone.

Summer starts tomorrow with the Lincoln at Doncaster :-) I won’t be looking at the Flat for a month at least, there is still plenty of interesting ‘proper’ racing yet a while.