Royal Ascot Day 4

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14:30 Ascot 18 Jun 2021 

Albany Stakes

Hellomydarling (0.5pt EW 16/1 5places PP)

Looked to still have something in hand when winning on debut just a week ago at Goodwood and comes from breeding that suggests that this could be a minimum trip here. Will be staying on at the business end and that may just hold the key should the forecast rain fall to make this a tough test for this short distance runners. Has an RPR rating of 102 off the back of that run which also puts her right in the mix here from what looks a decent draw too.

15:05 Ascot 18 Jun 2021 

King Edward Vii Stakes

Tasman Bay (1pt win only 14/1)

Has put in a couple of very creditable runs behind top class opposition since his win at Newcastle back in March. That win also ties him in pretty favorably with a couple of these here too. Breeding would certainly suggest that this step up in trip will suit and there may still be more to come from another selection that won’t mind a drop or two of rain.

15:40 Ascot 18 Jun 2021 

Commonwealth Cup

Dragon Symbol (1pt win only 13/2)

Won his first 4 races in good style and stepped up markedly again on that form when just narrowly denied by Rohaan in the G2 Sandy Lane Stakes tackling bottomless ground for the first time. That race not only proved how genuine this selection is but also that he is very versatile regards to conditions and teak tough to boot. That run has to put him bang in the mix with possible further improvement to come.

16:20 Ascot 18 Jun 2021 

Coronation Stakes

Empress Josephine (1pt win only 7/1)

Impeccably well bred Irish 1000 Guineas winner who has a decent bit of form from just 4 runs over a few of these rivals here. Trip is a bare minimum however so expect to see her flashing home late. Will relish any rain that falls but will not be too inconvenienced should it not come either. Further progression can be expected and needs to be taken seriously.

17:00 Ascot 18 Jun 2021 

Sandringham Stakes

Riknnah (0.5pt EW 6 places various)

Improving sort who arrives here on the hat trick following a novice win under a penalty last time out. Will need to step up on that form again to feature here but goes from a mark on handicap debut that doesn’t look overly harsh. A well bred filly who is still unexposed, won’t mind this step back up in trip and should be versatile should the rain start to get in. In good hands too.

17:35 Ascot 18 Jun 2021 

Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes

Aaddeey (1pt win 6/1) + Khagan (0.5pt EW 50/1 5places various)

Aaddeey was runner up behind a very progressive sort on reappearance and followed that up with an out of sight victory over an above average field next time out. Has gone up 13lb for that win but the way in which he went about that race against the opposition that day suggests that he is still not done at this revised mark. Trip looks ideal and versatile regards to ground conditions. Khagan was a very useful performer in France for Andre Fabre but spent 562 days off the track before joining his new yard and has not performed to the same level for them as yet. That said this step back up in trip here today with the rain forecast looks to give this one the perfect opportunity for a revival. Huge odds if able to get back to somewhere near from this falling mark.

18:10 Ascot 18 Jun 2021 

Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes

Significantly (1pt win only 11/1 Betfred) + Hala Hala Hala (0.5pt EW 50/1 6 places Will Hill)

Runner up in last 2 races and the form of those races is really starting to stack up. What we have seen come from these two races make this ones mark look a pretty fair one should he arrive in the same form. Versatile with conditions and has no excuses from the draw today. Hala Hala Hala is one at monster odds that will need keeping an eye on too. Goes from the opposite side of the draw but we have seen winners there already this week and the rain could throw another spanner in the works today. Had undergone wind surgery before her latest reappearance race where she showed signs of that early 2 year old promise, been given time to come on for that and is dangerous to discount dropping into Handicap company for the first time.

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