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Due Diligence can step up the stakes for O'Brien

By Anita Chambers

Due Diligence can step up on his second of last year in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, the feature event on the closing day of Royal Ascot.

Admittedly Aidan O'Brien's charge does not come into the race this time with quite as progressive a profile as last term, but he still appears to be a horse on the up.

O'Brien can also strike with his yard's namesake, Ballydoyle, in the opening Chesham Stakes.

Postponed should have both his optimum trip and conditions in the Hardwicke Stakes.

Luca Cumani's charge demonstrated his immense promise when graduating to a Group Two win in the Great Voltigeur last year.

Tatlisu could be the answer to the tough task that is always the Wokingham Stakes while First Flight can star in the Wolferton Handicap.

John Gosden can round off the meeting on a winning note with Marzocco in the closing Queen Alexandra Stakes.

Off Art is worth a shout in the SunSport Handicap at Ayr, while Newmarket's Diamond Dash Handicap can go the way of Maljaa.

Penny Royale can strike in the Tec4m Building The Future Handicap at Redcar, with Whitecrest primed in the Lingfield's Download TitanBet Sports App Handicap.

Gatewood will likely have bigger targets later in the season, but tomorrow's totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes at the Yorkshire venue looks an ideal opportunity to get his first 2015 win.

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