Yesterday’s results at Royal Ascot again highlighted the need to shop around with the bookies to find the best offers when it comes to these big meetings. We had two selections advised at 25/1 and 33/1 fill 4th and 5th places respectively in the last two races, and plenty of layers were paying out on the extra places in those contests.
We also had two other tips at 16/1 & 25/1 placed, as well as a winner in the big race, so it was a decent start to the week – but things definitely don’t get any easier today.
Prince Of Wales’s Stakes
There are huge fields to toy with in all bar the big race – the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.
In that contest the focus of attention will be Sir Michael Stoute as he bids to become the winning most trainer at the Royal meeting and we think he can break the record here (if he hasn’t already done so earlier in the day!) courtesy of ULYSSES.
The race appears to be between the big three in the betting and we think the trip will suit the Stoute runner better. He also loves fast ground and is just the type of older horse this legendary trainer excels with.
Stablemate QUEENS TRUST looks the big danger and is a decent each way price with only 8 going to post.
|Ulysses (win)||4.20 Ascot||4/1||Bet365|
|Queens Trust (win)||4.20 Ascot||12/1||Bet365|
The day’s opening contest is a Group 1 in all but name and features horses who showed up well in various Guineas run in England, Ireland and France recently.
However, we prefer a performer who has come here via the handicap route – CHESSMAN. He could easily be three from three had he had more luck in running and should be very well suited by a strong gallop here.
Another unexposed type is ESCOBAR, who should relish the drop back to 7f, whilst WHITECLIFFSOFDOVER could give the Coolmore team their first win of the week if the first time blinkers make a difference.
Bet365 are offering 4 places for each-way bets on this race.
|Chessman (ew)||2.30 Ascot||16/1||Bet365|
|Escobar (ew)||2.30 Ascot||25/1||Bet365|
|Whitecliffsofdover (ew)||2.30 Ascot||11/1||Bet365|
Queen Mary Stakes
Next up is the day’s two year old contest – the Queen Mary for fillies over 5f.
Wesley Ward has another hot favourite here courtesy of Happy Like A Fool, but there is much better value elsewhere and we like HEARTACHE, MRS GALLAGHER and, at a massive price, MISSY MISCHIEF.
We mentioned the strength of Clive Cox’s 2-year-olds yesterday and Prince Of Dark was a fine 6th in the Coventry. Hopefully, Heartache can do even better here as she looked very smart when winning on debut having been heavily backed beforehand.
Mrs Gallagher and Out Of The Flames finished first and third in an Ascot maiden in May and the latter has gone out and won since to frank the form. It was hard to split the two, but Mrs Gallagher may have enough improvement in her to keep her ahead of the Hannon filly.
Finally, Miss Mishcief makes little appeal on form, but she is bred to love this ground and Jeremy Noseda’s runners here have to be respected. It is interesting that he is pitching her well and truly in at the deep end here, and once again Bet365 are offering 4 places here – to give us an extra chance of hitting the frame.
|Heartache (ew)||3.05 Ascot||13/2||Bet365|
|Mrs Gallagher (ew)||3.05 Ascot||16/1||Bet365|
|Missy Mischief (ew)||3.05 Ascot||66/1||Bet365|
Duke Of Cambridge Stakes
The Duke of Cambridge Stakes looks impossible to solve, but if you want to have a bet the ones we like most are GRETA G, who had some good form in Argentina and makes her debut for John Gosden today, and TURRET ROCKS, who could outstay some of these if there is a decent early gallop. She will improve for the quicker ground too.
Sky Bet are offering 4 places for each-way bets on this race.
|Greta G (ew)||3.40 Ascot||14/1||Sky Bet|
|Turret Rocks (ew)||3.40 Ascot||25/1||Stan James|
|Bossy Guest (ew)||5.00 Ascot||16/1||Sky Bet|
|Von Blucher (ew)||5.00 Ascot||40/1||Paddy Power|
|Abe Lincoln (ew)||5.00 Ascot||10/1||Sky Bet, Paddy Power|
|Asking (ew)||5.35 Ascot||33/1||Bet365|
|Gymnaste (ew)||5.35 Ascot||5/1||Bet365|