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Q1 It's day two of Irish Champions Weekend. What's the best bet? Avoid short-priced favourites and hone in on Tithonus. He won on heavy a year ago in a similar race. Plus when there is cut in the ground always look out for Maarek.

Brendan Duke did us a right turn with Warm The Voice last month and hopefully The Curragh conjuror can do it again each-way with The Broghie Man in the big sales race (5.25).

It's hard to see past Seventh Heaven in the 2.35 who is bang in form and justified her odds-on price last time out at Newmarket.

The chances are she'll be mugged by the Aidan O'Brien army but I'm going to take a chance on Alpha Centauri in the Moyglare (3.40). I also like Rain Goddess (2.35).

Q2 York heads a good day of action in the UK. Fancy anything? WE ANSWER FOUR KEY Qs Lancelot Du Lac is having his first run since an all-the-way victory in the Stewards' Cup. He is my pick at 3.0.

Downforce (3.0) was only beaten just over two lengths last time in a Group Two event at The Curragh and the selection won't be inconvenienced by juice in the ground.

I'll be on Lancelot Du Lac (3.0) who is already a C&D winner here. After winning last month at Goodwood, expect another good run from Dean Ivory's horse.

Don't Touch (3.0) has disappointed at higher grades but I'll give Richard Fahey's charge a chance of winning again dropped down in class to a Listed Race.

Q3 Give us a winner for Saturday's St Leger.

I'm finding it hard to split between Stradivarius and Defoe. The latter has more of a finishing kick and that may be the deciding factor.

Sometimes when you catch a glimpse in a trainer's eye it's worth noting. And Roger Varian has had a little twinkle about Defoe for some time. He's a tasty price to pull off a five-timer.

I'm a Roger Varian fan so I'll be sticking with Defoe. He was hugely impressive at Newbury last month and with Andrea Atzeni likely to be on board, 6/1 looks a cracking price.

There are a lot of angles into the big race but seeing Jim Crowley getting the ride on favourite Crystal Ocean a couple of days ago might just make the pick simple enough.

Q4 Burnley entertain Crystal Palace today while Swansea welcome Newcastle to the Liberty. Anything stick out? There have been 20 goals in the last six games between Swansea and Newcastle so the 11/10 on over 2.5 goals does appeal, so too the 4/5 on both teams to score.

With Burnley boasting imperious home form last season, this could be a less than super Sunday for Palace boss Frank de Boer. The 13/10 on a Clarets win looks a steal, as I fancy the home double. Newcastle and Palace are self-imploding while there's a feelgood factor at the Liberty Stadium and Turf Moor.

Swansea at 13/10 at home to Newcsatle looks decent. The Geordies aren't great. The same price for Burnley also appeals against a woeful Palace side.

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