Royal Ascot Day 5….tips

Hello.

A better day on Day 4 but just missed out on lucrative treble with Alpha Centauri losing by a neck. Onto the final day, with highlight of skippy speedster Limato in the big race. Henry Candy messes him about quite a lot. Hopefully, he’s recovered from injury and is 100%, although the July Cup may be a bigger target at Newmarket.

Tips are….

Chesham Stakes….Listed….7f….MASAR….sensible each way chance

Wolferton Stakes….Listed….1m2f….KHAIRAAT….worthy favourite

Hardwicke Stakes….Group 2….1m4f….IDAHO….classy performer at his best, only one prep run this season

Diamond Jubilee Stakes….Group 1….6f….LIMATO….the best but only one run in Meydan, after rain, muscle problems; needs to be fully fit, may be too soon, Tasleet a danger

Wokingham Stakes….Heritage H’Cap….6f….EASTERN IMPACT….fantastic race of usual suspects, Duke Of Firenze and Poyle Vinnie big prices; Danzeno a Group performer!

Queen Alexandra Stakes….Cl2….2m5f+….US ARMY RANGER….has the class, by far, if stays

Good luck.

Royal Ascot Day 4….tips

Hello.

Well, a late bet on Big Orange in the Gold Cup mitigated losses but there were some below par runs. Day 4 has some very short priced high profile favourites so I’ll highlight in bold three horses for a treble or to double up with.

Tips are….

Albany Stakes….Group 3….6f….ALPHA CENTAURI….good favourite but beware Wesley Ward’s Fairyland

King Edward VII Stakes….Group 2….1m4f….PERMIAN….Dante winner, found Derby tough though

Commonwealth Cup….Group 1….6f….CARAVAGGIO….rated best by Aidan O’Brien

Coronation Stakes….Group 1….1m4f….WINTER….may be the best horse of the Classics generation!

Queen’s Vase….Group 2….1m6f….TIME TO STUDY….progressive for Mark Johnston, also Mister Manduro switched to this race from yesterday

Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes….1m4f….Cl2….SOLDIER IN ACTION….capable at this level

Good luck.

Royal Ascot Day 3….tips

Hello.

Quemah, Highland Reel and Queen Of Time ran well on Day 2 but John Gosden not having a good time of it so far.

Day 3 tips are….

Norfolk Stakes….Group 2….5f….SANTRY….impressed in two starts

Hampton Court Stakes….Group 3….1m2f….TAJ MAHAL….difficult but good each way odds, has abilty

Ribblesdale Stakes….Group 2….1m4f….ALLURINGLY….good Guineas performance

Gold Cup….Group 1….2m4f….SIMPLE VERSE….lots of class, needs to stay, Order Of St George tough to beat

Britannia Stakes….Heritage H’Cap….1m….CITY OF JOY….progressive, Ryan Moore aboard

King George V Stakes….Cl2….1m4f….MISTER MANDURO….interesting, Sylvestre De Sousa aboard for Mark Johnston

Good luck!

Royal Ascot Day 2….tips

Hello.
Well, a so so day yesterday but pleased Barney Roy fulfilled his promise, and Ribchester was very impressive.

And so to Day 2, trickier methinks.

Jersey Stakes….Group 3….7f….DABAN….surely classy enough in this company

Queen Mary Stakes….Group 2….5f….CHICA LA HABANA….may be very progressive but favourite for Wesley Ward is very short

Prince Of Wales Stakes….Group 1….1m2f….JACK HOBBS….Or HIGHLAND REEL, too close to call, both top class….try tossing a coin

Duke Of Cambridge Stakes….Group 2….1m….QUEMAH….classy but may be vulnerable; Turret Rocks ridiculous odds with an each way chance

Royal Hunt Cup….Heritage H’Cap….1m….BANKSEA…. very able and progressive

Sandringham Handicap….Listed….1m….QUEEN OF TIME….tough race to call, each way, trust in Henry Candy, going for three timer

Good luck!

Royal Ascot Day 1….tips


Hello.

Described by some as the Olympics of the glorious Sport Of Kings, Royal Ascot is five days of fantastic Group quality racing.
And five days of me glued to the box, betting copiously!
Being just in profit for the season so far, Ascot betting is crucial to my wellbeing!

Here are some tips….

Queen Anne Stakes….Group 1….1m….RIBCHESTER….the sensible bet but Deauville may well outrun his big price eachway

Coventry Stakes….Group 2….6f….BROTHER BEAR….favourite at good odds but open race

King’s Stand Stakes….Group 1….5f….GOLDREAM….on top form of late, good each way odds, with Lady Aurelia and Marsha obvious market leaders

St James Palace Stakes….Group 1….1m….BARNEY ROY….Newmarket rough ride and may overturn the impressive Churchill; suspect Thunder Snow could be top class and is well priced

Ascot Stakes….Cl2 H’cap….2m4f….YORKIDDING….very difficult race, excessive distance; he is in form and very tough

Windsor Castle Stakes….Listed….5f….DECLARATIONOFPEACE….worthy favourite, Black Orange huge odds

Good luck!

The Derby….Best Solution

Hello.

Well, with most of my bets going pear shaped recently….I blame it on the weather!

The Derby looks very open to me, no stand out star as yet among the colts.
For me, the best solution is BEST SOLUTION, impressive winner of the Lingfield Trial and a horse that should progress further.

Tips are….

Diomed Stakes….GABRIAL….any of the field could win
The Dash….DUKE OF FIRENZE….lightning quick at York, should go close; Caspian Prince enjoys Epsom and is big odds
THE DERBY….BEST SOLUTION….Cracksman should improve, and Permian will try to tough it out from the front early.

