Welcome to Arseonlineracing’s Royal Ascot Coverage, we are on to Day 3 & I feel like the voice over guy in the Big Brother house writing this! ( now try not to say it like that in your head!!)
Today is Gold Cup day & Stradivarius is looking to win this trophy for the 3rd year in a row….
Yesterday’s favourite Japan was well beaten in the Prince of Wales’ Stakes but there was some good news for the Aidan O’Brien team with Russian Emperor landing the Hampton Court & only 2 winning favourites from the card taking the final 2 races of the day.

What will day 3 have in store for us? Lets have a look!

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The going at Ascot is Good….

Charlie – 

With only 1 winner and 3 second placed finishes from 6 selections so far, I thought I would reduce my selections slightly to try and rectify the situation. So on that note please find my 2 selections for day 3 below.

3.00 – Chesham Stakes Listed over 7f

Modern News – Out of Shamardal and Modern Ideals. Has only raced once on the 7th June this year at Newmarket when beating Noble Dynasty by a neck. Looked a nice prospect for Charlie Appelby and should be involved here at the business end of race. Main danger comes in the shape of the Aidan O’brien trained Battle Ground who is out of War Front and Found,who had already had one race and finished 5th behind winner Lucky Vega at Naas on the 8th June.

 

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4.40 – Sandringham Stakes Handicap for Fillies over 1m

African Dream -Out of Oasis Dream and Alsindi, has raced 3 times beginning with a 3rd placed finish at Chelmsford on the 11th December behind winner Arrriviste. Was then sent to Lingfield on the 11th March and won over 7f and 1y, when beating Ryme Scheme by a neck. Was then sent to Newbury for latest run on the 11th of June this year over 7f and was beaten a nose by Stylistique. She gave that rival 7lbs and was only narrowly beaten, due to go up 16 lbs in the future and could gain compensation here with the biggest dangers coming in the shape of Soffika and Dubai Love.

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Jamie – 

1:50 – Wolferton Stakes –
Selection: Fox Tal

Andrew Balding’s horses are flying at the moment and he has a good chance of saddling another big winner in the shape of Fox Tal.
Carrying the colours of King Power Racing, Fox Tal brings some very smart form into this listed contest. The pick of the form would have to be his close fourth behind Magical in the Champion Stakes over course and distance, that was a smashing effort for an inexperienced horse who probably didn’t like the soft going.

Fox Tal ticks a lot of boxes and has a good draw in stall two. Hopefully not too much rain
will fall as he seems to like good ground, although it is possible that he may be versatile ground wise. This is Silvestre De Sousa’s best chance of the week in my opinion.

2:25 – Jersey Stakes –
Selection: Monarch of Egypt

Classic form is put to the test here against some unexposed types. The favourite King Leonidas will go very well I am sure but the one horse that stands out for me is Monarch of Egypt. The son of American Pharoah has a race under his belt this season in the Irish
2000 Guineas, where he was unlucky. Having been held up at the rear he looked to be coming with a strong run on the rail before he got held up by traffic.

When he was switched out the others had flown but he stayed on nicely at the end. A stiff seven furlongs here should play to his strengths, as would a strongly run race. If Monarch of Egypt could recapture the form of his close second to the mighty Siskin in the Phoenix Stakes last August, then he must be in with a great chance. He goes on soft ground too if it does rain a good amount.

3:35 – Ascot Gold Cup –
Selection: Nayef Road (E/W)

It’s a far from vintage Gold Cup field as Stradivarius seeks a third straight win in the staying divisions holy grail. He should have no problems, although if it rains a lot overnight and turns the ground soft, then who knows!

At an each – way price I really like the look of Nayef Road here. The Mark Johnston trained son of Galileo took the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes up at Newcastle 12 days ago, staying on powerfully. I think the step up to 2m 4f here could bring about more
improvement, and we all know how tough the Johnston horses are.
Nayef Road is a quality stayer and was good enough to be placed in the St Leger last year after winning a nice Group 3 at Glorious Goodwood. With Ryan Moore booked he can nick a place here for his
supporters.

 

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Final Word with Rich – 

Decent enough day with a winner & a decent priced 2nd, shame Japan didn’t do himself justice but I am sure he will be better next time out. 3 again for you today…

2.25 Jersey Stakes – Group 3 – 3YO Only – 7f….

Molathan – Roger Varian’s Night of Thunder Colt had a strong 2019. A neck 2nd to Mums Tipple on debut over 6f in a Class 2 Maiden here last July was followed in August by a step up in trip to 7f in a York Class 2 Maiden, winning by a neck.
He landed the Class 1 Listed 7f Flying Scotsman at Doncaster in September by 1/2 a length from Wichita.
Ran far to keen in the Autumn 1m Group 3 Stakes at Newmarket in October, when some 7 & 3/4 lengths to Military March. Now back down in trip…. Returns after 250 days.
The flying Scotsman form is working out well with Wichita, finishing 2nd in the 2,000 Guineas & Berlin Tango, who was 3rd that day winning a Group 3….

4.10 Britannia Stakes – Class 2 Handicap – 3YO Only – 1m….

Path of Thunder – Night of Thunder Gelding for Charlie Appleby.  Finished a 5 & 1/2 length 3rd to Threat on debut in a Newmarket 5f Class 3 Maiden on May 5th before finishing runner up by a neck when stepping up to 6f at Yarmouth in a Class 3 Novice Stakes on May 22nd.
Stepped up to 7f on July 4th at Haydock to land a Class 4 Novice Stakes by 1 length & made it 2 from2 over 7f on Handicap debut, from an opening mark of 84 on July 26th in a Newmarket Class 4 Handicap. Gelded since. Runs today from 92 & returns after 328 days away….

4.40 Sandringham Stakes(Fillies’) – Class 2 Handicap – 3YO Only – 1m….

Soffika – Sir Michael Stoute’s 3YO Zoffany Filly made a winning debut last June in a Pontefract 6f Class 5 Fillies’ Novice Stakes, winning by 2 & 3/4 lengths under today’s pilot Ryan Moore. She was swiftly dropped in to a  Group 3 contest in August when also making the step up to 7f in the Sweet Solero Stakes(Fillies & Mares’) and finished a good 1 &1/4 lenths runner up, with Dark Lady back in 3rd, who has since won a Salisbury Group 3 & was runner up to Boomer in the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood…
Off for 313 days & has an opening handicap mark of 97….

That is everything for you today folks, big thanks to you all for popping by, we really appreciate your support…
Remember, if you cannot afford to bet, please watch the fantastic coverage on the TV…

All the Best – Charlie, Jamie & Rich

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