Royal Ascot Day 4
2.30 Albany Stakes 6f (Group 3)
The Albany Stakes kick off Day 4 and it’s headed by Alpha Centauri for Jessica Harrington. She’s a big filly this one but is very highly thought of, she’s won her first two starts in taking style, albeit the last one was on slow ground and there remains a question mark over whether she’ll take to the quicker surface but there should really be a big performance on the cards. A couple of each way selections to take note of might be firstly Wesley Ward’s Fairyland, she won her solo start over 4.5 furlongs on the dirt at Keeneland but her sire has a fantastic record here and she looks to hold the American trainer another big chance. Another one at a decent price might be Clemmie for AP O’Brien and Ryan Moore. She’s a full sister to Churchill and shaped nicely on her debut third at the Curragh, she’s certainly open to progression here. Snowflakes might be the one to outrun her big odds here.
Selections: Alpha Centauri 9/4 – Clemmie 6/1 E/W
3.05 King Edward VII Stakes 1m 4f (Group 2)
An intriguing renewal for this year’s King Edward VII and it’s headed by Crystal Ocean for Sir Michael Stoute and Andrea Atzeni. This one is a very well bred colt and is also a half brother to Hillstar that won this particular race for this yard back in 2013. He stayed on well in the Dante behind Permian which gave the impression that he’d relish this step up in trip and is cleary a big player. Sir John Lavery could bounce back for Coolmore after his Lingfied flop, Ryan Moore will take the ride on him. A couple at decent each way prices to consider might be firstly Salouen for Sylvester Kirk, he ran well in Group 1’s last autumn when he was placed a couple of times and made me a decent return when winning a Listed contest at Newmarket. He met trouble in the Derby but looks certain to stay this distance so is well worth a mention. The other is Glencadam Glory for John Gosden. This is a bit of a long shot this one, but he stayed on when finishing ninth in the Derby and stayed on well to finish second in his trial at Lingfield after completely blowing the start. I think if he breaks better here from the stalls could see him make a challenge to sneak into the placings. Crystal Ocean looks hard to beat though and give Sir Michael his record winner.
Selections: Crystal Ocean 5/2 – Salouen 9/1 E/W – Glencadam Glory 20/1 E/W
3.40 Commonwealth Cup 6f (Group 1)
One of the many features of the week and one that many have been looking forward to is the Commonwealth Cup as this year’s renewal really is top drawer. It’s headed by the unbeaten Caravaggio for AP O’Brien and Ryan Moore. He won the Coventry Stakes here last year in taking style and is certainly going to take the world of beating in this contest. I am going to try and take him on though as I did with Churchill and to do this i’m going to first look at Harry Angel for Clive Cox. Recently brought by Godolphin, this one won at Haydock in devastating fashion, a repeat of that run would surely give the Coolmore hotpot more than something to think about in the closing stages. Another one that is an interesting contender is Bound For Nowhere for Wesley Ward, he’s said to of been working better than Lady Aurelia back at home and has won his first two starts for the American behemoth. He’s trading at a general 10/1 for this and could be a tasty each way proposition. Blue Point also goes for Godolphin here who comes here on the back of course and distance win over Harry Angel here last month, another big player on that form.
Selections: Harry Angel 10/3 – Bound For Nowhere 10/1 E/W
4.20 Coronation Stakes 1m (Group 1)
Onto the Coronation Stakes now and it’s headed by another Coolmore hotpot in Winter following her 1000 Guineas double. She looked spectacular when winning the Irish 1000 Guineas last time out at the Curragh and she has been many people’s banker of the meeting. I like to try to oppose these odds on shots to find a bit of value but this one is looking very difficult to do so. Dabyah is a very impressive filly in her own rights for John Gosden, she’s won three of her four starts and made all to win in her reappearance in a Group 3 at Newbury however the horse who was second that day was only eighth in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket behind Winter. She does look a strong each way contender though and she might be worth considering in the ‘Without the Favourite’ markets. The French raider Precieuse comes here on the back of a Group 1 victory at Deauville and shouldn’t be dismissed on her debut for her new owner. Winter very hard to oppose here though.
Selections: Winter 1/2 – Dabyah 7/1 E/W