Royal Ascot continues on Thursday, headlined by what should be an epic edition of the Gold Cup (4014m).
Ascot Gold Cup 🏆: View the Field and Odds for the Ascot Gold Cup
Race 1. (23:30) Norfolk Stakes 1005m
10 Walbank (Bet Now: $2.80) looks a very nice colt of the future. Good second on debut at this track/distance in a hot maiden before going to York where he gave them an absolutely belting, albeit against three rivals, but he ran time and did it comfortably. Destined for better things so keen on his chances in the opener.
7 The Antarctic (Bet Now: $4.50) has the Aidan O’Brien polish and commands respect. 2/2 to start his career, winning on debut at Tipperary before repeating the dose at Naas. The form around him is suspect but the O’Brien/Moore combination is one of the best in the business and their juveniles are flying.
1 Bakeel (Bet Now: $12.00) is one to include in wider exotics. He debuted at this track/distance and was an impressive winner. He got better as the race went on to draw clear late. Clearly this is a harder assignment, but I like he’s had experience here and Andrew Balding is a stable going nicely.
Race 2. (00:05) King George V Stakes 2405m
Charlie Appleby said a couple of days he has a couple of horses that he thinks could head towards a Melbourne Cup, a horse similar to Cross Counter, a horse who won the 2018 Melbourne Cup. I have a sneaky feeling one of those horses he is talking about is 5 Secret State (Bet Now: $5.50). Electric first up win at Chester over 2100m before coming back to the mile at Nottingham and spanking them. Now back up in trip, and also noteworthy that Cross Counter ran in this race and was earmarked for the Cup soon after. Happy to be in his corner.
3 Israr (Bet Now: $7.50) is a Team Gosden trained three year old that steps up in trip after winning over 2000m at Newbury last time out. He was back and wide in the run before being presented wider and he was there to be run down but found under pressure to win. I think the wide gate is ideal because he can snag back, get cover, a drag into the race and launch late.
15 Deauville Legend (Bet Now: $16.00) is a horse with promise. He resumed at Windsor where he wasn’t really fancied against a couple of handy Godolphin gallopers but he let down strongly when asked and was strong to the line in winning. Kept on ice with this race in mind and draws to get a soft run.
Race 3. (00:40) Ribblesdale Stakes 2405m
I’m with 2 Life Of Dreams (Bet Now: $6.50), who has done little wrong in a two start career. Dominant debut win at Newbury before going to York where she bumped into a star, Emily Upjohn, and while she was safely held, she safely beat the rest. 2400m should be fine for her and in the right camp.
6 Sea Silk Road (Bet Now: $3.10) is one of these lightly raced gallopers for William Haggas that has thrived with time and patience. Spank job maiden win fresh at Nottingham before going to Goodwood and I really liked the way she knuckled down to get the job done. Harder here, but confident she measures up.
1 History (Bet Now: $7.50) is bred to eat up 2400m so keen to see how she goes at it. Ran in the Irish 1000 Guineas when down the track behind a beauty in Homeless Songs, beaten 11 lengths, but the winner did win by a space. O’Brien/Moore combination, upside, she’s a threat for sure.
Race 4. (01:15) Ascot Gold Cup 4014m
What a fascinating edition of the Gold Cup. 5 Kyprios (Bet Now: $2.60) could be a flop given this is a serious, serious rise in grade/depth, but he could blow them away and potentially be a Melbourne Cup contender. He didn’t beat much at Leopardstown last time, but he made an absolute mess of them and was quite dominant. This is differnet gravy, but he’s the new comer on the up and is bred to eat up 4000m.
What an absolute marvel 3 Stradivarius (Bet Now: $3.60) is. As he is getting on in years, it’s becoming obvious by the way he parades that he wants the breeding barn, but despite that, he’s still racing at a high level, and was a fab first up winner of the Yorkshire Cup. Proven performer in this race and on dry ground, he just about becomes the one to beat.
7 Tashkhan (Bet Now: $26.00) is one I could speck at a big price. He had a gut like mine when resuming here when down the track behind Princess Zoe. He then went to the Yorkshire Cup and actually stayed on pretty well in defeat behind Yorkshire. He’s racing like he will appreciate the longer trip and form around him from last year reads well.
Race 5. (02:00) Britannia Stakes 1609m
I think a truly run mile will suit 19 Yonafis (Bet Now: $16.00). Sit/sprint at Wolverhampton last time but once he balanced up in the straight, he knuckled down and was quite strong to the line and through it in winning. That was 1739m, so a truly run 1600m should suit and be strong at the end.
6 Whoputfiftyinyou (Bet Now: $7.00) looks a really good prospect. Big win I thought at Haydock last time out, wearing down Mighty Ulysses, who came out and ran so well in the St James’s Palace, so the form reads very well, and drawn out is certainly no disadvantage. Has to be hard to beat.
26 Thesis (Bet Now: $14.00) should be an improver up in trip. He resumed over 1400m at Doncaster where he attempted to lead throughout and he gave a solid kick but was no match late for Red Rambler. Ryan Moore is back on the horse and has run well at the mile previously. Commands some level of respect.
Race 6. (02:35) Hampton Court Stakes 2004m
6 Reach For The Moon (Bet Now: $1.40) is short but he should be winning. Injury cut short a potential Derby prep. Instead, he resumed at Sandown over the mile and was quite good in defeat when second to My Prospero, who ran very well earlier in the week. Fitter, up in trip…he’s the good thing on the day.
5 Maksud (Bet Now: $9.00) is next best. He was a strong debut winner at Windsor before going to Goodwood where he ran a close up fourth and I actually thought he was good given he was nearer the inside, and not sure that was the best spot to be. He’s got good upside and I think back in trip is a tick.
3 Howth (Bet Now: $20.00) is a son of Churchill for Aidan O’Brien that resumes. He hasn’t raced April 2 at Leopardstown when down the track over 1400m in a pretty plain effort. Gets cheek pieces applied to sharpen him for his return. I doubt he wins, but could pinch a first four spot.
Race 7. (03:10) Buckingham Palace Stakes 1408m
Throw at the stumps in the shape of 18 Chiefofchiefs (Bet Now: $15.00). He ran over this track/distance last time out behind a key rival, Vafortino, and just had zero luck late when seemingly having something to offer. Proven at the track, he gets Jamie Spencer and with clear air, I think he can be dangerous.
15 Montassib (Bet Now: $4.40) is 3/3 to start his career. William Haggas trained four year old that comes here after what was an impressive win at Goodwood, where he showed good change up speed late to win nicely under Marquand, who sticks here. Good test, but confident he can measure up.
16 Snazzy Jazzy (Bet Now: $41.00) rises a fair bit in grade/depth that comes to Ascot after a strong win at Hamilton, a race which didn’t look great on paper, but it rated highly for the meeting, and the form out of it has been quite good. Has run well at this track before, so he’s one at big odds I could speck.
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LONG SHOT: Raec Seven Number 18 Chiefofchiefs
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