Expert Eye: Four horses to back on Friday July 23

With Friday's racing coming thick and fast a selective approach is advised, and Planet Sport's experts are on hand to help you hopefully land on a winner or two.

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Star Caliber (2.30 Ascot)

As the only three-year-old runner in the field, and a lightly-raced one at that after just four starts, Andrew Balding's charge has scope for improvement.

And frankly he wouldn't have to find much at all to collect this valuable prize off a mark of 85.

That's the mark he was beaten off at Chester 13 days ago, which marked his first try at staying distances, and he gets in here off bottom weight against far more exposed rivals.

Interestingly, the horse he beat on his racecourse debut last September, Dhushan, has gone on to better things, winning a couple of races this season to climb to a new mark of 95.

It doesn't take a genius to work out that the selection is potentially well treated and the booking of Silvestre De Sousa, who steered him home on his debut, seals the bet.

Tis Marvelous (4.10 Ascot)

At first glance, Clive Cox's sprinter looks up against it with three last-time-out winners amongst his five rivals, including Significantly, who beat him into fourth (a little over a length adrift) in a race here 13 days ago.

The winner was all out on that occasion and will do well to confirm that form on 5lb worse terms, especially as the selection may have needed his first run back after being off the track since April.

There's also something about Ascot that brings out the best in the Cox runner, who has twice crossed the line in front here, including when winning a heritage handicap off today's mark of 103 and under today's rider Adam Kirby.

What's more he should be a backable price with the likes of hat-trick seeking Jawaal, who is feared most, in the field.

Exuding (4.40 Ascot)

Ascot's closing 5f handicap for fillies looks trappy but Roger Varian's sprinter looks to have more in his favour than most, especially now returned to proper fast ground.

It was riding good to firm when successful back on his stable debut at Redcar in April - won going away by two lengths - and a subsequent defeat at odds on (on good) doesn't look too bad given the winner was getting weight and has since chased home the smart Adaay To Remember.

The drop back to 6f is no real concern as this is a stiff five furlongs and he looks to be on a fair mark of 76, with Cameron Noble (fair strike rate of 21% for the stable) taking another 3lb off his back.

Apricot Moon (8.00 York)

Formerly trained in Ireland by Andy Oliver and a runner in the Irish 1000 Guineas at three (not disgraced in seventh), the selection has yet to show any worthwhile form in two starts for George Boughey.

However, the latest of those came in a hot handicap at the royal meeting here and she's been dropped a further 5lb by the handicapper since. She may also benefit from the addition of a first-time hood.

Certainly, if retaining any of the ability she showed in her younger days - she looked smart when winning a Dundalk maiden from an uncompromising position - she'll be making her mark in handicaps before too long for her new yard.

Friday's contest looks fairly competitive it has to be said, so some market support would be welcome.

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