DAY two… and it will have to go some to better Tuesday’s opening feast. Fantastic performances from Solow and Gleneagles were the obvious highlights, although there was no joy on the punting front. Beaverbrook at 33/1 just failed to hit a place in the Coventry, finishing an excellent fourth. On to today…
JERSEY STAKES: I’ve been trying to find something to beat IVAWOOD but it’s impossible to get away from Richard Hannon’s three-year-old. Third in the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas, there is no Gleneagles in opposition today and the drop to 7f should be ideal. Both Richard Hughes and Hannon have nominated him as their banker of the week. So that’ll do me.
QUEEN MARY STAKES: Kurland and Easton Angel are unbeaten and have done everything right but BESHARAH won over course and distance on her debut and showed a great turn of foot. She looks bombproof but in such a big field she will need some lady luck.
DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES: Integral may well start odds-on so the value could be elsewhere. RIZEENA has won twice at the royal meeting and would be a popular success for trainer Clive Brittain. She beat Euro Charline in last year’s Coronation Stakes and has got the Group One form in the bag.
PRINCE OF WALES’S STAKES: A humdinger of a race, even with California Chrome absent through injury. WESTERN HYMN has matured from three to four and John Gosden and Frankie Dettori can do no wrong at present. Free Eagle and The Grey Gatsby are formidable rivals but the Frankie and Johnny Group One show can continue.
Selection: WESTERN HYMN
ROYAL HUNT CUP: A cavalry charge with 30 runners and virtually anything could win this. EXTREMITY is the first reserve and if sneaks a run then I think he’s a well handicapped horse and would get my each-way vote. If he does not get in then LINCOLN is worth an each-way shot. He is 3lb better off for half a length with Speculative Bid on his last run but is double the price. Plus, Mick Channon has been very bullish about his chance.
Selection: EXTREMITY (with a run). If not LINCOLN (each-way)
SANDRINGHAM HANDICAP: A royal victory would, of course, go down a storm and The Queen has several serious chances this week. None more so than TOUCHLINE, who was an excellent second to Sperry over the track in April. Sperry is quietly fancied for the Coronation Stakes on Friday and Touchline has been earmarked for this race.