Day Four – Friday 21st June 2018
Albany Stakes (Class 1) (Group 3) (6f)
The Albany kicks things off on the Friday of this year’s Royal Ascot and it’s a Group 3 contest that’s ridden over a distance of six furlongs.
The market is currently dominated by a couple of Ballydoyle contenders in Just Wonderful and Fairyland. Both of these come here unbeaten with Just Wonderful the choice of Ryan Moore which sees her sit at the top of the market at around 11/4. Fairyland trades at around 7/2 and comes here off the back of a couple of impressive victories with the last of those coming in Listed company at the Curragh. She’s the mount of Seamie Heffernan.
Main Edition heads the UK challenge for Mark Johnston and also comes here with an unbeaten record of two victories. La Pelosa is the Godolphin representative for Charlie Appleby and William Buick on the back of her smart win at Kempton.
Angels Hideaway could be one to keep your eye on at a big price for John Gosden. I was at Haydock when she shed her maiden tag and she did it in some style. She looks to have a nice future and is the mount of Frankie Dettori here.
I’m going to side with what looks to be the Ballydoyle second string here FAIRYLAND. I’ve been really impressed with her so far and whilst the favourite is a solid contender I like the chances of this solid contender.
Jockey: Seamie Heffernan
Trainer: Aiden O’Brien Full Result
1st: Fairyland (7/2)
2nd: Just Wonderful (11/4)
3rd: Angel’s Hideaway (14/1)
King Edward VII Stakes (Class 1) (Group 2) (1m 3f)
The King Edwards VII is up next on Friday a Group 2 affair that’s ridden over a distance of a mile and three furlongs.
It once again see’s an Aiden O’Brien shot at the top of the market in the form of Delano Roosevelt. He comes here off the back of a solid sixth places effort in the Derby and has the services of Ryan Moore. That’s probably the form of the race and he’s a general 3/1.
Ballydoyle are also represented here by Chester winner Rostropovich and Leopardstown Listed winner Giuseppe Garibaldi who are trading at 6/1 and 8/1 respectively.
Old Persian currently holds down the second favourite position for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby. He’s a horse that’s been in good form this season with two wins from three and the last of them coming in Listed company at Newmarket when he was last seen. He’s trading at a general 9/2 and is the mount of William Buick.
John Gosden sends Raa Atoll here who’s in good form and is the mount of Frankie Dettori and Tim Easterby saddles Wells Fahr Go as he looks to bounce back from a slightly disappointing effort in the Dante.
I’m going to take a chance on John Gosden’s RAA ATOLL here. I was at Leicester when he won the last day when beating a decent stalemate and he knuckled down well that day. He’ll need to step up a fair bit again but he could well do that.
RAA ATOLL – (5/1) (E/W)
Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Trainer: John Gosden
1st: Raa Atoll (5/1)
2nd: Rostropovich (6/1)
3rd: Giuseppe Garibaldi (7/1)
Commonwealth Cup (Class 1) (Group 1) (6f)
The Commonwealth Cup is the first Group 1 of the day on Friday ridden over a distance of six furlongs and won last year by Aiden O’Brien with the mightily impressive Caravaggio.
Aiden has another solid contender this year in the form of Sioux Nation who’s battling it out for favouritism at the top of the market at a general 4/1 mark. He won the Norfolk here last year and has added a Group 1 to his CV since, he also won nicely on his reappearance in Group 3 company.
Equilateral is the horse that he’s battling it out with at the top of the market, he won in very taking style the last day at Doncaster. He’ll have to take a big step up here but he could be anything, he’s the mount of James McDonald for Charlie Hills.
Two other very notable contenders here come in the form of Invincible Army and Sands Of Mali who fought out a great race the last day at Haydock. These two are 7/1 and 8/1 respectively and both come here as live contenders. Laugh A Minute could be a dark horse here too as he’s one that’s been very unlucky this season.
The one i’ll be siding with here is SIOUX NATION for Aiden O’Brien. I was very impressed with his comeback run and I think he’s made for this race. He should put in a very bold showing with Ryan Moore on board.
SIOUX NATION – (4/1)
Jockey: Ryan Moore
Trainer: AP O’Brien
1st: Sioux Nation (4/1)
2nd: Invincible Army (7/1)
3rd: Equilateral (4/1)
Coronation Stakes (Class 1) (Group 1) (7f 213y)
The Coronation Stakes takes centre stage on Day 4 of Royal Ascot this year and it’s Group 1 contest for Fillies there ridden over a distance of 7 furlongs and 213 yards.
The Irish battle it out at the top of the market with Clemmie and Alpha Centuri at the top of affairs. The latter comes here off the back of her Irish 1000 Guineas success and they’re both trading at around the 7/2 mark.
The English 1000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook is just behind them in the market at around 11/2 and her partnership is once again renewed with Sean Levey for Richard Hannon. Incredibly we also have the French 1000 Guineas winner here too in the form of Teppal for David Simcock. She trades at around 13/2 and teams up with Olivier Peslier.
Others to note look to be Threading for Mark Johnston who comes here on the back of an impressive win when bouncing back to form at York, and Aim Of Artemis is a potentially exciting newcomer for Godolphin and John Gosden.
I’m going to take a chance on THREADING here for Mark Johnston at a sizeable price. She won very well at York last time and proved she still has more to give. She’s about 10/1 and William Buick is on board.
THREADING – (10/1) (E/W)
Jockey: William Buick
Trainer: Mark Johnston
1st: Threading (10/1)
2nd: Clemmie (7/2)
3rd: Alpha Centauri (7/2)
Sandringham Stakes (Class 2) (Handicap)
Poetic Charm (12/1) (E/W)
(Won two out of three last term including a fifth places effort in Group 3 company. Well bred and unexposed, likely to be tuned up for this and is the choice of Buick.
Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Class 2) (Handicap)
Thundering Blue (6/1) (E/W)
(Resumed last season’s good form with a dominant display at York the last day. Step up in trip should suit and with Dettori on board could well get involved again.)
Eynhallow (12/1) (E/W)
(Not the most straight forward as shown in Meydan, talented sort though and James McDonald could bring out the best in him.)