Monday June 19

You only have to mention Royal Ascot to Alan and he gets a twinkle in his eye, doubtless reflecting in his mind last year’s unforgettable first success at Flat racing’s most prestigious meeting with Primitivo in the King George V Handicap.

And once the versatile Tyrell, who ran a blinder on his seasonal debut at Kempton, has run in the finale at Nottingham this evening – he has hotpot Lugano standing in his way but still looks to have a solid chance – Alan will focus all his attention on what he freely admits is his “favourite five days of the year on the Flat.”

We look to have a big shout with Top Tug in the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday and we’ll be represented in the Queen Alexandra on Saturday, but immediate thoughts surround our three-pronged attack for the Ascot Stakes on tomorrow’s opening day.

Assessing the trio for the two and a half mile marathon, Alan said:”Who Dares Wins ran a cracking race to finish fourth in the Chester Cup, being beaten less than two lengths. He has been in good form at home since, and, though the fast ground is not ideal, they have been watering so I hope he’ll cope with it ok.

Oceane will certainly be fine on the ground.and he goes particularly well around Ascot, winning there last summer and then running a terrific race under a huge weight when narrowly beaten in an apprentice handicap last month.

“Finally, Rainbow Dreamer has had this race as his target since he won at Newbury in April. There is only 9lb between top and bottom in the handicap and he just creeps in, but he has winning form on top of the ground so should also cope ok.”