Just as well the insatiable desire of Aiden O’Brien for Group 1 glory still burns unquenched, otherwise the ‘highlight’ of today’s racing, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot would have resulted in a walkover. With a derisory (?) £226,840 on offer for the winner, the British trainers have decided to hand the prize to Enable without a fight and it’s left to Japan to ensure John Gosden‘s mare at least gets a work out.
Whatever the outcome, it’s not a betting race so we’ll stop whingeing and move on to the first televised race, which is the Pat Eddery Stakes at 1.50.
Of all the potential talent that Charlie Appleby has at his disposal, it is surely significant that his representative is the once-raced Naval Crown, which finished third in a Newmarket Maiden two weeks ago. This is a hint that should be taken with a win bet at 100-30.
At 2.25, one of ‘those’ races takes place, the 20 runner Moet & Chandon International Stakes Handicap over the straight seven.
Usual suspects like Keyser Soze pitch up for this, but we suggest investments on Blue Mist (3rd last year) at 9-2 and Shelir at 12-1 will give us a run for our hard-earned.
The Betfred Handicap at 3.00 is currently a ‘dead eight’ jobby and long may it continue. In this we like the look of William Haggas‘ runner Johan and fearlessly recommend a win bet at 4-1. We also think Dance Fever will out-run its 8-1 price, so an each way tickle on this one also goes on the sheet.
At 4.10 the betfred.com Handicap closes the TV coverage and we double up again here with each way bets on Mascat at 11-2 and Just The Man at 11-1.
Over at York, the Skybet Fillies’ Handicap at 2.05 starts the televised action and in this we have a strong fancy for Black Lotus, trained by Chris Wall. Back to her best distance after a tune up over a mile, this daughter of Declaration of War is the value at 5-1.
Main event on the Knavesmire is at 2.40 with the Group 2 Skybet York Stakes, won last year by Elarqam, who is 9-4 fav to repeat the dose.
However, we’ll take a chance that last year’s Dante winner Telecaster is rejuvenated after his facile win in a French Group 3 last month and suggest a win bet at 11-4.
Last, but not least for betting purposes, is the Skybet Club Handicap at 3.15 and anyone who saw Orbaan winning over CD two weeks ago will want to stick with David O’Meara‘s 5-y-o today.
We did and we are – have a decent bet at 3-1.
Now off to work out who’s gonna win the Premier League tomorrow.
Naval Crown 1.50 Ascot 2pts win @ 3-1
Blue Mist 2.25 Ascot 1.5pts e/w @ 9-2 (6 places William Hill/Skybet)
Shelir 2.25 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 12-1 (6 places William Hill/Skybet)
Johan 3.00 Ascot 2pts win @ 4-1
Dance Fever 3.00 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 8-1
Mascat 4.10 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 11-2 (4 places William Hill/Skybet)
Just The Man 4.10 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 11-1 (4 places William Hill/Skybet)
Black Lotus 2.05 York 1.5pts e/w @ 5-1 (2 places)
Telecaster 2.40 York 2pts win @ 11-4
Orbaan 3.15 York 3pts win @ 3-1