Royal Ascot draws to a close for another year this afternoon, with the quality of the racing being maintained right to the end.
First race of the seven is the Chesham Stakes at 2.30 which has a hot favourite supplied by Mr O’Brien called Alfred Munnings.
Visually impressive in winning on racecourse debut at Leopardstown, this son of Dubawi could simply outclass today’s opposition, but even money is not much fun, so, instead, we recommend an each way bet on another Oirish raider Crypto Force at 8-1.
Michael Callaghan‘s runner also won on debut, at the Curragh, easily beating another O’Brien hotpot and, although collateral form is not to be trusted, Crypto beat the same horse as the Fav by twice as far.
The Group 3 Jersey Stakes at 3.05 is next and, in this, we are sweet on Star Girls Aalmal, despite the silly name.
Henry de Bromhead‘s filly brings Group 1 form to the table, having finished a slightly unlucky 4th in the Irish 1000 Guineas, close behind the Oaks winner and comfortably ahead of one that won a Group 2 in France next time. This is top class form and we recommend a slightly meaty each way bet at 9-2.
We also suggest an each way bet on the seemingly much improved Alflaila, trained by Owen Burrows. The manner in which this horse won over course and distance last month far outweighed anything achieved as a 2-y-o and the 17-2 on offer is attractive.
The Hardwicke Stakes at 3.40 sees the re-appearance of the triple Group 1 winner Hurricane Lane and 4-5 looks about right – we won’t be playing.
On to the Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes at 4.20 which has a massive field of 27 with a short priced favourite from Oz called Home Affairs. Victor over the mighty Native Strip which routed its field here on Tuesday means it probably should be the Fav, but we go for one of the home contingent by recommending an each way bet on Sacred at 9-1.
Willie‘s 4-y-o won two Group races from 3 starts last season and, as with easy winner Candleford yesterday, when he lays one out, he lays one out, so the ten month break is, hopefully, zero problemo.
Another huge field is due to contest the Wokingham Stakes at 5.00, but we are content to leave this to Silver Samurai at 13-2.
Marco Botti‘s charge has won its last two with ease, likes fast ground and has good form over this CD – what’s not to like.
The Golden Gates Handicap at 5.35 has a field of sixteen, two of which we advise you to back – Falling Shadow (7-1) and Aldous Huxley (9-1) are the two beasties in question.
And finally, the longest Fat race of all, the dear old Queen Alexandra Stakes at 6.10.
As we write, Alan King has left Trueshan in in the hope that it hoses it down before the race and it’s currently 7-4. Our piece of seaweed that hangs outside the office door predicts this is unlikely, which will mean a large Rule 4 deduction as and when the horse is withdrawn.
We want to be with Falcon Eight, favourite for the race last year before the wet stuff ruined its chances and we recommend a win bet at 9-2 on the grounds that a revised price will still be acceptable.
Thank you and good day.
Crypto Force 2.30 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 8-1
Star Girls Aalmal 3.05 Ascot 2pts e/w @ 9-2 (4 places)
Alflaila 3.05 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 17-2 (4 places)
Sacred 4.20 Ascot 1.5pts e/w @ 9-1 (6 places)
Silver Samurai 5.00 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 13-2 (7 places)
Falling Shadow 5.35 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 7-1 (5 places)
Aldous Huxley 5.35 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 9-1 (5 places)
Falcon Eight 6.10 Ascot 2pts win @ 9-2