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Projection forecast to take home Hackwood


Exceeding expectations: Projection has had useful bits of form this year. Pics: racingpost.com

Exceeding expectations: Projection has had useful bits of form this year. Pics: racingpost.com

Exceeding expectations: Projection has had useful bits of form this year. Pics: racingpost.com

Projection (3.00 Newbury) exceeded expectations when finishing fifth at Royal Ascot and can go well again in the bet365 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury.

Roger Charlton's charge theoretically had the least chance of success in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and was duly sent off a 25-1 shot for the Group One.

However, he was in the hunt throughout and only dropped away in the final few strides, finishing a highly creditable two and a quarter lengths behind Merchant Navy.

Projection also has some useful bits of form in the book behind the likes of Blue Point last year and July Cup second Brando this year, so while he is batting a shade below the top level, he looks good enough for this Group Three assignment.

Eve Johnson Houghton enjoyed the highlight of her career so far at Ascot with Accidental Agent winning the Queen Anne, but Tin Hat (3.55 newbury) also ran with great credit in Berkshire.

He finished fifth in the Windsor Castle Stakes to Soldier's Call, massively outrunning his 50-1 odds.

Prior to that he had finished second in the Brian Yeardley Trophy at Beverley - a race which can throw up the odd good juvenile - so off a nice racing weight in the Weatherbys Super Sprint, he ought to give his backers a run for their money.

John Gosden's regally-bred Almoghared (2.25 newbury) should have a fair chance in the £100,000 JLT Cup over two miles. Taghrooda's half-brother finished a fine fourth in the Queen's Vase to Kew Gardens on just the third run of his life.

Emotionless (1.50 Newbury) is likely to go off a hot favourite in the Listed Bet365 Stakes and he can justify the market confidence.

His career has been dogged by some lengthy breaks, but he impressed when second to Benbatl on his return at Meydan back in January and Charlie Appleby has found a nice European starting point in this event.

David Simock's Ejtyah (2.45 newbury) faces a big drop in class from her two runs so far this season when she lines up in the Smarkets Betting Exchange Aphrodite Stakes at Newmarket.

The daughter of Frankel won her only start at two and while she ran well enough in the Musidora first time out to be third, she was subsequently tailed off in the Oaks. This is an altogether different ask.

Atkinson Grimshaw (4.05 Ripon) hit the bar at Ripon on Monday but can make amends in the Ripon Bell-Ringer Handicap back at that track.

He raced a little too keenly at the start of the week before being beaten three-quarters of a length and Iain Jardine clearly believes he can do himself justice on a swift return

Appleby's Line Of Duty (6.30 Haydock), by Galileo out of Jacqueline Quest, was just touched off on debut and should be up to winning the Smarkets British EBF Novice Stakes at Haydock.

Dan Skelton is carrying all before him at present and his Mister Universum (2.05 Market Rasen) looks a solid pick in the 188Bet Summer Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen, while Candy Burg (2.30 Cartmel) looks the best bet on the card at Cartmel in the Banks Lyon Jewellers Lady Riders' Handicap Hurdle.

Today's selections

CARTMEL: 1.55 Mac Tottie, 2.30 Candy Burg, 3.05 Beeno, 3.40 Alys Rock, 4.15 Sleep In First, 4.50 Presenting Berkley, 5.25 Secret Escape.

CURRAGH: 2.35 Softly Strong, 3.10 Casimiro, 3.45 Ice Age, 4.20 Just Wonderful, 4.55 St Patrick's Day, 5.30 Forever Together, 6.05 Minnie Dahill, 6.40 Winner Takes Itall.

HAYDOCK: 6.00 Humbolt Current, 6.30 Line Of Duty, 7.00 Salsabeel, 7.30 Servo, 8.00 Ingleby Hollow, 8.30 Boundary Lane.

LINGFIELD: 5.45 Archimento, 6.15 Alexana, 6.45 Timoshenko, 7.15 May Remain, 7.45 Dixieland, 8.15 Good Fortune, 8.45 Dear Bruin.

MARKET RASEN: 1.35 Stole The Show, 2.05 Mister Universum, 2.40 Red Hot Chilly, 3.15 Sumkindofking, 3.50 Voodoo Doll, 4.25 Royal Village, 5.00 Old Salt.

NEWBURY: 1.50 Emotionless, 2.25 Almoghared, 3.00 PROJECTION (NAP), 3.35 Tin Hat, 4.10 Watan, 4.45 Flying North, 5.20 Amazour.

NEWMARKET: 2.15 California Love, 2.45 Ejtyah, 3.25 Zain Hana, 4.00 Vintager, 4.35 Manhunter, 5.10 Rogue, 5.40 Breath Caught.

RIPON: 2.20 Capitan James, 2.25 Silver Dust, 3.30 Mikmak, 4.05 Atkinson Grimshaw, 4.40 Acrux, 5.15 Be Perfect, 5.50 Polyphony.

DOUBLE: Projection and Tin Hat.