Punters Guide To Royal Ascot 2014 - Day Two
2.30 JERSEY STAKES – 23 Runners for this Group 3 contest which usually features Classic-placed horses dropping in grade or those that have been brought along more quietly but with plenty of potential to go on to better things. Classic form comes in the shape of Irish challenger MUSTAJEEB who was a strongly-fancied 4-1 chance to upset favourite Kingman in the Irish 2000 Guineas and was not disgraced in finishing third, beaten seven lengths. Dermot Weld’s son of Neyef may appreciate the 7f trip and looks the one to beat. Owner Hamdan Al Maktoum is also responsible for market rival MUWARRY, a close fourth in the French 2000 Guineas although that race looked an average renewal this year but the mount of Paul Hanagan is clearly a progressive sort and due the utmost respect. The unbeaten THAT IS THE SPIRIT takes a big step up in class but looked better than a handicapper when winning at York and despite only scraping home in an Epsom Listed race last time idled in front after making all. AEOLUS, REDBROOK and PARBOLD are all capable of going well in an open contest. ADVICE – 1 POINT WIN MUSTAJEEB – 6-1 BETVICTOR
3.05 QUEEN MARY STAKES – Irish and American fillies head the betting for this 5f race in the shape of ANTHEM ALEXANDER and SPANISH PIPEDREAM respectively. The former was impressive in winning a Tipperary maiden earlier this month but offers little in the way of value at odds of 7-2. The latter is even harder to weigh-up having won his only start at Keeneland, making all over four and a half furlongs on fast ground. The Richard Hannon-trained pair of TIGGY WIGGY and DANGEROUS MOONLITE look sure to run well but it could be worth chancing the John Quinn-trained HARRY’S DANCER who looked very good when winning a Thirsk maiden on her only start. Her sire Kodiac has made a cracking start at stud and the mount of Frankie Dettori should not be underestimated, even in this company. ADVICE – 1 POINT 12-1 E.W. HARRY’S DANCER – BETVICTOR & PADDY POWER
3.45 PRINCE OF WALES’S STAKES – Only Group 1 of the day but what a race and the chance for British racegoers to see last year’s runaway winner of the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe TREVE who is on a recovery mission after losing her
unbeaten record when just touched off by the battle-hardened Cirrus Des Aigles in the Prix Ganay and while the mount of Frankie Dettori should win if running up to her best is hardly a betting proposition at the 4-6 on offer with most bookmakers. MAGICIAN and THE FUGUE are genuine Group 1 contenders but come into the race on the back of moderate runs and the each-way value lies with the consistent MUKHADRAM who deserves to win a big prize after several commendable efforts including when a close second to Al Kazeem in this race 12 months ago. ADVICE – I POINT E.W. MUKHADRAM – 9-1 BETBRIGHT
4.25 DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES – An above average renewal of this Group 3 contest with last year’s QIPCO 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes winner SKY LANTERN the class act of the race although the daughter of Red Clubs has to concede weight to all 13 rivals and is having her first run of the season. The mount of Richard Hughes won her final Group 1 as a 3-year-old when beating INTEGRAL a length in Newmarket’s Sun Chariot Stakes and Sir Michael Stoute’s filly looks the one to beat with a good run under her belt and in receipt of 5lb from Richard Hannon’s charge. There should be little between her and French challenger ESOTERIQUE on recent form but the mount of Maxime Guyon had a fitness advantage on that occasion. The rest of the field look up against it taking on the ‘ big three ‘ although the Godolphin filly CERTIFY can not be dismissed on her best form ADVICE – 2 POINTS WIN INTEGRAL – 3-1 GUARANTEED with BET365
5.00 ROYAL HUNT CUP – This 30-runner cavalry charge is as open as ever although the Sir Michael Stoute-trained ABSEIL is sure to go off a clear favourite but whether the lightly-raced 4-year-old represents any value at odds in the region of 5-1 is open to question. CHIL THE KITE, SHORT SQUEEZE and TRUMPET MAJOR are three horses towards the head of the handicap who should run well but the vote goes to the 2012 winner PRINCE OF JOHANNE who races off the same mark on this occasion. The mount of Graham Lee is at his best on decent ground on a straight course and looks to have ideal conditions tomorrow. A close third behind Navajo Chief on his seasonal reappearance at York’s Dante meeting the 8-year-old looks to have been laid out for this race once again and is the value bet at odds of 25-1. ADVICE – 1 POINT E.W. PRINCE OF JOHANNE – 25-1 BET365 ( FIRST 5 PLACES )
5.35 SANDRINGHAM HANDICAP – An impossible-looking handicap in which most of the 25 runners can be given some sort of chance. The unbeaten MUTEELA could have been let in lightly off a mark of 95, a remark which also applies to Ryan Moore’s mount PSYCHOMETRY at the bottom of the handicap but the vote goes to Richard Kingscote’s mount CROWLEY’S LAW. The daughter of Dubawi has won three of her last four starts, her only defeat coming at Thirsk when second to MARCO Botti’’s Pelerin. That horse boosted the form when an unlucky second in a Newbury Listed race recently and Tom Dascombe’s filly has almost certainly improved since and should go well despite a new mark of 98. ADVICE – 1POINT E.W. CROWLEY’S LAW – 10-1 SKYBET, TOTESPORT and BETFRED.