Royal Ascot 2017 – Day Four (Friday)

2.30 Royal Ascot – Albany Stakes

At the prices, I simply can’t resist a bet on 66/1 shot ARMUM. Formerly trained by Jamie Osbourne, but moved to Ed Dunlop’s yard after being bought at the sales on Monday, this well-bred filly looks grossly overpriced.

The daughter of Society Rock has got a quality bloodline being a half-sister to last year’s Royal Ascot winner Ardad. In a pair of starts this season, she has improved nicely and, two characteristics of her game, are breaking quickly from the stalls and travelling well.

She did both last time out when winning nicely at Chester, but the most eyecatching element of the victory was how much she found off the bridle. Her former trainer said the ground last time out was too soft for her so if she improves again for today’s quicker surface, she could run huge. She’s a likable horse.

Advice

1pt each-way Armum @66/1 (general 1,2,3,4)

3.05 Royal Ascot – King Edward VII Stakes

I couldn’t put anyone off Crystal Ocean, he is without a doubt the one to beat, but in a race potentially being run at a lacklustre gallop, he may struggle on this ground if the race turns into a sprint.

At a much bigger price, without Crystal Ocean, GLENCADAM GLORY may be able to sneak into the places, now his habit of starting slowly from the gates appears to be cured. That inability to break on terms has cost him this season, but last time out in the Derby, he jumped on terms, only to be stuck out wide for the entire race.

To his credit, he ran on late, albeit past beaten horses. With circumstances highly likely to fall much better for him today, he can hopefully run well.

Advice

1pt each-way Glencadam Glory ‘betting without Crystal Ocean’ @18/1 (Betfair, bet365, Paddy Power)

3.40 Royal Ascot – Commonwealth Cup

One of the races of the meeting, featuring Blue Point, Caravaggio and Harry Angel. This will be brilliant. I won’t be having a bet, but shall be on the edge of my sit watching.

Advice

Go to the bar

4.20 Royal Ascot – Coronation Stakes

Aidan O’Brien’s Winter is obviously the one to beat, as the prices tell you, but as we saw with Churchill and Order Of St George, albeit for different reasons, there is no such thing as a certainty.

I can’t fathom the price of the French filly PRECIEUSE who should easily be half that on the back of her classy French 1000 Guineas victory. The form of that contest wouldn’t be as strong as the Guineas Winter won, but it was still a quality race and she won well.

The daughter of Tamayuz impressed with how she travelled into contention and how she saw it out. There was no fluke about the victory and it came in a decent time. She’s a bonkers price and worth a go.

Advice

1pt win Precieuse @12/1 (bet365, Paddy Power),

5.00 Royal Ascot – Queen’s Vase

Three high-class handicappers I really rate take each other on here, Desert Skyline, Stradivarius and Time To Study. Desert Skyline is the only one I’d have a worry about staying this 14f trip so it makes sense to concentrate on the other two.

With the ground potentially being quicker than ideal for Time To Study, STRADIVARIUS gets the nod. From early in his juvenile days, he has looked a proper staying animal and today’s step up in trip could unlock further improvement.

He bumped into a well-handicapped and nice-bred type last time out at Chester, when pulling clear of the remainder. If he is in the same form, he’ll go close.

Advice

2pts each-way Stradivarius @7/1 (Sky Bet 1,2,3,4)

5.35 Royal Ascot – Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes

The Queen’s Mainstream could bolt up here if he is in the mood, he looks a well-handicapped horse to my eye, but the problem is, he doesn’t win too often. He’s not straight-forward, but has so much ability. He’s one for your placepot, for sure.

Wadigor and Sixties Icon were the two I liked, but with lingering doubts about the latter seeing about a potentially strong-run 12f race, WADIGOR gets the nod. Roger Varian’s colt remains unbeaten in three runs, a trio of efforts which are highly progressive.

Essentially, I feel he is a Group class horse in a handicap. He’s got a top-class staying pedigree, albeit his sire is not as fashionable for some. His dam is from a classy 12f family and with today’s trip bound to bring out further improvement, he can hopefully send us home happy.

Advice

2.5pts each-way Wadigor @13/2 (Sky Bet 1,2,3,4,5,6) @7/1 (Betfair, Paddy Power)

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