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Kingdom Of Fife can be rewarded for his consistency, by taking Royal Ascot’s Wolferton Handicap at 4.25pm. The five-year-old gelding has not been disgraced in two starts this season, and last time ran much better than his finishing position of fifth suggests, when finishing behind Debussy in the Huxley Stakes at Chester. He looks sure to improve again on that effort and his trainer Sir Michael Stoute, took this race last year with a similar type in Perfect Stride. Looks to have a very big chance here.

Fiery Lad likes to be held up and has a fine turn of foot, came back to form when winning a handicap at Epsom last time out, but a five-pound rise in the weights will make life tough.

Halicarnassus has been an excellent servant to connections and scored a deserved success in a handicap at Meydan back in February. Is rather inconsistant these days though and not one to place too much faith in. Others with more obvious claims.

Traffic Guard doesn't win as often as he should, and his fifth to Class Is Class in a listed race at Goodwood last time, would not be good enough here.

Steel Tango has been out of form since winning the Darley Stakes at Newmarket on his final start of last season. Others with better claims.

Rainbow Peak was unbeaten in three starts in 2009, and put in an excellent effort on reappearance this term when narrowly beaten by Fareer in a decent handicap at York. Certainly worthy of consideration here.

Eastern Aria rattled up seven victories last year and ran a terrific race when finishing a  good fourth in a Canadian Group One event on her final start. Has yet to achieve that same level of form so far this year, and possibly in the handicapper’s grip at present.

Kings Gambit looks fairly treated on his win in a minor event at Ripon his on return. Although well held on his latest run, it came in a fairly decent contest in Sweden, and is therefore not one to dismiss lightly.

Salute Him finished third in this race last year, and his recent spin in a handicap hurdle at Aintree will have put him spot on to make another bold bid. However, he is four-pound higher this time round so appears to face a difficult task at the weights.

Tartan Gigha is still improving judged on narrow victories at Newmarket and Epsom on his last 2 starts. Has a four-pound rise in the weights to overcome here, but should still run well.

Indian Days Ran a cracker under top weight, when finishing runner-up to the progressive Imposing in a York handicap last month. Finished a decent fourth in a listed contest last time but may well find a few too good here.

Beauchamp Xerxes did nothing wrong when scoring by a head in a listed event at Goodwood last month. Was far from discredited when finishing fifth to Bushman, in a Group Three race at Epsom last time out, and could go well here.

Cloudy Start has been very disappointing this term, and was beaten a long way in a listed event in Sweden last time out. Easily opposed here.

Three Moons had just two outings last season, her best effort coming when finishing runner-up to Take The Hint in a listed contest at Newmarket. Has been way below form in two efforts this term, and hard to find many positives here.

Antinori looked on the up for trainer Walter Swinburn in 2009, and did even better  when scoring at Meydan in back in February. Finished fifth to Fiery Lad at Epsom recently, and has to go on the shortlist here.

Albaqaa is pretty consistent overall and did very well when finishing third to Forte De Marmi in a decent handicap at Redcar last time. Would need a career best effort to win here though.


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