Good news is that we made a cracking start to the Royal meeting – bad news is that today is a day to treat with extreme caution when it comes to investing the hard earned.
However, it is what it is and we will attempt to navigate our way deftly through the card.
The Queen Mary Stakes at 2.30 kicks off the action, with a field of 26 2-y-os blasting over the minimum trip on soft ground (get the picture?).
With no connecting form lines to go on, this race should be sponsored by Camelot and is almost certain to be a bookmakers’ benefit, but our trusty pin has landed on Brand New Day as a sporting each way bet to minimum stakes. This French raider is available at 50-1 for a trainer who sent over a 20-1 winner to this meeting 2 years ago, so you never know.
The Queen’s Vase at 3.05 has thrown up one of the better bets of the day in the shape of Jalmood, trained by Charlie Appleby. Seriously progressive, soft acting and likely to relish the step up in trip, at 13-2 we recommend a fair each way punt.
The Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at 3.40 is probably the highlight of the card and should see the re-appearance of the (nearly) Arc heroine Sea Of Class. ‘Should see’ because William Haggas will be walking the course before the race in case conditions deteriorate further and, clearly, any late withdrawal would radically change the shape of the race.
However, assuming all eight line up, perhaps the way to go here is to have an each way bet on Andre Fabre‘s multiple Group 1 winner Waldgeist, which is available at 9-2.
At 4.20, the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes over the straight mile is another minor nightmare but we hope to at least hit the frame with each way bets on Red Tea (18-1) and Indian Blessing (40-1).
The Royal Hunt Cup at 5.00 just has the 30 runners to scatter all over the track, so that should be easy, then. At least our friends the bookmakers are paying out on at least 6 places, so the two darts for us are What’s The Story (14-1) and War Glory (66-1), which, if you say them together, just about gives you an Oasis hit.
On to the last race at 5.35, with another 24 2-y-os going over 5 furlongs (joy).
The difference in this race, though, is that Temple Of Heaven appears to have a cracking chance. Unbeaten in two, the horse it beat comfortably last time finished a close fourth in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes here yesterday, so a Listed event like today’s may be well within its compass. Not a flashy price, but at 11-2 a half decent each way bet is advised.
Back tomorrow, when, hopefully, getting stuck in will be the order of the day.
Just be careful out there.
Brand New Day 2.30 Royal Ascot 0.5pts e/w @ 50-1 (5 places)
Jalmood 3.05 Royal Ascot 2pts e/w @ 13-2
Waldgeist 3.40 Royal Ascot 2pts e/w @ 9-2
Red Tea 4.20 Royal Ascot 1pt e/w @ 18-1 (4 places)
Indian Blessing 4.20 Royal Ascot 0.5pts e/w @ 40-1 (4 places)
What’s The Story 5.00 Royal Ascot 1pt e/w @ 14-1 (7 places)
War Glory 5.00 Royal Ascot 0.5pts e/w @ 66-1 (7 places)
Temple Of Heaven 5.35 Royal Ascot 2pts e/w @ 11-2 (4 places)