Today’s horse racing preview has selections from Day 2 of Royal Ascot and a single selection from Ripon this evening with the NAP running.
14.30 Ascot – Jersey Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
If the form book reads correctly this should be a walk in the park for John Gosden’s Daban. Her two transition runs have been very likeable, winner of a fillies maiden at Kempton and thrown in at the deep end taking on the likes of Rhododendron and Winter in the 1000gns.
She is the daughter of Acclamation and with the connections dropping her back in trip I am finding it hard to get her beat, but the form is only on paper she will have to come and claim the prize.
She will have some stiff opposition in Dream Castle and the French raider Li Brivado to contend with. The former has not been disgraced running behind Barney Roy in the Greenham at Newbury. I actually thought he carried himself well next time out when finishing fifth in the 1000gns.
The French runner here is unknown quality, 2-3 in his career and will tackle 7f for the first time. He was beaten over mile at Deauville, and both his wins have come on the all-weather. He is probably more of a 7f horse on what he has shown, not out of it but does have to step up taking on Guineas form here with the UK runners.
Daban : 1pt each way @ 11/2 (BOG)
15.05 Ascot – Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (5f)
This is going to be over before you have the chance to put the kettle on, my NB runs here in Happy Like A Fool who represents Wesley Ward. Ryan Moore is booked with links to the owners Tabor / Magnier and she’s all about speed, if she tugs her way to the front she will be gone by several lengths.
Who will chase her home? Chica La Habana was fairly impressive when winning at Beverley, she was a fairly expensive purchase at the Breeze ups, can’t see her out of the first three places.
Happy Like A Fool : 3pt win @ 7/4 (BOG)
15.40 Ascot – Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (8f)
Very difficult race to fathom out this year, Qemah represents France, last year’s Coronation Stakes winner comes into this off the back of a defeat at Lingfield in the Group 3 Chartwell Stakes.
For me she is ground dependable and this fast ground and heat wave s could just find one too good for her, she is a filly that needs everything to fall into place, she has lost far too many races coming off the pace.
Both Laugh Aloud and Usherette look the most likely to give the French filly a race. The latter also comes here from France and Andre Fabre. Last year’s winner has not been showing any of her four-year-old form, she looks up against it to retain her title.
On the other hand, though Laugh Aloud represents a yard that won this back in 2012, the same jockey will ride in William Buick. She brings a good run to the table when landing the Princess Elizabeth Stakes, very hard to oppose I think in this.
Laugh Aloud : 2pt win @ 11/4 (BOG)
20.50 Ripon – It’s Ladies Day Tomorrow Handicap (0-75) (12f)
Looking at the entries, Theo’s Lolly sets the standard after her defeat in much better company. She won a similar affair I thought comfortably last year over course and distance, 2lb lower than that winning mark for this and has to be respected.
Marmion looks the main danger to the NAP. Course and distance winner last time out and will have to overcome her 6lb penalty.
Theo’s Lolly : 4pt win (NAP) @ around 11/4 if available early doors
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