Four winners from six isn’t too bad! We enjoyed a dream start to Royal Ascot, capped off by a 20/1 winner in the last. Let’s hope for more of the same!
2:30 Jersey Stakes – Le Brivido (10/3)
French challenger Le Brivido has the best form in the book in this brilliant renewal of the Jersey Stakes. Andre Fabre’s three-year-old was narrowly touched off in the French Guineas, and can go one better in this. The quick ground should be fine for him, and he will appreciate the seven furlong trip.
3:05 Queen Mary – Happylikeafool (5/4), Out Of The Flames (16/1)
When a trainer like Wesley Ward speaks that highly of a horse, you listen. Happylikeafool was very impressive on debut in America and can continue to improve at Royal Ascot. She picked up nicely and looks like a promising sort in the making.
Out Of The Flames is another who can run a big race for Richard Hannon. She wasn’t beaten too far on debut at this track, before stepping up in convincing style at Windsor on her next start. She’s a great filly and should have a bright future ahead of herself.
3:40 Duke Of Cambridge – Qemah (3/1)
This looks a really tricky race to select from. Laugh Aloud steps up and the run is soon, Qemah can get too warm and Usherette may not like the quick ground. I’m going with Qemah who brings a real bit of class into the race. She was very impressive when winning the Coronation Stakes at this meeting and could get a second Royal win.
4:20 Prince Of Wales – Jack Hobbs (10/3)
I think to win this race you need a lot of class, which Jack Hobbs brings. He’s run some solid races at the top level, and was last seen winning in Dubai. He ran well over course and distance in the Champion Stakes and there is no shame in losing to Almanzor and Found. This looks set to be a great opportunity and he should have a competitive chance.
5:00 Royal Hunt Cup – George William (12/1) , G K Chesterton ew (18/1)
I really like George William and I have fancied his chances in this race for quite some time. He ran a really good race in the Victoria Cup where he would be suited by the extra furlong. He’s good enough to win a good handicap and can run a huge race on the quick ground.
I like G K Chesterton and Blair House in this for Charlie Appleby, the foremost ran a stormer at Epsom and deserves to take his chance in this competitive handicap.
5:35 Sandringham – Present Tense (16/1) ew, Grecian Light ew (16/1)
John Gosden’s Present Tense can run a big race on only her third start. She is exceptionally well-bred, being a half-sister to the brilliant Kingman. She was raced at Yarmouth to get her into this race, and that effort was creditable. She should be in good order for this test and has the potential to run a huge race.
Charlie Appleby had a big priced winner in the closing race yesterday, and she has a good chance with Grecian Light. She’s run in some competitive group races, and not been too far away from striking. She was last seen running well in a listed contest in France, and has been awarded a very nice handicap mark. She will be rated much higher than this by the end of the season, she could prove that today.