Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Royal Ascot 2019: Day Two Results




14:30 QUEEN MARY STAKES (Group 2)
1st  Frankie Dettori silk  23. RAFFLE PRIZE (IRE) 18/1
2nd  John R. Velazquez silk  16. KIMARI (USA) 13/2
3rd  Christophe Soumillon silk  9. FINAL SONG (IRE) 6/1 f
25 ran. NRs: GOOD VIBES KEMBLE (IRE) EMTEN (IRE).
Jockey: Frankie Dettori 
Trainer: Mark Johnston 

15:05 QUEEN'S VASE (Group 2)
1st  Oisin Murphy silk  3. DASHING WILLOUGHBY 6/1
2nd  W. M. Lordan silk  2. BARBADOS (IRE) 20/1
3rd  Andrea Atzeni silk  9. NAYEF ROAD (IRE) 16/1
All 13 ran.
Jockey: Oisin Murphy 
Trainer: Andrew Balding 

15:40 PRINCE OF WALES'S STAKES (Group 1)
1st  Frankie Dettori silk  1. CRYSTAL OCEAN 3/1
2nd  Ryan Moore silk  7. MAGICAL (IRE) 13/8 f
3rd  Pierre-Charles Boudot silk  4. WALDGEIST 4/1
All 8 ran.
Jockey: Frankie Dettori 
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute 

16:20 DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES (Group 2)
1st  Daniel Tudhope silk  9. MOVE SWIFTLY 9/1
2nd  Frankie Dettori silk  13. RAWDAA 4/1
3rd  Ryan Moore silk  1. I CAN FLY 7/2 f
All 17 ran.
Jockey: Daniel Tudhope 
Trainer: William Haggas 

17:00 ROYAL HUNT CUP (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
1st  Jim Crowley silk  13. AFAAK 20/1
2nd  Jamie Spencer silk  27. CLON COULIS (IRE) 16/1
3rd  Nicola Currie silk  14. RAISING SAND 8/1
4th  Robert Havlin silk  30. STYLEHUNTER 22/1
28 ran. NRs: SENIORITY BREDEN (IRE) CRAZY HORSE.
Jockey: Jim Crowley 
Trainer: Charles Hills 

17:35 WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES (Listed)
1st  Ryan Moore silk  14. SOUTHERN HILLS (IRE) 7/1
2nd  Christophe Soumillon silk  10. PLATINUM STAR (IRE) 8/1
3rd  Paul Mulrennan silk  5. GLASVEGAS (IRE) 25/1
21 ran. NRs: SHOW ME SHOW ME LADY QUICKSTEP (IRE) IVATHEENGINE (IRE).
Jockey: Ryan Moore 
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland  

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Royal Ascot 2019: Day One Results


14:30 QUEEN ANNE STAKES (Group 1)
1st  Daniel Tudhope silk  7. LORD GLITTERS (FR) 14/1
2nd  Silvestre De Sousa silk  3. BEAT THE BANK 20/1
3rd  Pierre-Charles Boudot silk  16. ONE MASTER 20/1
All 16 ran.
Jockey: Daniel Tudhope 
Trainer: David O'Meara 

15:05 COVENTRY STAKES (Group 2)
1st  Ryan Moore silk  1. ARIZONA (IRE) 15/8 f
2nd  Tom Marquand silk  16. THREAT (IRE) 4/1
3rd  Oisin Murphy silk  5. GUILDSMAN (FR) 6/1
All 17 ran.
Jockey: Ryan Moore 
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien

15:40 KING'S STAND STAKES (Group 1)
1st  James Doyle silk  2. BLUE POINT (IRE) 5/2
2nd  Jim Crowley silk  1. BATTAASH (IRE) 2/1 f
3rd  Daniel Tudhope silk  10. SOLDIER'S CALL 16/1
All 12 ran.
Jockey: James Doyle 
Trainer: Charlie Appleby 

16:20 ST JAMES'S PALACE STAKES (Group 1)
1st  Ryan Moore silk  2. CIRCUS MAXIMUS (IRE) 10/1
2nd  Adam Kirby silk  4. KING OF COMEDY (IRE) 4/1
3rd  Frankie Dettori silk  10. TOO DARN HOT 2/1 f
All 11 ran.
Jockey: Ryan Moore 
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien

