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Fantastic Early Morning chance to beat the bookies at Ascot in the Stella Artois Handicap

By Ashley Iveson

Early Morning can claim a second successive win at Ascot in the Stella Artois Handicap tomorrow.

The Harry Dunlop-trained grey has a likeable profile having finished in the first three on nine of his 15 competitive appearances, passing the post in front on four occasions.

Wins at Kempton and Haydock in 2015 saw his mark rise from 77 to 100 and while he was unable to make an impact in either the London Mile at Kempton or the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on his final two starts of the year, he has bounced back this term.

A comeback win at Lingfield was followed by an excellent effort to finish a close-up eighth in the Royal Hunt Cup.

He was disappointing on his next start at York, but he clearly benefited from a return to Ascot's straight mile when hitting the bullseye at the Shergar Cup, providing Hayley Turner with a winner on her mini comeback.

He is now back on a three-figure rating, but this venue clearly brings out the best in him and another bold bid is anticipated.

Favourite backers had their fingers burnt when Muthmira fluffed her lines on her Chelmsford debut a shade under three weeks ago, but she can reward those who keep the faith in the Dark Horse Maiden Auction Stakes at Ascot.

Normal improvement will make her very hard to beat in this one.

ASCOT: 2.00 Muthmira, 2.35 Ejbaar, 3.10 Countermeasure, 3.45 William Hunter, 4.20 EARLY MORNING (NAP), 4.55 Gold Sands.

HAYDOCK: 2.10 Helmsdale, 2.45 Harba, 3.20 Tarboosh, 3.55 Orient Class, 4.30 Muzdawaj, 5.00 Exchequer, 5.30 Obboorr.

KEMPTON: 5.25 Fly, 6.00 Election Day, 6.30 Ode To Paris, 7.30 Syndicate, 8.00 Lord George, 8.30 Atalanta Bay, 9.00 Curious Fox.

KILBEGGAN: 4.40 Oighear Dubh, 5.10 Borderlinedecision, 5.40 William Du Berlais, 6.10 Kagney, 6.40 Swantykay, 7.10 Heist, 7.40 Wind And Reign.

MUSSELBURGH: 4.50 Under Control, 5.20 Royal Brave, 5.50 Ryan The Giant, 6.20 Zamindo, 6.50 Florenza, 7.20 Neuf Des Coeurs, 7.50 Thornaby Princess.

NEWCASTLE: 1.50 Voice Of Truth, 2.20 Someone Exciting, 2.55 Corridor Kid, 3.30 Question Of Faith, 4.05 Falcon's Fire, 4.35 Lord Of The North, 5.05 Emerald Asset, 5.35 Coquine.

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