Matt Chapman tips: I’ve followed Ehraz off a cliff but today is the day he delivers in Commonwealth Cup thriller

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THE big question in today’s Coronation Stakes at Ascot is – when you finally see Inspiral’s face, will you be a believer?

The brilliant juvenile returns to action in this afternoon’s one-mile Group 1 feature for fillies.

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Ehraz has been beaten the last twice but can still win on the big stage according to our man Chappers[/caption]

On form John and Thady Gosden’s Fillies’ Mile victor has little to fear from 1000 Guineas heroine Cachet or the Newmarket runner-up Prosperous Voyage.

But, of course, Inspiral has been absent since October of last year. It’s guess work if she is as good as she was, and of course she might be better.

At the odds I’ll risk a few quid eachway on PROSPEROUS VOYAGE for Ralph Beckett and Rob Hornby. My hope was unlucky not to win at Newmarket in the Guineas thrusting home late, and wasn’t that far behind Inspiral as a juvenile.

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A high draw might not be too much of a disadvantage as the daughter of Zoffany is likely to be tucked in to finish off strongly.

Day 4 starts with the Group 3 Albany Stakes for juvenile fillies over six furlongs.

MAWJ looked really good for Saeed bin Suroor first time and is a huge ride for Ray Dawson.

The daughter of Exceed and Excel hacked up at Newmarket in May and ran as if she had bundles of improvement to come. Obviously Meditate will be a danger but it’s Mawj for me.

In the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup for over six furlongs I’ll be with an old friend (or enemy!).

I’ve followed EHRAZ off a cliff since his scintillating Ascot success last season and here’s the time to go again.

Ehraz has been very much a work in progress and getting him to finish off his races has been the big aim. He finally did that again at Newbury last time and he’ll travel like a machine off a strong gallop.

Hoping for the best for Richard Hannon and Jim Crowley and will have a few quid on eachway.

The Duke of Edinburgh Handicap over a mile and a half.

JUST FINE is interesting here eachway for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore and The Queen.

A mark of 97 is clearly workable as the gelding ran off that last time when third at York to the very talented Gaassee.

I suspect he’s much better than that – didn’t get a clear run – effort suggests and it’s cracking form in any case. Has a good draw.

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In the Sandringham over a mile I’m with the Gosdens’ CRENELLE.

He was expected to hack up at Newmarket last time and she disappointed in Listed company when only third behind With the Moonlight.

Frankie Dettori rides and she might just be thrown in off 92 if that confidence for her latest effort has any substance. An eachway chance.

It’s the Ascot Derby in the Group 2 King Edward VII over a mile and a half.

LYSANDER was a flop when last seen at Goodwood but has been always held in high regard and this is winnable.

It’s the first time the son of New Approach has some faster ground and the William Haggas team is in good form. Tom Marquand takes the ride and I’m hoping for improvement.

Finally the Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap over five furlongs. A very tricky event.

STERLING KNIGHT is at the right end of the handicap for Ed Dunlop and might surprise a few.

My hope won well at Ascot last time and while down to five from six furlongs he should get a strong pace to run at under David Probert. 

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