If the ground was fast Convey would take plenty of beating in the Hunt Cup even off his high rating, but you'd have to worry. I've just been looking at Forge for the Jersey and think he might have a big run in him on easy ground.,
Funnily enough, in the Britannia again I fancy one if he runs. Qatari Hunter won twice in two days and if the master that is Jim Bolger decided to pitch him up off a mark of 90, he'll run a big race. It's worth taking a bit of the 20s available with bet365.
It could be argued that Kodi Bear has been a little bit ignored in the Queen Anne compared to some of the others who have been backed because of the ground. Can't really have him myself. Pearl Secret in the King's Stand, already mentioned by Dave, has his conditions for the first time in a while at the top level.
Jennies Jewel (Ascot Stakes), Esoterique (Queen Anne) Meccas Angel, Pearl Secret (King's Stand) and maybe Remarkable (Jersey).
Backed 15 winners in 2010, a couple at decent prices too. Haven't backed 15 winners since!
Samitar winning the Albany in 2011. Not only did I back her at 25s but she also won me the internal Racing Post tipping competition and I got a grand sterling out of it.
Don't know how you can have a banker in a race featuring a Wesley Ward 2yo fav who could turn up in the paddock looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger against a bunch of Pee Wee Hermans! Remember Acapulco? The horse Al Johrah beat last time was beaten a similar distance by one of David Evans' who took three goes to break her duck, so I can't get carried away by the form.
She is interesting and I wouldn't be surprised to see her go off a lot shorter. Everyone seems to think that Lady Aurelia is home and hosed but I wouldn't be giving up on Stormy Clouds just yet. She is a lot better that her awful effort at York and I'll have a nibble at 25s.
Hard to say, but handling three Guineas winners first time up will be hard enough on any ground.
If he does, he is not out of it. He looked awesome before the Dewhust and the vibes I'm hearing are very sweet indeed. Still, it is very hard to envisage him beating the three Guineas winners after such a long lay-off. The Gurkha wins that.
Can see loads of shocks if Ascot get all the rain the forecasters keep warning us about. The worst forecasts have been way off so far, though (famous last words). Kodi Bear has some form to give him a chance and I'm never one to talk people out of backing big-priced fancies, but won't be backing him myself.
Kodi Bear will love the ground but Endless Drama and Esoterique will cope with it too and I think they are classier animals than Kodi Bear.
I think Eagle Top at 11-2 is the value. He'll be fine on what is likely to be deep ground come Saturday and he is the best horse in the race if the real Eagle Top turns up.
Did really well on first start for a year, at Ascot, but not sure how strong that form is. Needs to come on again to beat Exosphere and Eagle Top, who is not one to trust but has some excellent form at Ascot.
The form book arguably tells you A Shin Hikari has the best chance of any horse in any race. What's not to like? Won 10 of 12, Beat Ganay 1-2 last time and had My Dream Boat (conqueror of Western Hymn) miles behind. The Gurkha, on the other hand, has nothing in hand to two very good horses in the St James's Palace. He's not the sort I'd lay, but much easier to argue he has more on his plate than odds suggest
Maybe Usherette in the Duke Of Cambridge. Jazzi Top, Always Smile, Devonshire and, most interestingly, Lucida are all quality females and Group 1 fillies on their day so I would have absolutely no interest in Usherette whatsoever at 2-1. I think it's a ridiculous price.
Recently watched Out And About's Haydock win again. Lots to like, but not telling you much given's he's favourite.
Jennies Jewel off 93 in the Ascot Stakes, especially on ground she'll adore over a trip she'll relish. I also think Persuasive will end up being a Group 1 filly so she'll do me off 95 in the Sandringham. I could see her going off about 7-2 so the advice is to get stuck in at 7-1.
Lady Aurelia clearly a guess based on bullish trainer (he's always bullish, even about the ones that lose). Other two often have great chances.
Lady Aurerlia could be the Serena Williams of racing for all we know but we basically know nothing so she is the dodgiest one of your treble if you ask me.
The one favourite I think will win is The Gurkha. I'd be taking on most of the others, especially Caravaggio who is far too short in what looks a hot Coventry.
If the favourites are on top I won't be. Bit of a pig-headed approach, but I find backing jollies terribly boring. Softer the ground the more likely we are going to see some shocks.
Paul was head over heels in love with Penglai at the start of the jumps season so I CANNOT WAIT for his answer!
I though he was going to win the Neptune at one point last year! Obviously has some very good back form - fifth in an Arc - but a lot to take on trust these days.
Like Even Song in the Ribblesdale - surprised if she's anywhere near 9-2 on the day.