The blog kicks off with two bets on day one at Royal Ascot.
2.30 ROYAL ASCOT 1M QUEEN ANNE STAKES GROUP ONE :
10 runners declared for 1 mile Queen Anne stakes.The first of three group one races on day one at Royal Ascot .The two standout horses here are TORANADO & VERRAZANO both proven group one winners .
TORANADO : Won five times from 8 starts ,won twice last season ,including the Craven at Newmarket & the group one Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood ,beating the useful Drawn Approach .Finished the season with disappointing run in Juddmonte International at York finishing last of 6 over 10 furlongs ,though never looked right that day .Goes well fresh, having won first time out for last two seasons and has obvious claims returning to 1 mile .
VERRAZANO : High class American colt for Todd Pletcher ,winning six out 10 on the dirt ,including two grade one races .Made promising debut for Aiden O ' Brien,finishing third in Lockinge Stakes at Newbury behind Olympic Glory on his first start on the turf .Looks sure come on for that run and looks interesting contender .
VERDICT : Toranado is 5LB clear on official ratings and looks the one to beat on the pick of last seasons form ,though 10-11 looks short for horse that hasn't run for 300 days, on the back of disappointing run in Juddmote International at York last August .
VERRAZANO ran promising race in Lockinge at Newbury and should be spot on for this race,with that run under his belt. With most of Aiden O 'Briens horses this season they have improved greatly for first run of the season .In race lacking strengh in depth VERRAZANO looks the each-way bet against short price fav .
3.45 ROYAL ASCOT 5F KING STAND STAKES GROUP ONE:
17 runners declared for King Stand stakes,though this looks competitive race the three stand out proven group one performers are SHE SHEA ,SOLE POWER & HOT STREAK .
SHEA SHEA : Useful South African sprinter and three time grade one winner .Ran with credit in Uk last season finishing close second in this race last year, beaten neck by Sole Power .Also finished close second in Nunthorpe at York in August .Finished close third in Al Quoz at Meydan in March on World Cup night . Should be thereabouts ,though seems to come up just short in top group one races in Uk .
SOLE POWER :Grand seven year old ,been running in all top sprint races for last four seasons ,winning two grade one races ,including winning this race last year . Been in decent form this season winning group three Palace House stakes at Newmarket last time.Looks sure to run his race has and solid each-way claims .
HOT STREAK : Improving three year old colt winning 4 from 8 , won twice last season ,including winning by 5 lenghs over C&D in Cornwallis at Ascot in October ,also finished exellent second in G1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket .Been in good form this season finishing just behind Sole Power in Palace House Stakes at Newmarket on his first start this season .Improved for that race last time when winning group two Temple Stakes at Haydock .Looks to be progressing with each race .
VERDICT : This looks competitive group one sprint .Last years first and second Sole Power & Shea Shea should both go well again .
However the progressive three year old HOT STREAK can land this group one contest .Was impressive winner of Cornwallis Stakes over course and distance last term .Won the Temple stakes at Haydock last time in good style and still looks open to plenty improvement.
ROYAL ASCOT DAY ONE SELECTIONS ;
VERRAZANO 2.30 ROYAL ASCOT
£50.00 EACH-WAY @ 9-2 BET365*
1/4 ODDS 1-2-3
(SECOND SP 6-1 PROFIT £25.00)
HOT STREAK 3.45 ROYAL ASCOT
£50.00 EACH-WAY @ 4-1 BET365*
1/4 ODDS 1-2-3-4
(THIRD SP 3-1 LEVEL )