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Matt Chapman: I fancy a Joyeuse Friday at Royal Ascot

by Sean Goff | June 21, 2013

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Matt Chapman | Royal Ascot Betting day four

It’s been a tough old week for some of us, but if you are doing well at Royal Ascot 2013 give yourself a massive Yeeehaaa!

I really didn’t fancy Estimate, and I’m not sure Sir Michael Stoute did either, but there were great scenes for The Queen during and after the Gold Cup, and a day which saw a winner for Lady Cecil was most definitely special.

The war, however continues against Paddy and I intend to come out on top by the end of the week – do you hear me?

The draw has thrown the Coronation Stakes wide open, as I expected Just the Judge to take all the beating, but I just can’t tip her up from stall 17. That makes things very hard, really hard, as Simenon found yesterday in the Gold Cup. He might well have won from a better stall.

I have a feeling Viztoria may become a non-runner unless it rains – there is no way she will find conditions in her favour, while Sky Lantern is not much better drawn than Just the Judge.

So, I am looking at an upset in the feature fillies’ event, and the one to have a look at is Pavlosk, for Gold Cup winners Stoute and Ryan Moore.

Pavlosk has been supplemented and although a little wide in 12 that box enables her jockey to keep out of trouble while not being hung out too far from the rail.

Pavlosk’s maiden win has worked out OK, and her success at York was very impressive. She’s only raced with a bit of juice so far, but being by Arch I think she may be even better on faster ground. She might just be the joker in the pack.

Elsewhere I like Joyeuse in the Albany, while Battle of Marengo really should win the King Edward VII Stakes on his Derby fourth.

But my other main wager on Friday is Jamesie in the Buckingham Palace Stakes. Jamesie has been beaten in big field handicaps recently, but he’s not been beaten far and ran a cracker behind Excellent Guest in the Victoria Cup at Ascot. Fast ground will be perfect and I will be having a tasty eachway bet to smash Paddy up. Boom!



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