Shortlist: Royal Ascot 2017 Day 4, Friday 23rd June 2017

Race Speed Profiles: Full PDF: Royal Ascot 23/06/2017

Albany Stakes (Group 3) (1) 6f 11:30pm

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 128 126 123 123 117 (Avg 123)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$3.25 Alpha Centauri, $7.5 Fairyland, $13 Black Sails, Clemmie, Princess Peggy, $15 Natural, $23 Madeline, $29 Ertiyad, $34 Starlight Mystery, Actress, $41 bar

Analyst’s Verdict

Alpha Centauri recorded an excellent timefigure when winning a listed race at Naas last month and could be hard to beat if stall 1 doesn’t prove too much of an inconvenience. Qatar Racing hold a very strong hand with impressive debut winners Black Sails and Natural, while Fairyland and Princess Peggy look interesting contenders for Wesley Ward.

King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (1) 1m3f211y 12:05am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 133 134 137 128 129 (Avg 132)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$3.75 Crystal Ocean, $8 Sir John Lavery, $8.5 Permian, $12 Best Solution, Best of Days, $13 Salouen, $15 Khalidi, $21 Call To Mind, $26 Intern, Wolf Country, $29 Glencadam Glory, $34 Raheen House, $41 bar

Analyst’s Verdict

The evidence suggests this year’s Dante wasn’t a vintage one, but Crystal Ocean did shape well in third having ben fast-tracked to that level and is taken to emulate his half-brother Hillstar, who won this in 2013 for the same connections. This is a rather belated reappearance for Best of Days (tongue tied) but he is promising, while Salouen could easily emerge as best of the Derby competitors.

Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (1) 6f 12:40am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: – – – 139 130

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$2.25 Caravaggio, $4 Harry Angel, $8 Blue Point, $9 Bound For Nowhere, $29 Tis Marvellous,$51 bar

Analyst’s Verdict

One of the most eagerly anticipated races of the week. Caravaggio looks something out of the ordinary and can make it 6 from 6 but he faces another top-class sprinter in Harry Angel, who broke the track record when demolishing the opposition in a Haydock Group 2 last month and should ensure Aidan O’Brien’s charge doesn’t have things all his own way. Blue Point looks best of the remainder.

 

Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (1) 7f213y 1:20am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 134 134 126 137 135 (Avg 133)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$1.57 Winter, $8.5 Precieuse, $10 Dabyah, $15 Tomyris, $23 Hydrangea, $26 Roly Poly, $29 La Coronel

Analyst’s Verdict

Very hard to get away from Winter who has shown she’s comfortably the best British/Irish-trained 1m filly around with her impressive victories at Newmarket and the Curragh and is expected to prove too strong for French 1000 Guineas winner Precieuse. Dabyah missed an intended crack at the French Guineas after her Fred Darling win but remains open to progress and may prove best of the rest.

Queen’s Vase (Group 2) (1) 1m5f211y 2:00am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 124 119 123 111 119 (Avg 119)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$6 Belgravia, $6.5 Time To Study, $8 Desert Skyline, $9 Wisconsin, $11 Count Octave, $13 Stradivarius, $19 Fierce Impact, Haripour, $21 Night of Glory, Secret Advisor, $23 Mister Manduro, Face The Facts, $26 Alqamar

Analyst’s Verdict

Belgravia’s form doesn’t stand out from the remainder, but his stable has landed the last 2 renewals with sons of Galileo and it’s not difficult to envisage a big performance with the benefit of blinkers and Ryan Moore for the first time. The tough Time To Study is a big threat for another yard that does well in this event, while Stradivarius leads a number of others with definite claims.

Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (2) 1m3f211y 2:35am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$7 Appeared, $8 Mainstream, $8.5 Wadigor, $11 Sixties Groove, $15 Top Tug, $17 Knights Table, $19 Rare Rhythm, $21 Cape Cova, $23 Star Storm, $26 Master Carpenter, Baydar, $29 Oasis Fantasy, Eddystone Rock, Soldier In Action, $34 Lustrous Light, Red Galileo, Shabeeb, $41 bar

Analyst’s Verdict

A compelling case can be made for several of these, but it’s Sixties Groove who appeals most. He was a major eye-catcher over an inadequate trip on return at Epsom and should be spot-on now. The unbeaten Wadigor, his stablemate Appeared and Top Tug all merit serious consideration, while Mainstream should make a bold bid to enhance his trainer’s fine recent record in this (3 wins since 2008).