So we are doing all right. But I want to go out with a bang this week so I’m all out trying to beat Paddy and make him miserable on day three of Royal Ascot 2016.
Off we go and time to get stuck in…
The Norfolk Stakes at 2.30pm isn’t quite as big a field as can be the case for the dash and the one who stands out to me is SILVER LINE(), who looked an outstanding prospect on his debut at Nottingham in May. Owned by the Godolphin stable, Silver Line really should appreciate the ground and gets better with age.
I’m finding the Tercentenary Stakes at 3:05pm a really tough puzzle to solve. But I’m going with Godolphin again with PRIZE MONEY()who is getting better with each race and gave Derby also-ran Algometer a race at Goodwood last time.
I’m not sure front-running suited Prize Money that day and being held up behind the pace might be the key for Saeed bin Suroor.
Next up is the Ribblesdale stakes and if ratings mean anything then ARCHITECTURE() is a good bet here, having chased home Minding in the Investec Oaks. Obviously it’s a race full of improvers, but Hugo Palmer’s filly really should take all the beating under the experienced Frankie Dettori.
The big race of the day is, of course, the Gold Cup. I want to back two in Order of St George to win and MIZZOU() each-way.
The former looks a typical improving stayer for Aidan O’Brien and the Irish St Leger hero will take all the beating. Mizzou will stay all day and ran well in this contest 12 months ago. If anything goes wrong with Order of St George, Mizzou might be the one to pick up the pieces. Luca Cumani needs a big winner.
Moving to the Britannia Stakes and what a headache. I’d only wish this kind of pain on Paddy! I’ll take a chance with PREDILECTION(), who blew the bend at Lingfield last time but could be much better than a 99 rated horses in time. He was very impressive in a maiden for John Gosden and has Dettori up. Obviously a lottery, and as of yet my lottery numbers have never come up.
Finishing with the King George V Stakes and yet another tricky event, but POINT OF VIEW() runs for the talented Roger Varian and I think he might be better than a 90 rated animal. The selection was always going to hold on at Kempton last time despite a narrow success, and may well improve when returned to grass. He’s bred to stay well and have a good prize in him.
Day three done and dusted. Now just to pray for some Yeeehaaas! Start praying Paddy!