Racing: Friday’s preview

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Euro Charline can make the most of a big drop in class in the Woodcote Stud EBF Stallions Valiant Stakes at Ascot.

Marco Botti’s charge has been mixing it with the best on her last couple of starts, finishing a creditable fifth behind Miss France in the 1000 Guineas before going on to claim third in the Coronation Stakes at the Royal meeting last month.

She raced prominently at Newmarket on what was only her fourth career start before fading slightly at the finish to be beaten three lengths, while she again was sighted early when taking a keen hold at Ascot.

Indeed, Euro Charline looked as though she may even bag the glory at one point but Rizeena and Lesstalk In Paris just proved a touch too smart.

Her length defeat was no disgrace and her rating of 109 gives her upwards of 4lb in hand of each of her rivals here.

Botti had initially indicated Euro Charline may move to America but connections’ decision to stay put can pay swift dividends.

Maid In Rio can improve again for the step up to two miles in the John Guest Brown Jack Stakes.

Winner of four of her last five starts, she has thrived since Mark Johnston switched his attention to middle distances and beyond.

A victory over 12 furlongs in May was quickly supplemented by success at Ripon and Newmarket, while a move up to a mile and three-quarters at Haydock last week again ended in a win.

She hit the front two furlongs out that day and won with any amount in hand, prompting an 8lb rise in the official ratings.

Maid In Rio escapes with just a 6lb penalty here, so, in theory, she is well treated.

Zain Eagle just lost out in the John Smith’s Cup at York earlier in the month and compensation awaits in the John Guest Handicap.


ASCOT: 2.10 What Say You, 2.45 Be Bold, 3.20 Maid In Rio, 3.55 Euro Charline, 4.30 Zain Eagle, 5.00 Perfect Muse.

LINGFIELD: 5.15 Pudding, 5.50 Marydale, 6.20 Chantrea, 6.50 Polar Forest, 7.20 Johnny Splash, 7.50 Galiotto, 8.20 Archduchess.

NEWMARKET: 5.35 Panettone, 6.10 Wisewit, 6.40 Panda Spirit, 7.10 Meridius, 7.40 Gwafa, 8.10 Xinbama, 8.45 Fray.

THIRSK: 2.00 Flicka’s Boy, 2.30 Punk Rocker, 3.05 Romance Story, 3.40 Kaytom, 4.15 Desert Ranger, 4.50 Jenny Twigg, 5.20 Greek Spirit.

UTTOXETER: 1.50 Celesta, 2.20 Early Applause, 2.55 Monetary Fund, 3.30 Keen Eye, 4.05 Elsafeer, 4.40 Spa Hill, 5.10 Miss Mobot.

WEXFORD: 5.40 Bashful Beauty, 6.15 Swantykay, 6.45 Kennedys Mor, 7.15 Bouncing Betty, 7.45 Old Supporter, 8.15 Most Chaste, 8.50 Vivid Red.

YORK: 6.00 Mayfield Boy, 6.30 Vallarta, 7.00 Water Thief, 7.30 REGAL HAWK (NAP), 8.00 Bartack, 8.30 Innocently.

DOUBLE: Regal Hawk and Euro Charline.