It would be nice to pick up a Priceless Jewel before Royal Ascot

UNSURPRISINGLY the racing fare on offer this weekend isn’t the best with Royal Ascot just around the corner, so we’ll concentrate on tomorrow’s main three-year-old handicap, York’s Bond Tyres Trophy Handicap (3.10pm).

Roger Charlton has already scooped plenty of big Saturday prizes this season and I expect him to land another with PRICELESS JEWEL. This daughter of Selkirk won well on her seasonal reappearance at Kempton and, although she has been raised 9lb, Safari Sunseeker, who dead-heated for second, bolted up at Haydock a fortnight ago. She is worth backing at 9/2 with Coral.

I will also be having an each-way saver on Denis Coakley’s GABRIEL’S LAD at 14/1 with Coral. He was tipped up in this column last month for the Coral Sprint Trophy at Newmarket, but ended up being a non-runner. He is very well-regarded and Kieren Fallon is an interesting jockey booking.

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You can follow me on Twitter @Bill Esdaile for all my racing views and we will be covering each day of Royal Ascot next week.