Wednesday was a mixed day for the blog which saw our opening 12/1 each-way shot just get touched off and our Derby ante-post pick (suggested when 33/1) go and win at Ascot in nice style.
We have another exciting card to preview and a few selections for you to consider. Please note we have less selections today owing to the significant change in going overnight, with Ascot getting plenty of rain and more due as racing continues today.
Highland Chief - Each Way
Royal Ascot (13.15)
A typically tricky race to get the day started but at a double-figure price, I am keen to side with Highland Chief, now trained by both Paul and Ollie Cole under the new shared training licence scheme.
There is much in the profile to like about this Gleneagles colt; a winner on soft ground, he ran a big race here last year behind two brilliant horses in Pinatubo and Lope Y Fernandez. His final run of last season was a tad worrying but in this company going up in trip, I think he could run a huge race at an each-way price.
King Leonidas (Nap)
Royal Ascot (14.25)
My best bet of the day, or Nap if you like, is going to be King Leonidas in the Jersey. John Gosden and Frankie Dettori have teamed up to good effect already at the meeting, and this favourite looks set to impress today.
A winner of both his two starts, including one coming on soft ground, he is a very exciting prospect. King Leonidas is a sire I have so much time for and his recent reappearance win at Newmarket just 11 days ago was pretty classy to my eye.
Royal Ascot (15.35)
I am one of the biggest Stadivarius fans going but with Ascot getting so much rain overnight, I need to take him on at the prices with Technician. His form on soft/heavy is exceptionally good, he is unexposed at the trip, and has the services of one of the hottest riders in town with Oisin Murphy booked to ride.
He isn’t an each-way price now, so we will have to be bold and put him up at 10/3 to beat John Gosden’s staying sensation.
Waliyak - Each Way
Royal Ascot (16.40)
The closing race on day three has a red hot favourite which has had plenty of people talking. African Dream is due to go up in the handicap significantly after a huge run at Newbury earlier in the month. She is now an incredibly short price and given the luck you need in running to win a handicap of this type, I am happy to use the five places on offer at BetVictor to go elsewhere and try get her beat.
Waliyak is one of the few to have a bit of form on softer ground. She has finished second twice on turf before winning at Wolverhampton on the all-weather. The yard’s horses have been going well this week and despite the lack of a recent run, I think she could be an angle to play when taking on this talented but perhaps overhyped favourite.