Royal Ascot Preview

Tue 20 June 2017


Queen Anne Stakes

KOOL KOMPANY - He was very unlucky last time out at Epsom where he ran on very well late on. He is in great form and with a strong pace upfront this should allow him to relax and stay on up to the line. Ribchester will be very hard to beat, but if he could grab some prize money we would be very happy

OH THIS IS US - He has been running out of his skin this year and managed to bag his first Listed race two starts back. He was unlucky last time at Epsom, but ran very well and comes here in great form. He will travel very easily through the race and he is there to run the race of his life.

Coventry Stakes

DE BRUYNE HORSE - He has improved on every start and won nicely at Epsom last time. He is a lovely horse with a big stride and we still don't know quite how good he is. The form has been franked with Cardsharp winning at Beverley. He goes there with a huge chance and should run very well.

DENAAR - He reminds me very much of Mehmas and has some strong form behind him. He was tough last time at Newbury and looks to have come on a lot from that. Both horses have a great chance and I couldn't split the two.

St James' Palace Stakes

BARNEY ROY - He ran very well in the Guineas even though nothing went to plan. The flatter track at Ascot and the promise of more pace will be big factors in which I hope will allow him to turn the tables on Churchill. There is no denying he is a very talented horse, but we are there to put it up to him.

Windsor Castle Stakes

JUNE DOG- He was disappointing first time out, but came on nicely on his second start to win at Leicester. The drop back to five furlongs is no problem, but this is a much harder test and he would have to run very well to finish in the first four.


Queen Mary Stakes

OUT OF THE FLAMES - She should have won at Ascot on her first start, but it was great that she could get the job done at Windsor last time. She has improved again and has worked very well since. She has plenty of speed and I can see her running a big race.

Royal Hunt Cup

TABARRAK - He loves this track and proved that last time winning in Listed company over the mile. Top weight in these handicaps is very hard to burden, but he has plenty of class and if he gets the right run he should be right there.

GEORGE WILLIAM - He was very unlucky last time in the Victoria Cup where he got checked before staying on nicely late on. The older he gets the better he gets. He is in great form this year and this race fits in perfectly. He should run a very big race if he can get the right run.


Norfolk Stakes

BILLY DYLAN - He ran very well first up at Newbury on ground that he hated and then got the job done nicely last time despite the track. He has always been a horse we have liked. This is a very competitive race, but I hope he can run in the first four.

Hampton Court Stakes

LARCHMONT LAD - He was a bit disappointing in the Craven and the Guineas. He dropped back in grade last time and should have won. He followed the wrong horse up the middle of the track. He appeared to be doing his best work late on so we are trying him over this longer trip. He has been in really great form at home and If he does get home he should run a nice race.

Brittania Handicap

MEDAHIM - He was very unlucky not to win at Goodwood last time. He didn't get much luck in running, but was running on very nicely late on. He has been working well at home, so I hope he runs well here.

SON OF THE STARS - He didn't handle the track last time at Newmarket, but has come out of that race in great order. He has worked with Barney Roy on a few occasions and worked really well, so he looks very unexposed and should be right there on the line.

THE GRAPE ESCAPE - He is another horse that looks very unexposed. He ran well in the Esher Cup where he didn't get a huge amount of luck up the rail. This better ground will suit him and he should be another that runs a big race. He has been in great form at home.


Albany Stakes

NATURAL - She was very professional at Doncaster on her first start. She is very talented and is there to run a big race. She has improved from her first run and I would be very surprised if she wasn't right there at the end. We have always really liked her.

Commonwealth Cup

LEGENDARY LUNCH - He tried to do everything a bit quickly at Ascot last time and couldn't quite finish off. He appears to be going much better now and hopefully he can find his two year old form and feature here in this very competitive renewal of the race.


Chesham Stakes

ELYSIUM DREAM - She is a lovely filly and has always shown plenty at home. She won well last time at Windsor and the step up to Seven furlongs is what she needs. This is a competitive race, but I wouldn't be surprised if she ran in the first three.

Diamond Jubilee Stakes

TUPI - He hated the ground at York but still managed to run well. He has been in the form of his life this year and although this is a very competitive renewal he could run a big race. He has always been a horse that I thought could land a big prize one day.

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