Royal Ascot Day Four
Day Three Roundup
I told you yesterday was bloody hard. A few near misses in the end, but some nice each-way money was to be had in the performances of both Prize Money and The Black Princess. Prize Money travelled very sweetly throughout his race, and those blinkers kept him nice and focused, but he just couldn’t match the finishing kick of the eventual winner Hawkbill. After his last three performances finishing 2nd, he’s looking more like one of those racehorses that just doesn’t like to win, and always wants to see another horse’s arse in front of him at all times. A mighty shame. The Black Princess ran brilliantly to finish 3rd in the Ribblesdale the way that the race panned out. Forced widest of all runners entering the final 3f she was forced to make up the most ground, from off the pace and really did rattle home. I can’t help but think that if she was ridden a little more handily in a strongly run race, the result could’ve been different, but this is racing. Fine margins.
The performance of the day undoubtedly belonged to the indomitable Order of St. George. What can be said other than he won like a true odds on champion, and showed superstar class to overcome so much trouble in running in a frankly muddling race. Ryan Moore stated afterwards that he had to win four individual races, but the turn of foot Moore’s mount showcased was absolutely frightening and the race was over in a few strides. Order of St. George can stay 2m 4f (in fact he looked as though he could’ve gone around and raced again), but has so much speed that he could easily drop back in trip and tackle some of the juicy middle-distance races in Britain and France. Aidan O’Brien must get fed up of training all these worldies.
Day Four (Friday) Preview
Onto today then chaps and chapettes and I’m liking the looks of Create a Dream in the Albany Stakes (2:30). I was at Doncaster in April when Wesley Ward’s runner was 4/5 favourite for the Betway Brocklesy only to be pulled out of the race at the last moment owing to the soft ground. The clerk of the course has stated that the going conditions could change today if the showers stay away, and if Wesley Ward leaves his intended runner in I think that will be a significant sign of Create a Dream’s chances in itself. Create a Dream’s debut win has been franked by the rock-solid form of the Last Lion who we saw finishing 2nd in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes yesterday, and the way that these US fillies bowl along remorselessly, running the opposition into the ground, I think it will take something special to stop her. Frankie Dettori takes the ride, and I’ll be hoping that he employs the same front-running tactics as he did the other day on the other US monster Lady Aurelia. There are loads of potential class horses in the race, notwithstanding the winning daughter of Frankel, Queen Kindly however, Wesley Ward’s fillies are always battle ready, no matter how inexperienced they might be, and I think Create a Dream is the way to go.
Back Create a Dream at 7/1
Choreographer was last seen finishing down the field in the Dante at York last month, but Roger Varian’s colt takes his chance in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes (3:05) today. The impeccably bred chestnut was a really unlucky in running last time out, but he also lacked a little bit of tactical speed for 10f, and stepping up in trip to 12f I fully expect him to run a big race. He handles cut in the ground, and Roger Varian has been quoted as expecting much bigger prizes than today’s for him in the future. I’m hoping that jockey Andrea Atzeni can have Choreographer settled in a positive racing position to avoid any potential traffic problems, and at 6/1 this son of Sea the Stars can have those bank notes dancing into your coffers.
Back Choreographer at 6/1
La Rioja has been laid out for the Commonwealth Cup (3:40) by Henry Candy for some time now. She finished down the field in her last run in the Group 2 Sandy Lane, but that run should be ignored. She didn’t handle the firm ground, and her trainer is adamant that she wants it soft, soft, soft, so Candy’s prayers have been answered. She is a filly with so much speed and potential, and with conditions very much in her favour I just can’t leave her alone at the price.
Back La Rioja at 12/1
So that’s your lot today. As ever best of British and enjoy the racing! X