We’re hoping for some big winners from this week’s Royal Ascot tips and have enlisted the help of expert racing pundits to mark our card each day.
Anita Chambers has provided six selections for Wednesday as this highlight of Britain’s sporting and social calendar continues.
2.30 CHELSEA CLOISTERS
Wesley Ward has made no secret of the regard in which he holds his Queen Mary Stakes market leader.
The American handler’s juveniles always merit the utmost respect and this filly made all for an eight-length success on her only start so far at Keeneland.
She will certainly know her job and Ward is looking for a fourth win in this race, scoring with Jealous Again in 2009, Acapulco in 2015 and Lady Aurelia two years ago.
3.05 SOUTHERN FRANCE
Aidan O’Brien’s entry can make a smooth transition from Listed company to Group Two glory in the Queen’s Vase.
Unraced as a juvenile, he has made rapid strides after finishing second on his racecourse bow, graduating from a Leopardstown maiden win to his Listed triumph at Navan last time out.
This seems a logical step for a St Leger type, who looks a typically progressive son of the great Galileo.
Marco Botti’s runner can improve on last year’s second place in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.
She was beaten just under a length by Qemah before going on to Group Three glory next time out and made a satisfactory return against a couple of race-fit rivals in the Sandown Mile back in April.
Back against her own sex, Botti has had this race in his sights for some time and his patience can pay off.
Martyn Meade’s charge can spring a surprise by overturning hot favourite Cracksman in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.
The latter is unbeaten in his last five starts, most recently landing the Coronation Cup at Epsom, but had a hard race when just getting up to beat Salouen 24 days ago.
Eminent, who has excuses for his poor seasonal return at Chester, finished just three-quarters of a length behind Cracksman when fourth in last year’s Derby.
Meade may have hoped for more progress since but he came home three lengths clear of Salouen in a French Group Two last summer before signing off with a fine third in the Irish Champion Stakes.
The mile cavalry charge that is the Royal Hunt Cup can sometimes have the feel of a lottery about it, but this colt is fancied to make his class tell for Simon Crisford.
He does not have many miles on the clock for a four-year-old and his half-length defeat in a French Listed race last month caught the eye.
5.35 JAMES GARFIELD
Silvestre De Sousa’s mount should be perfectly suited by the seven-furlong trip in the concluding Jersey Stakes.
Winner of the Greenham, it was understandable that trainer George Scott would have a shot at the 2000 Guineas, but the Exceed And Excel colt did not appear to stay, while six furlongs was a shade too sharp in the Sandy Lane at Haydock.
Despite having to shoulder a penalty, James Garfield looks all over a Jersey type.
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