Author: Jordan Yates (EvRacing_)
Wednesday 3rd May 2023
Welcome aboard to this preview for Royal Ascot Trials Day which is set to take place at Ascot this Wednesday, where there’s a cracking card on offer with seven races to decipher through.
The first race is the 1:30 which is an apprentice handicap over the straight miles and this can go to Yaanaas for Roger Varian and Aidan Keeley who takes off three pounds. He’s unbeaten after two starts and looks to have considerably more scope than the rest of the field here.
Next up it’s the 2:05 which is a conditions race that’s ridden over five furlongs and I think Maximum Impact is the one to beat here on the back of his twelve-length demolition job at Leicester on his racecourse debut, he’s a colt by Havana Grey and looks another exciting prospect for Amo Racing.
The third race of the day is the 2:40 and this is a novice event that’s ridden over a mile, I think that Orchid Bloom can go well here for William Haggas and Tom Marquand, she made an impressive start to her racing career at Newmarket last October when winning by three-lengths, going away from the field, and could well have a lot more to offer.
Moving onto the 3:15 which is the Saggaro Stakes, a Group 3 event over two miles and I think Trueshan can bounce back from his shock defeat last time out at Nottingham, it’s likely that he needed that run last time and should strip a lot fitter for this particular assignment and he can reverse the form with Rajinsky.
It’s more Group 3 action at 3:50 in the form of the Commonwealth Cup Trial and this is thrown up a competitive but quality-filled renewal, of which I think Trillium could be the answer for Richard Hannon. She developed into an exciting sprinter last time before disappointing in the Cheveley Park Stakes on his final run of the campaign, these are much calmer waters and she could well bounce back to form.
The 4:25 is the Listed Paradise Stakes over the straight mile and in this particular affair, it’s hard to see past My Prospero for William Haggas and Tom Marquand. He was just a neck behind Coroebus in the St James’s Palace Stakes at the Royal Meeting as well as half of a length behind Bay Bridge here in the Champion Stakes in October, he’s got the best form on offer in this and should prove tough to beat.
Concluding the day is the 5:00 which is handicap action over five furlongs and this is a competitive affair, I think Glamorous Breeze can go well though for Christopher Mason and the talented Billy Loughlane who takes off five pounds, he can build on his reappearance run at Southwell back in March and Loughlane’s claim leaves him on what looks an appealing mark.