Monday 15th June, 2020

Royal Ascot week is always an exciting one and although we are unable to attend, at least our livers will appreciate it.  There is some excellent racing on offer all week and tv watching will be fascinating.

Delighted that Peaceful won the Irish 1000 Guineas as I’d heard a whisper earlier in the year that she was good and she is in all my horses to follow lists.

Another fancy of mine Vatican City, ran an excellent race in the Irish 2000 Guineas, staying on well to be second and a step up in trip looks on the cards.  He was my Derby tip a few weeks ago and although related to some faster horses, he has now halved in price and it would be interesting to see how he gets on if he takes his chance at Epsom.

Some competitive racing tomorrow and another Ballydoyle dark horse Arthur’s Kingdom, takes on stable mate Mogul in the King Edward VII.  The race looks between them and expect some shortening of their odds for the Epsom classic after they have run.

Frankly Darling was impressive on her seasonal debut and looks the one to be on in the Ribblesdale whilst O’Brien’s Circus Maximus will be short odds to win the Queen Anne. My each way fancy is Mohaather of Marcus Tregonning’s.  The four-year-old has lots of potential.

Hoping that Battaash wins the Kings Stand whilst Posting could out-run her odds in the 4.10pm.

The final race on the card the Ascot Stakes, has always been a favourite of mine.  I wish there were more two and a half mile handicaps on the flat.  I tend to back horses trained by jumps trainers although Mark Johnston and Sir Mark I have respect for in such events.  However Andrew Balding’s horses are in great form and he has a good record in staying handicaps and Diocletian could improve for the step up in distance.