Day two of the five-day Royal Ascot festival looks like a punting minefield, with a number of very competitive handicaps.
However, there are still plenty of classy horses on show for us to get stuck into, yet I am very keen on the chances of two fillies.
The first comes in the shape of Chigun, from the Lady Cecil stable. It would be a very poignant victory, in memory of her former trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who sadly passed away recently.
He was always a dab hand when it came to training fillies, and no doubt his wife will have picked up many of his tricks and techniques, as-well as understanding how to treat individuals.
Chigun was last seen cosily landing a Group three in Ireland, under the expert guidance of Tom Queally. She has came on since her defeat earlier in the season, to Dank who also re-appears on Wednesday.
Chigun looks one still firmly on the upgrade, and with Lady Cecil’s stable being in great form, the 7/2 looks tremendous value.
Her main challenger looks set to be from the favourite Duntle, having already had a course and distance win to her name, after landing the Sandringham last year. She will strip fitter from her last run in Ireland, and another bold run is expected. Yet, at the odds, I am more inclined to side with Chigun, who is nearly double price at the minute.
Our other main selection of the day is classy filly, The Fugue.
She lines up against the males in the Prince of Wales’ Stakes, having had a lengthy lay-off since her third in the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare’s turf.
She is a ten-furlong specialist, having won two of her three starts over the distance, her only defeat coming at the Breeders Cup.
Her mix of high cruising speed, and a magnificent turn of foot will come into play on Wednesday, as there is set to be a strong gallop set by Windsor Palace.
Her two main rivals look set to be favourite Al Kazeem and last year’s Derby winner, Camelot.
The pair locked horns at the Curragh last month with Al Kazeem coming out on top in a tactical affair.
However tomorrow Camelot’s staying ability will come more into play with a truly run race, and a stiff galloping track. I expect Camelot to reverse the placings, however he may find one too good if The Fugue is wound up to her full potential.
Of the other races on the card, there are very few that really interest me from a betting perspective, as there looks to be many races that are just too close to call.
If I was pushed to select one more on the card, it would have to be Garswood in the opener, who looks set to appreciate the step back to 7f.
He landed a 7f listed handicap very comfortably at Newmarket before going on to disappoint slightly in the Guineas, when he was never really in the race.
Richard Fahey is in good form, and the current 5/1 does appeal in what looks an open race.
2 points win: Chigun @ 7/2 (Various)
1 point e.w double: The Fugue & Garswood @ 41/1 (Paddy Power)