ROYAL ASCOT Day 4 – Friday 22nd June

The weather forecast for Ascot is a maximum of 20c, no chance of rain and no wind factor. The track is rated Good to Firm


Royal Ascot R2 - 12:05am | King Edward VII Stakes Group2 – 1m 3f 211y

Delano Roosevelt steps back from the Group 1 Derby where he ran a respectable 6th and Ryan Moore jumps on today for the first time in the past five rides. This horse isn’t the best starter and generally finds himself out the back in most races taking runs ridden for luck. The main query here is if the horse can let down on a dry surface with his two previous best runs at Leopardstown in significantly wetter ground.

Old Persian won well last start in a three horse Listed race at Newmarket and looks likely to take the step up again suited by the ground. You had to love the guts shown to fight them off last start and he looks suited to the track.

Donnacha O’Brien takes the ride on Rostropovich as Ryan Moore jumps off this Group 2 winner for the first time in 6 runs. Rostropovich scored a win in Listed grade at Chester first up before running a respectable 9th in Group 1 company last start at Chantilly in the QIPCO Prix Du Jockey Club. Back in class here, i’m expecting the horse to get clearer running from the barrier allowing the horse to gain momentum through the final 2 furlongs and be a genuine contender.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) Rostropovich 1 unit to win

 BACK (PLACE) Rostropovich 1 unit to place

 


Royal Ascot R4 - 1:40am | Coronation Stakes Group 1 – 7f 213y

Billesdon Brook was a last start surprise winner of the Group 1 1000 Guineas at Newmarket with a starting price of $66 on the day. After a horror run in the straight, smashed and blocked for runs multiple times, she grew wings and found a way through the field to score a genuine Group 1 victory. She looks the real deal and will eat up the firm ground on offer.

French filly Teppal is unbeaten from three starts after claiming a Group 1 victory in the Prix Emirates Poule D’Essai Des Pouliches last start at Longchamp. Held up for runs from the top of the straight losing important momentum, she still found strongly to the line and was fairly holding all opposition. Suited by an inside barrier and will be on speed.

Threading won a Listed grade race by 7 lengths last start at York recording her best career run to date. Suited by the surface and from the barrier, expect a bold run.

Clemmie comes into this race the highest rated horse in the race, but failed on her reappearance at the Curragh in Group 1  class first up. Best ratings in the past were recorded on a ground with a little more give, but Ryan Moore takes the ride here and has to be respected.

Billesdon Brook 2U to win

Billesdon Brook 2U to place

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) Billesdon Brook 2 units to win

 BACK (PLACE) Billesdon Brook 2 units to place


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