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What an opening day we have in store, with 3 Group 1 races – Queen Anne Stakes, King’s Stand Stakes & St James’ Palace Stakes. The Group 2 Coventry Stakes for 2yo only, Wolverton Listed Stakes, the Class 2 Ascot Stakes Handicap & Copper Horse Stakes, Class 2 Handicap to close day 1…
There will be plenty of Superstars on show this week, with Battaash & Palace Pier on day 1 with Stradivarius, Love & many more yet to come as the week progresses….
With the course now allowed to have a limited capacity of spectators we can look forward to a fantastic atmosphere and plenty of cheers as the winners enter the winning enclosure & that has been sorely missed….
The weather is set fair for the first day with the GOING – Good, Good to Firm in places….
The 4 of us are here all week( Not one of them jokes, like the Englishmen, Irishman & the Scotsman!) so let’s get this party started….
4.20 St James Palace Stakes –
Selection – Poetic Flare – 3 year old Colt out of Dawn Approach and Maria Lee. Has ran 7 times winning 4 times and placing 2nd once. The wins have came at Naas, Leopardstown X 2 and Newmarket. The 2nd place came at the Curragh last time out when beaten a short head by Mac Swiney in the Irish 2,000 Guineas on Heavy ground. That run was on the 22nd of May and has had time to recover now and should run his race again with biggest threat coming in the shape of Battleground who has won twice from last 5 starts. Winner
5.35 Wolferton Stakes –
Selection – Felix – 5 year old Gelding out of Lope De Vega and Luminance, has ran 15 times winning 6 times and placing 2nd on 3 separate occasions and placing 3rd twice. The wins have came at Yarmouth, Newmarket, Wolverhampton twice and Lingfield. The 2nd place finishes have came at Lingfield X 2 and York once with the 3rd places coming at Chelmsford when making debut and more recently at Meydan when finishing 4 lengths behind winner Lord North. That race was on the 27th March and should be thereabouts, biggest danger comes in the shape of Solid Stone who has won twice from last 5 starts. Unplaced
3.05 Coventry Stakes
The Acropolis finished a credible 4th on his debut run on heavy ground. He soon put that experience to good use when impressively breaking his maiden tag on better ground a fortnight later. This son of Churchill looks to have obvious claims here in a race connections know how to win, having farmed the race 9 times previously. At the current prices The Acropolis looks a great each-way bet to nothing. Unplaced
3.40 King’s Stand Stakes
I’m keeping things simple here and sticking with the class horse and one of the best sprinters we’ve seen in the northern hemisphere over recent years. Battaash needs little introduction having put up some memorable performances, including in this race last year. His preparation hasn’t gone entirely to plan this season, but connections seem confident he will arrive here at his best. Considering the opposition today he is a very fair price at the time of writing if he’s 100% here. 4th
3:05 – Coventry Stakes (G2) – Selection: Gisburn
As usual a big field has gathered for this prestigious 6F 2YO contest. There are a couple in here who posted very eye catching performances last time out, especially Ebro River and my pick, Gisburn. Richard Hannon’s son of Ribchester powered away in great fashion to win a Newbury Maiden by over six lengths on May 14th. I know that the Hannon stable are really sweet on him and the even quicker ground here at Ascot could yield even more improvement. A fast gallop will suit Gisburn down to the ground as he appears to have a very high crusing speed. Stall 7 is a decent draw too wirh many of the leading fancies drawn around him, with a bit of luck I hope he’ll be bang there in the closing stages.
5:00 – Ascot Stakes – Selection: Postileo (E/W)
This marathon contest over 2m 4f, the same as Thursday’s Gold Cup sees 20 stayers going to post. Ireland appear to hold a strong hand with six runners including three from the Willie Mullins stable. At a decent price Postileo (16/1 at time of writing) makes plenty of appeal. For a 4YO he is still relatively unexposed having had just the seven races. It was two starts ago when Postileo caught the eye with a strong staying on second in the Chester Plate after making a slow getaway. The step up here to 2m 4f should suit this son of Galileo judged on that Chester effort. The ground will be alright and the Roger Varian stable are in good form. Postileo ticks a lot of boxes. 7th
5:35 – Wolferton Handicap (Listed) – Selection: Solid Stone
Royal Ascot’s most successful trainer Sir Michael Stoute goes in search of a third win in this Listed contest with Solid Stone. The selection is well fancied after a nice performance in a listed Windsor prize last month on slower ground. It was clear improvement from his first race of the season which came over the mile here at Ascot when he was a two length second to Oh This is Us. The manner of his Windsor success suggests that the step up to 1m 2f on this course should be fine as he hit the line really strong. Ryan Moore in the plate is always a positive and with a good draw in stall four he can sneak into a nice possy. The nice ground is also in his favour. Patrick Sarsfield is the big danger. Solid Stone 3rd. Patrick Sarsfield 2nd
2.30 Queen Anne Stakes – Group 1 – 4yo+ – 1m….
Palace Pier – Kingman X Beach Frolic 4yo Colt. – Winner
The Kingman colt is likely to go off ODDS ON & there is a good reason why. He is 5 from 6 over 1m & won the St James’ Stakes over C&D last season. His only defeat was to The Revenant over C&D in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day back in October. He is 2 from 2 this season, having won the Group 2 Mile at Sandown on return in April by 8 lengths from Bless Him & landed the Group 1 Lockinge(1m) from Lady Bowthorpe on May 15th. He is Top Rated 125, 5 clear of Order of Australia at 120. With this in mind & the fact he will be ODDS ON, 4/9 at the time of writing this.
My EACH WAY for the race is – Top Rank – Dark Angel X Countess Ferrama.
I have been a huge fan of the 5yo for a while now & although, he could win if Palace Pier has an off day or can nab a place. He is 6 from 10 over 1m & despite finishing a 7 length 3rd behind Palace Pier in the Group 1 Lockinge in May, it was his first run at the top level & he thoroughly deserved his chance at this level. He won on his seasonal return at Doncaster in the Class 1 Listed Mile Stakes on March 27th by 1 length from What’s The Story… Around 16/1 at the time of writing. Unplaced
3.40 King’s Stand – Group 1 – 3yo+ – 5f…
Battaash – Dark Angel X Anna Law 7yo gelding.
Had finished runner up in this race behind Blue Point until last season, when the 7yo gelding made no mistake with a 2 & 1/4 length win over Equilateral. He went on to finish the season 3 from 3 with wins at Goodwood in the Group 2 King George over 5f by 2 & 1/4 lengths from Glass Slipper (Breeders cup winner) in July & finished the season at York winning the 5f Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes by 1 length from Que Amoro. This is his seasonal return.
He is Top Rated 123, 6 clear of Oxted at 117. He is 7/4 at the time of writing & could well go off a shade off evens… 4th
My Each Way is – Liberty Beach – Cable Bay X Flirtinaskirt 4yo filly.
Have been a fan of this filly for a while & have backed her pretty much every time she has run, including on her seasonal return win at Haydock(Heavy ground)in the 5f Group 2 Temple Stakes, just nudging out Ainsdale by a neck on May 22nd.
She finished 3rd in this race last season by 2 & 1/2 lengths to Battaash & finished 3rd in the 5f Group 1 Prix L’Abbaye at Longchamp in October. She receives 3lb for being a filly & is around 10/1 at the time of writing this… Unplaced
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