Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 12:01 24/07/2015
The unpredictability of the British weather looks like rearing it's ugly head again this weekend with Ascot's midsummer showpiece, the King Gorge VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, facing the possibility of being run on unseasonably soft ground with in excess of 20mm of rain forecast for the area on Friday afternoon turning the current conditions of good to firm into something completely different by racetime of 3.50 on Saturday afternoon.
With several of the main dangers to hot favourite Golden Horn possessing a strong preference for ground on the firm side of good the chances of our ante-post tip Flintshire, Postponed and Eagle Top could be seriously jeopardised while just how the suspect stamina of the Investec Derby / Coral-Eclipse winner will hold up is anyone's guess, resulting in a number of so far unconsidered contenders coming into the reckoning.
Available at a general 50-1 on Thursday morning the Peter Niven-trained soft-ground-lover Clever Cookie has attracted significant support given the negative weather forecast and is now as short as 12-1 with several bookmakers and a top price 16-1 with Coral, Ladbrokes and 888Sport. While the mount of Graham Lee should relish the potential conditions the son of Primo Valentino stills looks vulnerable over the mile and a half trip and against proper Group 1 opposition.
The same applies to the other proven performer on soft / heavy ground - Madame Chiang - while Itialian challenger Dylan Mount, despite being a Group 1 winner on soft, surely lacks the class against tomorrow's rivals, leaving the John Gosden " third-string " Romsdal as the horse most likely to cause a huge surprise.
The Halling colt went down by a nose to Orchestra in the Chester Vase last season under testing conditions before being placed in both the Investec Derby and Ladbrokes St Leger. After winning easily on Kempton's all-weather on his seasonal reappearance the mount of William Buick has not been seen to best advantage in two subsequent starts but is surely better than those defeats at Newbury and York would indicate and with the ground and stamina proven looks way overpriced at the 40-1 on offer with Bet365 and Ladbrokes.
1 Point each-way Romsdal 40-1 bet365 ( 1/4 odds )