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  • on 17.06.2011
  • at 01:21 PM
  • by KT

Royal Ascot 2011 – Day 4 Preview

Race 2 (3:05) – The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)

The King Edward VII Stakes is a Group 2 race over a mile and a half, and is for three year old male horses only. This forms the first big race on the card for day four at Royal Ascot.

Nathaniel (11/4) is current favourite after coming second the in the Chester Vase, losing by only a head to Treasure Beach – which went on to finish second in the Derby. On that form John Gosden’s runner must have every chance here.

Sir Henry Cecil’s runner, World Domination, is available at an attractive 8/1. The horse finished fourth in the Dante at York and the step up in trip to 1m 4f should do him the world of good.

Glen’s Diamond (10/1) is an interesting runner for the Richard Fahey yard. Having won its last four starts (including a Group 3 win at Chester) this horse is on the up could run a place here under Paul Hanagan.

Selections:
Nathaniel (11/4 with bet365)
World Domination (8/1 with bet365)

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Race 3 (3:45) – The Coronation Stakes (Group 1)

The Coronation Stakes is the feature race on day four of Royal Ascot 2011. The race takes place over a mile and is for three year old fillies only and was won by the Aidan O’Brien trained Lillie Langtry last year.

This year’s Coronation Stakes favourite is another Aidan O’Brien horse, Together (11/2) Although yet to win a Group 1 race, Together finished second in the 1,000 Guineas and looks a top class filly.

Brian Meehan saddles Theyksens’ Theory (13/2) here and was impressive as a 2yo. She won her only start of the season, but faces a much stiffer task here.

Memory (9/1) is an interesting runner on her 2yo form, but refused to race in the 1,000 Guineas and despite being a hot prospect, it may be wise to look elsewhere.

Prior to the festival, John Gosden hinted that Maqaasid (11/1) was his best chance of a Royal Ascot winner. The horse finished third in the Guineas but connections will be hoping the rin stays at bay as soft ground may be an issue.

The last ten Coronation Stakes winners all came from the top 4 in the betting so any bigger priced horses will probably be looking for a place at best.

Of those, Claiomh Solois may be the one to watch. This filly finished an unlucky fourth in the 1,000 Guineas and may have more to offer here at a huge 16/1.

Selection:
Together to win (11/2 with bet365)
Claiomh Solois each-way (16/1 with bet365)

Race 5 (5:00) – The Queen’s Vase (Group 3)

The Group 3 Queen’s Vase is run over two miles and is open to three year old horses of either sex.

The favourite, Regent Street (7/2) is trained by Aiden O’Brien and was only beaten by three lengths by stable mate and Derby hopeful Recital. Ballydole have won the race twice in the last four years so have to be respected here.

Sir Henry Cecil’s runner is Solar Sky (5/1). Cecil has won the Queen’s Vase more times than any other trainer in history (eight times). The horse finished second to World Domination in a maiden, before getting off the mark at the second time of asking.

Namibian (6/1) is trained by Mark Johnston, who has bagged the Queen’s Vase on no fewer than five times in the last ten years, a record that simply cannot be overlooked. The horse was not disgraced when running third to stable mate Eternal Heart (7/1) in the Edinburgh Cup. With that in mind it might be worth taking a chance on both!

Selections:
Namibian
(6/1 with bet365)
Eternal Heart each-way (7/1 with bet365)

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