Jason Weaver: Back Ballydoyle’s battalions to make it a Fab Friday at Royal Ascot

The penultimate day of the fiesta is all about Team O'Brien.

Jason Weaver


14:30 Daahyeh @ 5/1

Was very professional winning over this 6f trip on her racecourse debut at Newmarket. She took care of the Queen Mary winner Raffle Prize in very easy fashion, striding away up the hill for a hands and heels success. She has a middle draw and this can be a further step up the ladder for her young rider’s career.

15:05 Japan @ 6/5

I’ve long been a fan of this lad since his two-year-old days and he hasn’t really disappointed. He looked fat on his return at York and then ran a blinder in the Epsom Derby when he was piped for second when the rider dropped his whip. His sights have been lowered here, so it’s going to be an explosive 90 minutes for the Ballydoyle bandwagon!

15:40 Ten Sovereigns @ 6/5

An exceptional juvenile and looked to be a serious sprinter for this season. They decided to test his stamina by starting him off in the 2,000 Guineas and he didn’t run a bad race at all, finishing fifth. He’s a short-priced favourite but he looks another strong contender for “The Lads”.

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16:20 Hermosa @ 4/5

The third leg of the Ballydoyle and the dual 1,000 Guineas winner looks the good thing on the card. She followed up her authoritative display at Newmarket with an even more bloodless victory at the Curragh and looks flexible as regards tactics. Just in case though, there are a couple of stablemates to guarantee things go to plan! She can rack up the three-timer at the highest level.

17:00 Lady Madison @ 12/1

Her trainer Richard Hughes was no stranger to success on the track back in his riding days and this filly can get him on the board at the Royal meeting. I saw her in the flesh at Windsor for her last success and she has all the class and quality to make a mockery of a handicap rating of 91. Of course there are lots of dangers, as this contest is full of improving-types, but at double-digit odds – we can play her each-way in a race where Paddy’s paying the first 6 home.

17:35 Top Tug @ 16/1

Alan King’s runner ran well in this last season without getting the best of passages, finishing full of running. That was off a rating of 105 and he reappeared this season on a mark of 101. He used to all the rough-and-tumble of these big handicaps and seems to come alive in that situation. We have a red-hot rider in Tom Marquand on board and at a double-figure price again – I’m finding it hard to knock him out of the 5 places that Paddy’s paying.

*Prices correct at time of publication

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