We’re nearly at half way and Royal Ascot 2015 is proving the usual challenge I love. It’s not been like Cheltenham for the blog – so far – but we’re waving not drowing. You hear me Paddy?
Richard Hughes is not a happy man, and one of the reasons is KING OF ROOKS. You see, a few weeks ago Hughes was gagging to ride King of Rooks in this race, but now he’s been bought by Qatar and is the mount of Frankie Dettori. He looked a bit special at Sandown last time when smashing Buratino and that horse hacked up in the Coventry. He looks a banker to start with so lump on.
Speaking of Hughes, the Champion jockey has every chance of a Royal winner here via PEACOCK. He showed he stayed 1m2f at Newmarket last time and he once got within a length and a half of Golden Horn so his form is solid. I like him.
It’s a step up in trip for the Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine PLEASCACH, but her class should really pull her through against a substandard field. She already has form over 1m2f, and it was a bonus she managed Classic glory at 1m. Clearly connections believe she will get 1m4f on her first start for Godolphin.
The ground is against a number of these. and so I’m taking a chance with TAC DE BOISTRON who will be a big price and would prefer the surface much softer. One thing he does have is class, and he’s actually the top rated in this race off a mark of 117. If he copes with the ground – he’s a big price, even at the age of eight.
What a competitive event over 1m, and I’m taking two against the field. I’ll have CAPEL PATH and AZRAFF against the field. The former is up in trip and looks sure to enjoy the extra distance after two staying on efforts over 7f. It could be a double for the Queen! The latter, Azraff, is down in distance for Frankie Dettori and might benefit from that off a strong gallop. He’s a big price so fingers crossed.
KING BOLETE is up and distance but each time he’s gone better and Frankie Dettori is a good booking for Luca Cumani. This son of Cape Cross did well at Newbury in May and, although up 9lb, he might well be able to overcome the rise.
So here we go again. Let’s hope for a few Yeeehaaas.