On Tuesday we see the start of Royal Ascot meeting with some excellent racing over the next five days . On day one we have three group one races with Queen Anne and King Stand, the two most interesting races .
2.30 ROYAL ASCOT QUEEN ANNE STAKES G1 :
8 runners declared for group one Queen Anne Stakes for four year olds and upwards, over 1 mile .This looks very high quality contest ,with the three stand out performers .Able Friend , Night Of Thunder & Solow .
ABLE FRIEND : Useful 5-Y-0 gelding from Hong Kong ,winning 12 from 18 starts (11 wins at Sha Tin ) including four group ones .Rated 127 and 3LB clear on official ratings ,though not easy assess having beaten the same horses in recent races at Sha Tin . This straight mile on stiffer track will be different test .
NIGHT OF THUNDER : Won 4 from 9 starts ,including winning group one 2000 guineas at Newmarket last season .Returned to winning ways ,when winning group one Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last time .That looks strong form ,with three winners coming out of the race .Should go well with ideal conditions .
SOLOW : Useful French 5-Y-0 gelding winning 8 of last 9 starts .including winning group one Dubai Turf at Meydan in March over 9 furlongs, beating The Great Gatsby by 4.5 lenghs .Won Group one Prix D'ispahan last time at Longchamp in good style .Drops back to mile ,though obvious claims .
VERDICT : On official ratings Able Friend is rated one best milers in the world , though still has prove he will be as effective away from Sha Tin on stiff straight track .
At the prices NIGHT OF THUNDER looks solid each-way play at around 5-1 ,had some useful form last season,including winning 2000 guineas at Newmarket and looked good as ever when winning group one Lockinge stakes at Newbury last time .
Solow has looked good winning his last 6 starts ,including winning two group ones ,though odds around 13-8 look short enough, back over this shorter trip .
NIGHT OF THUNDER 2.30 ROYAL ASCOT
0.50 PTS EACH-WAY @ 5-1 BET365 *
(UNPLACED SP 4-1 LOSS £100.00)