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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Royal Ascot Day Five

The Final day at Royal Ascot with two feature races being group one Diamond Jubilee stakes over 6 furlongs & Group two Hardwick Stakes over 12 furlongs .

Going concentrate on group two Hardwicke stakes at 3.05 .which looks interesting race with nine runners declared .The three main contenders look to be Mount Athos , Ektihaam & Thomas Chippendale .

3.05 ROYAL ASCOT 1 MILE 4F HARDWICKE STAKES G2
MOUNT ATHOS : Improving six year old ,won three times last season, including group three Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury in August beating Brown Panther .Returned to action with an easy win at Chester in May in G3 Ormonde stakes .Should go well ,though not certain to be suited by this shorter trip .

EKTIHAAM :Shown improved form this season ,finishing good third on Seasonal reappearance in Gordon Richard stakes at Sandown behind the very useful Al Kazeem .Looked very impressive last time when winning over C&D in listed race at Ascot beating Thomas Chippendale by 6 lenghs.Looks open to plenty improvement over this trip .

THOMAS CHIPPENDALE :C&D winner at Royal Ascot winning G2 King Edward V11 stakes last season .Finished second on both starts this season ,including excellent second behind Al Kazeem in Gordan Richard stakes .Has plenty to find with Ektihaam on there last meeting ,though looked unsuited by slowly run race.

VERDICT : Mount Athos is 2LB clear on BHA ratings and looks typical Luca Cumani improving older horse .However this shorter trip is concern .All his best form seems to be over 1 mile 5 + and could get done for pace over this shorter trip .

EKTIHAAM looks open to plenty improvement over this trip and looked very good when winning over C&D last time beating the reliable Thomas Chippendale by 6 lenghs .Looks the one to beat and odds around 3-1 look fair value .

Thomas Chippendale goes well here at Ascot and would be suited  by any rain having won twice on soft ground ,though has plenty to find with Ektihaam. Looked unsuited by slowly run race that day .Should get much stronger pace today and can go well decent odds .


SATURDAY 22ND JUNE 
EKTIHAAM 3.05 ROYAL ASCOT 
0.50 PTS EACH-WAY @ 3-1 BET365*
(SLIPPED UP ) UNPLACED 9-4  LOSS £100)