Not much luck so far at Royal Ascot ,with Mori getting chinned near the finish in the Ribblesdale stakes ,after being heavily supported in the market .Hopefully we can get on the scoreboard on final two days .
Moving on to Day Four at Royal Ascot, going concentrate on the G2 King Edward V11 Stakes .
12 Runners declared for G2 King Edward V11 Stakes over 1M 4F ,for three year old Colts and Geldings .The three main contenders look to be Best Solution , Crystal Ocean & Permian.
BEST SOLUTION : Won 3 out 8 on turf for Saeed Bin Suroor ,including winning the G3 Lingfield Derby trial in May.Slightly disappointing in the Derby,finishing 6.5L eighth of 18 behind Wings Of Eagles ,fading in closing stages .This race looks easier ,though not certain to stay on this stiffer track .
CRYSTAL OCEAN : Lightly raced sort for Sir Michael Stoute ,winning 1 out 3 ,though finished eyecatching third in G2 Dante Stakes at York last time (staying on strongly at the finish) Skipped the Derby, and looks to been trained for this race .Obvious claims with fast ground in his favour .
PERMIAN : Tough sort ,winning 5 out 11 for Mark Johnston ,including winning G2 Dante Stakes at York ,though no show in Derby finishing disappointing tenth of 18 .Obvious claims on the Dante form ,though there has to be question mark over this 1M 4F trip .
VERDICT : CRYSTAL OCEAN looks open to plenty improvement over this longer trip ,was putting in all his best work in closing stages of 10F Dante Stakes at York ,that form looks all the better with the Dante second Benbati ,winning G3 Hampton Court Stakes yesterday .Should be difficult to beat .Odds around 3-1 look fair value .
CRYSTAL OCEAN 3.05
£100.00 WIN @ 3-1 LADBROKES
(THIRD SP 9-4F LOSS £100.00)