Jack Milner gives us his tips and selections for day two of the 2013 Royal Ascot meeting!
The race and indeed the market for The Jersey Stakes features around two horses who displayed their best efforts in defeat, and that is Gale Force Ten and Montridge. Both are closely related on a form line with Irish Derby hope Trading Leather, who defeated Montridge at Newmarket last year, but then trailed Gale Force Ten in The Irish 2000 Guineas. Mutin and The Brothers War both have bold claims from France, and to a lesser extent Pearl Flute and Complimentor. Two horses I fancy both coincidently enough have similar claims based on beating Richard Hannon’s Emell, and they are Garswood and Well Acquainted. Garswood is the preferred, trainer Richard Fahey thinks the world of him, and he was far from disgrace in The Guineas, finishing seventh. His most impressive form to date came when winning the Free Handicap at Newmarket over 7f, and a renewal of that would see him go close. Pat Smullen is a very strong positive. Well Acquainted is progressing nicely, but finished four lengths behind Garswood that day, when in receipt of 3lb. There is a chance Adam Kirby may be able to nick it from the front.
The Duke of Cambridge Stakes is relatively open, with the top three in the market all looking to have strong claims, and all with similar form. Chigun, Dank and Duntle have all won black type races over course and distance and all come from very powerful stables, and indeed breeders. Chigun was impressive when hacking up last time out in Ireland, but before that finished behind Dank over nine furlongs at Newmarket. The most straightforward filly in the race looks to be DUNTLE though, and she has the best form in the race, unlucky to lose The Matron Stakes in the stewards room at Leopardstown. I’ve tried to see how she can lose, and unless Ryan Moore can dictate matters on Dank, she should be hard to lose with.
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes is billed as a rematch between Camelot and Al Kazeem, but the bigger story is the each way thievery on offer with The Fugue for John Gosden and William Buick. Her best trip is undoubtedly over a mile and a quarter, seen when winning The Nassau Stakes last year, and with the fillies’ allowance of 3lb, she should get in the frame at the very least. Camelot is overhyped, so Al Kazeem beating him doesn’t mean much. The rest of the field aren’t of this standard, and she looks a cracking punt.
The Royal Hunt Cup looks as tricky as usual, and although I managed to stick the pin in the favourite with Fast or Free last year, but those at the head of affairs this year don’t seem to have the same appeal however. The ones with sexy profiles will generally go off shorter than they should, Educate, Stirring Ballad and Trade Commissioner. Instead I like two hardened veterans of these type of races; Navajo Chief and Prince of Johanne. They finished first and second of a competitive handicap at York last month and have good records in competitive Ascot handicaps over the trip. There will be plenty of firms offering five places, so shop around!
There is no stand out in The Queen Mary Stakes, but I was astounded when Bye Bye Birdie got beat two starts ago over six furlongs at The Curragh. She tired late on to get an absolute gubbing and the raw speed she shows her to suit the trip down, as seen when winning her maiden on Sunday. Her form looks good and the fact she is Ballydoyle’s entry would be another positive. Another I was taken with early was Kaiulani for Mick Channon, who was punted like a good thing and duly obliged at Leicester. She will have more to come, and the trainer does well with juveniles at the meeting. Of those at the head of the market, Rizeena and Reroute, both owned by same connections look very interesting.
The Sandringham Handicap to finish things is another potential minefield, and it could be worth taking a chance on one of our favourite stables in Bracing Breeze for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen. A beautifully bred filly by Juddmonte was second behind Cape of Approval last time out who then lowered the colours of Group One winning Maarek next time out. She had a 111 rated colt in behind that day, and is unexposed with only three runs to her name. Another Irish filly with strong claims is Hint of a Tint, who was second in The Guineas trial to Just Pretending in the 1000 Guineas trial. Bred on the Danehill/Galileo line, she is another unexposed filly with potential to improve.
2.30 Royal Ascot – Garswood
3.05 Royal Ascot – Duntle
3.45 Royal Ascot – The Fugue
4.25 Royal Ascot – Navajo Chief & Prince of Johanne
5.00 Royal Ascot – Kaiulani & Bye Bye Birdie
5.35 Royal Ascot – Bracing Breeze & Hint of a Tint
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Jack Milner, aka The Yorkshireman, has four tips for York’s meeting on Friday afternoon to try and bulk up the bank balance in time for Royal Ascot 2013!
A little Lucky 15 to ease into the weekend with at York, and let’s pad the satchels and earn some heavy ammo to fire at Royal Ascot with. Whether it turns out like so, we shall have to see, but that is the plan to begin with, everyone needs a starting point!
