“UPDATE13/06/17 – How annoying. So Mi Dar, tipped at 20/1 and backed into 6/1, has been withdrawn through injury. It’s even more of a shame as these niggly issues are just relentless with her and it seems unlikely we’ll ever get to see her at her best again.
It was a weak renewal before the withdrawal but now it’s looking like one of the poorest group ones of the meeting. On talent alone Jack Hobbs should be clear favourite; Ulysses is incredibly well bred but hasn’t done enough for me to warrant his price.
What draws me to the Gosden colt is the fat that he’s managed to string together two absolutely top quality races in a row; firstly that run behind Almanzour and Found would have won any normal Champion Stakes and he couldn’t have been more impressive at Meydan when we last saw him.
He may be slightly better with give in the ground but that Champion Stakes third should be good enough to take this and that was on very quick groundover course and distance.
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UPDATE 05/06/17 - Unfortunately, Minding has been withdrawn through injury but hopefully we will be able to see her again before the season ends. That leaves me with one left in here and her running is even unlikely after she was withdrawn at Sandown the other evening. We shall see closer to the time!"
“The feature race on day two of Royal Ascot is the group one Prince Of Wales’s Stakes run over a mile and a quarter. The race was won last year in dramatic fashion by My Dream Boat ahead of subsequent Arc winner Found.” JJ
Of course it’s very early days for Royal Ascot at the moment but this is a race I’ve had my eye on for a while for a couple of these entrants.
Jack Hobbs would be of interest after his seriously impressive victory at Meydan when we last saw him. If we got soft ground he’d be of massive interest but overall I think he’s better over a mile and a half. The first of two fillies I like here is MINDING (2/1), the 2/1 ante-post favourite for the race.
There is no doubt in my mind that 10 furlongs is her optimum distance and 2016’s European horse of the year looked as good, if not better, than ever on her reappearance this season.
In her three-year-old season she took home a whopping five group ones, including the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks. Whilst her best trip is probably one mile two, she still managed to bag group ones ranging from a mile to a mile and a half.
What’s more, she had legitimate excuses for her two losses that year. After taking the 1000 Guineas is impressive fashion she went for the Irish Equivalent in atrocious conditions where she was beaten by a real mud lark in Jet Setting.
Her only other loss came in the highest quality middle distance flat race I can remember in the Irish Champion Stakes, where she didn’t have an ideal run through anyway and still bagged third.
It should be said at this point that the winner of that race, Almanzour, has not been seen since and with the well documented problems in the yard I deem it unlikely he runs in this.
As mentioned before, the great Minding looked in rude health on her first run this season at Naas. ‘The Lads’ absolutely piled into her as well, causing her price to collapse completely into 1/3 from 4/6 a few hours before the off.
She’s clearly trained on from three to four and if she gets there in one piece there is no chance she’ll be 2/1 on the day.
The second filly I quite like for this for each way backers is SO MI DAR (20/1) for John Gosden.
There’s no certainty she’ll go for this as she’s entered in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes as well. But I think she’s a better filly than that and so long as she wins well at York on Friday she should go for this.
She also had an interrupted campaign last season; after bolting up in the Musidora she was forced to miss the Oaks and wasn’t seen again until her prep for Chantily at Yarmouth, which she won comfortably.
Her final start came in the group one Prix de l'Opera Longines where she can be classed as incredibly unlucky.
Frankie was trapped on the rail with nowhere to go for the majority of the race, once she eventually saw daylight Speedy Boarding had got first run and despite making rapid late headway she just couldn’t reel her in.
I’m not certain she was 100% at her best that day either and is still relatively unexposed. Overall, there could be loads more to come from this daughter of Dubawi and at 20/1 she’s worth a stab each way.
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