Mighty Matt Chapman led the field on day one after both Caravaggio (13/8f) and Profitable (4/1) got their heads in front for a not-too-shabby 13/1 double at a rain-soaked Royal Ascot where Jennies Jewel (6/1) kept our secretive trader in clover – if not a job – for another day at least.
With the Yanks already shooting their mouths off after Tepin’s earlier win, day two throws up the day’s – if not the week’s banker – as ‘wonder horse’ A Shin Hikari tries to repeat his French romp and become the first Japanese winner at the Royal festival.
There’s some consensus that Usherette and Always Smile have the Duke of Cambridge Stakes between them, but there’s about as much agreement on the Brexit vote in the UK as to what wins the cavalry charge of the Royal Hunt Cup – even if Paddy is doing his bit by paying the first 6 home.
A Shin Hikari to coast home or Hari Kari if it gets beaten? Judge by the screams about 4.30pm on Wednesday.