That Jersey is some race. I had been thinking that it was the ideal race for Dream Castle but in the last 24 hours I have changed my mind and slightly favour Daban. She is a cracking filly and 7f is her trip. I do think Glastonbury Song will run better than his odds suggest too.
Yeah I love him, although he's no longer favourite with Le Brivido in there. This needs to be the day he comes of age, though. Trip, ground and a strong pace should all see him in his element and let's not forget he traded at 1-25 to beat Barney Roy in the Greenham at Newbury but went too soon. I'm glad to see Josephine Gordon given the chance she so richly deserves and another female jockey riding a winner at Royal Ascot is a real possibility.
You mean the Duke of Edinburgh. Yes, he did look really good, but surely there have been few more eyecatching runs this season than that of Mainstream at Newmarket last month. Third to Frontiersman, just behind Top Tug and in front of Big Country - that handicap form is as strong as it gets. Unfortunately he has collapsed in the market recently, so I'll end up taking him on!
That is Mainstream's race I'm afraid and do not be surprised if that 5-1 on offer now halves come the off.
I have said for the last two years or so that Colin Keane is the next Kinane or Smullen. He's a cool customer with a great sectional clock in his brain and lethal from the front. I would love to see him ride a Royal Ascot winner. He's only 22!
Don't be surprised if Jamie Spencer wins a race or two on the straight track, although I bet he'd rather be on El Vip than Banksea in the Hunt Cup. I never really follow trainers, but the obvious ones (O'Brien, Stoute, Gosden) will have their share.
By all accounts that's easy - Happy Like A Fool will give him a fourth Queen Mary. The British/Irish-trained fillies look distinctly moderate on form shown so far this season and you can bet Happy Like A Fool will tower over them in the paddock and on the course. The RPR by a 5f filly in Britain and Ireland this season is 92, and Ward's three previous winners ran to 113, 115 and 123. He's probably got a lot to play with.
If you are to believe what you hear then Happy Like A Fool is an absolute monster. I'm looking forward to seeing if these vicious rumours are in fact true.
It is a huge ask but there are worse 20-1 shots than Endless Time. She mightn't stay but, if she does, there are certainly worse 20-1 shots out there. Take Order Of St George out of it and it is a fairly weak affair if you ask me.
There has to be given Order Of St George has been beaten at odds-on three times in his last five starts. I know she has a lot to find, but Sweet Selection is extremely tough and she won't let many pass her.
Yeah, I like Beyond Conceit too, but don't rule out a big run from outsider Star Rider. She didn't run very well when last seen in April, but she won the 2m4f race at Glorious Goodwood and clearly stays very well. Hughie Morrison is well worth looking at in handicaps at this meeting. Although he only one winner from his last ten runners in Royal Ascot handicaps, he's also had three seconds and a third
I would have loved a bit more rain but, if you were to ask me in March for one horse in one race at Royal Ascot, I would have said Magic Circle in the Ascot Stakes. He is absolutely made for it. I think he will win, provided he handles the surface. I actually have a great record in the race too (bizarrely) as I've backed the last two winners at nice prices - Clondaw Warrior and Jennies Jewel. He's hoping Magic Circle completes the hat-trick.
A race ruined by the upgrade to Group 2 and the drop in trip to 1m6f. We'll have King Edward VII horses running here instead now and not the unexposed types we often get. Hard to know what's going to run at the moment so keeping powder dry.
Desert Skyline is the one for me in that. He was only getting going when the line arrived at Epsom and it would be a shrewd move by Elsworth to bring him here.
Could be worse bets. I really liked Crystal Ocean in the Dante, but it seems Sir Michael Stoute didn't think he was up to the Derby, so maybe their are limitations?
Saturday is make or break for me as I am all over The Tin Man in the Diamond Jubilee. My advice is to sup away at champagne all morning and early afternoon, don't pay for a single glass and then sort out the barman after he wins. I cannot believe he is 7-1, I genuinely can't. I make him a 7-2 at best. Everything is in his favour so it's up to Tom to find the gaps and steer him home for us.
Can't see Frontiersman getting beat in the Hardwicke without Highland Reel being in there. And I'm coming round to Outback Traveller for the Wokingham again now that Fastnet Tempest is going for the Hunt Cup. This looks a considerably weaker race than a year ago - when he pulled clear with Brando - and he's only 4lb higher.
Oh yes: Marsha, Decorated Knight, Frontiersman, El Vip, Salouen - that's a life-changer!
Here's a Lucky 15 - Roussel (Windsor Castle) 12s, Magic Circle (Ascot Stakes) 12s, The Tin Man (Diamond Jubilee) 7s, Mainstream (Duke Of Edinburgh) 5s.
I cannot f**king wait to hear Keals answer this one!
He is probably in discussions about making a movie out of it....
Can't say I've had any real horror shows at this meeting as I'm usually working and therefore sober and more sensible than is often the case! I did have a fair chunk on The Tin Man last year and was very confident until he'd gone about five strides.
Sorry to disappoint you Dave!
I love the Cheltenhams and Royal Ascots of this world so I'll go 8-15.
That's a question my editor always asks and he did so this morning, when I told him 1-6! I'm always very bullish going into a big festival (even York!), but obviously it doesn't always play out that way. The last few Ascot's have been fairly good to me, though, so I'm due a bad one and I couldn't be going into it much worse form both punting and tipping-wise. Still, you've got to remain confident.
Never be afraid to back your judgement at a big price. That's what I love about the big festrivals - having a crack at tidy odds. Providing you can get on of course!
1 Back The Tine Man. 2 Don't let a big price put you off. 3 Study for as many hours as you can, all the clues are there.
Do quite like El Vip, although he's been a nightmare for me this season so far. I backed him on first two starts and then laid him last time when he won really easily. He's a very class horse.
Sorry chaps, that's it for the night. Hope we've been of some help and we hope you back plenty of winners. Good luck all week.