Stepping Ahead looks well handicapped given how well he won at Pontefract on handicap debut, bolting up by seven lengths off a mark off 77. Up 14lb, he may have been flattered by the odds on favourite flopping however, and the second and third have failed to win off marks of 80 and 83, so doesn’t look to have much room for manoeuvre. Compare that to Sublimation for David Barron, who has been progressive in maidens, finally shedding the maiden tag at the eight attempts, after previously finishing second four times. He runs under a penalty and will appreciate the step up in trip. His previous form looks pretty strong, and the stable are flying.
Itlaaq is the only course winner in the mile and three quarters handicaps, and looks to have been laid out for a race like this, for the shrewd Mick Easterby team. He ran over an insufficient 10 furlongs last time out, behind much classier rivals and the seven year old’s best form has come over extended mile and a half trips. Fifth in a two mile handicap here behind Olympiad, and third behind Sir Graham Wade, both on firm ground are the stand out pieces of form, and with the eight runners and rivals with sexier profiles, he should hopefully be a knocking each way bet here.
A bit of an outsider but a horse that saves his best performances for York handicap’s is Smarty Socks, and with the stable flying it could be worth taking a chance on David O’ Meara’s nine year old. Now down to a mark of 89, his lowest mark for two years, where he won a twenty runner 7f handicap on good to firm ground, an omen perhaps? He needed the run first time out, and could never get involved down the field at Ascot, but given his form before Group 1 second Gordon Lord Byron here over course and distance, you have to think there is more than what he has shown so far this season.
He will probably be a skinny price but Mama Quilla should be something of a good thing in the apprentice handicap that rounds the card off. Four runs in maidens got her a mark of 68, and she has followed up with two quick wins over a mile and a half. Up 8lb for the two wins, but looks to have plenty more in hand, and with leading apprentice Robert Tart jocked up, it could be another one for William Haggas, who has a 29% strike rate at York in the last twelve months.
2.30 York – Sublimation
3.05 York – Itlaaq
4.45 York – Smarty Socks
5.15 York – Mama Quilla
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PADDY POWER have announced a staggering money back special on the opening race of the opening day of Royal Ascot next week, going Money Back all losers if Animal Kingdom wins the opening Queen Anne Stakes.
This is Paddy Power’s boldest offer ever at the Royal Extravaganza and therefore must be the best offer ever seen by punters at Her Majesty’s racecourse.
American protagonist Animal Kingdom is a hot 8-11 favourite to conduct a first successful overseas raid in the Queen Anne since Goldikova prevailed three years’ ago. The five-year-old, who won the Kentucky Derby in 2011, was terrifying when comfortably destroying his rivals on his last outing in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan in March.
Paddy Power’s money back special can be viewed as the ultimate insurance policy if backers fancy one of Animal Kingdom’s rivals in the race as the ‘jolly’ is, at least on paper, the biggest danger. Royal Ascot can be a long week if you kick-off with a loser and this crazy offer at least provides punters with a Plan B if their judgement should be wrong early doors.
Paddy Power will refund up to £/€100 in cold hard cash to punters, unlike cheap imitation offers from other bookmakers who’s offers include sneaky terms and conditions and only refund stakes as a free bet.
Paddy Power has become famous for this type of crazy offer at Cheltenham, and in 2012 they received a huge kick in the teeth when Sprinter Sacre landed the Arkle. They not only had to pay out on a very well backed ‘jolly’, but also had to give punters their ‘hard-earned’ back on all losers, resulting in a total pay-out of a cool €5 million.
Unbelievably the Dublin firm failed to learn their lesson earlier this year when they staged the same offer about Hurricane Fly, resulting in a payout of over €4.3 million, which included refunds of close to €2.5 million, after ‘The Fly’ won the championship contest.
Perhaps it will be three strikes and you’re out for Paddy Power but they’ve returned undeterred for Royal Ascot with their biggest, boldest and most generous (or reckless!) offer ever at the meeting.
It’s hard to know what this offer will cost but one thing is for sure, any sensible punter who fancies any other runner in the Queen Anne would need their head examined if they had a bet with anyone but Paddy Power and, quite simply, the refund could again be colossal!
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Meanwhile Paddy Power is doing their utmost to help punters out this year as they have already pledged to pay out on any horse that is second to Dawn Approach in the St James’s Palace Stakes, also on the opening day, if the bet was placed before midday on June 12 before it was known that the English 2,000 Guineas hero was a probable contestant (basically betting without Dawn Approach for backers who bet before the news of his inclusion came out).
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Jack Milner joins us at the Tavern to bring us his preview and tips for a good quality card at Haydock on Wednesday!
