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As we enter day 3 of the Royal Ascot extravaganza, with the first two days behind us and what fantastic performances we have seen from Aidan O’Brien having the first 3 home in the Queens Vase, Sir Michael Stoute breaking the Royal Ascot record as Poets Word beat Cracksman and Expert Eye, with a barnstorming win in finale.
Today we have Charlie’s Selection’s, a couple of selection’s from Chris Price and Rich’s Final Word, so lets Crack On…..
Charlie -Well yesterday was a bit of a mixed bag for my main 3 selections, my Nap Competition was 3rd my Nb Emaraaty ran no sort of race and finished 6th last. My 3b Storm Over won as expected was 18-1 when selected returned at 5-1
Alfarris (Che 15:30)-Has 2 wins and has finished 4th twice and placed 2nd once from last 5 runs, makes seasonal reappearance here and if building on the 4th place at Kempton last time out should see Alfarris have too much class here for this field giving trainer W Haggas another winner.
Vintage Brut (Asc 14:30)Has won both starts so far, first of those was a Class 5 Maiden at Thirsk over 5f in April, was then sent to Sandown in May again over 5f in a Class 1 listed race and won again beating Sabre by a neck. This looks within grasp for T Easterby who’s yard are in fine fettle at the moment.
Itlaaq (Rip 16:35) Has dropped to 17lb below last win mark, yard in a very good spell at the moment and if this horse is going to win today is as good a chance as any. Blinkers fitted for first time today and if taking to those and coupled with the drop in weight should be putting this race to bed .
Well that’s my thoughts on today’s selections, good luck if following and please remember to keep stakes small so it doesn’t hurt your pocket. I have one tracker at Ascot and you can find that situated below.
I will now hand you over to Chris for his thoughts before Rich does his button Final Word.
Chris Price’s Royal Ascot Picks –
Nap: Order Of St George – Gold Cup – Not the most original choice but his claims speak for themselves. A winner of this race in 2016 before a valiant 2nd last term. He showed his class with another fine effort in the Arc last Autumn and two wins this spring prove he is still the one to beat over staying trips.
NB: Magic Wand – Ribblesdale Stakes – Im going away from the two fancied runners and taking a punt on Magic Wand. She beat the Oaks winner Forever Together at Chester but was no match for that one of softer ground at Epsom. Back on a fast surface today she could reverse the form with Wild Illusion here.
Rich’s Final Word –
Write something about the days racing if you got a couple in the bag, if not fook it right off….. (Hahahaha)
Let’s get Thursday off to a flyer as the day starts with a sprint. The Norfolk Stakes(2.30) Group 2 over 5f for 2yo Only and I like the look of Sprint King Robert Cowell’s Pocket Dynamo. After finishing runner up on Brighton 5f debut by 1/2 a length, ran out a winner at Chelmsford on the All Weather on May 3rd by 1 length before travelling to Longchamp to land a 5f contest on May 13th by a head with Mikel Barzalona on board and the jockey is retained today. The DANGER could come from Wesley Ward, who has Shang Shang Shang who won on debut on the dirt at Keeneland over 5f with stable mate Moonlight Romance a close 2nd, the front two were well clear that day….
The Gold Cup(4.20) is a who’s who of long distance flat racing and anyone of 3 could win this…. Order of St George, was runner up to Big Orange in this last season. Stradavarius, who won the Queen’s Vase at last years meeting and 3rd to OOSG at this course on Champions Day OR will it be 3 time Dubai Gold Cup & Prix Vigier winner Vazirabad? I don’t see many other’s getting involved in the finish, but if you are playing Melbourne Cup Bingo with Aidan O’Brien Fan site on Twitter, we have a shout of BINGO for Max Dynamite, 4th in the Australian race in November!
And finally Crack On Crack On runs in the Britannia Stakes(5.00) a 3yo Only contest over 1m and after winning the last 2 runs including a 1m C2 handicap at Haydock by 1 & 1/4 lengths, Clive Cox ‘s charge should go well in this race…
I will be heading to the Isle of Wight Festival this weekend, so look out for some bonus footage via my twitter feed… OH and the Interviews return SOON!
Cookies? Melon’s from M&S….. £200 on an ODDS ON…. Can I become a Bookies Mole???
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All the Best – Charlie & Rich