The best race meeting in the World is under way at Royal Ascot and betting and finding winners is only part of the great spectacle. It’s all about entertainment, fashion, fine dinning and beautiful horses plus add to this the excitement of betting and winning and you have the ingredients of the greatest sporting event on the planet.
Royal Ascot was an inovtation of Queen Anne and the first race was run in 1711 and rumour has it that The Gambling Don tipped the winner.
I wonder what Queen Anne would make of it now with the amazing new grandstand and statues of Frankie Dettori and Frankel to view.
Talking of Frankel did you see the Channel 4 documentary about Sir Henry Cecil and the great horse?
I thought it was a super bit of television capturing the bond between the two of them. The only thing that annoyed me was there was no mention during the program of jockey Tom Queally who rode the horse in every single race and never put a foot wrong. Surely he deserved some recognition.
Today’s card at the Royal meeting again is very high class and for Howies Hottie I had a choice between the Queen Mary and the Hunt Cup and decided to go for the big handicap as the horse is a bigger price.
The tip is Spark Plug in the Ascot 5.0 from the Brian Meehan camp whose yard is on fire at the moment. The horse was gelded over the winter and is now bigger and stronger. I’m hoping they go a fast pace as he stays the trip well and has a very good burst of pace which could be put to good use in the final drive to the line.
Opal Tiara trainer M.Channon – Noted running on strongly in the last at Ascot yesterday when the pace was on the other side of the track. I’m sure if she had been drawn lower she might well have won.
Tizlove Regardless trainer M.Johnston – Ran well last week finishing 2nd and could be suited by further than a mile.
George William trainer R.Hannon – A hot favourite when beaten at Haydock the race was not run to suit and he is better than that.
Top Notch Tonto trainer B.Ellison – A very nice winner at York last Saturday and he can win group races when the mud is flying.
So Beloved trainer D.O’Meara – Very disappointing at York but this fellow needs faster ground and when he gets it he is to be reckoned with.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.