Day 4 of Royal Ascot, and we could do with a winner (or two).
Headline courtesy of the US group who had a worldwide hit in 1962 with ‘Rhythm Of The Rain‘, which is likely the scenario in Berkshire today.
The meeting starts at 2.30 with the Albany Stakes over 6f, a race with two runners having apparent stand out form.
Flotus made her debut at Goodwood, on soft ground, and was impressive in powering away to win by 4+ lengths, without the jockey moving a muscle.
What she beat is debatable, but she could hardly have done it better and she should be backed at 5-2 to win for the Flying Dismounter.
The other, equally impressive, first time out winner is Hello You, trained by Ralph Beckett. Just a Class 5 on the All Weather may not seem like much, but the way she travelled and effortlessly quickened away from the other 9 was visually eye-catching and we should have an each way bash at 6-1.
The King Edward VII Stakes at 3.05 sees the next step in the upward progress of Alenquer, last seen defeating Derby winner Adyar in a Sandown Group 2 at the end of April. This very lightly raced German bred has been saved for this afternoon by Our William and represents a sound win bet at 2-1.
On to the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at 3.40, in which there are already and five absentees due to going. This still leaves a field of 16 and we strongly fancy Dragon Symbol from Archie Watson‘s stable.
A winner of his first four races, DS excelled himself when stepped up to Group 2 company at Haddock and was unlucky to go down by a nose. That was on heavy ground so whatever it’s like by race time won’t bother and we recommend an each way punt at 11-2.
At 4.20 the Coronation Stakes looks at the mercy of the Irish, with the first 3 in the betting all trained across the water and our selection is Pretty Gorgeous at 7-2.
Joseph O’B‘s filly won the Fillies Mile at Newmarket last October (beating Mother Earth) and needed the run when beaten just over 3 lengths in the Irish 1000 Guineas last month. Suited by cut, this could be yet another for the Mad Italian and we suggest a win bet.
And so to the handicaps, which may not be quite as impossible as yesterday.
The Sandringham Stakes at 5.00 has already seen 8 defections, but that still leaves a field of 22 and our trusty pin has landed upon Prado at 22-1 and Messidor at 20s. Both are well drawn and won’t mind the ground.
The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at 5.35 is next and 17 stand their ground for this one.
We think Johnny Murtagh‘s runner Mirann is well handicapped, well drawn and ready to go, so recommend an each way bet at 8-1.
And finally the Palace of Holyrood Stakes Handicap over 5f for 24 3-y-os – what bliss.
Usually we wouldn’t, but Warrior Brave is so well treated we can’t resist. The Horsewatchers gelding will be half a stone higher as from tomorrow, so this afternoon we’ll have an each way bet at 13-2.
Back tomorrow for the finale.
Flotus 2.30 Ascot 3pts win @ 5-2
Hello You 2.30 Ascot 1.5pts e/w @ 6-1 (4 places)
Alenquer 3.05 Ascot 3pts win @ 2-1
Dragon Symbol 3.40 Ascot 1.5pts e/w @ 11-2 (5 places)
Pretty Gorgeous 4.20 Ascot 2pts win @ 7-2
Prado 5.00 Ascot 0.5pts e/w @ 22-1 (6 places)
Messidor 5.00 Ascot 0.5pts e/w @ 20-1 (6 places)
Mirann 5.35 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (5 places)
Warrior Brave 6.10 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 13-2 (6 places Hills/Skybet)