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Tuesday June 15
What beats Palace Pier in this one apart from himself? It’s almost impossible to pick another horse to beat him. I know Order Of Australia won at the Breeders’ Cup last year but it was huge odds. It’s hard to get behind him though as he hasn’t ran since Sha Tin in December. Love will run in the Price of Wales while Armory is a bit in and out.
He won at Chester where he beat Sangarius but he needs to improve on that, that’s not Palace Pier form. Queen Power is in a filly’s race later in the week and she’s not favourite for that so how’s she going to win this? The lack of opposition makes Palace Pier the only option in this one.
Battaash will be very hard to beat. His display at Goodwood was breathtaking and he ran at York after that. Despite that, I’m going to go against him for value and get behind Extravagant Kid. He won well at Meydan over six furlongs and he has decent enough form heading into this one. The stiff bend at Ascot will suit him and he likes to come off the pace, which will be perfect against Battaash.
Battaash going hard will suit Extravagant Kid. I don’t see what else Ryan Moore would ride in the race, maybe Keep Busy is a possibility. Ryan won on Extravagant Kid at Meydan and he’s worth backing again here. He’s a stayer in good form and he offers a bit of value.
Poetic Flare beat Master Of The Seas by a short head and then went to France and was sixth behind St Mark’s Basilica. Mac Swiney then beat him at the Curragh in May. He’s a very good horse but he’s had three quick runs in Group 1 races. You have to think there’s something there that’s a little fresher and could offer a bit of value and I fancy Chindit.
He ran really well in the 2000 Guineas for Richard Hannon, with Pat Dobbs on board. He was drawn on the wrong side in the Guineas, he was stand side and the first three were all on the far side. He ran reasonably well and finished fifth there but he could go better here. He’s a good each-way play.
Wednesday June 16
I fancy Love to run here. If she was going to step up in trip we’d have seen her at the Coronation Cup last week. Love would have gone there if they wanted to start her over 12 furlongs. If she doesn’t come here then it’ll be the derby weekend at the Curragh but I fancy her to run. She can do both of those races and she’s a good antepost price right now.
Thursday June 17
Stradivarius could run but even in our wildest dreams could he make it a fourth Ascot Gold Cup win?Stradivarius is an amazing horse but he’s a seven-year-old colt and they’re hard horses to train. You could argue he’s been off the pace and has been up and down in trips. Stradivarius is vulnerable and Tiger Moth and Santiago seem the biggest threats.
I was always hoping Anthony Van Dyck would go this trip but he never did and I hope they give Tiger Moth or Santiago a go. I’m a big Tiger Moth fan and he was second in the Melbourne Cup, he’s a fair horse. If I had to pick between the two Aidan O’Brien horses I’ll go with Santiago as an each-way play.
Friday June 18
What happens in this race will depend on Campanelle turning up but Wesley Ward has a great record at Royal Ascot so that shouldn’t be too big of an issue. A Case of You will probably be the shortest odds of the Irish runners in this one, but he wants soft ground. He won at Naas with a cut in the ground and he had similar conditions at the Curragh in October, so quick ground would be a slight concern for A Case of You.
I was really hoping Thunder Moon would run in this as it’d suit him perfectly so that’s thrown me a little. One that had really good two-year-old form last year and going back in trip will suit is Miss Amulet for Ken Condon. She was a decent filly last year, beating Frenetic over 5f at Naas.
She also beat Sacred at York over 6f. She disappointed slightly in the Irish Guineas behind Empress Josephine at the Curragh in May but that was on slow ground and her first try at a mile. She’s dropped back in trip and she’s a decent price so it’s worth a punt.
It’s very easy to make a case for Mother Earth, who looked good in the Guineas when she beat Saffron Beach but was there an excuse for her run at Longchamp? I don’t think so, she just ran into a better horse in Coeursamba. So already you’re doubting the Guineas form.
I have doubts about Pretty Gorgeous too. I thought she’d improve for the run at the Curragh but she didn’t run well behind Empress Josephine. She also needs a dig in the ground. When you think of a younger Pretty Gorgeous, Shale also comes to mind as they’d battle all the time. When the ground was quick it was Shale and when it was slow it was always Pretty Gorgeous.
It looks to be reasonably dry at Ascot and that would suit Shale, who’s a huge price. We haven’t seen her since April, where she ran poorly behind Keeper Of Time at Leopardstown. She’s back on good ground, the yard are starting to find form and Shale is a massive price.
Paddy Power’s best Royal Ascot antepost bets:
Tuesday 14:30: The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) – Palace Pier
Tuesday 15:40: The King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) – Extravagant Kid
Tuesday 16:20: The St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) – Chindit
Wednesday 16:20: The Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) – Love
Thursday 16:15: The Gold Cup (Group 1) – Santiago
Friday 15:40: The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) – Miss Amulet
Friday 16:20: The Coronation Stakes (Group 1) – Shale
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