Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Royal Ascot - Wednesday

The weather forecast predicts overcast skies for tomorrow and Thursday (Ladies' Day).

Those looking for last minute fashion tips might be interested in what the BBC has to say on the matter. Those looking for last minute horse racing tips may not be interested in what I have to say on the matter.

Just two for Wednesday - I tend to find that limiting the number of selections helps keep the losses down. In the Windsor Forest Stakes, due off at 3.05, I'm siding with Sir Michael Stoute's Heaven Sent. Cheveley Park Stud regularly target this meeting - in an earlier preview a representative put up Heaven Sent as their best chance of a winner at the entire meeting. French raider Sabana Perdida, third in this last year, is feared most.

In the Prince of Wales's Stakes I take Aidan O'Brien's Duke Of Marmalade to collect the spoils. In his last race at the Curragh he held Finsceal Beo one and a quarter lengths; Finsceal Beo ran well to finish third in the Queen Anne earlier today.

The thirty runner cavalry charge that is the Royal Hunt Cup takes place at 4.20. In all probability a horse called Bankable will be sent off one of the shortest priced favourites in the long history of this race. Journalists may try to tempt you with stories of Bankable being the banker of the meeting; make sure you stand firm and resist such temptation.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

For the majority of the final two furlongs I thought I'd called the Windsor Forest correctly with Heaven Sent (9/4f) sent on to win her race by Ryan Moore but Sabana Perfida (4/1) stayed on strongly to head the selection in the final 50 yards.
Some compensation was gained with the Duke Of Marmalade (evens) easily taking the Prince of Wales's Stakes.
Sent off 13/8 favourite, Bankable came to win his race at the furlong pole but faded tamely to finish fifth behind 25/1 shot Mr Aviator. I still don't know how any horse starts at 13/8 in a thirty runner race.