It’s King George day at Ascot Saturday – no not that thing that Kauto Star kept winning at Christmas – the mid-summer highlight featuring Enable and the Derby victor Anthony van Dyck. It’s one of seven races this Saturday on the main ITV network from the Berkshire track and York.
Let’s get straight to it, and the 1.50pm at Ascot is the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes over 6f. I believe SUMMER ROMANCE is the best juvenile we have seen this season and I fully expect her to make it three out of three for Godolphin.
She has looked superb at Yarmouth and Newmarket last time.
Next at Ascot is a handicap over 1m at 2.25pm. I will have a few quid each-way on SASH at biggish odds. This is much tougher than the race he won at Windsor last time and he’s up 7lb. However, I was really taken by that performance and he might just be getting his act together for trainer Amanda Perrett.
The 3.00pm at Ascot is a handicap over 7f. ARBALET should have each-way claims here. Second in this event in 2018, Arbalet has been up to a mark of 107 but is now down to 101 for Hugo Palmer. With James Doyle on board everything is set for a big run.
And finally at Ascot the big one, the King George VI Stakes, a Group 1 over 1m 4f at 3.40pm. Enable should win, but I will have a few quid each-way on the Epsom Derby winner ANTHONY VAN DYCK who stays strong, has cheek pieces on and gets 11lb weight-for-age allowance from the likes of Crystal Ocean. He might just slip into the frame for Aidan O’Brien.
Meanwhile, at York ITV show the 2.05pm, a handicap over 7f. GET KNOTTED should take all the beating for Michael Dods. He landed this prize in 2018 and is now 5lb lower so all is primed for another attempt.
Also at York is the 6f Dash at 2.40pm. GROWL should have place claims after a second to Gulliver over course and distance on his penultimate start. The old boy still has plenty of ability for Richard Fahey.
And finally at York the Group 2 York Stakes over an extended 1m 2f at 3.15pm. REGAL REALITY will be hard to beat for Sir Michael Stoute with a BHA rating of 120. His third in the Eclipse behind Enable is good form and conditions are perfect.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
*Prices correct at time of publishing