Preview of Day Two at Royal Ascot


By Luke

Day two of Royal Ascot gets underway with the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes. This is the first of the two year old races on the card and it is hard to be confident with a selection in either race. I think Ickworth will run well for trainer Willie McCreery. This daughter of Shamardal has won her two starts to date. She won impressively last time out, beating King Neptune at the Curragh. King Neptune has since finished second behind one of the best two year olds in Ireland, Siskin by a similar distance. Ickworth has the advantage of having two runs under her belt and I think she will run a good race will Billy Lee in the saddle.

Race two is the Group 2 Queen’s Vase over one mile and six furlongs for three year olds. Norway was last seen finishing eight in the Derby when being up with the pace for a long way. Prior to that run he finished second behind Sir Dragonet at Chester. I think the step up in trip will be the key to him improving. He won over one mile and a quarter as two year old at Newmarket. I think he is the one to beat with Ryan Moore in the saddle.

Race three is Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, this is possibly the best race of the week. Magical has had the ideal preparation with three impressive wins this season. She was very impressive last time out when winning at the Curragh in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup, beating Flag Of Honour by seven lengths. She has the advantage of some recent runs and I think she will win with Ryan Moore in the saddle.

Race four is the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes for Fillies and Mares over a mile. I Can Fly was last seen finishing second at the Curragh. She was slow out of the stalls and had a lot to do, she finished strongly to be beaten a length and a half. Prior to that run she was sixth in the Group 1 Lockinge at Newbury. If she can run to that form I think she will be very hard to beat.

Race five is the Royal Hunt Cup over one mile. This is a very competitive handicap with thirty one runners. Instead of having a selection in the Windsor Castle I will have two in this race.

The first horse I like is What’s The Story for trainer Keith Dalgleish. He was last seen winning at York, when he won a handicap. The form of that race is working out very well. The second, fourth and ninth have all since came out and won. He finished fourth in this race last year when a four year old. I think he has improved from four to five and can run well with Paul Mulrennan in the saddle.

My second selection in the race is the French trained Roc Angel. He was last seen winning in France over one mile and two furlongs so will stay well. Prior to that run he finished fourth on all weather finals day at Lingfield. He finished behind Matterhorn, Wissahickon and Pactolus in the Easter Classic. I think he could outrun his odds with Christophe Soumillon in he saddle.

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