Who To Follow Day Four Of Royal Ascot 2023

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Ascot - June 22 2023
Ascot 16:35
Kevin Stott

King Of Steel

J: Kevin Stott
T: Roger Varian
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 120
Days: 20

The penultimate event of the afternoon sees one of our best bets of the afternoon with the Epsom Derby second being rerouted here instead of the Irish Derby and looks the one to beat.

King Of Steel for Amo Racing and Roger Varian was a smart juvenile getting off the mark on debut at Nottingham over 8.5f, bolting up by close to five lengths.

Finishing his juvenile season in the Group One Vertem Futurity Stakes the heavy ground ruined any chances he had finishing back in seventh.

Making his three year old debut up half a mile in trip in the Epsom Derby he ran a cracker to finish half a length back in second when looking the winner two furlongs out behind Auguste Rodin.Running to that level sees him win this event.


Trainer To Follow - Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien made a very fast start to the meeting on Tuesday with two winners to take him to the top of the trainers winners leaderboard for Royal Ascot and on Friday he could add to that.

In the first race of the day he fields Matrika who was an impressive winner on debut and now stepping into this company is only likely to improve.

One of his best chances of the day comes in the Commonwealth Cup with the superstar juvenile last season Little Big Bear looking to make it 2/2 at Royal Ascot.

In the Group One Coronation Stakes Meditate will be looking to reverse the form with Tahiyra and in the Sandringham Handicap Jackie Oh drops from Group One company to a handicap.

O'Brien then runs Continuous in the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes and in the finale will be hoping Hispanic can bounce back to form.

The Ballydoyle trainer has been going great guns over the last two weeks running at a strike rate of 27%, managing to land seven winners from 26 runners.

Jockey To Follow - James Doyle

James Doyle has a handful of nice rides on the fourth day of the meeting starting with the favourite in the Group Three Albany Stakes with Carla's Way.

He then gets the leg up on Noble Style in the Commonwealth Cup who holds some strong form as a juvenile and now this year needs to show it.

Doyle then rides for Roger Varian in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes in Aimeric who was a winner last time out and will hope to go close again.

In the Sandringham Stakes he gets the leg up on the John & Thady Gosden trained Bridestones who now drops into handicap company.

He finishes the afternoon on Prince Of Pillo who was disappointing last time out but has the scope to improve for that first run.

Doyle heads into the meeting sporting a strike rate of 26% over the last two weeks, managing to land 10 winners from his last 39 rides.