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Byline: Killer angles on today's racing with Tom Collins

VVCOURSE winner La Fritillaire can prove consistency is key 3.25 Pontefract La Fritillaire looks to have a clear chance in this 2m1f contest now returned to the course where she runs so well.

Partnered by Andrew Mullen, who has ridden her to three of her four career victories, the five-year-old has been consistent this year with form figures of 61324.

The race should be run to suit, with Mullen expected to take a pull in the early stages before closing on likely pacesetters Ice Galley and Hallstatt around the bend, while the draw in stall five couldn't be much better given her running style.

An argument could be made that the handicapper has her in his grip at the moment, but she's been dropped 1lb since her last run and that could be enough in a field full of exposed stayers. La Fritillaire 3.25 Pontefract 2pts win VVSHAMREEN looks another one for revitalised Weld team 3.55 Curragh The Group 3 Royal Whip Stakes is a very interesting affair despite there being only five runners and Roger Varian will be hoping Central Square can score having made the journey across the Irish Sea alone for the Newmarket trainer.

However, it's not that simple for punters.

Three of the five runners are being fitted with first-time headgear and Dermot Weld's use of blinkers on Shamreen can help the classy sort score.

The 107-rated filly has had only eight starts in her career and proved she was extremely talented when winning the Group 2 Blandford Stakes on her final start last season.

She made a low-key return to action when last of six in the Group 3 International Stakes but there were some very good horses in that contest and Leigh Roche didn't give her a hard time.

Weld, whose string are now in much better form than for much of the year with seven winners from his last 26 runners, now applies the blinkers, which is a signal of intent that shouldn't be ignored.

The daughter of Galileo's best two performances came when fitted with a visor so now is the time to catch her.

Shamreen 3.55 Curragh 2pts win VVPUNTERs can cash in on assessor's leniency with Bear Valley 2.50 Pontefract The weight-for-age allowance three-year-olds get from their elders at this time of year is crucial and Mark Johnston's battle-hardened Bear Valley can take advantage.

An in-and-out performer, the three-year-old boasts strong form, including when third in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Atty Persse.

Anything like that level of performance and he'll win with his head in his chest here, and there was some encouragement after a couple of shocking runs that he was coming back to form when third in the Shergar Cup Classic at Ascot last Saturday.

There are no rivals in this contest as good as the ones he faced that day and he should land the spoils. Bear Valley 2.50 Pontefract 1pt win

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 20, 2017
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