We were left with only one selection on Thursday, as our single, Alive Alive Oh, was declared a non-runner.
However we yielded a decent profit, as Top Trip who was advised each-way at 20/1, was backed into 7/1, finishing a close third behind favourite Estimate in the Gold Cup. It was a great run from Top Trip, and he’s one to keep an eye on for the future, along with Altano who was given a rather strange ride to say the least.
Friday opens with the ever competitive Albany Stakes, for which Joyeuse will be of particular warm order for Lady Cecil, who is in great form.
The half-sister of Frankel overcame greenness to land a Lingfield maiden in great fashion. She is open to massive improvement, and should put in a bold performance.
However I am extremely keen on Richard Fahey’s filly Sandiva, who looked a real classy type when landing a listed race at Naas last time out.
He is a shrewd trainer and doesn’t send runners to Ireland without thinking they are going to go extremely close. She backed up her trainer’s confidence in tremendous style, and this, to go with her maiden victory, is the best form in the book.
That was on good-to-firm ground, the current going at Ascot, so the ground is no worries for he daughter of 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand.
The 3/1 currently on offer looks great value, although I do expect a gamble on Joyeuse, so bet with a BOG (Best Odds Guaranteed) firm.
To go with this selection, making our Friday a bet, a win-double, we add Battle of Marengo from the Aidan O’Brien stable.
The highly rated colt lost his unbeaten record in the Derby, when he faded late on, losing two places five yards from the line.
Friday’s field is a lot less competitive than the Epsom Derby, and he should take all the beating, if given a patient ride by Joseph O’Brien.
His main competitor is Greatwood, who was a leading Derby hope, before he flopped in the Dante, missing the race completely. He will arrive at Ascot, and should run into the places if he can put his last run behind him.
Hillstar will go close if he manages to settle early, but Battle of Marengo should have far too much class, and the current shade of odds-on may be subject to an even bigger gamble as he looks to be one of the ‘bankers’ of the week.
2 points win double: Sandiva & Battle of Marengo @ 6.63/1