Two more days to go to give Paddy a kicking where it hurts him most – in the pocket. You hear me Paddy?
It’s all about the fillies on Friday – with the Coronation Stakes – the day’s feature race.
Albany Stakes (2.30pm)
There is every chance the Queen is in for the shock of her life in this, as Dave Evans could be on the verge of a famous success. PATIENCE ALEXANDER is unbeaten, and looked special first time at Wolverhampton before beating Tiggy Wiggy – big run in the Queen Mary – at York.
I spoke to Dave at Windsor on Monday night and nothing he said suggested Patience Alexander has anything other than a huge chance.
Wolferton Stakes (3.05pm)
A winner for the Queen at Ascot is always special, and there is every chance one might come here via BOLD SNIPER for Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute. In two runs so far, Bold Sniper has shown a real liking for Ascot, including when third to Elidor at this fixture 12 months ago.
This is a lightly race gelding who is open to improvement, and he should be running to the line strong as he has form at 1m 4f.
King Edward VII Stakes (3.45pm)
Not the best renewal ever and one or two surprising jockey moves, none more so than William Buick choosing 92 rated Eagle Top over 107 rated Western Hymn. Now that is a surprise. Snow Sky may be improving while don’t ignore the Italian Derby hero Dylan Mouth. However, he might struggle to give 3lb to ADELAIDE who is the best horse at the weights and looks progressive. An easy win last time will have put him spot on for this.
Coronation Stakes (4.25pm)
Much may surround the well-being of My Titania, but it’s hard to tip her up after a lay-off and missed opportunities. I like French raider LESSTALK IN PARIS, who was a crack juvenile, chasing home Indonesienne in the Marcel Boussac. She flopped badly in the Pouliches, but it’s not hard to forgive her that run as it may simply have been an off day.
It’s worth remembering she started favourite that day.
Queen’s Vase (5pm)
Always a tough event to justify strong opinions as most horses will be running over the 2m trip for the first time. MARZOCCO represents John Gosden & William Buick (above) and has shown decent form up to a mile and a half, and was a fine second at Goodwood last time in nasty conditions. He is American-bred and is sure to be suited by faster ground.
If he stays he has the class to win.
Buckingham Palace (5.35pm)
Obviously a tough finale, but take a chance at a big price with BRONZE ANGEL. He was a fine third in this in 2013 off a mark of 91, and races here off 94 so is very much on a similar mark. He’s in and out as far as form is concerned, but these conditions bring out the best in him and he has the ability to go close.
An each-way suggestion in a race Paddy’s paying the first SIX places.