Racing: Hyperion's TV tips

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2.30: Cape Cross blazed a trail to make all in the Lockinge Stakes, but the Newbury turf was lighting fast in comparison to today's surface. Among Men had been held up in his work prior to finishing five lengths back in sixth at Newbury and will strip a lot fitter this afternoon. Poteen was a neck second Cape Cross then and should have no trouble reversing the placings now - without quite being able to cope with INTIKHAB. Frankie Dettori's mount made a big impression when leaving his rivals trailing at Epsom 10 days ago.

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3.05: Insatiable came right away from quality opposition to win decisively in the mud at Sandown three weeks ago and is strongly fancied to take this prize. Many of his rivals that day ran palpably below form, however, and the five-year-old could have been a little flattered. John Dunlop believes Taipan has fair prospects in testing ground, but this can also go to Dettori - with the grey DAYLAMI who won easily at the Curragh in May.

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3.45: Victory Note is the morning favourite and his winning form in the French 2,000 Guineas means it could be costly to oppose him, especially as he is proven in these conditions. The longer odds available on DESERT PRINCE are attractive, however. There was a lot to like about the way Olivier Peslier's mount seized the Irish 2,000 Guineas and he should again hold the Curragh runner-up, Fa-Eq.

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4.20: The stalls on the straight course are on the stands side today. The draw effect invariably holds dangers for the unwary, but on soft ground the low to middle numbers usually have an edge - assuming they are not slowly away. The best form on view here has been shown by Be The Chief and BERTOLINI. This pair pulled well clear of 12 rivals at Doncaster when making their debut last month and both look high-quality colts. Be The Chief beat Bertolini by a neck but the latter was bumped leaving the stalls and can take revenge, especially as he has the best of the draw today.

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