Paul Ferguson two selections for us on day one at Royal Ascot; Toronado at 2.30 and Kingman at 4.25. Compare odds and bet.
Runner-up at last year’s meeting Toronado (2:30) is fancied to get favourite backers off to the best possible start at this year’s Royal meeting, by landing the opening Queen Anne Stakes for Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes.
The High Chaparral colt has won first time out in each of his two seasons racing, so the lack of a prep run isn’t a concern, and he looks a cut above his rivals here. The ground is not a concern for the four-year-old, who was trading at evens this morning.
Another warm order on the opening day is Kingman (4:25) and the impressive Irish Guineas winner is taken to reverse Newmarket 2,000 Guineas form with Night Of Thunder, who he had beaten so comprehensively the time before in the Greenham.
Back to his best on easy ground at the Curragh last time, John Gosden’s Invincible Spirit colt should once again have conditions to suit and the easy turning mile should also play to his strengths. He was available at 11-10 with Bet Victor on Monday.
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Last years results included:
* Leading Prospects, Arvika Ligeonniere (x3), Boston Bob, Captain Conan (x3), Champagne Fever (x2 inc Supreme Novices’ Hurdle), Glens Melody, Melodic Rendezvous, Simonsig (Arkle) & Un Atout won 13 Grade 1 novice contests between them
* My Tent Or Yours won 4 times including the Betfair Hurdle and the Top Novices’ at Aintree
* Stable Round-Up included Neptune winner The New One, Scottish Champion Hurdle winner Court Minstrel and David Pipe’s Dynaste of whom it read “could follow the Grands Crus path of last year, starting in the Steel Plate And Sections before he is readied for the Feltham” – he won both races and also scored at Aintree in April
* Across The Sea – Mount Benbulben 14/1 winner of the Grade 1 novice chase at the Punchestown Festival
* Under The Hammer – horses featured in this section included Champion Bumper winner Briar Hill (25/1) and The Liquidator, who won the equivalent Grade 1 at Punchestown – this section has been greatly increased for 2013-14