Royal Ascot Day 2 Preview
Queen Mary Stakes
This race is very open, however at the time of writing this the strong favourite for the race is Chelsea Cloisters trained by Wesley Ward, and partnered by Frankie Detorri. She won her only appearance at Keeneland in America by 8 lengths 62 days ago. However, an outside shot could be Gossamer Wings, who has a lot more experience than the rest of the horses in this field. She does seem to be the second string of the Aidan O’Brien horses, being partnered by Donnacha O’Brien instead of Ryan Moore, however as she is by the late Scat Daddy she is likely to handle the speed required for this race.
The current favourite for this 1m 6f effort is Southern France, trained by Aidan O’Brien and partnered by Seamie Heffernan, however Ryan Moore has decided to partner Kew Gardens instead, which could be a hint of something impressive to come from this horse, since Ryan Moore gets first pick of which Ballydoyle horse to ride. Southern France is the lesser experienced horses in the field, so although he has never finished out of the top two, his freshness could lead to a defeat. However he does look to be strong, coming into this race after a win over 1m 5f. Another notable horse could be Stream Of Stars, a full brother to stayer Flymetothestars.
Duke Of Cambridge Stakes
It will be hard to see Hydrangea getting beat in this race, however an outsider chance could be Billesdon Bess, a half sister to 1,000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook. She is currently the same price as her half sister was when she won her classic, so she could have an outside chance to repeat her younger sister’s luck.
Prince Of Wales’ Stakes
Cracksman is going to be hard to beat. He’s bang on form, and hasn’t yet been beaten this season. Hawkbill could get close if he runs to earlier form.
Royal Hunt Cup
Another very open race, with no clear favourite as of yet, but it wouldn’t be too far of a stretch to see Zhui Feng come home in front, having won this race twelve months ago.
Expert Eye could return to winning ways in this race, having run well in his debut this season, before faltering in Group 1 company. Another possibility could be St Patrick’s Day, the full brother to American Pharoah, who has not run since September. He is a relatively unknown factor, but as long as he behaves well before the start he very possibly could come out the other side a winner.
Overall, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some long odds winners tomorrow, with many of the races being extremely wide open. However two horses that will be tough to beat are Cracksman and Hydrangea.