Matt Chapman | Royal Ascot Betting day three
Thank goodness there’s another day, that’s all I’ve got to say about Wednesday’s action at Ascot. In many ways that’s of course the beauty of horse racing, there’s always another day to try to ruin Paddy’s profits.
Let’s start by saying, well done James Doyle. He had never won a race at the Royal meeting prior to a treble yesterday. That’s Yeeehaaa! stuff.
Today the big race is the Ascot Gold Cup – and what a huge field. Yesterday I was totally put off possible favourite Estimate by Sir Michael Stoute, who said the filly had a lot to do and was priced purely on her owner. As I did not fancy her anyway, it was good news.
My best each-way bet of the festival
Of course you can never ignore Rite of Passage, who is trained by a genius in Dermot Weld, but that camp was praying for rain. Meanwhile, a visor has to encourage Colour Vision, the defending champion, to run faster than he has been in recent times.
Johnny Murtagh is on board Simenon for Willie Mullins, and we saw just how much the horse loved Ascot 12 months ago, while Murtagh proved his class once again on Tuesday.
Simenon could run well, but I believe if he had the choice Murtagh would be on board Saddler’s Rock (3.45), who probably should have won 12 months ago but ended up finishing third.
Murtagh did not have the choice because Declan McDonogh is now stable rider for John Oxx, and Saddler’s Rock is the best each-way best of the week.
Saddler’s Rock is gagging for it
Saddler’s Rock has been gagging for a strongly-run staying race, and due to the numbers involved in the Gold Cup it’s hard to believe it won’t be a strongly-run renewal. He’s at good odds and he’s the one to have a proper play with. Let’s wipe the smile off Paddy’s face.
I love Coach House (2.30) in the Norfolk Stakes – he could be very good while check out the Oaks third The Lark (3.05) in the Ribblesdale. She should run a big one.
The other bet on the card for me is Wentworth (4.25) in the Brittania Handicap where Paddy’s paying the first SIX home. He ran over a trip too short last time and had a terrible, terrible run. But he’s got plenty of talent and may have just been laid out for this raced. Hopefully the champion jockey Richard Hughes can work the oracle.
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