Ascot 2.30 – Lord Glitters
This is a slightly crazy start to the meeting, but Lord Glitters was stupidly impressive when winning on Champions Day on this straight track at Ascot and has simply never had the opportunity to run on this fast surface. He is equipped with Jamie Spencer, a past master on this track, and ran out of his skin in The Lincoln off top weight when his yard was badly out of form. This looks a substandard running of the race and this is a horse who will keep rolling when the others have cried enough.
Ascot 3.05 – Calyx
He has impressed just about everyone, and there is zero originality in tipping him, but Calyx is the real deal and his price is perfectly acceptable. Very few horses can achieve what he managed on debut and, for all his trainer is sensibly managing expectations, he is clearly excited. Expect Cosmic Law and Burj to run big races at bigger odds.
Ascot 3.40 – Washington DC (ew)
Quite honestly, he never wins, but this might be the day. Washington DC needs an insane pace meltdown to win one of these top sprints, and he might just get it here with Battaash, Lady Aurelia, Kachy, Gifted Master & co ripping the field apart. His run at Haydock suggested he was as good as ever (if not better) and he’ll be running through the line when others have done their running.
Ascot 4.20 – US Navy Flag
As unsexy a Champion Juvenile as ever there was, this horse ran off his face in the Irish Guineas, posting strong fractions and still clinging on for second. Essentially, I believe him to be a long sprinter, but think this could set up for him perfectly with two stable companions in the race. Watch him poach a nice easy lead and win this race by a fast diminishing margin from Without Parole and Tip Two Win.
Ascot 5.00 – Stratum
I like the angle here, as Willie Mullins has a total stranglehold on the race & the likely favourite is ridden by Ryan Moore. Robert Winston always rides the Tony Bloom horses, however, and I think this horse has the best credentials of the Mullins posse, having run a nice pipe-opener over hurdles recently. He looks tidily handicapped on the best of his form for John Gosden and is completely unexposed both at the distance and on a sound surface.
Ascot 5.35 – Mirage Dancer
I adore this horse and have always believed he would be borderline too class. This is his day: he has great track form, comes out of an insanely strong Listed race here in May, and is trained by about the only man who would have persevered with him, presumably knowing there was a reservoir of talent to be exploited.
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