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The Field 3.05 Ascot Buy at 2.5 in a match bet with Astrology (below) Aidan O'Brien's Astrology has improved this season and he posted a careerbest RPR when third in the Derby last time, but I'm convinced that race was substandard and buying a field full of unexposed and potentially useful middle-distance performers giving up two and a half lengths is a steal.

Aside from the doubts over the strength of the Derby form, it is also worth noting that Astrology was given a particularly aggressive ride in the big one at Epsom and he was very tired when caught close home for second by Main Sequence.

It has been only 20 days since that hard race and there is a big question mark over whether he will be capable of producing his best so soon after that run.

Oaks second and third Shirocco Star and The Fugue were no match for Princess Highway, who came into the Ribblesdale a fresh horse yesterday, and I will be surprised if Astrology doesn't find at least one or two too good.

2.30 Ascot Sporting (50:30:20:10) 24-27 Newfangled, 11-14 Agent Allison, 9-12 Tassel, 6-8 The Gold Cheongsam, 5-7 Sendmylovetorose, Kosika, Equitania, 4-6 Amazonas, 3-5 Premier Steps, Judy In Disguise, 2-4 Mary's Daughter, Light Up My Life, Becky Lou, 1-3 Threes Grand, Shafaani, All On Red, 0.5-2 Ana Emaratiya.

Match bet 1-2 Agent Allison/Sendmylovetorose.

3.05 Ascot Sporting (50:25:10) 28-31 Astrology, 13-16 Noble Mission, 10-13 Shantaram, 9-12 Thought Worthy, 8-11 Thomas Chippendale, 3-5 Initiator, Farhaan.

Match bet 1.5-2.5 The Field/Astrology.

3.45 Ascot Sporting (50:25:10) 14-17 Homecoming Queen, 13-16 Laugh Out Loud, 11-14 Samitar, 7-9 Elusive Kate, 5-7 Starscope, Fallen For You, Bugie D'Amore, 4-6 Irish History, Cardigan, 3-5 Russelliana, 0.5-2 Intense Pink.

Match bet 0.5ch Samitar/Laugh Out Loud.

4.25 Ascot Sporting (50:30:20:10) 17-20 Gatewood, 15-18 Mijhaar, 11-14 Qaraaba, Danadana, 6-8 Kirthill, 4-6 Ottoman Empire, Con Artist, Beachfire, French Navy, Retrieve, 3-5 Sirvino, Black Spirit, Hyper, 2-4 Opera Gal, Kings Gambit, 1-3 Junoob.

Match bet 0.5ch Gatewood/Mijhaar 5.00 Ascot Sporting (50:30:20:10) 15-18 Athens, 14-17 Yazdi, Minimise Risk, 12-15 Estimate, 11-14 Macbeth, 9-12 Perennial, 7-9 Ed De Gas, 6-8 Repeater, 5-7 Spanish Wedding, 1-3 Singalat, Flying Trader, 0.1-1 Somemothersdohavem.

Match bet 0.5-1.5 Perennial/Macbeth.

5.35 Ascot Sporting (50:30:20:10) 7-9 Global Village, Primaeval, 6-8 Lightning Cloud, 5-7 Emilio Largo, Tariq Too, 4-6 Noble Citizen, Haamaat, Eton Forever, 3-5 Valencha, Docofthebay, Directorship, Jamesie, Castles In The Air, Imperial Djay, Belgian Bill, 2-4 Decent Fella, Gossamer Seed, 1-3 Thunderball, Atlantic Sport, Mia's Boy, Imperial Guest, Perfect Tribute, Advanced, Rakaan, Louis The Pious, Bronze Prince, The Rectifier, Spectacle Du Mars, 0-5-2 Swiss Cross.

Match bet 0.5ch Primaeval/Global Village.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 22, 2012
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