Royal Ascot Preview - Potential Group Horse Can Win Royal Hunt Cup At 16/1
After three Group 1’s on the opening day, Wednesday’s card features just the one, in the shape of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.
The 1m 2f contest can not be regarded as one of the best Group 1’s of the season, as the majority of the field have yet to make a mark in this company.
The strongest form is held by Twice Over, winner of Newmarket’s Champion Stakes and third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The Henry Cecil stable has been in fine form this season and the 5 year-old is sure to run a big race at the 9/2 generally on offer.
The value in the race however, lies with another Group 1 winner in Shalanaya, trained in France by Mikel Delzangles.
Victorious in the Prix De L’Opera on Arc day, with the top class Midday back in third, the filly is bound to come on for her first run of the season when second to Cutlass Bay in the Prix Ganay.
The 10/1 on offer with Bet365 and Bluesq. is far too big in a contest where few can be seriously fancied.
Favourite is Byword at a best price 3/1, but his close second behind Goldikova, may flatter Andre Fabre’s colt.
The big betting race of the day is the Royal Hunt Cup at 4.25 and the Andrew Balding trained Riggins looks good value at the 16/1 with Coral.
The 6 year-old showed plenty of promise for Luca Cumani before joining current yard, and looks the type to go on to compete in Listed or Group 3 company.
The danger could be the French trained Tryst, ridden by Hayley Turner, who showed plenty of promise for Sir Michael Stoute last season, before joining John Hammond.
One easy victory for current yard and off a low weight of 8s 5lb, suggests a big run is expected, and the 20/1 available with StanJames and William Hill may not last long.