ROYAL ASCOT DAY 4 – Alan comes into this fixture having selected 22/1 winner South Pacific, in the King George V Stakes at Ascot on Thursday. Here are his thoughts on Friday’s card.
2.30 6f Albany Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) (Class 1) (2yo)
SILENT WAVE is a very interesting runner for the Charlie Appleby team after a rather explosive debut at Goodwood. He ran green there but quickened up well and won easily.
The form hasn’t been franked but I expect the Appleby team to have him ready fitness-wise. With a normal amount of improvement I can see him going very close here.
3.05 1m4f (1m3f211y) King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) (Class 1) (3yo)
JAPAN was my Epsom Derby selection and will be again, even though he is a short price to be successful here.
His run in the Derby was very good indeed and I think if he had been on the inside rail he would have won. Wayne Lordan dropped his whip 100 yards from home, which probably didn’t make much difference, but he absolutely flew home.
This race for me looks easier than the Derby itself and it will be very disappointing should he not be successful here with Ryan Moore aboard.
3.40 6f Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1) (3yo)
HELLO YOUMZAIN lowered the colours of Calyx at Haydock last time out and could be value here to outdo the Coolmore battalion, which is headed by Ten Sovereigns.
Hello Youmzain was very impressive last time out and showed that his previous form, when winning the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte as a two-year-old, marked him down as a useful type.
Trainer Kevin Ryan knows what it takes to win a big race and this horse could give him his big day in the sun.
He finished fourth in the Greenham at Newbury and was keeping on at one pace. The ground will be no issue here and he should put up a big performance.
4.20 1m (7f213y) (Rnd) Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies) (Class 1) (3yo)
This market is dominated by Hermosa and it is easy to see why after her last two victories. However, there is definite each-way value in this race.
HAPPEN produced a very good performance under Ryan Moore last time out at The Curragh when coming from off the pace to land the Athasi Stakes, getting there in the final strides.
She had shown good form before that when second to the ill-fated Lady Kaya in the 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown and another bit of improvement here should see her giving her stablemate plenty to think about.
5.00 1m (Str) Sandringham Stakes (Handicap) (Fillies) (Class 2) (3yo 0-105)
Ed Walker knows what it takes to win this race as he showed in 2018 when taking it with Agrotera under Jamie Spencer. HOTSY TOTSY is his runner this time around and Jamie Spencer teams up again.
She has been very impressive in her last two runs and looks to have been lined up perfectly for this. She broke her maiden at Salisbury when beating Alhakmah, who came out and won next time to frank the form.
She then went to the all-weather surface at Kempton and absolutely bolted up.
I’m sure there is a little more progression to come and I can see a very big run here from a filly who travels and quickens and can stay well.
She is my nap of Day 4.
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5.35 1m4f (1m3f211y) Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) (3yo+ 0-105)
ARTHURIAN FAME could cause uproar in the Ascot parade ring should he be successful as Joseph O’Brien has a group of exuberant Blackrock lads as the owners and they know how to celebrate!
This horse has gone up a total of 17lbs from both his runs this season and his last win was the most impressive for me.
Hayley Turner came over from the UK for the ride in a lady riders confined race and kicked him on a furlong and a half out and he showed a good turn of foot and went clear before the advantage was reduced close home.
As a four-year-old, this horse could be still improving and can go very close here.