Good luck.

Post races comment

Another brilliant run from Gabrial, 2nd to Sovereign Debt for Ruth Carr.

And 3rd for Duke Of Firenze after winning last time at York.
But Caspian Prince does it again in the Dash at Epsom at 25-1!
What a sprinter! Thanks to Caspian and Tom Eaves who did brilliantly from the worst draw. So well deserved for an excellent jockey.

Staggering win by Wings Of Eagles at 40-1 in the Derby. Stunning last furlong ride by Padraig Beggy for Aidan O’Brien to sweep to comfortable victory. Fast run race. Perhaps stamina won over speed. Good prospect for St Leger.

Chester, Goodwood and Haydock! 26th May….and York

Splendid racing today, on the box for me. I may put a fiver on TULLIUS, a Group quality horse in a Listed race and a favourite of mine. Here are a few tips….

Chester….3.05….MBNA H’Cap….Cl2….7f+….SOUND ADVICE….enjoys the track, recent win there, tougher but good each way odds

Goodwood….2.00….Festival Stakes….Listed….1m2f….TULLIUS….a quality race and a tough ask but has the class if at best

Haydock

3.30….Sandy Lane Stakes….Group 2….6f….POET’S VANITY….best odds in quality race

4.05….TEMPLE STAKES….Group 2….5f….GOLDREAM
This is a sprint of the highest order, full of stars. May be too early in season for Quiet Reflection, first time out. GOLDREAM seemed to be regaining his best form in the Palace House, with Washington DC and Cotai Glory the dangers here.

Good luck.

Post Script….And in the tasty 3.50 Sprint over 5f at York, POYLE VINNIE and PIPER’S NOTE are currently around 18-1….very tempting!

Comment
Unlucky Goldream, brilliant close 2nd after being last out of gate.

York Dante Festival


Hello.

I head to York on Wednesday to see the Musidora, the trial for Oaks fillies, for the first time, but will probably, annoyingly, miss the Dante on Thursday, as I go south to visit my mother-in-law. Such is life.

Here are a few tips for the Festival.

Wednesday

Logistics Stakes….Group 2….6f….GROWL….such a top class field of sprinters; I hope Richard Fahey’s charge continues to progress, good price, many dangers including Brando

Musidora Stakes….Group 3….1m2f….SHUTTER SPEED….let’s see how good she is!

Thursday

Middleton Stakes….Group 2….1m2f….SO MI DAR….classy filly, should get back on track even though first time out

Dante Stakes….Group 2….1m2f….CRACKSMAN….chance taken, needs to progress after narrow win over Permian, Rekindling perhaps the danger

Friday

Yorkshire Cup (British Champions Series)….Group 2….1m6f….SIMPLE VERSE….top class filly who won St Leger, so consistent at top level

Good luck.

Chester May Festival….and Final Day

Hello.

Chester has three days of excellent racing this week, with the Chester Cup for stayers and Oaks and Derby trials, several Aidan O’Brien runners, and the good Doctor Koukash searching for winners with, no doubt, several Gabrials. The track is one of the oldest in the UK and is unlike most others. Its more of an American track, essentially being a flat tight oval, with a short straight, where low draws are often crucial. Here are a few tips, which I’ll update each day. Luck is needed!

Wednesday

Lily Agnes Stakes….Cl2….5f….BLACK ORANGE….won well at Ripon, each way
Cheshire Oaks….Listed….1m3f+….ALLURINGLY….there to win for Aidan O’Brien
Boodles Diamond Handicap….Cl2….5f….CONFESSIONAL….goes well here, lots of experience
CHESTER CUP….Cl2….2m2f+….GOLDEN SPEAR….Tony Martin/Ryan Moore combination….also expect Angel Gabrial to run above expectation at very good odds

Post races comment
Great run from Black Orange – lost by a pixel!
Alluringly 2nd, done for speed.
Nice 3rd for Confessional, first time out this season.
Prominant run from bad draw for Angel Gabrial but couldn’t see out last furlong.

And so to Day 2.

Gateley Handicap….Cl2….1m2f+….BERKSHIRE….class of the field but first time out
Huxley Stakes….Group 3….1m2f+….GABRIAL….tough call but draw and track may suit at good odds
Boodles Diamond H’cap….Cl2….7f+….MASHAM STAR….good draw, Franny aboard, good odds but top weight
CHESTER VASE….Group 3….1m4f….CUNCO….problematic Derby trial, watch the odds, maybe each way

Post races comment
Disappointing run from Berkshire….better to come?
Solid run from Gabrial but played out for favourite Deauville on tight Chester track
Excellent 2nd each way for Masham Star with Chester maestro Franny Norton on board
Cunco not ridden out in last furlong for place….mmm!

And so to Day 3.

Crabbies H’Cap….Cl2….7f+….SOUND ADVICE….had run at Thirsk, draw not so good, each way
Dee Stakes….Listed….1m2f….BAY OF POETS….strong chance, William Buick, inside draw
Sustainable Group H’Cap….Cl2….5f….ROSABELLE….has crucial inside draw for this dash
ORMONDE STAKES….Group 3….1m5f….WESTERN HYMN….tough but good each way odds for Gosden/Dettori combination

Post races comment
Superb ride from Dougie Costello on Sound Advice to come through from the back and win at 12-1! Pundits on the box never mentioned the horse, a specialist at Chester. Hopeless.
Good 2nd for Bay Of Poets but not given the best of rides from William Buick.
Rosabelle didn’t jump fast enough from the gate – end of story.
And brilliant ride from Frankie to beat US Army Ranger on quirky but talented Western Hymn at 8-1.
A very profitable day!