The biggest race meeting of the year Royal Ascot will most certainly live long in the memory of all racing fans. It was wonderful to see Lady Cecil have a winner although sad to see her gallant Thomas Chippendale collapse after the line when winning the Hardwicke Stakes.
The biggest cheer of the meeting was reserved for the Queen when her superb mare Estimate outstayed all the colts in the hands of our best jockey Ryan Moore to win the Gold Cup.
This was a personal triumph for our Monarch as it’s not easy competing against billionaire sheiks and oligarchs. The story behind Estimate is quite interesting in as much that the Queens racing Manager John Warren negotiated a deal with the Aga Khan to breed from the royal colt Monsun and the Agas mare Ebaziya. He was to keep the colts while the Queen would have all the fillies. This was all achieved on the orders of her Majesty who is one of the foremost experts on horse racing bloodlines.
On the betting front Bankers Bonus had a brilliant Ascot as their nap of the meeting was Estimate advised at 7/1 but even better was to follow on the Saturday.
Now regular readers will remember I was out to dinner a while back with John Francome and we talked about a number of horses trained by his tenant Clive Cox. One of these horses was Lethal Force and John told me he had grown over the winter and was the most improved animal in the yard.
Information of this nature I’m sure you will agree is worth a fortune and the morning of the race myself and all my clients were on at 14/1. Lethal lived up to his name and absolutely bolted in.
The story continues as clients were advised to have the winner in a double with Decent Fella at Lingfield but he was a non runner meaning we had double bubble on our single bet.
We now fast forward to yesterday where clients were again told to bet on Decent Fella at Brighton. He romped in at an advised price of 10/3 but it gets better still as we had him in an each way double with Hamis Al Bin who won at 12/1 giving us a double paying over 50/1.
Readers who took note of last weeks letter would note I told you about Hamis Al Bin being very unlucky in running and he was one to look out for.
Talking about eyecatchers I hope you all had a tickle on Berkshire in the Chesham as last time he ran I said this was a horse to keep tabs on and he scooted in backed down from 28/1 into an s/p of 16/1.
I have no doubt that my FREE eyecatchers even to level stakes must be making you all a tidy profit.
The funny thing is with regards Bankers Bonus we do a weeks trial for less than a tenner and after a couple of losing days many of you dropped off the tree and missed out on all the incredible winners this last week.
I have to tell you short term trials are a waste of time and personally I think you need to be with an adviser for at least three months to see their potential as I’m sure all those that have jumped ship from Bankers Bonus and are reading this must be gutted.
Having said that old clients will always be welcomed back but I do advise join for the long haul to get the best out of it.
There is some super racing today with Carlisle staging its best racing of the year which includes the Carlisle Bell. However for Howies Hottie I’m going down south to Salisbury in the 3.50. This is a competitive mile handicap and my fancy here is for the Roger Charlton trained Top Offer.
My selection is as much based on potential as form. This horse was one of the favourites for last years 2000 gns but finished down the field behind Camelot. Over the Winter he was gelded and made his seasonal debut a few weeks ago when unplaced. I believe he will strip a lot fitter today and on his favoured fast ground should he should be in the mix.
Berkshire trainer P.Cole – As mentioned above another of my selections that romped in during Royal Ascot but the best is yet to come. A big horse who will improve over the Winter and could be a classic contender.
Bunker trainer R.Hannon – He finished 2nd behind Berkshire and is an even bigger horse who will also improve with time.
Joyeuse trainer Lady Cecil – Came from way back to finish 3rd in an Ascot juvenile race and still showed signs of greeness. This half sister to Frankel has a bright future.
Santiefisio trainer K.Dalgleish – Hold up performer who ran twice at Ascot last week both times meeting trouble in running. One to look out for and when he gets a clear run will be difficult to beat.
Sir Graham Wade trainer M.Johnson – Been disappointing this Season but showed a bit more sparkle last time. Could soon surprise at a big price.
Hawkeyethenoo trainer J.Goldie – Denied a clear run behind Lethal Force otherwise might well have been 2nd. This is top class form and he is just as good if not better over 7 furlongs.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.