Royal Ascot Day Four Preview, Friday 18th June

Alan Marron is back to preview Day 4 of Royal Ascot.

Folks, it has been quite a frustrating week so far for my followers as we have had numerous placed selections but are struggling to get that winner on the board. Princess Zoe (28/1) ran a cracker for us yesterday to finish 2nd in the Ascot Gold Cup.

We will be hoping to get that elusive winner today so scroll down and check out my selections. 

2.30 ALBANY STAKES (GROUP 3) 6F

PRETTIEST will be looking to get Aidan O’Brien and the Ballydoyle team off to the perfect start on Day Four.

This filly was very smart on debut at Navan when market vibes were mixed but she got the better of Lopes Gold in very tidy fashion.

The ground was yielding on that occasion so the quicker ground here is somewhat of an unknown but if she handles it I think she looks to be a very smart filly. Lopes Gold was well fancied at Navan but Prettiest travelled well in front and quickened away.

The six furlong trip should be no issue and I think with luck in running she will go close.

3.05 KING EDWARD VII STAKES (GROUP 2) 1M 3F

This is not one of the strongest races of the week and you simply cant ignore the form of the likely favourite ALENQUER.

This horse won his first start of the season at Sandown getting the better of Adayar trained by Charlie Appleby. Adayar franked that form by going on to win the Epsom Derby and that pretty much tells us all we need to know.

Alenquer will no doubt improve from that first start of the season and in my view the opposition looks average to say the least.

The Mediterranean was touted for the Epsom Derby and subsequently got beaten at Leopardstown while Title was a maiden winner at Yarmouth and takes a massive jump in grade.

Alenquer is quoted around the 2/1 mark and I think that is very fair.

Should take the world of beating.

3.40 COMMONWEALTH CUP (GROUP 1) 6F

Johnny Murtagh and Ben Coen team up with an improving filly in MEASURE OF MAGIC and with ground to suit I think she could go very close at a double figure price.

She has two listed victories to her name this season and has landed both with the minimum of fuss. The form of her first victory has worked out extremely well.

She had Logo Hunter back in second who has turned out to be a revelation for the small stable of Michael Browne landing two listed contests in a row in very impressive fashion.

Measure Of Magic deserves her step up in grade to group company and she looks like a solid each-way proposition here.

Should be tough to keep out of the frame.

4.20 CORONATION STAKES (GROUP 1) 7F

SNOW LANTERN is a filly that really impressed me on her first start this season and looked like she could be a very smart filly.

Her second start of the season really disappointed me at York as she failed to settle throughout the race and was just fired up all the way in the hands of Sean Levey and ultimately did well to finish as close as she did behind Primo Bacio.

Her dam Sky Lantern won this race in 2013 and she will be looking to follow in her footsteps if she can settle this time around and finish her race out better.

I still think there is plenty of potential there and once she doesn’t get pestered I think she might run a much better race this time around.

Will be tough to keep out of the frame with luck in running.

5.00 SANDRINGHAM STAKES (HANDICAP) 1M

If Measure Of Magic can land the Commonwealth Cup earlier on the card you must take a strong look at CAMDEBOO her for Ben Curtis and Joseph O’Brien.

This filly was absolutely electric when she broke her maiden tag at Cork when she travelled strongly and quickened away in very impressive fashion.

The form of that race has worked out really well with the second, third and fourth all coming out and winning since.

Camdeboo was dropped down in trip behind Measure Of Magic and it just didn’t work out. I think they went much to quick for her and the step up to a mile here should see her in a much better light.

If she can get back to something like her maiden win then she will be tough to keep out of the frame here.

5.35 DUKE OF EDINBURGH STAKES (HANDICAP) 1M 3F

SCARLET DRAGON landed this race last year off a four pound lower mark with Hollie Doyle on board and the pair team up again here and look to have a strong chance of a repeat victory.

The most noticeable thing for me about this horse is that he hasn’t been seen on the grass on the flat since September last year suggesting to me that this has been the aim and connections were making sure the handicap mark didn’t rise too high.

He really caught the eye last time in the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock where he was disputing second at the last and then just got outpaced and ultimately finished fifth.

Hollie Doyle got a real tune out of him last year and if she can get luck in running he will be the one staying on best of all from off the pace.

Solid each way shout in a tricky contest.

6.10 PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE STAKES (HANDICAP) 5F

A very tricky contest to end Day Four but the Charles Hills trained EQUALITY looks one of the unknown quantities in the field and looks the type to improve off the back of a very impressive all weather victory at Wolverhampton last time out.

The form of that victory hasn’t really worked out but watching the race back on a couple of occasions I was mightily impressed by the manner of victory.

He was ridden by James Doyle on that occasion and sometimes jockeys let them coast home in their own time but James kicked him on and he really stretched away from what looked an average field.

The return to grass here should suit and he looks to have plenty of potential.

Should be tough to keep out of the frame here with luck in running.



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