Royal Ascot Day 4 Top Tips
Day 4 - Royal Ascot Top Tips
Day 4 at Royal Ascot is upon us and what a week it has been so far! If you’re heading to Royal Ascot on Friday you will treated to some more sunshine and races to match. The stand out races of the day are The Commonwealth Cup and of course the feature race of the day, the Coronation Stakes. Royal Ascot is proving to be an unpredictable week, with the biggest upset of the week coming on Wednesday in the Prince of Wales Stakes where POET’S WORD beat a laboured CRACKSMEN who was a 2 / 5 favourite. With that said, we look ahead of Day 4’s racing and attempt to pick some winners…
2:30 - Albany Stakes
The first race of the day see’s a battle of the two-year old's over a distance of 6f. The early betting suggests that the first race of the day is a two horse race between JUST WONDERFUL and FAIRYLAND, however it would be unwise to disregard the rest of the field. The early favourites form a formidable pair for trainer Aidan O’Brien, however the trainer has only won this race once before since it was introduced in 2002. Matt Chapman is backing FAIRYLAND after winning the Marble Hill ‘super easily’ at Curragh. Another notable mention is MAIN EDITION who has won two novices races comfortably and is ridden by James Doyle.
Racing Breaks Tip: FAIRYLAND
3:05 - King Edward VII Stakes
The Group 2 race also known as the Ascot Derby is second on the day, which sees 3 year old's battle it out over a distance of 1m 3f. DELANO ROOSEVELT, ridden by Ryan Moore has been backed well. He ran very well in the Derby Trial at Leopardstown which saw him secure 2nd from far back in the field. Having said that, he needs to prove his consistency after a very disappointing 6th in the Derby. Chapman is ‘taking a chance’ and backing WELLS FARHH GO who is a strong outsider at 9/1, despite coming 6th in the Dante at York. This appears a much more open race than the first, but after winning his first two starts, WELLS FARHH GO offers great value.
Racing Breaks Tip: WELLS FARHH GO
3:40 - Commonwealth Cup
The third race of the day is a Group 1 sprint race for three-year old's over a distance of 6f. The race which was launched in 2015 and replaced the Buckingham Palace Stakes sees a very large field. There are 22 runners this year, nearly double the amount that raced in 2017. With the previous 2 years races seeing the favourite win, could this be a good omen for SIOUX NATION? The horse opens up as favourite with good wins in the Group 2 Norfolk at last years meeting and the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes. Today’s conditions are ideal for the horse and with Ryan Moore on board, this will be hard to beat today. Other notable mentions include SANDS OF MALI who is backed by Chapman at 8/1, having narrowly beaten INVINCIBLE ARMY (15/2) at Haydock. Our Racing Breaks insider has backed EQUILATERAL, trained by Charles Hills who won this race in 2015 with Muhaarar. This horse looks an exceptional prospect.
Racing Breaks Tip: SIOUX NATION or EQUILATERAL
4:20 - Coronation Stakes
The 4:20 race is the feature race of the day which will be fiercely contested by three-year old fillies. The Group 1 race won by Ryan Moore last year is decided over a distance just over 7f. ALPHA CENTAURI emerges as the early favourite in this well contested race. The horse ridden by Colm O’Donoghue impressed Mark Chapman when running back into form with a win at Curragh in the Irish 1000 Guineas. This horse runs well on fast ground, and conditions today should contribute to a strong run. Shane Anderson likes the look of VERACIOUS who is running for the first time this year under Racing Break’s ambassador, Frankie Dettori. The horse won in good fashion over 7f at Newmarket last year, yet missed the 1000 Guineas. BILLESDON BROOK trained by Richard Hannon has to be in the mix as well after a surprising win in the 1000 Guineas at Newmark as a massive outsider (66/1). Also successful at Longchamp, so could go very well.
Racing Breaks Tip: BILLESDON BROOK
5:00 - Sandringham Stakes
Another big field in the 5pm race with 23 runners contesting over a distance of 1m. The penultimate race is very open with AGROTERA opening up as favourite at a price of 9/2. The horse has been well rested and raced very strongly when it won at Windsor. Having said that, it failed to beat DATHANNA (18/1) in a 4 horse race last month. Anderson from Racing.com is very interested in GANAYEM who is ridden today by our other Racing Breaks ambassador, Jim Crowley. The horse has lived up to expectations after winning both its starts this year. Having led all the way in her last race at Goodwood, expect this horse to be there or thereabouts from the very start of the race.
Racing Breaks Tip: AGROTERA
5:35 - Duke of Edinburgh Stakes
The final race before we head into the last day at Royal Ascot is raced over 1m 4f and once again produces a large list of runners. Frankie is aboard THUNDERING BLUE who has won impressively over a distance of 1m 2f last summer, winning three times. This race is over a slightly longer distance, but the horse proved to finish extremely strongly at York which makes assurances that it can win over this longer distance. Other contenders include TOP TUG who is a strong outsider at 14/1 after coming fourth in this race last year and there is no reason to suggest that the horse can’t go well again. COUNT CALABASH is also a strong pick despite being up 6lbs. Perhaps Charles Bishop could pick up a win for a horse who is in the form of its life.
Racing Breaks Tip: COUNT CALABASH