17:00 ASCOT STAKES (HANDICAP)
1st  Richard Kingscote silk  1. THE GRAND VISIR 12/1
2nd  Ryan Moore silk  18. BUILDMEUPBUTTERCUP 7/1
3rd  Jim Crowley silk  3. TIME TO STUDY (FR) 16/1
4th  P. J. McDonald silk  19. FUN MAC (GER) 11/1
19 ran. NRs: THE CASHEL MAN (IRE).
Jockey: Richard Kingscote 
Trainer: Ian Williams 

17:35 WOLFERTON STAKES (Listed)
1st  Daniel Tudhope silk  5. ADDEYBB (IRE) 5/1
2nd  Ryan Moore silk  16. MAGIC WAND (IRE) 9/2 f
3rd  Jim Crowley silk  2. ELARQAM 5/1
All 16 ran.
Jockey: Daniel Tudhope 
Trainer: William Haggas 

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Royal Ascot: An Oldie but a Goodie



If you ask the man on the street what the oldest race or racing festival in the UK is, I expert he will say the Grand National. How wrong he would be though, as the Royal Ascot, a full 100 years + its senior, makes the National look like a veritable new born baby in comparison (admittedly a rather strange looking 180 year old baby, but still..).

The thrill of the likes of the Group one Diamond Jubilee Stakes (current favourite: Invincible Army) and Ascot Gold Cup (Stradivarius short-priced favourite at time of writing) are just days away now. - and of course let's not forget how much everyone gets into Ladies Day and the whole on-course atmosphere and classy nature of the Royal Ascot five day Festival

So whether on-course or primed for a punt in the comfort of your own home, let's take a whistle stop video tour of the many important world events and discoveries that came after this prestigious festival began way back in 1711. Royal Ascot starts on Tuesday 18th June until Saturday 22nd June. Tune in and watch what is sure to become another little piece of racing history!

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Epsom Derby Preview 2019


The Master of Ballydoyle, Aidan O’Brien, has won the Derby six times, including three years in a row between 2012 and 2014, and once again holds a strong hand in the Epsom Classic, due off at 4.30pm on Saturday, June 1, 2019.


Sir Dragonet, an unbeaten son of Camelot, was promoted to favourite, at around 7/2, after an impressive 8-length win over stable companion Norway in the Group 3 Chester Vase, over an extended mile-and-a-half on the Roodeye, despite racing green in the early stages, and looks an outstanding contender.

However, he is closely attended in the antepost betting by the Australia colt Broome, who is more exposed, both has won both starts this term – the Ballysax Stakes and the Derrinstown Derby Trial, both over a mile-and-a-quarter at Leopardstown – with a minimum of fuss. He was only beaten a neck in the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp last October and, at 4/1 or thereabouts, looks another with a solid chance.

Last, but by no means least, of the fancied O’Brien runners comes Anthony Van Dyck, whose is available at around the 5/1 mark after a straightforward 2¼-length win over Pablo Escobarr in the Lingfield Derby Trial. As a son of Galileo, Anthony Van Dyck warrants respect but, having been found wanting on both starts a Group One level as a juvenile – in the National Stakes at the Curragh and the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, behind impressive winner Too Darn Hot – Sir Dragonet looks the pick of the trio.

At the time of writing, connections of Telecaster are yet to decide whether of not to supplement the son of New Approach for the Derby for £85,000 – that is, more than the prize money for fourth place – but he wasn’t stopping at the end of the Dante Stakes, over an extended mile-and-a-quarter at York, and looks worth the investment. Indeed, he was going away from Cartier Champion Two-year-old Colt Too Darn Hot in the closing stages on the Knavesmire, so an extra two furlongs looks with his compass and, at 7/1 or thereabouts, could be the proverbial fly-in-the-ointment as far as the O’Brien camp is concerned, if connections do decide to talk the plunge.

No prizes for originality, I’m afraid but, while Sir Dragonet may not quite fall into the ‘now is the time to bet like men’ category, made famous by the late Richard Baerlain, it was hard not to be impressed by his demolition of the opposition in the Chester Vase.



Selection: Epsom 4.30 Sir Dragonet to win

Saturday, 4 May 2019

2000 Guineas Stakes Result



 















1 Magna Grecia 11/2
2 King Of Change 66/1
3 Skardu 8/1
19 ran Distances: 2½l, 1¾l, hd
Time: 1m 36.84s (slow by 1.84s)