The extra place so many bookmakers are offering at Royal Ascot came to our rescue again yesterday with Frozen Angel coming fourth in the opener – and Leshlaa taking fifth at 40/1 in the Britannia. We also tipped the Ribblesdale Stakes winner at 9/1.
With more big fields today, it is important to shop around again and the opening contest on day four is good example with Bet365 offering four places in the Albany.
The Irish have a really strong hand here, but we like one of their less fashionable raiders the most, the Ger Lyons trained BLACK SAILS. This horse beat some useful sorts in eye-catching fashion on his debut in May and the form of that race is working out really well. Trip and ground look ideal.
Best of the home trained contingent could prove to be the maiden, TAKE ME WITH YOU. This horse has been sold for big money as a foal, yearling and two year old and his sire, Scat Daddy, is developing a great record in the sprint races here. We highlighted earlier in the week that his trainer, Jeremy Noseda, is a man to watch at this meeting.
The other one to back is another maiden SNOWFLAKES, who would appear to have little chance based on her form figures. However, she was badly hampered on her only start to date and is clearly capable of better. She is beautifully bred and it is interesting that connection pitch her straight in at the deep end here.
|Black Sails (ew)||2.30 Ascot||10/1||Bet365|
|Take Me With You (ew)||2.30 Ascot||16/1||Bet365|
|Snowflakes (ew)||2.30 Ascot||14/1||Bet365|
King Edward VII Stakes
The colts take centre stage next in the King Edward VII Stakes, with a number of Derby runners looking to get their careers back on track.
The one we like is a horse we tipped at Epsom, SALOUEN. He was staying on well in the closing stages that day, only to get boxed in close home. He has always been highly regarded and may find this flat track more to his liking.
The other one to back is one of the less exposed types – BEST OF DAYS. He had a decent two year old campaign, which included a win in the Royal Lodge. As a result, he was thought to be a lively Derby contender himself, but a setback in the spring scuppered those plans. If he is fit enough to do himself justice here then he can run a big race over a trip that should suit.
|Salouen (ew)||3.05 Ascot||15/2||Sky Bet, Paddy Power|
|Best Of Days (ew)||3.05 Ascot||11/1||Sky Bet, Paddy Power|
The next two races see Coolmore hotpots dominate the market and we think it is worth backing CARAVAGGIO and WINTER in a win double as it is hard to knock the claims of either.
Caravaggio is described by Aiden O’Brien as the fastest horse he has trained and with improvement from his re-appearance likely he can blitz his rivals in what promises to be one of the races of the week.
For those looking to take him on, we expect his stablemate, INTELLIGENCE CROSS, to outrun his odds in first time blinkers. We think he can stay on late to pick up some of the pieces if the leaders go off too fast.
|Caravaggio & Winter (win double)||3.40 Ascot & 4.20 Ascot||2/1||Sky Bet|
|Intelligence Cross (ew)||3.40 Ascot||50/1||Bet365|
If you are looking to oppose Winter in the Coronation Stakes then we would suggest siding with the American filly, LA CORONEL. She loves quick ground and has an impressive wins to runs ratio. She was unlucky in the Breeders Cup where she had a bad draw, but she was still able to readily account for Hydrangea and Roly Poly that day to give us some idea of how her form stacks up against today’s rivals.
|La Coronel (ew)||4.20 Ascot||22/1||Bet365|
|Count Octave (ew)||5.00 Ascot||9/1||Sky Bet|
|Secret Advisor (ew)||5.00 Ascot||14/1||Bet365|
|Wadigor (ew)||5.35 Ascot||13/2||Sky Bet|
|Sixties Groove (ew)||5.35 Ascot||9/2||Sky Bet|
|Lustrous Light (ew)||5.35 Ascot||50/1||Paddy Power|