Royal Ascot 2014 – Day 4

Albany Stakes (2.30) – A fiercely contested renewal. Patience Alexander’s claims were franked by the second of Tiggy Wiggy in the Queen Mary and with the David Evans runner looking a fairly likely candidate to stay 6f, she can take the beating here today. Sunset Glow is feared, having won her maiden in the style of a very promising filly at Belmont, and she looks one of the better chances of Wesley Ward throughought the week. Sexy Legs, unlucky not to win at the Curragh first time out, can also make a bold bid but of particular interest are the Godolphin pair, with Bitter Lake preferred. She quickened up in the style of a very good horse to land a Newmarket maiden in style first time up, and the same can be said of Elite Gardens, who beat boys on her debut in fine style and gets the services of Kieren Fallon again. Both are threats but Bitter Lake is preffered.

 

Advice: 1 pt win Patience Alexander (9/2 general), 1 pt each/way Bitter Lake (8/1 general)

 

 

Albany Stakes (2.30) – A fiercely contested renewal. Patience Alexander’s claims were franked by the second of Tiggy Wiggy in the Queen Mary and with the David Evans runner looking a fairly likely candidate to stay 6f, she can take the beating here today. Sunset Glow is feared, having won her maiden in the style of a very promising filly at Belmont, and she looks one of the better chances of Wesley Ward throughought the week. Sexy Legs, unlucky not to win at the Curragh first time out, can also make a bold bid but of particular interest are the Godolphin pair, with Bitter Lake preferred. She quickened up in the style of a very good horse to land a Newmarket maiden in style first time up, and the same can be said of Elite Gardens, who beat boys on her debut in fine style and gets the services of Kieren Fallon again. Both are threats but Bitter Lake is proffered.

 

 

 

Advice: 1 pt win Patience Alexander (9/2 general), 1 pt each/way Bitter Lake (8/1 general),

 

 

Wolferton (3.05) – Bold Sniper has a fine chance back up in trip after a great return at Newmarket and should be hard to stop but he is very short and there are many with chances in this. Café Society – who ran in to half a length here, over 12 furlongs, last July – is one of them, and he again showed why is he highly rated when he romped home at Windsor last time, but preference is for a couple of chances in a race where there are many angles. First Mohican faded badly after hitting a stamina wall at York last time when well fancied, but he travelled like a horse worthy of at least 108 that time and dropped 3lbs, he is now back to the mark which he was awarded when he came third in the Aston Park Stakes behind Mount Athos. He seemed to get on very well with Richard Hughes that day and dropped back to 10 furlongs, where he has three of his four flat wins, he can go well today.  Wigmore Hall has been forgotten by most, but at the backend of last season he was second in the Godolphin Stakes and he was also third in the York Stakes last summer too, form that doesn’t look too patchy now. On quick ground at his best trip, he’s not without a chance.

 

 

 

Advice: 1 pt each/way First Mohican (16/1 general), 1 pt each/way Wigmore Hall (20/1 Bet365)

 

 

King Edward Stakes (3.05) – Adelaide was impressive in the Gallinule Stakes but a spate of withdrawals made that a less competitive race than it initially could have been and this is the fastest ground he’s still to try. Snow Sky’s form with Western Hymn (now a non runner), looks very strong in light of that one’s efforts since and he looked improved for the step up in trip when comfortably landing the Linfgfield Derby trial last time out. That form stacks up very well here and he looks to have a fighting chance today, with Eagle Top and Odeon much respected in a race that should suit them much better than last time.

 

 

Advice: 1 pt win, 2 pts place Snow Sky (5/1 general, 10/11 Ladbrokes)

 

 

 

Coronation Stakes (4.25) – If one forgives Lesstalk In Paris’s French Guineas effort then she holds a fantastic form chance and there’s every chance that today will suit her more than Longchamp, when she was reportedly in season and failed to settle on much slower ground than today’s. With a lack of pace on, Christophe Soumillion may be tempted to take a prominent position and if that scenario comes through then she holds form that ranks as high as anything in the field here and she looks to be the value. My Titania holds massive promise but this is a big step up for her and it remains to be seen how she fares on her seasonal reappearance, and Lightning Thunder appeals more back to the fast ground which saw her come do close in the 1,000 Guineas.  Kiyoshi, my original 1,000 Guineas choice,  is also respected although the seasonal return factor is a negative for me.

 

 

Advice: 1 pt each/way Lesstalk In Paris (12/1 general), 1 pt win Lightning Thunder (9/2 general) 

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