Alex’s tips: Wednesday, June 15th
Sajjhaa in the Windsor Forest Stakes: 15:05; @ 10/3 with Skybet
So You Think in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes; 15:45 @ 2/5 with Skybet.
Mont Agel in the Royal Hunt Cup: 16:25 @ 11/1 with Skybet (each-way).
Shumoos in the Queen Mary: 17:00 @ 6/5 with Skybet.
Royal Ascot Day 2 Preview: Wednesday 15 June
Day two and the Windsor Forest Stakes is the first race to have a look at and I’m going to go with the 10/3 favourite Sajjhaa for Saeed bin Suroor and Frankie Dettori.
She ran a cracking race to be second to Midday in the Middleton Stakes at York’s Dante meeting last time out and will have come on a ton for that. The rain that has fallen on the Berkshire track won’t inconvenience her either and she can give Frankie another winner at his favourite meeting.
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes looks very one sided with Aidan O’Brien’s Australian import So You Think all the rage for this mile and a quarter Group 1.
He worked brilliantly on Saturday finishing miles clear of his galloping companion and he looks very hard to beat here. He is the 2/5 favourite with Sky Bet. The French are quite keen on the chance of 4/1 second favourite Planteur though. He is unbeaten in two starts this season at Longchamp including a comfortable win in the Prix Ganay last time out.
He will certainly provide stiff opposition for the favourite and if you don’t like backing odds on shots you could do worse than have this four-year-old on your side. However, I’m just looking for a horse to beat the favourite and I’m not sure there will be one.
From a race with a very short priced favourite to the cavalry charge that is the Royal Hunt Cup. The market for this mile handicap is headed by Start Right from the Luca Cumani yard and fellow 7/1 shot Green Destiny for William Haggas. There are certain trainers that you look for when first assessing this sort of heat and Haggas is one of them.
This horse will appreciate the rain softened ground as he got jarred up last year and he is a typical ‘potential group horse running in a handicap’ that you look for in a race like this. It won’t be easy for top weight Fareer who is a 16/1 shot.
He could run into a place though for Ed Dunlop. Cumani is a trainer you would rather be with than against and his joint favourite Start Right can run well. He put up a good show to be third at Epsom last time out from an impossible draw and he doesn’t look to be running off an impossible handicap mark.
Mont Agel at 11/1 is my each-way tip in the race though. Michael Bell has booked big race king Johnny Murtagh for the ride and although he isn’t a prolific winner, he ran well at York last time out finding just one too good.
There looks to be another stand out performer running in the Queen Mary. This five furlong race for two-year-old fillies can go to Shumoos who was 6/5 favourite with Sky Bet at the time of writing. Martin Dwyer rides and puts her up as his banker this week. She made a winning debut at Haydock for Brian Meehan whose runners usually improve for their first run. Providing slightly softer ground is suitable she should be hard to beat.
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