Royal Ascot Day 1
Royal Ascot starts on Tuesday and is due to take place all week in glorious sunshine. The ground is expected to be fast and that should suit the classy horses that will be on show here.
There are 4 days of top class horse racing and the bookmakers will be hoping that all the anticipated favourites do not win.
The Queen Anne Stakes kicks the meeting off at 2.30. Ribchester trained by Richard Fahey is likely to go off a short priced favourite to win. The horse won at Royal Ascot last year claiming the Jersey Stakes though this is a step up in class. There is also a slight concern with being drawn in stall 1. The main dangers in the race are likely to be Mutakayyef ridden by Jim Crowley, trained by William Haggas and Lightning Spear ridden by Jamie Spencer and trained by David Simcock. I think Ribchester will have too much class and speed in a straight mile for both of these. He comes into the race off the back of a fine win at Newbury where he defeated Lightning Spear by 3.75l and was running on strongly at the end of the race.
Royal Ascot Day 1 - O Brien Banker?
Aidan O’Brien has sent his usual strong stable over from Ballydoyle. His banker on Royal Ascot Day 1 looks to be Churchill who runs in the St James’s Palace Stakes. Since being defeated in his opening race at the Curragh he has strung together 7 victories including the Chesham Stakes at this meeting last year.
Similarly to Ribchester he is likely to be odds on in price and is only likely to face 7 other competitors. His main rival looks to be the Richard Hannon trained Barney Roy. They clashed at Newmarket in the 2000 Guineas where Churchill defeated him by 1l to dent his previously 100% record. I think once again Churchill will have too much know how and experience. Added to that the knowledge of Ryan Moore.
Tip of The Day
Ribchester to win the Queen Anne Stakes and Churchill to win St James’s Palace Stakes.
The double pays 2/1