Royal Ascot: Behind enemy lines
As featured in the Racing Post, William Hill horse racing compiler Jamie McBride reveals a bookie's perspective ahead of Royal Ascot 2010.
Which of the big three do you fear most in the Queen Anne Stakes?
Goldikova is a superstar and will be hard to beat. Paco Boy won a weak Lockinge last time and is held by Rip Van Winkle on their Sussex Stakes form.
Canford Cliffs or Mafki in the St James's Palace?
Canford Cliffs looks one to take on there's no reason why Mafki can't progress at the same rate as him. Steinbeck and Siyouni are also credible opponents.
Who do you think will win the Gold Cup?
At current prices I like Kasbah Bliss. Age of Aquarius looks very short to me as, on breeding, he is far from certain to appreciate the step up in trip.
How do you see the King's Stand / Golden Jubilee going?
The Golden Jubilee looks wide open but Showcasing is very short; however promising his reappearance was, was still beaten by Prime Defender.
Who are the ones to watch from Ireland?
Bangalore Gold won impressivley last time and can go close in the Buckingham Palace. Samuel Morse has a big reputation and must be feared in the Coventry.
Who do you fear in the Royal Hunt Cup and the Wokingham?
Both look typically wide open but St Moritz in the Hunt Cup and Ingleby Lady in the Wokingham are worthy of the shortlist.
Which juvenile excites you most this week?
As mentioned, Samuel Morse. Crying Lightening won well on her debut and can run a big race in the Queen Mary.
Who is value to be top jockey and trainer?
The 10/3 quotes for Richard Hughes looks big - he should be favourite in my opinion. Logic follows that Richard Hannon can go close in the top trainer market.
Who is your outstanding bet of the week?
Richard Hughes to be top jockey.
Give us a life changing Lucky15
- Total Gallery in the King's Stand
- Strawberrydaquiri in the Windsor Forest
- London Stripe in the King George V Handicap
- Ingleby Lady in the Wokingham