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  • on 14.06.2011
  • at 06:25 PM
  • by KT

Royal Ascot 2011 – Day 2 Preview

Day 2 of Royal Ascot features 2 of the most popular races at the festival; The Prince of Wales’ Stakes and the Royal Hunt Cup.

Race 3 (3:45) – The Prince of Wales’ Stakes (Group 1)

The Prince of Wales’ Stakes is a Group One run over 1m 2f and showcases the best middle distance Colts and Fillies aged 4 years or over. Last Years winner was the Andre Fabre trained Byword.

Red-hot favourite So You Think (4/9) was a big star in Australia before making the switch to Aiden O’Brien’s Ballydole stable this summer. The 5 year old was a beaten favourite in last year’s Melbourne Cup, finishing third whilst under the guise of former trainer Bart Cummings.

Since moving to Ireland he has won his first two starts including an impressive Group One victory when he hacked up in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last time out at the Curragh.

However, the field on that day was much weaker than the calibre of opposition he will face at Royal Ascot. That said he is still a worthy favourite and a progressive type.

Of the other runners, Planteur (4/1) looks about the most likely opposition. The French-bred colt has already won the Prix d’Harcourt and Prix Ganay this year and given his impressive turn of foot with surely run into a place.

Henry Cecil’s Twice Over (12/1) will be looking to improve on last year’s second place and will struggle to place here with only 7 runners going to place (2 places).

Selections:
SO YOU THINK to win (4/9 with bet365)

Race 4 (4:25) – Royal Hunt Cup Heritage Handicap

The Royal Hunt is a Class 2 Heritage Handicap and a wide open race, with up to 30 runners going to post. This is a true cavalry charge and with it brings some value… the problem is finding it!

Last year’s winner Invisible Man (25/1) is rated 10lbs higher than when winning 12 months ago and so will have it all to do.

Point North (10/1) is proven on soft ground and despite being partnered by Derby winning Jockey Mickael Barzalona, with the ground drying out fast it may be wise to look elsewhere.

Luca Cumani trained Start Right (7/1) was very unlucky not to claim the Investec Mile at Epsom last week, and will be vying for favouritism come the off as he looks to make up for that loss in the Royal Hunt Cup. The four year old came into trouble when flying and finished an eventual third to Dance And Dance (12/1).

Green Destiny (6/1) is lightly raced yet completed a hat-trick on reappearance at Sandown, but a 12lb rise will make winning a difficult task here. He is improving all the time however and so wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if he did manage to steal the spoils for trainer Willie Haggas.

Haggas also saddles Sooraah (25/1) who was second to Law Of The Range on his last outing here.

Walter Swinburn’s runner Julienas (25/1) has run well in a couple of Sandown Handicaps this term and may well run a big race at a big price should the pace suit.

If looking for trends, 9 of the last 10 winners were aged four or five, whilst all ten winners carried between 8-8 and 9-5. Another good stat is that the last 8 winners have come from stall 14 or lower.

Selection:
START RIGHT seems to fit the bill (4 year old, carrying 8-13 and coming from Stall 10) at 7/1 with Paddy Power

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