A strong card at Haydock on Wednesday, with some useful pointers for some of the staying handicaps later in the season at York, Goodwood and Doncaster – well that’s the plan anyway!
There is something to be said about a mare in good form, and Apache Glory is just that. After completing her hatrick emphatically at Beverley, she put in two further good runs at Doncaster and Beverley in defeat. She clearly thrives at the trip (her last five runs all over the 10f) and on ratting quick ground. Although up 16lb since the start of her streak, her attitude means she looks a cracking each way bet to nothing at the very least.
Argent Knight will be popular in the 3.20, but a horse that should be better through a reasonable form line is Grendisar for Marco Botti and Andrea Atzeni. The colt has progressed nicely since going into handicaps, with form figures of 2121, his latest win at Kempton seeing him stay on strongly over a mile and a half. The run before, he finished ahead of Lion Beacon, who put Argent Knight well and truly in his place at Sandown, despite conceding 6lb. Although Graham Lee was caught napping, I see no reason why Grendisar can’t cement his superiority here.
Frequent readers will know how much I am a fan of Keith Reveley’s operation, and his usual handicap plots have surfaced this time on the flat, with Swinging Sultan thriving since ditching maiden company. In his bumper days he was second to Champion Bumper second New Years Eve, and he has transferred that form over to a mile and a half handicaps. An obvious selection, but despite another 7lb should be still ahead of his mark, and with some popular jockeys and stables having runners in the race, will be able to get a much better price.
The form of Battalion’s maiden at Chester is an emphatic franking of the form, with three wins and five places from the next thirteen subsequent runners. He stayed on for pressure, before tiring in the closing stages, and the Authorized colt is bred to love the mile and a half trip, out of a Halling mare. Bomber Thorn will likely be fancied for the Dascombe yard, and is related to their St Leger second Brown Panther, but the William Haggas colt just edges it for me.
2.20 Haydock – Apache Glory
3.20 Haydock – Grendisar (Nap)
4.20 Haydock – Swinging Sultan
4.50 Haydock – Battallion
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Mark Duncan previews the Group Two Coventry Stakes on Day One of the Royal Ascot 2013 Meeting and has two 12/1 fancies!
The Group 2 Coventry stakes at Royal Ascot 2013 sees the finest speedster 2yo’s around, and with a role call of Dawn Approach, Power, Strong Suit, Canford Cliffs and Henrythenavigator, it’s usually won by a classy individual.
This year looks no different on all known form, and in the week in the run up to the 2013 Royal Ascot meeting, any large betting moves should be duly noted. Jockey bookings, race declarations and gallop reports will all have their say in the run up to the race and will shape the market, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t a bit of value to be had at the ante-post stage.
Ballydoyle currently make up three of the top six in the betting for the race, and deciphering which of their chances are best is always difficult; if the Epsom Derby was anything to go by, jockey bookings and hype are certainly not the be all and end all for his horses chances. Stubbs is current 7/2 favourite with Bet365, and he rightly heads the market after an eye-catching smooth success at Naas, the race won by Dawn Approach last year. The son of Danehill Dancer could not have done it easier, having seemingly learned lots form his Navan success. A top timeform rating of 109p clarifies his rock solid credentials, but at this stage he’s far too short.
Coach House is not far behind in the betting and he probably isn’t far behind on the gallops either. A classy success in a listed race at the Curragh was another eye-catching run from one of the Ballydoyle darts. In collateral form with Club Wexford, Coach House wouldn’t have too much to find with Stubbs to get competitive.
Wahaab is current second favourite at 5/1 with Bet365, and will be one of the first tandems for the Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes team. He readily disposed of Jazz at Goodwood over 6 furlongs, but in my mind they may not have had him prepped up for a Royal Ascot run and I can’t have him at 5/1.
Gm Hopkins was very disappointing at Goodwood at the weekend, after going off warm favourite following an eye-catching run at Newmarket the time before in behind the Richard Hannon-trained Championship. However, it all looked to go wrong and Gm Hopkins was pulled up. I’d expect him to bounce back if connections can get him right, although it would appear too much to ask in such a classy field. He again looks too short at 12/1.
There is two horses in the field who I’ve backed at double figure prices who could easily serve it up to the horses at the top of the market. The first is the Richard Hannon-trained Thunderstrike. For many people in the Woodcote, River Boat Strings was the eye catcher after flying home late after being outpaced early, but I think the hard work was really done by Thunder Strike. Breaking from the stalls well and travelling the best of the field two furlongs out, he quickened well and put the bed to race with no concerns, even with the jink on the line when he was clearly having a good look at the crowds and screen. The raw sustained speed he showed was so impressive, and although Royal Ascot is clearly a different track, I think his unbeaten record with wins at Doncaster and Warwick will stand him in good stead. At 12/1 with Bet365 he looks much better value than the front five in the market, and how he’s a bigger price than Championship is beyond me.
