#OffTheBridle with J.T McCoy - Royal Ascot Part 2
Horse Racing : EQUINE CRÈME DE LA CRÈME
Whilst the pedigree of the crowds can be debated at length, the pedigree of the horses is certainly not in doubt. These are the best flat performers over all distances, not only from the UK and Ireland, but also France and the USA invariably send over some fairly handy sorts….Lady Aurelia last year, anyone?
There will be 8 Group 1 races over the 5 days, numerous Group 2&3’s and Listed contests also.
Here’s a quick look ahead to a few races on the first couple of days that promise to be absolute belters, along with a few ‘tips’ from my good self. I wouldn’t be surprised should you be hesitant to follow these tips, but don’t forget I am the man who turned £15 into £9k…..and yes, I’ll be living off that (reputationally, not financially) for the rest of my days.
If a race you’re particularly interested in isn’t mentioned, but you’d like my expert (!) opinion, let me know in the comments and we’ll analyse it together.
Tuesday 20 June – Day One
The Queen Anne Stakes – The opening race could see one of the bankers kick start a few multiple bets. Godolphin’s Ribchester sets the standard but will be a fairly short price. His performance at Newbury was impressive, but the field perhaps lacked depth. Better value might be found in Lightening Spear who re-opposes and will no doubt be ridden patiently by Jamie Spencer and could reel in the favourite at the business end. It would also be no surprise to see Todd Pletcher’s American Patriot make the frame under Mr Ascot, Frankie Dettori.
OffTheBridle’s selections: Lightening Spear (e/w) and American Patriot (e/w)
The Kings Stand Stakes – A mouth-watering clash between Marsha, winner of the Abbaye and the Palace House Stakes and of course Lady Aurelia who scorched the turf in the Queen Mary last year. Blink and you’ll miss it, but If Lady Aurelia attempts to make all and doesn’t quite see it out, there’ll be plenty coming at her late on, with Profitable, Goldream and Priceless all high-class sprinters. If Washington DC stands his ground, he could go close at a decent price, having pushed Marsha all the way in the Palace House.
OffTheBridle’s selections: Marsha (win) & Washington DC (e/w)
St James Palace Stakes – This should be a walk in the park for the superstar that is Churchill. If you can find 8/11 it could turn out to be a huge price. It’s not one to put the mortgage on, but should be free money barring a major mishap.
OffTheBridle’s selection: Churchill (win)
Wednesday 21 June – Day Two
Duke of Cambridge Stakes – All eyes, well mine anyway, will be on Laugh Aloud following her impressive win at Epsom earlier this month. The 11/4 (at time of writing) available looks tempting and I will be all over that, like white on rice.
OffTheBridle’s selection: Laugh Aloud (win)
Prince of Wales Stakes – If Highland Reel turns out again after his recent win at Epsom, he should be the one to push worthy favourite Jack Hobbs, who looked impressive at Meydan last time out. Decorated Knight, for my local stable, could make the frame.
OffTheBridle’s selection: Highland Reel (win) & Decorated Knight (e/w)
Royal Hunt Cup – If anyone thinks they can pick the winner of the Royal Hunt Cup, then please let me know. I’d have a few quid on Yuften at a decent price - Roger Charlton knows how to train winners at this meeting and it’s unlikely that Andrea Atzeni will be winless this week also.
OffTheBridle’s selection: Yuften (e/w)
Check the Sporting Blog at some point on Wednesday for a look at the remaining days of the Royal meeting.