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Postmark; Pepperdine looks weighted to win.

Pepperdine can justify his position at the head of the market by landing today's big betting race, the Wokingham Handicap (4.20).

David Nicholls' charge was an encouraging third in the good Newmarket handicap won by Sartorial on his seasonal debut, and he looks well treated on that. With the prospect of better to come, he should take all the beating.

Nicholls holds a strong hand with Tayseer and Royal Result also fancied, while, at bigger prices, Juwwi and Delegate are nicely weighted and should get the race run to suit.

Dual Guineas winner Crimplene is just about the form pick for the day's feature race, the Coronation Stakes (3.45).

Clive Brittain's filly has improved with each run this year and she has most to fear from French raider Zarkiya, who can reverse French 1,000 Guineas form with Bluemamba.

It is hard to put a line through any of the seven runners in the King Edward VII Stakes (2.30), but after a most encouraging effort in the Derby, Hatha Anna looks the one to beat. The Godolphin colt is bred to be a high-class middle-distance performer, and with only two public outings to date can improve further.

If Shiva takes her place in the Hardwicke Stakes (3.05), then she looks the pick despite being unproven at the trip. Her recent success in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes represents top-class form. If Shiva does not run, it would leave the way clear for Fruits Of Love to follow up last year's success.

Kachina Doll sets the standard and can give Mick Channon a second juvenile winner of the week in the Windsor Castle Stakes (4.55), while Three Cheers, who has run well in the last two Gold Cups, looks good in the Queen Alexandra Stakes (5.30).

SELECTIONS: 2.30 Hatha Anna, 3.05 Shiva (if absent, Fruits Of Love), 3.45 Crimplene, 4.20 Pepperdine (nap), 4.55 Kachina Doll, 5.30 Three Cheers.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 23, 2000
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