Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Wednesday; Abseil in the Ascot 17:00. Compare odds and bet.
Day Two at Royal Ascot looks a tricky punting card to say the least. The highlight of the day is the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, in which brilliant Arc winner Treve looks a class apart on last year’s form. but she relinquished her unbeaten record on return and is best watched around the 8-11 mark.
The opening Jersey Stakes is a race I have had in mind for Muwaary for some time, but this looks a really strong renewal, with several horses having already performed in a higher grade. In the same ownership, Mustajeeb has to be greatly respected on his third to Kingman in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. Again, the race is best watched.
The day’s sole selection comes later on, in the shape of Royal Hunt Cup favourite Abseil (5:00) who done this column a good turn when forming part of an Epsom treble on Oaks day.
Sir Michael Stoute’s four-year-old gets in here with a 5lb penalty and the lightly raced First Defence colt won with more in hand than the official margin would suggest just 12 days ago. His jockey, James Doyle, will be on a high after yesterday’s scintillating performance aboard the aforementioned Kingman in the St James’s Palace Stakes and Abseil taken to make it three wins from five starts this term.
The selection was trading at 6-1 in places overnight and, with most firms offering ¼ odds to 5 places, he is worth supporting each-way – Paddy Power are paying 6 places.
5:00 Royal Ascot: Abseil; 6/1 William Hill
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