Day two of Royal Ascot today and no less than 122 runners are declared for the seven races – piece of cake, really.
The opening race, the Queen Mary Stakes at 2.30 accounts for 21 of the total but we hope that at least 19 of them will be disappointed. Our main selection is the Karl Burke trained jolly, Dramatised, which created a tremendously good impression when winning by 4 lengths on debut at Newmarket at the end of April. With the horse in second unbeaten since, this is top class form and we start with a win bet at 11-4.
We also suggest an each way tickle on Carmela at a tasty 25-1. Unlucky not to be unbeaten in three runs, David Loughnane‘s young lady will relish the quick ground and is overpriced.
The Queen’s Vase at 3.05 is next on the agenda, with the whole field of 12 trying the fourteen furlong trip for the first time.
Favourite at 5-2 is Eldar Eldarov, fresh from a win on the AW at Newcastle over ten furlongs and, with the well beaten third winning by nine lengths next time out, Roger Varian‘s runner is clearly useful. Breeding suggests today’s distance should be well within range and a win bet is suggested.
We also have to have an each way investment on Anchorage, from the trainer who has won this race no less than seven times before, all with similar types. Mr A O’Brien is the name and 15-2 the price.
The Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at 3.40 is a truly International affair with four different nationalities represented in the five runner field.
Favourite, for the home team, is Sir Michael‘s Bay Bridge, for which there has been a cascade of money forcing it to odds on. With no way to compare the form of the others, we’ll sit this one out.
On to the 4.20, the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes, in which we make a confident selection of the talented and improving Bashkirova. Willie‘s 4-y-o just keeps getting better and was an easy winner of a Group 3 at Epsom last time out and can take the step up to Group 2 in her mighty stride. Have a win be at 100-30.
The Royal Hunt Cup at 5.00 has a mere 30 runners, but with SkyBet offering each way the first 15 (no, not really) we throw three darts, as follows:
Symbolize (8-1), Dark Shift (11-1) & Fantastic Fox (16-1) – pray.
The circus rolls on to the Windsor Castle Stakes at 5.35 in which Little Big Bear could be different class and must be backed at 7-4.
Only danger looks to be Chateau, the mount of Mr Buick, so we go each way on that one at 8-1.
Proceedings conclude with the Kensington Palace Stakes Handicap at 6.10 and we cover this with a win bet on Joseph O’Brien‘s Haziya at 4-1 together with an each way bet on the possible ‘blot’, Improvised, at 7-1.
That’s it – what chance a Knighthood for Jonny Bairstow?
Dramatised 2.30 Ascot 3pts win @ 11-4
Carmela 2.30 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 25-1 (6 places)
Eldar Eldarov 3.05 Ascot 2pts win @ 5-2
Anchorage 3.05 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 15-2 (4 places)
Bashkirova 4.20 Ascot 2pts win @ 100-30
Symbolize 5.00 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (7 places)
Dark Shift 5.00 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 11-1 (7 places)
Fantastic Fox 5.00 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 16-1 (7 places)
Little Big Bear 5.35 Ascot 3pts win @ 7-4
Chateau 5.35 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (5 places)
Haziya 6.10 Ascot 2pts win @ 4-1
Improvised 6.10 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 7-1 (5 places)