July 10 Racing Tips: Achelois to improve at Ascot?

Planet Sport tipster Ross Brierley is back to give you a helping hand in finding a winners at Ascot and Hamilton on Saturday, July 10.

Get your weekend off to the perfect start by finding some winners from Ross' selection below.

2.25 Ascot - Future Investment

Brierley says: "Into typically jam-packed, red-hot mid-summer Saturday, and we're going to go to Ascot for our first selection in the 2.25. It's a mile-and-six furlong handicap here and Future Investment gets the nod for Raith Beckett and Danny Tudhope.

"This horse has been beaten on his two starts this season, but this is a significant drop in grade, after being sent off favourite for the Chester Cup and also a decent handicap last time out at Haydock behind Frankenstella.

"Future Investment hasn't necessarily cut any ice in those races but he did hit the front about two furlongs from home last time out and faded.

"So the drop in trip and the drop in grade looks to be a big player in his winning chances today.

"He's down to a class three for the first time since winning at Chester last season, and he looks to have leading claims here in an admittedly open handicap.

"But the track should suit, the rain has come, and everything looks in place for a big run."

4.10 Ascot - Achelois

Brierley says: "Andrew Balding has his team in fantastic form at the moment, and he has countless runners at Ascot, Newmarket and York over Friday and Saturday, and he could have a winner in the 4.10 on Saturday with Achelois.

"Who is a lightly-raced daughter of Zoffany, who was an eye-catching third last time out over at Sandown behind Hoodwinker.

"The William Haggas winner came from last-to-first, down the centre of the track, which was a big advantage on that card. The rail was not the place to be, but that was where Achelois spent most of her race stuck looking for a gap.

"When it did eventually arrive, she picked up very nicely indeed to finish a never nearer third, but she couldn't quite get to the leader, and the winner had kicked on already.

"But, this looks ideal for her. She was a winner under this jockey, David Probert, on her penultimate start over at Newbury, when getting up by a nose, and soft ground and this stiff finish over the mile looks to be absolutely spot on.

"So Achelois should go a couple of places better here in this fillies handicap."

7.50 Hamilton - Ayr Empress

Brierley says: "Over to Hamilton then for the final pick then this evening in the 7.50, and Ayr Empress returns to the track where she broke her duck back in June, and she could go in again after a credible run at Beverley last time out.

"That was over 10 furlongs on soft ground, where the winner, Livia The Empress got first run.

"Ayr Empress tried to come from last-to-first. It didn't quite work out, but she plugged on quite nicely.

"Previously to that though, she won in a pretty impressive fashion under Billy Garritty, who is back in the saddle today.

"She came from last-to-first - hit the front, was challenged by Dandy's Angel, and pulled out plenty in the finish to win by a neck.

"Like I said, last time out it was a bit of a better race at Beverley, and she just found a couple of horses too good.

"But she's back down to a class six, with Billy [Garritty] on her back as well, taking off another valuable three pounds, and Hamilton certainly does breed course specialists, so fingers crossed that Keith Dalgleish's charge is another one of those, and she can go in, in this pretty open handicap for an in-form yard."

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