Mick Fitzgerald: Agrotera looks the surprise package for a Wednesday wager

Day two of Royal Ascot.

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The Queen Mary that opens the card at 2.30pm is the 5f speed test for fillies and I am drawn to the American runners Kimari & Anna’s Fast. Both won their first start and the riders who are on today, rode them to win.

Kimari is the one with the speed figures that are eye-popping but Anna’s Fast was really strong at the finish when not being hard pushed. I am going to have a little on both.

Aidan O’Brien has a good record in the Queen’s Vase at 3.05pm and has Norway and Western Australia and it’s a toss up as to which one will even go off favourite.

Western Australia was work-manlike when winning at at Navan but you just know that he will improve. Norway finished eighth in the Epsom Derby and he was made a lot of use of, before being eased down when his chance was gone.

Jalmoud was game when winning in France last time and merits respect. It could be a case of what handles the ground best and this just makes me side with Western Australia.

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Magical will be all the rage in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (3.40pm) and for good reason, the last horse to beat her was the mighty Enable at the Breeders Cup. Sea of Class narrowly failed to get the better of the same filly in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and these are fillies from the very top drawer. Add a top-notch performer like Crystal Ocean and we are set for a cracker.

The one that represents great value is Waldgeist. Andre Fabre is one of the best in the world and would not be running him for just the social occassion. He has form on slow ground and that just makes him appeal as an each-way bet.

Ed Walker’s Agrotera won the Sandringham Stakes last year and I just loved the way she travelled through the race. She made no mistake at Kempton on her reappearance and can cause a little surprise in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes 4.20pm.


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I was really keen on last year’s winner Settle for Bay to pull off a repeat in the Royal Hunt Cup at 5pm but the softer ground is a worry. I’ll side with Kynren for David Barron.

The 5f Listed Stakes at 5.35pm rounds off the day and Dylan De Vega is a tentative choice. Some of the American speedsters may struggle with the ground conditions.

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What do you think?