Day one of Ascot's King George Diamond Festival takes place on Friday afternoon at the famous Berkshire layout.

They've got a seven-race card running from 13.20-16.40, with the Group 3 Valiant Stakes for the fillies' and mares' taking top billing. We've picked out our best bets on Friday's Ascot card. 

Ascot NAP of the Day

Ascot 15.00

Lights On to win - BET NOW

 

Indigo Girl will likely head the betting for Team Gosden and Frankie Dettori on her return to action as a 3YO. She was a Group 2 winner on her second start last term after debuting only in August, and she was then second to Pretty Gorgeous in the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on her third and final start, with this summer's 1000 Guineas winner Mother Earth and Oaks scorer Snowfall behind.

That's fine form, but a nine-month layoff is a minor concern going in against some improving sorts. 

Amongst them is Lights On in the Cheveley Park colours for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. She was beaten under top-weight over C&D at the Royal meeting here last month in a handicap, with Waliyak and Declared Interest ahead, but has already well and truly reversed that form with the former when romping home in a Listed Pontefract race since. 

There's more in her locker in all probability, and the Siyouni filly will be at home back on this faster ground, and she's fancied to topple the forecast market leader.

Ascot Day 1 Prediction

Ascot 16.10

Jawwaal to win and each-way

 

The likes of Caspian Prince and Significantly come here in winning form and have strong claims again, while the likeable Tis Marvellous cannot be crossed off with confidence, but perhaps we are yet to see Jawwaal peak this summer.

Michael Dods' 6YO keeps good company and is at his best coming hard and fast late off a strong pace. He got that at Doncaster (5f, good to firm) earlier in the month, making it successive wins on Town Moor in the process and, on the visual evidence, doing so with a bit up his sleeve.

He's 5lb higher now, but he was a very impressive winner last summer on his only previous start over C&D, and David Probert's mount can go close again.

Ascot King George Diamond Weekend Day 1 Betting Tips

1. Lights On to win - BET NOW

2. Bellatrixsa to win and each-way

3. Jawwaal to win and each-way

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