ROYAL ASCOT DAY 4.
Ah, I don’t know. Lost 3 .5 points yesterday on a day I thought we were sure to collect. Today’s card is just as difficult.
2 30. Sandiva will be all the rage and is very short, She is a flighty chesnut filly by the bouncing sire, Footstepsinthesand, and the occasion might get to her. The sire is well known for not passing on battling qualities ,much like High Chaparral . This filly has just been bought by one of the world’s richest men ,Sheikh Johan, ruler of mega gas rich Qatar. I will be plumping for WONDERFULLY however , owned by an outfit that also has unbridled wealth but nothing like the Arab Prince, Coolmore. WONDERFULLY will stay much further but just might have enough speed to beat the flakey favourite.She clocked an amazing last furlong to win at Fairyhouse on her debut and she will go very close in a warm contest. 1 pt win at 11/1 with Corals.
3 05 . Battle Of Marengo is too short, might win but not for me at that price. The progressive and unbeaten MUTASHADED is value. 1 pt win at 8/1 with Bet 365 and 1 pt at 11/4 in betting w/o the fav with Paddy Power.
3 45. Just The Judge and Sky Lantern have what you could only describe as ”horrendous maximus ” draws. It will be almost impossible for either of them to win from there. I rate Sky Lantern superior and she just might overcome the coffin box berth. She has a whirlwind turn of foot. Hughsie will have to be brave and no better man. The value lies with MAUREEN at a big price.She is not that robust and often finds trouble in running but she is very smart so 1 pt win at 16/1 with Bet Victor and Bet 365.
4 25. Our old pal SHEIKHZAYEDROAD is improving rapidly and like a lot of us he is getting more restrained and amenable as he gets older. He doesn’t behave like a drunk anymore. He runs straight . all the way to the line now since been gelded. This is eminently winnable. 1 pt win at 8/1 with Paddy Power.
5 00. Coral are going 2/1 about my nap LEADING LIGHT. Look no further. 3 pts win at that . NAP. There will be little or no point continuing if the cheekpieced O’Brien runner fails to collect. High head carriage or not and pushed along at times he simply must take care of these. They [Coolmore] are going well so far but they rate him their banker.
5 35. One of these days it will all fall into place for JAMESIE and hopefully this is that time. 1 pt win at a huge 20/1 with BetVictor and Stan James.
Best of luck.