It is King George day at Ascot today and Postponed’s absence from the contest through injury has certainly robbed the race of its star turn.
King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes
As a result, it looks far from a vintage renewal of a race that traditionally pits the older generation against the best of the current crop of middle distance classic contenders.
The form of the Hardwicke Stakes, run at Royal Ascot recently, will be key as the first and second there, Dartmouth and Highland Reel, head the market here.
That form could get reversed with there being plenty of reasons for thinking Highland Reel could beat his old rival today. However, both may have to go some to cope with WINGS OF DESIRE.
The Derby fourth had to come from a long way back at Epsom and, despite not being knocked about up the straight, passed plenty of horses on the run to the line. The ground that day was softer than he would have liked and it is interesting that he has been given plenty of time to recover from that effort.
If there is to be a shock, then Sir Isaac Newton could provide it as he has really got his act together of late. However, he has yet to try this trip and so is passed over in favour of John Gosden’s three year old who gets a handy weight allowance here.
|Wings Of Desire (ew)||4.30 Ascot||9/2||Bet365|
Gigaset International Stakes
The major betting race of the day is the Heritage Handicap over 7 furlongs.
The big field handicaps over this distance are real specialists’ contests and, having finished second in both the Victoria and Bunbury Cups, MUTAWATHEA has proven he has what it takes to win one of these big pots. He deserves one too given the consistency he has shown and, hopefully, today will be the day. He is creeping up the weights, but has a 7lbs claimer on board.
The other one we like is FANCIFUL ANGEL.
Marco Botti and Frankie Dettori combined to win the Bunbury Cup recently and this horse looks unexposed here having run some good races in Dubai over the winter. He’s a strong traveller who should relish the quick ground.
Bet365 are offering 5 places for each-way bets on this race.
|Mutawathea (ew)||3.55 Ascot||12/1||Bet365|
|Fanciful Angel (ew)||3.55 Ascot||18/1||Bet365|
Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes
The Juddmonte Stakes is another race of interest on Ascot’s card.
All eyes will be on the daughter of Frankel, Fair Eva, in this Group 3 contest for fillies. She is a very short price favourite, which opens up each way betting possibilities for punters.
Of particular note is the Aiden O’Brien runner, HOW. She is surely better than she has shown so far and the key to her chances is the fact that she is encountering fast ground for the first time. Given the fire power the yard has, this filly clearly isn’t just coming here for a day out.
There are a few others to consider at big prices including Poet’s Princess, Seduce Me and Marie Of Lyon. However, the one to supplement our main selections given the prevailing underfoot conditions is TALLULAH ROSE.
She has been given plenty of time to develop since an impressive win at Bath last time out and can improve again for the extra furlong here.
|How (ew)||2.45 Ascot||12/1||Bet365|
|Tallulah Rose (ew)||2.45 Ascot||66/1||Bet365|
Today’s other tips are:
|Pirouette (ew)||3.20 Ascot||13/2||Bet365|
|Lexington Abbey (ew)||4.10 York||9/1||Sky Bet*|
*The sponsors of the Sky Bet Dash are offering 5 places for each-way bets