Sam Turner's Best Bets BlogContinuous rain could make conditions fairly testing and that could play to the strengths of FINAL SONG (Ascot, 2.30) given the manner of her course and distance debut victory.

Displaying a professional attitude from the outset, the daughter of Dark Angel travelled powerfully before quickening in eye-catching style to put six lengths between herself and toiling rivals in a matter of strides.

Drawn alongside the two American speedballs, Final Song should enjoy a good tow into the race and looks capable of delivering another big performance.

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Any further softening in conditions will play to the strengths of I CAN FLY (Ascot, 4.20) who posted a career best here last autumn when chasing home Roaring Lion in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes under similar conditions.

Admittedly, she was a little below par at the Curragh last time, but she was slowly away that day and found a track bias, which suited the front-running winner Beshaayir, all against her. She was similarly slowly away in the Lockinge at Newbury yet emerged with a great deal of credit to take sixth and the performance of Lord Glitters suggests it is a piece of form worth noting.

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The Victoria Cup may prove a pivotal piece of form in deciphering this complex puzzle and KYNREN (Ascot, 5.00) and RAISING SAND could prove the duo to concentrate on.

The former ran yet another blinder at the Berkshire venue to chase home winner Cape Byron that day and the step up to a mile should see him on the scene again, however that comment also applies to Raising Sand and he is marginally preferred. Jamie Osborne’s grand handicapper has run in a multitude of Ascot handicaps and he really caught the eye when a little isolated on the stands’ side rail in the Victoria Cup. The way in which Raising Sand charged home suggested he too would relish a stiffer test of stamina and any rain would enhance his chance still further.

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