Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Royal Ascot 2010 - Wednesday

A couple of quick suggestions for Wednesday's card at Royal Ascot...

The highlight is the Prince of Wales's Stakes (3.50) which is run over ten furlongs. Twelve are set to face the starter with Andre Fabre's Byword installed the market leader. On his last run this colt was beaten half a length by Goldikova, no disgrace at all as Freddie Head's mare won the opening Queen Anne Stakes earlier today a neck from Paco Boy, the pair three and a quarter lengths clear of the rest. He's my idea of the winner. Mawatheeq was a shade unlucky to be beaten by Twice Over in Newmarket's Champion Stakes last autumn but he suffered a training setback in the spring and this is his seasonal debut. Twice Over went on to to finish third behind Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic and down the field in the Dubai World Cup in which Allybar finished third. Henry Cecil has given Time Over plenty of time to recover but at the back of my mind is his fourth in this last year. If Allybar can reproduce his Dubai World Cup effort on turf, 16/1 (Chandler) looks decent value - I'm tempted to have an each-way dabble on Godolphin runner Allybar.

In the Windsor Forest Stakes (3.05) on official ratings Antara is the one they have to beat. This filly won a Group Three at Epsom eleven days ago and makes more appeal now that trainer Saeed Suroor is in better form. Dangers abound including previous winner Spacious and Sir Michael Stoute's Strawberrydaiquiri who beat Spacious a head and four lengths the last time at Newmarket. Antara is the suggestion.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

Byword (5/2f) took the Prince Of Wales's Stakes; each-way selection Allybar (25/1) pulled far too hard for his own good in the early stages and unsurprisingly faded to finish eleventh of the twelve runners.

7/2 favourite Antara couldn't live with Strawberrydaiquri (9/2) or Spacious (13/2) in the Windsor Forest - she came in third.