Royal Ascot Day 3
Another day of brilliant racing ahead but we are all in awe of Lady Aurelia’s devastating victory in the Queen Mary. Its safe to say we won’t see a victory in the same manner today but there is still some brilliant racing to get our teeth stuck into. First up we the have Norfolk Stakes. The favourite is Global Applause under that man Frankie and if handling the ground could be very hard to beat on his Listed win at Sandown. There is plenty of promise on breeding but the price is abit skinny to take a chance, 2/1 with Bet365. Next in the market is the once-raced Silver Line. He made a very pleasing debut over at Nottingham, really catching the eye. However, its hard to know how strong that debut form is and whether he will handle conditions and is readily passed over at 4/1 (PaddyPower). The selection for me is Legendary Lunch. He is proven with a bit of cut in the ground, and was very good at Epsom. The drop back in trip won’t be an issue and looks a great each-way play at 9/1 with Betfair.
Next up is the Tercentenary Stakes, which looks a really competitive renewal. The field is currently 4/1 headed by Abdon (SkyBet). His form has been very respectable in the two runs that he has had, both on a softer surface. He majorly stepped up on his debut when second in a messy Listed race to Hawkbill, currently 5/1 (Bet365). It would be no surprise to see her step up again under Frankie, but in a race this competitive I am looking for an each-way play. Blue De Vega also looks to have strong credentials for the race, being third in the Irish Guineas behind Awtaad and Galileo Gold. He most definitely handles cut in the ground but the current price of 5/1 (BetVictor) is a bit short. With this in mind Steel Of Madrid is one to side with. Out of the same sire as Blue De Vega he should handle the surface and his latest win at Newmarket was very nice. He could come on again, and at a price of 11/1 (BetStars) is a great each-way play.
The third race of the day brings at matchup between Dettori and Moore, whose rides are both vying for favouritism. Frankie is on Architecture, who finished 1 3/4 lengths behind Minding in the Oaks, who has cemented herself as one of the very best. The winning distance may flatter Architecture after Minding met a lot of trouble, but she was 8 lengths clear of the rest of the field. The current price of 10/3 (SkyBet) could be massive if she can reproduce her Oaks form. Palmer is proving a master at retaining a horses form as shown by Galileo Gold yesterday. Her main threat comes in the form of Even Song for Moore and O’Brien. She made made a very pleasing return at Newmarket, coming third behind Swiss Range and Chicadoro. She met some trouble that day and looked still to be learning. She will come on for that run and could be a big player here at 11/4 (BetStars).
The final Group race of the day, and the biggest race of the week, The Ascot Gold Cup. It is no surprise to see an O’Brien horse topping the betting. Order Of St George should be all the rage and rightly so. He was brilliant last year and O’Brien has been a master of training horses to stay this distance as he showed with Yeats. His current price of 10/11 (SkyBet) isn’t one for singles but could be worth doubling up with any other picks today. Main dangers will emerge in the form of Max Dynamite and Flying Officer. Max Dynamite, boasts very solid form credentials with his very unlucky third in the Melbourne Cup. However, his seasonal reapperance was underwhelming on at Sandown and the travelling may have taken its toll. There isn’t much each-way value in the price of 8/1 (BetVictor) and is passed over. The one does make some appeal at a nice price is Pallasator, who seemed to have sorted out his quirks at Sandown, and if in the same form could be a great price at 18/1 to place with Bet365.