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Wednesday – 20th June 2018


We’d nothing out at Ascot yesterday and from yesterday’s notes, Fahey’s Delph Crescent ran up 2nd at Beverley last night. Like we said, his pedigree suggests he should be a decent  7f type and we will note where he goes next after running well over that extended mile.

The big race of the day in terms of handicaps is clearly the Ascot 17.00 Royal Hunt Cup – it’s in all probability the only race we back in through the week where many of our lower grade C3 types progress for a tilt at this and we’ve obviously a few we have tracked going in this one. From yesterday’s racing, aside from Calyx winning from high, it looks as though ‘drawn low’ looks the place to be in one of those ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ races….that sort of leaves the two leading contenders out of the equation drawn higher than 15?

Looking at those who we have noted this term our Top 5 would be : –

Zhui Feng (Drawn 2) – last years winner and clearly in rude health on come back when 2nd in the Victoria and one who likes it here with 1 win and two places in just 5 outings – best priced 22’s but generally 20’s.

Saltonstall (Drawn 3) – very unexposed and the mount of William Buick so cannot be ignored. A nice draw for one who likes to race on the shoulders of the leaders he shouldn’t have too many excuses if not around the premises – on offer at a best 12’s across the board.

Keyser Soze (Drawn 7) – impressive when 3rd over this trip in The Greatwood at Newbury and backed that up when running on well here over 7f in the Victoria. A hold up type will need it all to drop right and on offer at best 14’s with Betfair

Raising Sand (Drawn 9) – another like last years winner with excellent course form and JPS’s record here is a big +. Jamie Osborne has a great record with his targeting of the big handicaps here and the stable are in fine fettle – on offer at best 20’s with bet 365 and as low as 14’s elsewhere

Kynren (Drawn 11) – we noted him at Donny on opening weekend and went to have a bet about this when he went a late non-runner here LTO – David Barron’s charge ran up a hat trick back end last term. Carrying the blue & white colours of the Bishop Auckland footie team – providing he acts on the firm going, his staying on 2nd in The Whitsun Cup LTO looks a decent piece of form and we’d like this one to be thereabouts with our small ante-post nibble about him – still on offer at best 22’s but generally 20’s.


Outside of that, anyone missing the link yesterday to the Royal Ascot Timeform Magazine you can download that FOC 26 page preview at the highlighted link from the speedmeisters to cover off  the next 4 days.

Elsewhere today there’s some action at Hamilton and Ripon but with nothing of note.


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Today’s Selections

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Here’s today’s free Timeform and the assist for the Ascot card from the ‘speedmeisters’… on the highlighted link to take you through to your Betfair account……

2.30 Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (1) 5f

Timeform Top Rated:
113p 17. SHADES OF BLUE Clive Cox Adam Kirby
110p 16. SERVALAN Mrs J. Harrington Colm O’Donoghue
110p 6. FOREVER IN DREAMS M. Palussiere Antoine Hamelin

Analyst’s Verdict:
Shades of Blue was strong in the betting and looked potentially smart when making a winning debut over C&D last month, beating a couple of subsequent winners with a bit to spare, so she gets the vote for last year’s winning yard. Given the bullish reports coming from Wesley Ward it’s no surprise to see Chelsea Cloisters a strong favourite and she has to be feared, with Servalan best of the rest.

3.05 Queen’s Vase (Group 2) (1) 1¾m34y

Timeform Top Rated:
129 8. NELSON Aidan O’Brien Donnacha O’Brien
124 5. KEW GARDENS Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore
119p 9. SOUTHERN FRANCE Aidan O’Brien Seamie Heffernan

Analyst’s Verdict: 
Aidan O’Brien has saddled the winner of this 4 times since 2010 and Nelson is taken to provide the yard with another victory, for all that Ryan Moore has seemingly passed him over in favour of Kew Gardens and the presence of unexposed stablemate Southern France. Nelson sets a good standard on his smart 2-y-o form and may relish this stiffer test. Stream of Stars is the pick of the home brigade.

3.40 Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (1) 1m

Timeform Top Rated:
132 1. HYDRANGEA Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore
130 3. ALJAZZI Marco Botti William Buick
127 10. URBAN FOX William Haggas James Doyle

Analyst’s Verdict:
Hydrangea sticks to 1m and should be hard to beat if coming on plenty as expected from her reappearance at the Curragh. Last year’s runner-up Aljazzi has solid place claims again, while Tomyris and recent C&D handicap 1-2 Urban Fox and Tribute Act should be in the mix.

4.20 Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) (1) 1m1f212y

Timeform Top Rated:
150 2. CRACKSMAN John Gosden Frankie Dettori
139 5. HAWKBILL Charlie Appleby William Buick
138 6. POET’S WORD Sir Michael Stoute James Doyle

Analyst’s Verdict: 
Cracksman certainly wasn’t at his brilliant best in the Coronation Cup at Epsom but he still got the job done and this track, where he was so impressive in the Champion, is expected to see him in a much better light. Recent Brigadier Gerard winner Poet’s Word followed the selection home in the Champion and could be the one for the forecast spot again.

5.00 Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (2) 1m

Timeform Top Rated:
128 17. FIRMAMENT David O’Meara Daniel Tudhope
127p 10. AFAAK Charles Hills Jim Crowley
127 32. SENIORITY William Haggas James Doyle

Analyst’s Verdict:
Medahim has some strong 3-y-o form to his name and looks poised to run a big race after catching the eye over a shorter trip at Goodwood last time. At likely attractive odds he makes fair appeal. In what looks an ultra-competitive renewal of this contest there are any number of dangers, however, with Saltonstall, Afaak and Firmament particularly feared.

5.35 Jersey Stakes (Group 3) (1) 7f

Timeform Top Rated:
135p 8. EMARAATY John Gosden Jim Crowley
127 21. COULD IT BE LOVE Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore
126p 17. SYMBOLIZATION Charlie Appleby William Buick

Analyst’s Verdict:
Emaraaty produced a huge effort under a big weight when narrowly denied by Society Power in a red-hot handicap at Goodwood and will take a bit of stopping if he can reproduce that level now. Could It Be Love is an obvious contender on the back of her Irish 1000 Guineas second, while the aforementioned Society Power is also respected despite meeting the selection on 10 lb worse terms this time.


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