Royal Ascot horses to follow

A DAZZLING international challenge will light up five days of the best flat racing in the world at Royal Ascot this week. Equine machines from the USA, Japan and across Europe will mount one of the strongest cosmopolitan teams at the five-day thoroughbred festival. American mare Tepin is strongly fancied for today’s curtain raiser, the …[Read More]

Royal Ascot 2015 horses to follow

BROWSING through the hefty Royal Ascot 2015 media guide, a few things struck me. The meeting’s traditions are kind of nice and comforting but I’m only really interested in the thoroughbreds on show, and the only fillies of any real interest are the four-legged variety. Having very little fashion sense I couldn’t care a jot …[Read More]

Juvenile notebook: May 31

ROYAL Ascot is just 17 days away. So trainers eyeing up the two year old races have little time to unleash their juvenile artillery. But there are some interesting types running today, with the opening race at Newmarket the main focus. DARK PROFIT is closely related to several winners including Harald Bluetooth, Zafisio and Gold …[Read More]

Garswood the choice on Royal Ascot day two

Charlie McCann, BetVictor’s PR supremo, looks ahead to Wednesday at Royal Ascot… DAY two of Royal Ascot starts with the 7f Jersey Stakes; the race has often thrown up a shock in recent years with three 20/1 shots and no winning favourite since 2001 when Mozart obliged for Ballydoyle. The same connections are likely to …[Read More]

Five horses to follow at Royal Ascot

YOU might be forgiven for thinking that it will be impossible for this year’s Royal Ascot to top 2012. Last year’s meeting was book-ended by the brilliance of Frankel and Black Caviar, but while those two no longer grace our sport, the anticipation is quietly building that this year’s royal meeting could match, and possibly …[Read More]

Royal Ascot Ante-Post Focus: The Queen Anne Stakes

THE sun is shining and Royal Ascot is looming large. Last year Frankel scared away the opposition in the opening race of the meeting, the Queen Anne Stakes. But this year’s renewal looks much more of a betting proposition. Finding the winner of the Queen Anne can set Royal Ascot punters up for the week; …[Read More]

Royal Ascot: Day Four

More rain overnight will make the ground even more testing on day four of the Royal meeting. So go for horses with proven form on the ground and don’t forget that Ascot is a stiff track so stamina is crucial. With so many runners and bad ground it should pay to seek each-way value Here …[Read More]

Royal Ascot: Day 3

The heavens opened at Ascot overnight and there was 8mm of rain. The effect of this will be devastating for the Ladies’ Day frocks… but will have a bigger impact on the ground, which is now good to soft. It could get softer. The Gold Cup is the big race and last year’s winner Fame …[Read More]

Royal Ascot: Day 2

After the thrill of watching another Frankel demolition job, today is all about the giant that is So You Think. He faces the Queen’s Carlton House in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. But the dark horse here is Godolphin’s Farhh, who is lightly raced but unbeaten. Last year Frankie Dettori mugged So You Think with …[Read More]

Royal Ascot: Day 1

It’s one of the meetings of the year and it’s here at last. And what a way to start: Frankel in the Queen Anne Stakes. I get nervous when this horse runs because I’m desperate for him not to get beat (a bit like watching Everton). Hopefully it won’t happen today. Big fields are a …[Read More]