It’s here. But it’s different! Yes, Royal Ascot is upon us once again but it’s going to be a mud-bath meeting so soft ground performers absolutely key.
It’s actually the last week I’ll be doing my Paddy Power blog, so I’m determined to make Paddy pay for the final time. You hear me Paddy?
Let’s check out Tuesday’s card in a little more detail and I’ve also gone head-to-head with Southampton striker Charlie Austin to see who’s top dog for the week.
Queen Anne Stakes 1m, 2:30pm
A big field for this event, which usually has only a few who have a chance but on this occasion is a free for all. I never thought I would say it, but I’m backing BELARDO, who was at his best in the Lockinge at Newbury last time and loves some give. With a BHA rating of 119 he should be bang there with the juice in the ground.
Coventry Stakes 6f, 3:05pm
Ground is the key question over Silvertoni, who would be a strong fancy on a fast surface. CARAVAGGIO is considered the best juvenile Aidan O’Brien has at the moment and if that is the case he really should be too good for the rest of them. The step up in distance will suit and the son of Scat Daddy was impressive last time with some ease in the surface.
King’s Stand Stakes, 5f, 3:40pm
There’s no doubt the ground is right for Mecca’s Angel, but PROFITABLE is the improver in this field and is another who won’t mind some give in the surface. Profitable cruised up to Mecca’s Angel at Haydock last time in the Temple and won more easily than the winning margin suggests. He will love the strong gallop and can come flying through at the end.
St James’s Palace Stakes, 1m, 4:20pm
Many believe this to be the race of the week and it’s hard to argue with that. The Gurkha was awesome in France, but for me AWTAAD was even more impressive in the Irish 2000 Guineas in beating Newmarket victor Galileo Gold. Awtaad just gets better with every race and conditions are ideal.
Ascot Stakes, 2m 4f, 5pm
Finally a handicap to get stuck into. I like SILVER CONCORDE eachway for Derby heroes Pat Smullen and Dermot Weld. The selections was very unlucky not to win the Chester Cup last time, and of course back in the day won the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. Ground conditions are no issue and while he went up 1lb for the Chester defeat he’s built to carry weight.
Windsor Castle Stakes, 5f, 5,35pm
I’m hoping TOP SCORE wins this for Godolphin. The selecitn was beaten by a useful type at Newmarket first time, but looked much improved at Ripon on the next outing when scoring easily. James Doyle takes the ride and I suspect he’s quite decent.
So best of luck. I will be back tomorrow with all the Wednesday action. Yeeehaaa!