Well the Major failed in the Jersey yesterday but came good with the strong advice to back So You Think which was only in doubt for a brief moment as the Queens Carlton House stalked up.
To Thursday and a day of terrific action at Ascot. Last weekend was a relatives birthday and I bought him a treble on Germany (winning the Euros, So You Think and Fame and Glory) at 11/4, 7/4 and 5/4 respectively. Leg one in… fingers crossed for tomorrow.
Royal Ascot Tips – The Norfolk Stakes
We start Ascots Thursday card with a sprint over 5f for juveniles. Both favourites are owned by Qatar Racing.
Cay Verde and Ahern are both sprint bred (Ahern is out of Dutch Art) and although the former (favourite) has won at Ascot already this term, I would prefer the chances of the latter until I saw Hototo go in today which gave Cay Verde a good form boost.. Neither though offer the value I am seeking from this sort of contest.
Dutch Art won this race in 2006, for Peter Chappell Hyam before going on to being one of the finest sires of sprint horses, it is a shame that Chappel-Hyams do not have a runner today.
Dawn Approach won on Tuesday in a workmanlike fashion but that form line gives Mister Marc more than a squeak.
Annunciation has received the vote of Richard Hughes after a facile win in a very hard to assess 3 runner affair at Windsor. Previously that horse had finished runner up to fellow debutante Reckless Abandon.
Gale Force Ten is a very interesting runner over the minimum trip and with a strong pace, I think he will be doing his best work at the end of the race.
The Major though is going to offer Marawij as the tip in the Norfolk. 12/1 with BetVictor is a fair price. I am a big fan of Varian / Callan and this horse had several subsequent winners in behind on what might prove a hot maiden win.
Plenty of Oaks contenders reopposing here and I am not at all surprised that The Fugue is favourite. She seemed unlucky that day and closed like a train to take a close up third at the death.
Shirocco Star also had an unlucky Oaks after being struck into but still made fourth.
In the Majors view, Vow needs them to go off like 5f sprinters to win this although she could be good for a place.
The Major though is settling on Princess Highway who won a Group 3 in Ireland, relegating Was (subsequent Oaks winner third) to the places. 13/2 seems a very fair price.
Royal Ascot Feature Race – Tips for the Gold Cup
This race is simple for the Major, Fame and Glory has been well prepared for this race and I am certain O’Brien has him tip top.
Marathon distances have been the making of this horse and coming from the yard that nurtured Yeats to record breaking Gold Cup heroics, I am fairly convinced that this field holds no major fears.
Fame and Glory has the class where others have some promise. Get stuck right in.
I am going to side with the Irish raider Piri Wango who after winning on debut and again this season, seemingly disappointed into fourth at Dundalk.
That race though could not have panned out better with the winner (1.25L) being Ishvana who went in well today – 20/1 tip.. boom Piri Wango. I have an unusually strong feeling about this outsider… The fact Dettori is booked too which is unusual for Ger Lyons….. have a slice.
5.35 Ascot – Tips for the King George V
The last is an enigma wrapped in a puzzle, set on fire with an incendiary fluid of confusion.
Anomaly is [possibly the most interesting runner after a facile maiden win that had put him in as favourite for the Derby. Clearly things have not gone quite to plan but he seems back in form and is of interest.
Uriah Heap was a fancied runner in the Dee Stakes and needs to put that behind.
The one the Major is tipping though is the Luca Cumani trained Commitment. This horse has had this as the plan for some time and I always like that. I have to put a line through the last run in Scotland but the trainer said the gelding had excuses. Lots of risk but 16/1 prices it in….
Good luck with whatever you back!