Royal Ascot Day One

Royal Ascot is here again! What a way to kick things off with this boy above. Frankel is back and bids for his eleventh straight win and seventh Group One! Can’t wait to see this majestic animal in full flow again! As with most major meetings I will cover every race, every day and see how well we do. Saturday may be a problem though as I’m off on a lads weekend to Bellingham!
Anyway here are my best three tomorrow :
MOST IMPROVED 1545 ASCOT – (nap) (WON – 9-1) highly regarded horse that suffered a setback earlier in the year. Was one of the worst hampered in the French Derby just as he was getting going. GABRIAL ran a stormer last time, but I’m not sure he’s up to this, but will have an each way saver on him.
HONEYMEAD 1525 THIRSK – (nb) (unplaced) has been running well lately and appreciates the cut in the ground. Running in this race against her own sex must give her a sterling chance!
SIR PRANCEALOT 1625 ASCOT – (treble) (unplaced) was very impressive at Sandown last time and has also won on good ground. Richard Hannon has a cracking record in this race and his two year olds are just getting going.
Now here are the rest of Ascot :
FRANKEL 1430 (WON – 1-10! WHAT A HORSE, THE BEST EVER!) who is going to stop this horse? It certainly won’t be any of this lot! For an each way squeak at a big price I’d also go for WORTHADD who ran poorly at Epsom and the drop back to a mile may help.
HAMISH MCGONAGALL 1505 (unplaced) ran second in his only group one race in the Nunthorpe last year and is always knocking on the door. Has won 4 on good to soft and been placed three times in the past season on it. Will also give TANGERINE TREES (unplaced) a go. Won the Abbaye last year and has been a smart sprinter, the ground at Haydock last time was too firm. Both of these each way!
SENTRY DUTY 1700 (unplaced) has been out of form lately but will have much better ground for him in the race. Fallon is a master at getting these old dual purpose horses around and I fancy him to do it well.
PARLIAMENT SQUARE 1735 (unplaced) was a costly purchase and was well beaten on ground that was softer than ideal. The ground should be better here and you can’t ignore an O’Brien juvenile at Ascot. Decent price too!
Stats as of 19/6/12
WINS 57/317= 17.9%
NAPS 21/86 = 24.4%
PLACED 77/317 = 24.2%
WIN OR PLACED 134/317 = 42.2%

Remember if you are having a wager to bet within your means. These are my selections and I am not suggesting you follow my advice, I only do this for a bit of fun!

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