#OffTheBridle with J.T McCoy - Royal Ascot - Part 3
Horse Racing : Royal Ascot - Days 3,4 & 5
Lean times thus far...
The first day of the Royal meeting culminated in beans on toast in the McCoy household on Tuesday evening. The only consolation was that The Sporting Blog bigwigs followed me over the cliff and are also suffering – mugs. Hope the damage wasn’t too bad if you took note of my suggestions – we can, and will, do better.
Mercifully, Highland Reel and Decorated Knight provided a welcome 1-2 in the Prince of Wales Stakes on Day 2 to give us some capital to play with over the next few days.
It was hugely disappointing to see Laugh Aloud withdrawn due to injury ahead of the Duke of Cambridge Stakes – he’s certainly one to follow wherever he turns out next.
So, fingers firmly crossed for some better luck over the next few days, although I’ll still keep Ocean Finance on speed dial. Let’s hope Harry Angel obliterates Caravaggio on Friday. No pressure Adam Kirby, but I’ve got this year’s summer holiday hanging in the balance – Mrs McCoy’s expecting an ocean villa on stilts in Mauritius. Little does she know that the more likely destination is a mud-hut in a ‘glamping’ site in Dorset, with no running water or electricity. I’d say they’re pushing it with ‘glamping’ in the description.
Thursday 22 June – Day Three
The Ribblesdale Stakes – With Ryan Moore taking the ride on Alluringly for Aidan O’Brien, Sir Michael Stoute has secured Pat Smullen to steer Mori, daughter of the mighty Frankel. Mori looks a typical Stoute improver stepping up from 1m1f to 1m3f.
OffTheBridle’s selections – Mori (win)
The Gold Cup – Order of St George probably deserves his place at the head of the market, especially without Vazirabad in the line-up, but far better value lurks not far away. Consistent staying performers Sheikzayedroad and Quest for More could be involved at decent prices. I’ll be having a nibble at both.
OffTheBridle’s selections – Sheikzayedroad & Quest for More, both e/w.
Friday 23 June – Day Four
The Commonwealth Cup – For me, the race of the meeting on paper. I’m a big fan of Harry Angel, as are Godolphin who purchased him after he hosed up in the Sandy Lane at Haydock last month; and while Caravaggio is, according to Aidan O’Brien himself the fastest horse he’s ever trained, I think the 7/2 or 10/3 about Harry Angel could well be a cracking bet. I’ll be all over it like a fat kid on a cupcake. Regardless, this should be some spectacle.
OffTheBridle’s selections – Harry Angel (win)
Coronation Stakes – This should be a reasonably straight forward affair for Winter, but at fairly prohibitive odds. Still, if you’re a big hitter, you shouldn’t go far wrong. Should the favourite not be in the best of form on the day, Dabyah for John Gosden should certainly be in the money and at 5/1 currently, rates a good e/w shout. Predictable stuff I know, but sometime the market is such for good reason!
OffTheBridle’s selections – Winter (win) and Dabyah (e/w)
Duke of Edinburgh States – I’m sure I read somewhere recently that Sir Michael Stoute said that, if Ryan Moore rides him well, Mainstream will win. That’s good enough for me, and in the colours of Her Majesty is likely to be popular on the day. 5/1 at the moment, has been as big as 12s. Get involved.
Just in case Ryan Moore doesn’t ride the horse well, which is unlikely I know, former Stoute inmate Top Tug, now trained by jumps genius and fellow Wiltshire resident Alan King, could pick up the pieces at a good each way price. Also, be wary of any sustained support for either of Roger Varian’s runners at the head of the market.
OffTheBridle’s selections – Mainstream (e/w) & Top Tug (e/w)
Saturday 24 June – Day Five
Hardwicke Stakes – I’m not usually a big fan of ‘dutching’, however with two high-class market leaders at 3/1, in Dartmouth and Frontiersman, an equal stakes win bet on both seems just the ticket. Guaranteed profit, unless neither of them win of course!
OffTheBridle’s selections – Dartmouth (e/w) & Frontiersman (e/w)
The Wokingham Stakes – A real lottery this one. I’d stick a few quid on Eastern Impact, Projection and Culturati, for an in-form Godolphin stable. I can’t offer any insightful reasons why, other than they might win. Them and any one of the dozens in the race.
OffTheBridle’s selections – Eastern Impact, Projection, Culturati (all e/w)
Enjoy the remainder of the meeting and let me know (in the comments or on social media) how you get on betting-wise, but also your thoughts on the stand-out performers and horses to note down for the future.
Next week, we’ll reflect on all the action from the Royal meeting and ceremoniously count our winnings, or comfort each other en route to the food bank.
And then we’ll lie down in a darkened room for a while and gather our thoughts before contemplating what’s in store in the coming months for the sport of kings.
McCoy out [drops mic, Obama style].