Top Horses to Follow on Day 4 of Royal Ascot | Royal Ascot Day 4 Tips

Top Horses to Follow on Day 4 of Royal Ascot

The experts at TWE have analysed the form and honed in on their top horses to follow on Royal Ascot day 4.

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Albany Stakes (14:30) - Fairy Godmother

Kicking off Day 4 is the Albany Stakes, a Group 3 race for two-year-olds ran over six furlongs. In the last two years, this race has been won by an O’Brien, Donnacha and Aidan, with the latter hoping for more of the same with his prospect FAIRY GODMOTHER the leading light for Ballydoyle.

O’Brien and Moore have enjoyed a productive Ascot so far, landing the Queen’s Vase with Illinois whilst shortly following up with a 400th Group 1 success in Auguste Rodin. The pair will be hoping that FAIRY GODMOTHER can carry on this good run. The winner of an ultra-competitive Group 3 in Naas which threw up the winners of the 2023 and 2022 iterations of this race, FAIRY GODMOTHER looks good to make that a hat trick.

Replays of that race in Naas will show FAIRY GODMOTHER had lots go wrong, including having to be switched out and caught on its heels by Sparkling Sea. She showed impressive determination and an incredible turn of foot to get back up on the line and turn the tables on a previous run. This is the kind of progression needed to win an Albany, and FAIRY GODMOTHER looks like she could keep improving.

Being by a distance winner, speed should be no issue, whilst the last ten winners won LTO. The last three renewals were also won by a horse-drawn in single figures. As far as two-year-olds at Ascot go, O’Brien and Moore have a good one here in FAIRY GODMOTHER.

Albany Stakes (14:30)



Coronation Stakes (15:45) - Ramatuelle

The second Group 1 contest of the day, the Coronation Stakes is run over the notoriously stiff Ascot mile. A race that has historically been nice to the punters, the Coronation Stakes favours those horses rated at the top of the market.

The French raider RAMATUELLE is the horse of interest here. Just touched off in the 1000 Guineas by Elmalka who reopposes today, RAMATUELLE looked and shaped like the winner for a majority of the Newmarket mile. On reflection Aurelien Lemaitre would have had the race sewn up if he went for home even a few seconds later, being gathered up in the final strides. Lemaitre has been replaced for this assignment by Oisin Murphy who has greater success at the course and that experience could prove vital here. Stamina concerns and the reopposing Elmalka are obvious and natural concerns, however the Murphy factor could prove to be decisive.

Four of the past ten winners of this race had run in the 1000 Guineas previously, finishing 7 – 1 – 5 – 2 when lining up in the Coronation Stakes. This bodes well for RAMATUELLE, showing that she should be in the frame. On ratings RAMATUELLE comes here as the 2nd highest, three lower than the favourite Opera Singer which in the last ten years has produced nine winners with this approximate swing.

With Murphy in the saddle, RAMATUELLE should be given a much better ride than at Newmarket, ensuring that she goes for home at the right time and avenges the painful loss that this talented filly had to endure.

Coronation Stakes (15:45)



Palace of Holyroodhouse Stake (18:15) - Woodhay Wonder

Rounding off Day 4 is the Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes, a blistering five-furlong handicap contested by three-year-old horses. Founded in 2020, this race is a typical big-field cavalry charge. Caution is advised when getting stuck into a race of this nature.

WOODHAY WONDER, looking to complete a fiver timer is the horse of choice here. With a record of five out of six on turf, WOODHAY WONDER is an interesting proposition stepping back to five furlongs. Last seen beating Completely Random who reopposes by a neck at Newmarket whilst giving 10lbs to her rival, WOODHAY WONDER is a hardy speedball.

Skipping the Macmillan Sprint Handicap at York last week, Tom Ward rates his progressive filly’s chances. Ward stated ahead of that contest that “She seems to be improving with each run and each time we send her out to the races, she is getting more and more confidence and she’s going the right way”. More progress is clearly expected from the trainer and the track should suit. Retaining Tom Marquand onboard is a smart move, as he looks to complete a hattrick for the partnership at this race.

A race that has been won from stalls eleven and nineteen in the past, WOODHAY WONDER’s draw of sixteen looks like the place to be to ensure cover and a strong pace to bring her into the race. Sitting at a backable each way price at the time of writing, WOODHAY WONDER looks set to be bang there on her bid for a five-timer, and a sixth win from seven on turf.

Palace of Holyroodhouse Stake (18:15)



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