Good evening from the Major – The first day of Royal Ascot was a winning one for the blog with Bated Breath beating all but the Hong Kong raider and Most Improved staying on doggedly from the front to win at 9/1.
Most of all the day will be remembered for the 1/10 annihilation of the Queen Anne by Frankel. He has been given a provisional timeform rating of 147 which would make him the best horse they have ever rated in their six decade history… wow.
That rating will be confirmed in the next few days but the performance without doubt in the Majors mind was Frankels best. He destroyed a field that many will say is not top class but Excelebration would have won several G1s without Frankel on the scene. That includes today where he was a beaten second by eleven lengths.
By rating Frankel 147, they are judging that Excelebration ran almost a stone below his previous best rating. That might be true as he did try to take Frankel on but if anything it flatters Frankels mark. He also lost a shoe. He could also get better…. Frightening.
Thank God for Prince Khalid Abdulla who kept Frankel in training and gave us this joy.
To Wednesday and a couple of select Royal Ascot tips, let us hope we keep the winners flying in!
Wednesday Ascot Tips – Jersey Stakes
I was very keen on Fort Bastion but he looks a non-runner. Richard Hughes had given him such a warm write-up at the weekend and had rated him his likeliest Royal Ascot winner.
Last years winner Strong Suit was against the trend as it is unusual for a horse with a group win on the CV to win this.
Power hardly did wonders for the form of the Irish 2,000 guineas yesterday and although Wrote technically has achieved most so far in coming to third to Power in the classic, I am not convinced and would prefer stablemate Ishvana, the filly who was second in her Guineas run.
Aljamaaheer is on a massive upwardly curve and comes second on the Majors list, I certainly would not put you off a bet. Another that I would consider is 4/1 favourite Sentaril who looks progressive and with Murtagh booked, can definitely be involved.
The Jersey normally goes to a well considered horse and the Major is opting for one. I am going for the completely unexposed Valbchek who battled well over 6f beating Swiss Spirit last time. An extra furlong will suit and Noseda has a decent record in the race. 7/1 is generally available.
Prince of Wales Stakes
As much as I respect Carlton House, Reliable Man and Planteur in particular, my bet of the week has to be So You Think.
The Ballydoyle horse was second to Planteur in Dubai and has been known to disappoint but equally he has won four Group 1s while with O’Brien and I think he will be fully ready for this. His greatest rival Cirrus Des Aigles was a notable omission at the 48 hour declarations… have a chunky slice at evens if you must but…
Rumour has it William Hill are 6/4 from 8.30, don’t know how much you can get on but I would get it all on!