Royal Ascot Day 2

Well the first day wasn't great for the blog! Not even a place other than KINGMAN. Was a cracking first day though and I must take my hat off to SOLE POWER! What a performance that was!
 
On to Day 2 and hopefully a little more luck!
 
JERSEY STAKES 1430

Another intriguing contest to get us going. The French have an interesting contender with Frankie on board in REDBROOK and he could improve even more. MUSICAL COMEDY could run a big race and give us a Royal winner but I'm opting for SUDIRMAN who has Group 1 winning form and the softer ground can be offered for the last two lesser performances.
 
QUEEN MARY STAKES 1505

ANTHEM ALEXANDER (TREBLE) has a great chance to further boost the breeding credentials of STARSPANGLEDBANNER. The way she won at Tipperary suggested greater things to come and with the owner opting for this race for here it further boosts her credentials for me. PASTORAL GIRL should like this ground and could improve on her first run at a huge price.
 
PRINCE OF WALES'S STAKES 1545

I think TREVE will win this despite the latest defeat. However I am fascinated to see who wins out of THE FUGUE and DANK for the place money. I'm opting for DANK to improve again.
 
DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES 1625

SKY LANTERN is key here, if she shows the form of her win here last year she will take some pegging back. However, fillies with a penalty to carry seem to always lose in this race! INTEGRAL has alot going for her and she ran so well for me last time. WOODLAND ARIA could also be around at the end.
 
ROYAL HUNT CUP 1700

BURANO (NAP) has the credentials for this race. He has only one win to his name but his last two runs have been very eyecatching. He had no real luck in running when in behind at Newbury and then travelled well at headquarters. A big field on this wide track should help him find the space and this race suits a late fast finisher. The draw should help too. NICEOFYOUTOTELLME travelled so well last time when winning and could be the danger.
 
SANDRINGHAM HANDICAP 1735

MAJEYDA has the class to take this. She ran well in the 1000 Guineas and in a Group 3 too and is top weight for a reason. Class is class and I think she's very good but I'm going against her and against the decisions of Hughes and Dettori and I'm opting for MIDNITE ANGEL (NB) to show her class again. If she reproduces the run behind J WONDER last year and goes up with the pace she could take some pegging back.
 
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The Cambridgeshire

Not long now until the 'Rematch', who will conquer who this time?………. More next week on this.
 
On to today one of the most competitive and exciting handicaps hits us, The Cambridgeshire! If you find the winner of this you're a good man, or your lucky pin did well. Some other cracking races to look forward to, including another rematch of the fillies, plus some damn good jumping action.
 
Enjoy the racing and good luck if you're having a flutter!
 
GRANDAD'S HORSE 1450 MARKET RASEN (nap) – (unplaced) this horse should run a cracker today. He will relish the ground and won well here on his chase debut earlier in the summer. That day he defeated PANTXOA, who has gone on to frank the form twice with impressive wins. My guy looks appealing off a mark of 137 and could have a big season ahead.
 
MONT RAS 1750 HAYDOCK (nb) – (unplaced) won well for me on this blog when winning at 25-1 at York from the front. Has been raised 5lbs since but that won't stop him on ground he will love and with a course record that reads 1112. Another great chance today.
 
ELSAFEER 1630 MARKET RASEN (treble) – (3rd – 17-2) has been off the track for ages but is a talented horse. He has been dropped back to a previous winning mark and with COOL BARANACA lumping a penalty today I think my selection will win this easily.
 
JUST THE JUDGE 1510 NEWMARKET – (unplaced) I'm definitely laying SKY LANTERN here (idiot!!), she won't reverse the form with ELUSIVE KATE on this ground. However, I think my selection will defeat them both. She has always been high class and the last run was so bad it should be ignored. She is dropped back to a mile and I think the first two will take each other on too early and my girl will swoop late, that's if Frank doesn't give her too much to do!!!

SAM SHARP 1550 NEWMARKET – (unplaced) what a race this is! If you pick the winner of this you have done a hell of a job, or your pin is very lucky! I've got this down to two. Firstly, THA'IR has his ground and runs off a very appealing mark considering his exploits as a 2 y o. My only doubt is the very low draw. My selection is also low, but I love how progressive this horse has been this year and the way he defeated SENNOCKIAN STAR at York was impressive, as was his run behind SNOWBOARDER prior to that. TRES CORONAS has a sniff, but this might be too short and the connections of ASCRIPTION must be gutted that no rain has fallen this week.

LASTCHANCELUCAS 1430 CHESTER – (unplaced) has the softer ground in his favour and a return to 6f will help, as will the drop to a mark of 84. As always her the draw is key, mine needs to overcome that but has a great chance.

BEAR BEHIND 1530 HAYDOCK – (unplaced) this horse hasn't quite lived up to the standards he set last year when winning off 97 ( then disqualified ) againsy HAMISH MCGONAGALL. Is now back to a mark of 98 and has been overlooked with more focus on his stablemate. He has form on this ground and will be a huge price.

O CROTAIGH 1520 MARKET RASEN – (2nd – 7-2) loves it here and ran well earlier in the year here. He has now dropped to an appealing mark and will run well off it at this distance and class.


BLOG STATS :

Naps 43/209 = 20.5%
Wins 174/1054 = 16.5%
Placed 276/1054 = 26.2%

Win and Placed = 42.3%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£61.83