• Thu 8 Dec, 2016
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Fergie’s Friday racing tips

Paul Ferguson has four selections for us on Friday; Cuff 14:30, Jet Setting 16:20, Fabricate 17:00 all at Ascot and Monotype in the 19:50 at Goodwood . Compare odds and bet.

The fillies take centre stage on Friday at Royal Ascot, where Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Jet Setting (4:20) can land the Coronation Stakes for trainer Adrian Paul Keatley.

Testing ground isn’t a worry for the daughter of Fast Company, who had a head to spare over subsequent Oaks winner Minding at the Curragh last month, with the pair pulling 10 lengths clear of the third.  Given her earlier form on testing ground, I’m slightly surprised she is as big as 9-4 at the time of writing.

Given the exploits of stable-mate Lady Aurelia earlier in the week, the Wesley Ward-trained Create A Dream is very much respected, along with Frankel filly Queen Kindly, in the opening Albany Stakes, but Cuff (2:30) looked pretty smart in Listed company at Naas last time and is given the nod.

Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo filly had shed her maiden on soft ground at the same track and can put her experience to good use here, under Ryan Moore.  The selection was trading at 11-4 at the time of writing.

The penultimate race on the card, the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes, looks as competitive as ever and, should they go hard, this could turn into a real test.  If that is the case Fabricate (5:00) might come into his own and looks worthy of each-way support (12-1 generally at the time of writing) for Michael Bell and The Queen.

A winner on good-to-soft at Haydock last May, he returned from more than six months off when a solid second at Hamilton last month and that might have put him spot on for this.  Ideally, he will need a shade further in time, but he still looks capable of going well here.

At bigger odds Dawn Missile, who sneaks in at the foot of the weights, is another to pay close attention to.  He looked another smart young stayer in the making last term and would also relish a strongly run race on this belated reappearance.

Andrea Atzeni heads from Ascot to Goodwood to ride Monotype (7:50) who finished runner-up over course-and-distance on his recent return.

Roger Varian’s Makfi gelding certainly looks capable of winning a handicap off his current mark and, with that run under his belt, he ought to be cherry ripe this evening.  The four-year-old won his maiden on soft ground and can take this en route to bigger assignments later in the campaign.

Friday’s selections:
2:30 Royal Ascot                   Cuff 5/2 Bet365
4:20 Royal Ascot                   Jet Setting 11/4 StanJames
5:00 Royal Ascot                   Fabricate 11/1 BetVictor
7:50 Goodwood                     Monotype 6/4 Ladbrokes

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