The other horse that I quietly fancy is a Ballydoyle raider that I haven’t mentioned yet – Sir John Hawkins. There has been plenty of good reports coming out of Ballydoyle, and he is apparently very high in the pecking order (haven’t we heard that before I hear you say!). His one and only start at the Curragh was particularly unflashy; he had to knuckle down and grind down his opponents, beating the Jim Bolger-trained Intensified. Aiden O’Brien will no doubt have a good handle on this form as Intensified was just touched off by the Ballydoyle trained War Command at Leopardstown. Sir John Hawkins is a true blueblood, out of Henrythenavigator and Peeping Fawn, who herself I’m sure you’ll agree needs no introduction. Henrythenavigator stepped up on his maiden win at Gowran Park by winning the Coventry. The resemblance ends there but he wouldn’t be the first horse to step up on his debut performance for Aidan O’Brien.
Both horses have sighted the Group 2 Coventry Stakes so all being well in the run up to the race, it’s likely you’ll get a run for your money. At the current prices they look the value in the field and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for when the jockey bookings are released!
Royal Ascot Coventry Stakes Thunder Strike 12/1 EW (Bet with Bet365)
Royal Ascot Coventry Stakes Sir John Hawkins 12/1 EW (Bet with Bet365)
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Royal Ascot 2013: The King’s Stand Stakes Betting Tips
Day 1 – Tuesday 18th June
All eyes will be fixed on South African raider Shea Shea come race time on Tuesday, writes Robert Plumbridge. He’s likely to go off favourite, and with good reason having won 2 decent races at Meydan over this distance, with his presence in this race alone showing that connections are confident of taking this Group 1.
At a likely SP of 5/2 however that’s a little short for a horse who’ll be travelling half way across the world, in a hot race and unknown conditions. He may very well turn out to be a good thing, but the value just isn’t there.
Instead, we’ll go for the tried and tested. 2010 Nunthorpe Stakes winner SOLE POWER is the selection, who is currently priced around the 10/1 mark. He’s been beaten by Shea Shea twice this season in Meydan, but there are a few factors which could swing things back in his favour on Tuesday.
He’ll hopefully have the ideal conditions to allow him to flourish and with Johnny Murtagh on board he’ll have a pilot who knows how to ride in top class sprints at Royal Ascot, something that perhaps Shea Shea is lacking. He clearly likes the course having run creditably there in this race last year, finishing 3rd on that occasion. With a bit more luck in running he’s sure to be thereabouts.
I will take the Irish horse at the current 10/1 price with a large each way bet. The Kings Stand Stakes also has a habit of throwing up some large price outsiders, and one I’m also keen to have an each way play on is Pearl Acclaim at 66/1 dropping back to the minimum trip of 5 furlongs. Conditions should be in his favour and there may be some improvement to come from the three year old who has disappointed in Group company in the past.
Sole Power E/W @ 10/1 with Racebets
Pearl Acclaim E/W @ 66 /1 Racebets
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TRADING LEATHER is now just 6-1 to win the Irish Derby on June 28th following his game victory in the feature race at the Curragh today, the Listed TRM Silver Stakes.
Jim Bolger’s son of Teofilo, who finished second in the Dante Stakes at York behind Epsom Derby runner-up Libertarian, was sent off a short price favourite today to record his first win of the season, and he duly obliged running out a three and a half-length winner over Lines Of Battle in second.
The bay colt will now take on Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World in the Curragh showpiece, and he remains the strong 11-10 favourite with Libertarian next in the betting on 7-2.
Betfair Spokesman Barry Orr commented today: ’’The step back up in trip has seen another improved run from Trading Leather and he looks like the 1m 4f of the Irish Derby will hold no fear for him’’
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Mark Duncan previews the Royal Hunt Cup on Day Two of the Royal Ascot meeting, and he has a strong 16/1 selection for the race!
The Royal Hunt Handicap is run on day two of the Royal Ascot meeting. It always features lots of entries and is as competitive as they come. However I think there is a horse in the line-up who has been primed for the run and simply needs to be backed at the current prices.
Dance and Dance looks a cracking price at 16/1 for this years race. The 7 year old went off 7/1 favourite two years ago off a mark of 102 – just missing out by half a length to Julienas. He returns this year off a very competitive mark of 96.
