Monday, June 18, 2007

Royal Ascot - Tuesday

It all starts tomorrow. There has been a lot of media coverage surrounding the Australian sprinters running in the King's Stand Stakes which is due off at 3.05. Miss Andretti is considered by many to be the best of their four contenders, but she is drawn 19 which is a disadvantage. There have also been rumours about the horse's well being which have been denied by the trainer. At around 100/30 she is short enough in a race with 21 runners. Takeover Target, another Australian contender, beat Benbaum a short head in this last year. In the last 10 years the winner has come from a single figure draw on 7 occasions; Benbaum is drawn 5 and at around 10/1 offers some each way value in a difficult race.

Cockney Rebel goes for a treble in the St. James's Palace Stakes at 3.45 but doesn't offer any value for money at around 11/8. Dutch Art (5/2) offers better value and is taken to beat the favourite.

'Gorgeous' George Washington returns to the racecourse after failing in his stud duties. The big question here is the horse's temperament. At around 11/10 he is worth opposing; I'll be supporting Ramonti currently priced at 5/1.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

A disappointing effort from Benbaum (10/1), finishing 12th of the 21 runners. In stark contrast an exceptional performance from 3/1 favourite Miss Andretti winning in course record time. Takeover Target finished fourth and, using that horse as a benchmark from last year's running, Benbaum has failed to run up to form. Australian horses finished first, third and fourth.
Dutch Art (100/30) finished fourth behind Excellent Art, failing to quicken in the final furlong.
5/1 shot Ramonti won by a short head with a gutsy fightback after looking beaten two out.