After a perfect day of tipping we can’t wait to get stuck into Royal Ascot! James Stevens (JamesStevens180) will be live from the racecourse so make sure you keep an eye out for all the latest updates.
2:30 Queen Anne Stakes – Ribchester (Evs), Ennadd (25/1()
Ribchester oozed class when winning the Lockinge a month ago and on that form deserves to get the verdict in this contest. He won the Jersey on this card last year, and has improved run by run for Richard Fahey. He will be fine with the conditions and should run a huge race.
Ennaadd can run a good race for Roger Varian, he was last seen finishing second in a listed contest but should be better than that. He can out run very big odds with Andrea Atzeni.
3:05 Coventry Stakes – Denaar (10/1), US Navy Flag (50/1)
Denaar was so good on Lockinge day at Newbury and I do fancy him to gain a third straight victory at Royal Ascot. In a competitive Coventry he’s won both starts in a mature style, beating some decent prospects too. He’s got all the makings to run a big race, and I think he can.
I believe there is a lot more to come from US Navy Flag. He has run well in three efforts, but never got his head in front for trainer Aidan O’Brien. He’s bred exceptionally and has the potential to run a big race.
3:40 King’s Stand Stakes – Lady Aurelia (4/1), Washington DC (16/1)
I backed Lady Aurelia last year, but I didn’t think she would have beaten them by that much! She won by seven lengths at this meeting last season, and has posted some good efforts since. Wesley Ward’s three-year-old faces her toughest test yet, but should appreciate the quick ground and strongly run race.
There should be a bit more to come from Washington DC for his Ballydoyle team. I was on him when he won the Windsor Castle on this day two years ago but hasn’t progressed into a star sprinter just yet. He was narrowly beaten by Marsha at Newmarket, before a below-par effort at Haydock. He’s got a big one in him, today could be the day he shows it.
4:20 St James’ Palace Stakes – Barney Roy (9/4), Churchill/Barney Roy dual forecast (1/2)
This is set-up to be a brilliant contest between Barney Roy and Churchill. Not much separated them in the 2000 Guineas, and the same could happen in this one. Barney Roy gets our verdict, he relished the quick ground and flat track at Newbury to win the Guineas in very good style. He didn’t handle the dip and got caught up in traffic at Newmarket, and there looks to be more to come from him. Those two to finish in the top two is a very appealing bet.
5:00 Ascot Stakes – Beyond Conceit (15/2), Yorkidding (16/1)
After finishing a close second in a Grade One hurdle race at Aintree Beyond Conceit returns to the flat and has to have a leading chance for reigning jumps trainer Nicky Henderson. He’s been in good form and should appreciate the quick ground and an ideal trip.
Yorkidding is a consistent type for the Mark Johnston team. He was last seen winning at Haydock, and has the potential to follow that up in this contest. He will appreciate the quick ground, and even though he hasn’t been tested over this trip I have no doubts he will stay.
5:15 Windsor Castle – Declarationofpeace (7/2), Sound And Silence (20/1)
There’s no better way to describe Declarationofpeace’s win as a demolition. He looked so impressive when winning at Dundalk powering clear of the field by six lengths. The form of that race has worked out well, and he does look like a class act in the making.
The well-bred Sound And Silence can put a below-par effort at Sandown behind him. On debut Charlie Appleby’s two-year-old won very well, before not showing his full potential in a listed contest.