Simon Holt of Channel 4 Racing on the Ladbroke Handicap at Ascot
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Diamond White: Back in handicaps after a last in a Listed event. Earlier flattered when third to Chester House at Sandown.

Punishment: Inconsistent and well beaten last two starts since fair third at Newmarket in May.

Brilliant Red: Back to his best last time, beaten a head by Lonesome Dude over a mile. Just as effective at 1m 2f.

Let It Rain: Highly tried but not disgraced when finishing fifth to Tough Leader on Derby Day.

Fredora: Progressive, runaway Salisbury winner last time, albeit in a weak contest.

Another Time: Winner of this last year and now races off a 1lb lower mark. Signs of a return to form at Sandown recently.

Conspicuous: Sixth to Monsajem at Epsom without showing much sparkle. Rather long in the tooth.

Lady Rockstar: Prolific winner who just failed after an interrupted run at Sandown last time.

Praetorian Gold: Just failed to catch Bering Gifts at Folkestone (Another Time third), only to cut little ice next time at Chester.

Zurs: Beat Mutadarra at Sandown last month and the runner-up won next time. Starts slowly and needs a strong gallop.

Flag Fen: One-paced third in amateur contest last time.

Conclusion: BRILLIANT RED came back to form last time and is just as effective at this trip. Last year's winner, Another Time, looks to have been laid out for this.