Good morning all,
As I mentioned yesterday, I’m looking ahead to Royal Ascot in today’s column and I have five horses that are worth noting.
Looking at the weather forecast there is a good chance that it will be sunny and warm at least for the next seven days. If forecast proves to be correct and I got Epsom wrong, it means this year’s Royal Meeting is likely to go ahead on the quick side of good.
Some of the extra races added to last season’s Royal Ascot remain this year and there will be seven races on each of the five days of the meeting.
Royal Ascot: Five to Note
The five of horses I have picked are a mixture of juvenile and older horses.
Stunning Beauty – Saeed bin Suroor
Stunning Beauty won her first two starts in novice company on good, good to firm ground last season before disappointing on two starts in Meydan. However, she returned to winning ways at Doncaster last Friday and there was plenty to like about how she battled on inside the final furlong to hold off her Beat Le Bon & Scottish Summit.
Her Doncaster success means she gets a 5lb penalty for the Royal Hunt Cup. I’m not sure that will enable to get into Wednesday’s big handicap or not. If she doesn’t get into the Hunt Cup then she does have the alternative of the new 1m handicap for 4yo+ fillies and mares at the meeting. Which would seem an even better fit for the 4-year-old.
Cadamosto – Aidan O’Brien
The Group 2 Norfolk Stakes over 5f gets day three underway. A race for speedy juvenile colts. I’m not sure who Wesley Ward will saddle. However, one who is being aimed at the race is Cadamosto. The son of No Nay Never showed plenty of early speed before going clear of his eight rivals inside the final furlong to win on his racecourse debut at Dundalk in April. After that success he looked an ideal type for the Norfolk Stakes. For which he’s a general 6/1 chance with those bookmakers who have priced up the race.
Hello You – Ralph Beckett
The Albany Stakes is a 6f Group 3 for two-year-old fillies and is the first race on the Friday card. The race seems the likely target for Hello You. The well-bred daughter of Invincible Spirit made an impressive winning racecourse debut at Wolverhampton last month. Looked a smart prospect that day when quickening up in the straight to go clear of her rivals inside the final furlong. Should be capable of reaching pattern level, has been backed for the Albany and is a best priced 11/2 with William Hill.
Indigo Girl – John & Thady Gosden
Indigo Girl was a smart juvenile winning the Group 2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster on her second start. She improved further when finishing a ½ length 2nd of 10 to Pretty Gorgeous in the Group 1 Fillies Mile at Newmarket a month later. The daughter of Dubawi is bred to appreciate middle distance as a 3-year-old but would be interesting if she was to make her seasonal return in the Coronation Stakes on Friday. The 16/1 available with Paddy Power looks too big for me. But will she run?
Romantic Proposal – Edward Lynam
Bielsa & Boardman are big fancies for the Wokingham Handicap on Saturday. However, I like the claims of Romantic Proposal. The mare won the valuable Scurry Handicap at the Curragh last summer and has continued to improve with racing. A promising return to action over an inadequate 5f at Naas before putting a career best effort on RPR’s when a ½ length second to Sonaiyla in a Group 3 at the Curragh last week. The mare seems to be getting better with age and looks capable of an even bigger run. I have had a nibble on her at 14/1 with Bet365.
Watching the Racing TV coverage of yesterday’s Cork meeting, I was impressed with the overhead drone camera view. It really does give punters a different perspective on how a horse has raced. I hope we’ll be able to see more of this innovation going forward.
Yesterday’s main selection The Names Jock was a bit disappointing. Hopefully some of you were on Thunder Kiss who got a great ride from Colin Keane to win the Munster Oaks.
Newbury is arguably the best meeting this side of the Irish Sea. However, the best race is at Leopardstown and the Group 3 Ballycorus Stakes (5:50).
Today’s selection is from Nottingham.
2:45 – Wentworth Falls is now 2lb below his last winning mark and he shaped like a return to winning form wasn’t far away when a 2 ¼ length 2nd of 11 at Thirsk last time. The quicker the ground the better for the 9-year-old who can take this Class 3 handicap.
Wentworth Falls – 5/1 – Gen.
Good luck with your Thursday bets.
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