Royal Ascot Day 4 Preview
Out of the Aidan O’Brien horses in the race, the once raced Just Wonderful is the favourite, being the mount of Ryan Moore, having beat Gossamer Wings (Queen Mary 2nd) by a length and a half. However, as is common for a two year old race, most of the horses are relatively unknown factors. Octave could be interesting, having won her debut, but finishing second in her most recent start, having run into subsequent Royal Ascot winner Calyx. Octave very well could boost Calyx’s form by going one better in this race.
King Edward VII Stakes
There doesn’t seem to be a strong favourite for this race, going by the betting. A horse who won’t struggle with the distance will be Giuseppe Garibaldi, who has won well over further. An unknown factor could be Old Persian, who has a good season, with his form reading 121, with a victory in a three runner race coming most recently. He takes a huge step up in trip, but it can safely be assumed that he will enjoy the step up in distance.
Group 1 winner Sioux Nation is the favourite for this race, which is understandable. Most recently he won a Group 3, and should he regain his two year old form it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him come home in front. However, there are two longer odds horses that could outperform their odds. One of which is Gidu, a gorgeous grey by Frankel, who comes over off the back of two stakes wins in America. He is another unknown horse, and could be anything, having not raced against any European horse before, so there’s no form to hold him against. The ground should suit, as American horses prefer the ground on the faster side, as Firm to Good ground is. Another longer odds horse (although he’s currently at 8-1) is Sands Of Mali. He’s unbeaten thus far this season, and has form against a fair few of the horses in this field. Therefore, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him come home in front.
There are plenty of on form horses with shorter horses in this race. These include: Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Alpha Centauri; 1,000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook; Cheveley Park winner Clemmie; and French 1,000 Guineas winner Teppal. An outsider with a chance could be the Godolphin owned Adorable, who has won 2 of her 3 starts this season, which includes a listed stakes at Longchamp, albeit by a head. Should she improve the step up to Group 1 company, she could go well.
Another very open race, but an outside chance could be Dathanna, who is unbeaten this season. She’s not too far up the weights, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her in the equation.
Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes
The Aidan O’Brien trained Clear Skies could go well, but is under a high weight of 9st 10lbs. A good horse lower down the weights is Thundering Blue under 9st 5lbs, but he is currently the favourite for the race.