Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Royal Ascot Wednesday - The Monster

Off to a flyer! Canford Cliffs and Goldikova justified all the hopes placed on them by filling the first 2 places, and Frankel also won as expected. Absolutely smashing start with the recommendations.

By beating Goldikova fair and square, Canford Cliffs can be crowned the king miler of the world at this moment. Hopefully Frankel can meet both of those champions in a championship mile race later this year. The Galileo colt did not produce the fire works many were expecting, and opinions are abundantly diverging as to what to make of his narrow win. My take is that the connections got the tactics wrong on him and he was given a harder race than he should have. Probably it would have been best for his jockey to set for home two furlongs from home, and not four! Once he's in clear daylight, it's hard to gauge if he was idling or actually tiring. Anyway, both mile races were a joy to watch.

Wednesday is all about the Monster from Down Under. So You Think should have no trouble landing the Prince of Wales Stakes. The opposition is not feeble, but SYT is just a class apart. Twice Over will be better suited to this 10 furlong distance than the Lockinge mile, but he seems to be missing a step this year. Anyway, he's not of the class of SYT. Rewilding runs well fresh but will be better suited by 12 furlongs. Planteur is a high-class horse that I really like. The distance will really suit him and he's the one that can get close to SYT. But bar any accident, SYT should have way too much class for all of them. So You Think to win is the recommendation.

Win: So You Think

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