He appeared to be running a big race in the Hambleton Stakes at York when things just didn’t go his way – he dwelt out the stalls and when switched under Joe Fanning he hit trouble in-running and his chance had gone. A line can be drawn through his run in the Suffolk Stakes at Newmarket as it was an inadequate trip. If you have a look at last years form, he was running with great credit off an official mark of 110, including taking in a small runner conditions event at Doncaster.
Quite frankly, he looks very well handicapped. As ever with ante-post bets, it’s a risk as a lot will depend on the draw in the run up to the race with so many runners involved – I was heavy on Cai Shen last year only for him to be caught on the wrong side of the track, finishing 6th but best of the rest.
Trainer Ed Vaughn is having a good time of things at the moment, with the same number of winners in less than half the number of runners this year (8 wins in 53 runners, SR 15%). At 16/1 with Bet365 and 5 places paid, he goods an excellent bet. He’s a strong travelling sort and he’ll be doing his best work at the finish.
Royal Ascot 2013 Royal Hunt Cup Dance and Dance 16/1 EW (Bet with Bet365, 5 places paid)
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In the St James Palace Stakes, Richard Hughes will probably ride Toronado, who is quietly fancied to bounce back from his disappointing effort in the 2000 Guineas. Fancy Ballydoyle’s warm favourite Magician? Well back Magician, and if he doesn’t win but Richard Hughes hits the places riding Toronado, get up to £25 returned as a free bet. Richard Hughes has a nice selection of rides at this stage in the race, including Havanna Gold, Toronado, Olympic Glory!
Richard Hannon will no doubt be getting the leg-up on 1000 Guineas heroine Sky Lantern. She’s currently around the 3/1 on Betfair – if you think Sky Lantern will hit the frame, then take her on with other horses in the race! Just The Judge looks an obvious candidate after winning the Irish 1000 guineas with a little up her sleeve. The fillies Flotilla and Hot Snap can’t be discounted either. You selection loses but Richard Hughes wins or places on Sky Lantern? Money back!
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The ladies have their time to shine in the Pinnacle Stakes, which has attracted a very tidy field of 8 runners, writes Sam Preen.
First up is Roger Varian’s Ambivalent, who landed a Listed race last year at Newbury, before her temperament let her down at Doncaster in a Group 2 at Doncaster, and again at Longchamp on her last start of the year. She made a pleasing return at York in a Group 2, despite her wandering and taking a keen hold, and she should benefit from the drop in class.
Jehannedarc was a useful runner in France last year, and she ran her best race on her British debut when she was second in Goodwood’s Lillie Langtry. She ran some good races in Listed company on both her starts for new trainer Ed Dunlop, and she doesn’t look to be far off the winners enclosure.
Still fairly lightly raced for a four year old, Moment In Time evidently put her best foot forward at Doncaster this year, when she came home in her home time in an apprentice handicap, storming 11 lengths clear of her nearest rival, and she did run another good race in Listed company when she was third behind Noble Mission, but this requires more.
The first German runner of the day, Nymphea played the bridesmaid in the German Oaks, before finishing fourth in the German St leger. she won a Listed race at Baden-Baden on her sole start this year, and she looks a dangerous contender if the firm ground doesn’t hinder her chances.
Prussian won 5 times last year for Mark Johnston, before being purchased by the boys in blue and sent to their (ex) second trainer, Mahmood Al Zarooni, and she ran a very respectable second in Group 2 company at Meydan on her sole start for the trainer, before being taken into the care of bin Suroor, who she mades her debut for, now the trainer takes the reins of all Godolphin runners over here. She has won at this course when still in training with Mark, and she looks a serious contender.
Quiz Mistress won handicaps at Windsor and Salisbury before landing a deserved Listed race, over in France. She ran a brilliant second at a huge price at Newbury in Group 3 company, but ran well below par in the Yorkshire Cup since. The drop back to Group 3 should go in her favour, but this does look a stiff task.
Outsider Saint Hilary has only won a maiden at Leicester a year ago, and she’s been racing out of her depth in Listed races on both starts since, and she can be safely crossed off here.
The last runner of the field is Souveins Toi, who headed here from trainer Marco Botti’s brother in Italy, who the runner won a Listed race at Milan, and ran on well enough late on on her British debut in the Daisy Warwick Stakes (Listed) at Goodwood, and she should go well again.
A race that should see Ambivalent go well down in class, but it depends on if she’s a going mood or not, so SOUVEINS TOI gets the nod after an eyecatching third on her British debut, and she could run a huge race if she doesn’t mind the firmer going, while German contender Nymphea still remains dangerous.
Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes Souveins Toi WIN (Bet with Racebets.com)
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