Pick of the Pundits – The best bets from today’s press

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With Royal Ascot just a day away the betting bank balance needs a boost and according to today’s racing press, Timepiece is the banker to follow at Warwick this evening.

On a day with five cards across Britain and Ireland, Sir Henry Cecil’s four-year-old is highly fancied by the hacks from the Irish Post, the Sunday Express, the Racing Post, The Star, the News Of The World and the Sunday Mail.

A 7/4 shot, Timepiece takes on 10 competitors in the 7.40 Warwickshire Oaks Stakes in what looks a very competitive race but Timepiece’s proven class at this level is highly respected.

Tom Queally will take the ride on Timepiece for the eighth time in 11 career starts and he has won on the filly twice, finished second three times and fourth twice.

The two teamed up last time out at Epsom on Oaks day in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes where Timepiece was below par, finishing fourth, but her win in the Class 1 James Seymour Stakes last October is the most impressive piece of form of all the runners in today’s race.

The dangers are Sea Of Heartbreak (7/1), Mirror Lake (4/1) and Ceilidh House (7/1) who is making her first start of the season and after looking back to her best at Doncaster in November, is worth watching.

Piano (8/1) also represents a danger but this is a huge step-up in class for John Gosden’s filly and the experience of her rivals is preferred.

Verdict: Timepiece should justify her favouritism.

7.00 Windsor: Prince Of Sorrento – 9/4

This Class 5 handicap isn’t the most thrilling of renewals but Prince Of Sorrento has been napped by four tipsters and he looks the likely winner having won a Class 5 race at this track just a week ago.

Ted Durcan will once again be aboard as John Akehurst looks for a quick fire double, and it’s difficult to find someone that will challenge, although Skyfire looks a huge each-way price at 40/1.

Verdict: Price Of Sorrento can bolster the Ascot balance.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.