Diverting has been shaping like a winner waiting to happen and is of major interest at 13/2 in the 5.15 at Newmarket.
William Haggis filly looked badly in need of the run on her return to action at Ascot where she was all at sea on the soft surface.
In the end she was not knocked about and allowed to come home in her own time to finish 8th of 11 to Making Eyes after chasing the leaders for the first 6f of the mile contest.
She duly improved for that effort when an eye-catching fifth of 13 to Highland Colori at Sandown, travelling well for much of the contest before being short of room a furlong from home and keeping on nicely to be beaten just 2 lengths.
The daughter of Nayef should now be spot on to do herself justice, and was a really progressive sort last year when she rattled up a four-timer in the summer.
The third of those wins came at Sandown where she showed a great turn of foot to beat Golden Tempest win tons in hand off a mark of 74, and she then went on to beat Tullius at Pontefract off a mark of 81.
The runner-up has this season gone on to land a very competitive handicap at Newmarket off 92 and a listed contests at Windsor and York off ratings of 99 and 108
The selection then finished a fine fourth of 20 to Farhh at Newmarket off today’s mark of 86 on her final start, and the winner ran away with the Thirsk Hunt Cup by six lengths off a mark of 100 before finishing an unlucky in-running third to So You Think in the Princes of Wales’ Stakes at Royal Ascot to earn a rating of 118.
That is rock solid form, and makes the selection look potentially well-treated – especially with Ryan Clark taking another 3lb off her back.
Recommended bet: 3pts win Diverting (13/2 generally available – use BOG firms)