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Jamesie's raid looks worthwhile

IRISH raider Jamesie is the choice in the Betfred Victoria Cup at Ascot.

He warmed up for this ultra-competitive heat with a fine second at Dundalk last month, going down by just a head after another luckless run.

Waiting tactics seem to suit David Marnane's charge which means he has not enjoyed the rub of the green on more than one occasion but when a race does pan out in his favour, he looks to be well treated.

Luca Cumani has not struck gold in the Betfred Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield for 14 years now but Greatwood looks primed to end that barren run.

High-Rise claimed the prize for the Newmarket handler back in 1998 before going on to glory at Epsom and is, in fact, the last horse to complete that particular double.

Admittedly, it would take some imagination to see Greatwood troubling Dawn Approach in the Epsom finish, but victory here could see him at least take a shot at the blue riband event.

This son of Manduro should also be suited by a step up to a mile and three furlongs and has leading claims in an event that lacks any great depth.

Ralph Beckett is treading a familiar path with Secret Gesture in the Betfred "The Bonus King" Oaks Trial Stakes.

Secret Gesture won one of her two starts last term and while it is a leap from a Newbury maiden to this Listed event, better ground and a longer trip can only enhance her chances.

Connections had hoped Exactement would develop into a Guineas filly but after looking as though a mile is slightly beyond her, she sticks at seven furlongs in the betfred.com Chartwell Fillies' Stakes.

Exactement could be just short of top class, but this Group Three is within her compass.

Haydock stages a mixed card and it is John Ferguson's Cry Of Freedom who makes most appeal in the feature Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle.

A Listed winner on the level, Cry Of Freedom has proved reasonably competent over hurdles too, winning twice.


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