Royal Ascot 2014 – Best of Day 2

Jersey Stakes (2.30) – This is a fiercely contested event as always, but it would be a surprise if we’ve seen the best of Muwaary, and he can go very close for John Gosden. An impressive Newbury handicap winner on his seasonal return, he was sent for the French Guineas and despite refusing to settle, was still fourth at the end, a result that he can surely improve on with time and experience, and one of the leading pieces of form today. The drop back to 7 furlongs and a inevitably fast pace should help him settle better, and a big effort is expected.


Mustajeeb, third in the Irish Guineas when ahead of Big Time, can also go well here. The worry is that he’s best with some cut in the ground but that may be premature to assume give his profile and his Curragh third couldn’t look any better after yesterday, so it’s hard to turn him down, although Big Time may be better value having tired badly at the Curragh on a belated seasonal comeback dropping back to this trip; He is much respected. For the trainer that’s won the last two renewals, Giovanni Boldini’s form this year has been disappointing but he gets what he so badly needs in fast ground, so is interesting, as is Redbrook, a Longchamp winner now sent here for Qatar Racing, with Alain De-Royer Dupre, a serious signal in itself.



That Is The Spirit deserves respect, having edged out Parabold at Epsom in a good contest for the grade, and the two are feared with big fields no issue for either of them in a race where most of the field has a realistic chance.



Advice: 1 pt win Muwaary (11/2 Coral), 1 pt each/way Big Time (16/1 Paddy Power)



Queen Mary Stakes (3.05) – Again, you could pick any amount here and this isn’t a race for big stakes. Spanish Pipedream will be popular following the destruction job that Hootenanny produced yesterday, but Anthem Alexander was as impressive as anything when destroying her field at Tipperary and can take the beating here. The livelier surface that day bough her to life, and while the form may lack some substance, she was in a different league to her field that day and will take some catching. Tiggy Wiggy, so impressive in the National Stakes, has a fine form chance although ground is a worry for her given her York defeat came on good ground, and the most fancied of the rest is Harry’s Dancer, who bolted up at Thirsk for the yard that won the Coventry yesterday before being bought by those same owners. The form isn’t upto much but the horse could definitely be.



Advice: 1 pt win Anthem Alexander (7/2 general)



Duke of Cambridge Stakes (previously the Windsor Forest, 4.25) – This is a fine, fine race. Sky Lantern will take all the beating if she is at her best but was only one length ahead of Integral when the two last met and is now 5lbs worse off without the advantage of the run, and the Stoute runner, having been beaten by Estorique when having two runs under her belt at Newmarket, can reverse form and win again today. This is a race that Sir Michael Stoute targets closely, having won the first two runnings’ and then added a third success with Strawberrydaquiri in 2010 in addition to supplying three other second-place finishes, while even Dank was third last season over a trip short of her best, and Integral may have been lined up for it again. Johnny Murtagh’s Purr Along needs respecting, having won well at the Curragh last time, but the really interesting one is Certify, who got the better of her by a head as a juvenile before being banned but seemingly returned on her best form at Meydan. Beaten next time out there, she was in season, but if back to her best here she will take the beating.




Advice: 1 pt win Integral (3/1 Betfred), 1 pt each/way Certify (12/1 general)



Royal Hunt Cup (5.00) – Abseil is one of the strongest fancies in the market of the week here and must have more to give after just 4 starts but a price of 6/1 is dreadfully short in such a race and he’s not the only one with more to give or a potentially lenient handicap mark.


Ayaar’s keen pulling let him down when beaten on his debut but his Victoria Cup fourth is good form and he may have been aimed at this for a long time. The worry is that he’s not been as good over 1m as he has over 7 furlongs, but that’s taken into a price of 20/1 and he gets his ground too.


Red Avenger would have pushed Abseil very close had it not been for being badly hampered by the winner when making his challenge when they met at Epsom as the winner that day rolled down the camber badly. He’s now 5lbs better off with him in the weights and while he hadn’t been in great form beforehand, if he repeats his best then he’s got a fine chance on the book.


The last selection is an extremely hard choice to make between Chile the Kite, Trupet Major, and Gabrial’s Kaka – the verdict just goes to Gabrial’s Kaka, whose Spring Cup win is enough persuasion given that you can throw out his last run when fourth to Noble Mission in a 1m2f Group 3.



Advice: 1 pt each/way Ayaar (20/1 general), 1 pt each/way Gabrial’s Kaka, Red Avenger (both 20/1 Paddy Power)



Sandringham (5.35) – Almost as hard as the Hunt Cup Pyschometery may be seen to better effect dropped back to a mile, and a mark of 88 could underestimate her if that’s the case. Elsewhere, Majeyda may have been flattered by racing close to a slow pace in the 1,000 Guineas but her form was that of a progressive horse beforehand as a 2yo and off 103 she could make another bold bid. Muteela and Crowley’s Law have few flaws and can go well.



Advice: 1 pt each/way Pyscholmetry (8/1 Bet365), 1 pt each/way Majyeda (16/1 Bet Victor) 

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