A RIGHT ROYAL PREVIEW- REVIEW! by Kate Austin, Secretary, LRC
The Royal Ascot Preview saw a first-time appearance by Paul Bittar, who with Lydia Hislop, Simon Clare & Nick Luck entertained & informed a large, attentive audience; all busy note-taking on Simon’s Coral handouts! I hope this summary will prove useful:
Tuesday: Queen Anne Stakes: All sweet on Frankel. Nick touted Bullet Train as a left-field e/w @ 200/1. The panel felt that winning distance bets were better value; also biggest margin win bets against Black Caviar.
King’s Stand:- If good/firm ground- Ortensia (Paul v sweet on her!); Bated Breath & Ponty Acclaim/Spirit Quartz / Stone of Folca e/w; If softish: Whizz Kid; Little Bridge.
St James Palace:- Gabrial (has been supplemented); Born to Sea. Lydia was v keen on The Nile as an e/w chance, whilst Paul ‘bigged’ up Gregorian. Most Improved was touted if the ground was softish, Simon reported that there had been money for him too.
Coventry Stakes:- Simon put up Christoforo Colombo at 4/1, whilst Paul made a strong case for Jalaa e/w.
Ascot Stakes:- Lydia presented Palazzo Bianco as a possibility. (Also entered @ Goodwood/ Newcastle later in June)
Wednesday: Royal Hunt Cup :- Simon revealed there had been money for Edinburgh Knight, while Paul gave a shout for Boom and Bust e/w with a reference to Unex El Greco. David Simcock’s pair, Mabait & Trade Storm were also mentioned alongside Richard Hannon’s King Torus; the last four at e/w.
Windsor Forest:- Chachamaidee was flagged by Lydia.
Prince of Wales Stakes :- The focus on the Gosden/Buick combination continued with Paul’s reference to Columbian on softish ground. Nick mentioned Carlton House as a live chance following his win at Sandown. However both Cirrus Des Aigles & So you Think, if declared, would present the sternest opposition.
Thursday: Ascot Gold Cup:- The panel tried to find value for this race. Lydia pointed up Colour Vision & although not quick, Sadlers Rock’s thorough stamina got a positive mention. There was consideration also for Memphis Tenessee & Hawaafez (holds an Irish St Leger entry). Lydia also signalled Ibicenco at a healthy 33/1 as a live outsider.
Ribblesdale:- Pink Damsel was favoured on a sound surface; Kissed (ran 17/6 Chantilly) if it was soft, with a serious shout for Vow. Momentary (Michael Bell) was a live e/w chance.
George V:- Roger Varian’s Cameron Highland got a shout from Lydia.
Friday: King Edward Vll:- The Gosden ‘love-in’ continued with a shout for Michaelangelo.
Wolferton Handicap (Listed):- & again for Gatewood!
Coronation Stakes:- Interestingly, two Mick Channon horses were positively considered, Laugh Out Loud – with Frankie Dettori up & Samatar (just won the Irish 1000 gns). Elusive Kate also got a thumbs up, but only if the ground was sound. Cardigan was the pick from the William Haggis yard.
Saturday: Diamond Jubilee Stakes: Black Caviar was the unanimous pick. However, Paul floated the thought that if Ortensia came out of the KS well, she could try for this too. Coral were giving a 20/1 on her doing a double! Ground issues could also mean that Bated Breath might reroute here too. Again the winning distance margins were identified as the value bets for this race. Solid e/w chances were given for Moonlight Cloud; & Society Rock. Simon said that Moonlight Cloud was a positive mover.
Hardwicke:- Initially all favouring St Nicholas Abbey, the panel took note of member Declan Rix’s point that he had never won right-handed! Given that stat, Treasure Beach; Monterossa & Red Cadeaux were mentioned. There was some uncertainty as to the plans of Nathaniel/ Masked Marvel, but they were positives if they turned up.
Wokingham:- Elusivity & Sirius Prospect were identified by Lydia. Simon called High Standing as a live one, with Pabusar touted for e/w value. Paul selected an Italian-bred, Irish raider, Dandy Boy at 33s as a good ground e/w prospect.
Top Trainer: Nick fancied Henry Cecil; Simon & Paul called John Gosden.
Top Jockey: ‘Simon said’ Coral’s James Knight was v sweet on William Buick. Interestingly, there wasn’t a shout for Joseph O’Brien, despite his favouritism with the bookmakers! Ryan Moore was also given consideration, as was Johnny Murtagh.
- William Hill:- : Ortensia –King’s Stand
- Coral:- The Nile - £25 e/w (Committee member John Jacobs will place these.)
It was a terrific evening & our members were most appreciative of the time that Paul, Simon, Lydia & Nick had given up to be with us. The raffle raised £180 & we added 6 new/ renewing members. Our visitors included a first timer from Hong Kong!!. A huge thank you for your support.