HeyhoeOld Persian can land the spoils in the 3.50 at Pontefract on Monday. This precocious juvenile should be able to handle today’s softer surface and looks a colt on an upward curve.

Saturday’s Champions day proved that Storm Brian was more a rumour than a reality but saw stellar performances from Cracksman and Lord Glitters to steal the limelight on the Ascot card. The former put up a top-class effort, pulverising his field in a manner that made a mockery of the rubbish that had been written about his chances in the run-up to the race.

Lord Glitters showed a striking impersonation of Librisa Breeze to conjure a magical turn of foot that plucked victory from seeming defeat without jockey Danny Tudhope needing to do anything desperate to land some very good bets while sending punters home happy.

On the downside, both Beat The Bank and Barney Roy ran predictably dismal races, with the latter running over the wrong trip for a Hannon yard that is invariably out with the washing on the big occasions. Another series of wretched runs too for the French raiders merely underlined that French racing has been in the doldrums for much of 2017.

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