Royal Ascot Day 5 Preview

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By Samantha

 

Chesham Stakes
Arthur Kitt is one of the unbeaten horses and he won really promisingly on debut at Haydock by two and a half lengths over six furlongs so will appreciate the step up in trip. NATALIE’S JOY was a brilliant winner of her maiden at Goodwood by a whopping six lengths so the extra distance shouldn’t be an issue. Mark Johnston’s horses have been flying all week and this looks the pick of his charges. Cardini is the only representative from Aidan O’Brien’s yard, who won this last year with September, and has been a relatively short price to date on both of his maiden attempts for what he has achieved so far. His dam won over seven furlongs but it doesn’t look like he will break his maiden in this. On A Session has had a similar prep to last year’s Albany winner by running in and winning the same races. He definitely can’t be ignored. Duke Of Hazzard is a good each way bet as he ran well in two good novice events over five furlongs and should progress from the step up in trip. Paul Cole won this with a horse with a similar profile in 2013.

 

Hardwicke Stakes
There has been a really pitiful turn out for this race with just five horses going to post. Aidan O’Brien has two in the field in the form of Idaho and Cliffs Of Moher. The former won this last year and returned this season to win the Ormonde at Chester very well. He couldn’t follow that up when a long way behind Cracksman in the Coronation Cup. Cliffs Of Moher is having a quick reappearance after finishing fourth in the Prince Of Wales earlier this week. He was second in the Derby last year but hasn’t shown that kind of form since. He has been seventh and fourth on both his starts at Ascot so Idaho is the preferred Ballydoyle runner. BARSANTI chased home Idaho in this last year. He is very consistent in Class One races as he has never been out of the top three. He kicked off the season well in a Listed race over course and distance with Salouen, who was a long way clear of Idaho last time out, God Given, who won the Pinnacle, Mirage Dancer, who won a Listed race next time out, and Scotland, who was fifth in the Gold Cup, behind him so it looks as though he can reverse last year’s running with Idaho. He has a lot to find on ratings with short priced favourite Crystal Ocean. He’s never been out of the top three and was third in the King Edward VII behind Permian. He has won over a range of distances and has won well on both starts this season in a Group Two and Group Three so is a worthy favourite. Red Verdon completes the field and he may struggle to win this as he has a lot to find on official ratings. He has won over this trip but his best runs seem to have come on the All-Weather. This could be on the field side to him.

Windsor Castle
This looks a nice renewal with all the horses looking like they could be anything. Wesley Ward has brought over Moonlight Romance for this and is hoping for second win at this year’s meeting after Shang Shang Shang ran well earlier this week. This filly was second to her winning stablemate on debut and then followed that up to win a maiden well so she has to be respected. Junius Brutus is also coming over from abroad but this time it’s from France. He won both of his two starts well and comes under the could be anything banner. Aidan O’Brien has two in this but Van Beethoven is the preference. He was a bit disappointing when coming third on debut at Newmarket and then he ran at Naas and bolted up over six furlongs. He found stable mate Fairyland, who ran well earlier this week, too good. This could be on the short side for him despite being by Scat Daddy. The same could be said for Matawaffer. He was fourth on debut over course and distance and won easily next time out when upped to six furlongs. JUNGLE INTHEBUNGLE is likely to be a huge price and I’m not quite sure why. He has done nothing wrong at all and won really well last time out in a class two race and the third horse that day won next time out. He can handle the step up in class and Charlie Bishop has been flying recently. Sabre won on debut by three lengths and then was a neck behind Vintage Brut in a Listed race at Sandown. He could have a chance. Queen Of Bermuda is one of the fillies. She won impressively over five furlongs at Windsor last time out. On her first start, she was beaten by Queen Mary third Shades Of Blue so that is good form.

Diamond Jubilee Stakes

Redkirk Warrior is the real talking horse of the meeting. He is coming over from Australia, where he has won two Group Ones in 2018 so far. He has an interesting story as he ran for William Haggas in his first two starts and then was sold to Hong Kong but didn’t have much luck and was then shipped over to Australia and has flourished. He has a brilliant chance but his main danger will come from an English horse HARRY ANGEL. Clive Cox’s son of Dark Angel was a superstar last year winning three of his six starts in the Sandy Lane, July Cup and Sprint Cup at Haydock. Other English runners with a chance are The Tin Man and Labrisa Breeze. The former won this last year and made a winning return at Windsor. He was behind Harry Angel and Labrisa Breeze in a few races last year. The latter horse runs in this and he won the Champion Sprint Stakes at Champions Day last year. He was disappointing in a Group One in Dubai and is making his English seasonal debut in this. France has City Light in this and he won the All-Weather Sprint Championship on All-Weather finals day at Lingfield. He won a Group Three last time out but may not be up to this class. Bound For Nowhere comes over from America. He was three lengths behind Harry Angel in the Commonwealth Cup last year but, despite winning a Grade Two last time out, he may struggle to reverse the form. Godolphin has D’Bai and it is interesting to see him in this race as he normally runs over further. He won a Group Three last time out and was previously second to The Tin Man at Windsor.
Wokingham Stakes

DREAMFIELD missed all of last season due to injury. Unbeaten at two, he continued that when winning in his first four year old start when winning over course and distance in May. It isn’t likely he’ll lose his unbeaten record and can land this. Mr Lupton could be a danger as he has come down significantly in the weights since this time last year and won nicely at York last month so should have a good shot in this. Gilgamesh won the first race on the card the day Mr Lupton won by a short head over seven furlongs. Has had only ran over six furlongs once but that was a winning one so has a god shot. Out Do won this last year but hasn’t won since. He is only 1lbs higher than then and likes it here. Footlaad has been in flying form since December and he has gone from 82 to 101 since then. He could’ve possibly ran into a good horse in the form of George Bowen when he was second. Most of his wins have come on the All Weather but he is good on firm ground and is a good each way shot.
Queen Alexandra Stakes

Thomas Hobson sets the standard in this as he won the Ascot Stakes her over two miles four last year and then was runner up four days later in this. Sixth in the Melbourne Cup, he has a better chance of than stablemates Meri Devie, who was disappointing earlier this week, and Renneti. PALLASATOR  has been running in top company over hurdles and he won a Grade Two over two miles four and will stay so he has a good chance. Also, he has won round here before. Fun Mac was second over two miles two in the Chester Cup last time out and was fifth in this last year so he has a good shot. Count Octave is yet to tackle any trip like this but Frankels seem like they will stay so he has a good chance. Templestatefloresco goes for Colin Tizzard and has a good draw in two on his flat debut. He is a decent jump horse and will most definitely stay and he is quite interesting. Possibly overpriced at 40/1.

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