Royal Ascot 2012

This entry was posted on Monday, June 18th, 2012

Four to Watch

It has been a good few weeks for the posh of late, with the Royals enjoying a popularity splurge in the aftermath of the Jubilee, and various of their type enjoying their annual exhibition in the Big Brother House. And now we have Ascot, where Ladies Day long ceased to become anything other than ironic, and where Royalty is so common, the horses rather blend in.

Here are your 4 to watch:

Tuesday – St Jame’s Palace Stakes:

Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Power is the star-turn in this one, having won the Coventry Stakes last year. Our bet of the day however is a bit of each-way on The Nile.

Wednesday – Prince of Wales’s Stakes:

So You Think put up several top-class performances last season, including runner-up in this race last year behind Rewilding. He will be looking to make amends for that failure having made a successful European reappearance last time out when landing the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.

The main danger to So You Think could emerge from either Carlton House or Farhh, the former owned by the Queen (expect lots of BBC fawning) and a third-placed finisher in last season’s Derby, whilst the latter is unbeaten in three starts for Godolphin. We still like the favourite however.

Thursday – Gold Cup:

A tougher task awaits Fame And Glory this year as the nag he beat into second twelve months ago, Opinion Poll for one, looked classy winning the Henry II at Sandown last month. But there are other challengers too in the shape of the up-and-coming four-year-olds Saddler’s Rock and Colour Vision. If all four of those come to the party, it could be a truly great Gold Cup, and for that reason we’re laying Fame and Glory.

Saturday – Diamond Jubilee Stakes:

Black Caviar will bid to extend her unbeaten record to 22 when she takes to the Royal Meeting on Saturday afternoon and it would be a huge surprise if the mare were to taste defeat for the first time.

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