By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 21st June 2018
The Royal Meeting is covered in its entirety by the 2 Clear offer, meaning that if you back a winner and they win by two lengths or more, you get a 15% bonus on your winnings up to £100.
Read on for the rationale behind our Royal Ascot day two selections:
Wesley Ward has won six two-year-old races at the Royal Meeting, including this race, the Queen Mary, three times and is usually spot on when talking up one of his charges pre-race.
He told a recent At The Races stable tour: “She’s [Chelsea Cloisters] probably at the top of all my two-year-olds.”
“Everybody we match her with in the mornings she’s best.”
Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden have won four of the last five editions of this 1m6f handicap between them and the illustrious training duo are responsible for the first five in the betting at the time of writing.
Despite this, neither’s record in the race approaches that of Mark Johnston, who seeks his eighth winner with King’s Proctor.
The colt has repeatedly been outpaced in recording three seconds and a third from his last four runs over shorter trips and the extra two furlongs could see him step up on that form here.
The booking of William Buick, among the Royal Meeting winners again on day one, is a positive for a Marco Botti beast that finished a close second in this race last year.
Receiving 5lbs in weight from the favourite, Hydrangea, she should have every chance of going one better this time around.
Punters are well within their rights to have multiple darts at this 31-runner tidal wave of a handicap, but one to strongly bear in mind is Cape Byron, for whom this is a first run in cheek pieces and a second run after wind surgery.
A scorer over Ascot’s straight mile last September, admittedly off 10lbs lower, he finished fourth behind a race-fit Afaak on his first run this season and that one is currently 12/1 for this.
What’s not to like about an 11/1 shot who has won his the last five races of a six race career? Four of those successes came over the trip he faces here, including one at Ascot last month on the good to firm going he can expect here.
A hold up performer by trade under the master of that modus operandi Jamie Spencer (21 Royal Ascot wins and counting), there’s no telling where his improvement will end.