This is the afternoon I have been waiting for. So it’s time to smash up Paddy again. You hear me Paddy?
So let’s get stuck in.
2.30pm Group 3 Albany Stakes
A couple who look promising are Ashadihan and Jersey Breeze, while Illuminate will also be popular. But I like US raider LAXFIELD ROAD, who is blinkered for Wesley Ward and Frankie Dettori. The selection looked good at Keeneland in April when winning by over 11 lengths! Could absolutely blitz this lot for pace.
3.05pm Group 2 King Edward VII
Often known as the Ascot Derby, this contest is up for grabs with Ol’ Man River hard to select after two shocking runs this season even though he has always been held in high regard. But I like FESTIVE FARE, who looked in need of a step up in trip when beaten less than 3l by Golden Horn in the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket. He could be useful for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby.
3.40pm Group 1 Commonwealth Cup
Limato and Tiggy Wiggy are sure to be fancied, but I think we should smash into another Ward runner in HOOTENANNY, who was brilliant at the Breeders’ Cup, has won here before and was being considered for the 2,000 Guineas.
He’s all pace and class and just might be miles better than most of these.
4.20pm Group 1 Coronation Stakes
The Coronation is the feature, and sees a clash of Classic fillies in the shape of Lucida just touched off at Newmarket, Found just touched off in Ireland and ERVEDYA, who was impressive when defeating Irish Rookie in the French equivalent.
I like French raiders in this event, as it often goes to a horse with a turn of foot, so I’m with the Aga Khan inmate. Ervedya recently beat Ameenah who is a decent animal and keeps winning so the form is strong. Going to take some beating. I’m not sure about Found, but she was definitely better last time than on her debut.
A tough race and strangely for a Royal Ascot handicap no standout favourite. AJMAN BRIDGE has lost nine of his last 10 handicap starts, so in no way can he be considered well handicapped. But he’s consistent and from a reasonable draw is worth an each-way shout for Lucy Cumani and Adam Kirkby.
5.35pm Listed Queen’s Vase
None of these are proven at the trip, so an element of guess work. YARROW is bred to stay all day, being by Sea the Stars out of a Generous mare and comes from a stable which can churn out staying horses. Sir Michael Stoute’s charge was impressive last time, albeit in a race he could hardly lose, and Pat Smullen is a good booking. Fingers crossed. Yeeehaaa!