A classic Jamie Spencer ride saw yesterday’s 2pt 7/1 Nap Agrotera storm home to boost the Ascot kitty. The Royal meeting is a focus again today, but with good Saturday racing elsewhere we’ll use a few outside of Ascot to feed the Yankee.
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Gilgamesh (1700 Ascot), 2pts win, 14/1 generally available
There is no doubt we could be seeing a Group 1 horse in a handicap in hot favourite Dreamfield. He may be hard to beat but it’s hard to call him value. Undrafted is a Group 1 winner and may not be in the decline assumed by the handicapper. But we like Gilgamesh, a fast improver who won well over 7f last time and is likely to be finishing well from off the pace. This stiff fast run 6f could just be perfect and he is worth a punt.
Nicholas T, (1530 Ayr), 9/2: He won the race last year and returns just 2lbs higher and off the back of a lifetime best effort. Capable of a good 2nd off 91 at Ascot last year, he showed a remarkable return to form off 86 in the competitive Zetland at Redcar last time over a trip possibly beyond his best. Everything is in position here, and although he has to beat blog pet Masham Star he gets a confident vote to do just that.
Harry Angel, (1620 Ascot), 3/1: Undoubtedly the UKs best sprinter at 6f, with this fast ground ideal. Has only lost 4 times and they are his 4 runs here. That is clearly an issue to ponder given this is such a high quality event in which to lay that hoodoo. However it’s worth giving him the benefit of the doubt at the odds (he’d be half the price elsewhere), and he can fend off the Aussie imports.
Euchen Glen, (1650 Ayr), 7/1: completed a remarkable double for owner and trainer when following the win of Nicholas T by winning this race last year, and looks to have been targeted to complete that exact same double. Only 4lbs higher and ran an extraordinary race at Haydock last time. He pulled like a train that day expending way too much energy but still went down in a narrow three way fight. Has won 3 from 4 here and if settling even a little better then he must have a big chance.
Other Royal Ascot Bets:
Natalie’s Joy and Crystal Ocean should win the first two races, but for other Ascot bets we’re going to be more speculative- actually a lot more speculative.
Kessaar, (1540 Ascot), 1pt win, 14/1 generally available
Not many John Gosden and Frankie Dettori challengers go off at these odds, and there’s no real reason why this one should after a debut full of promise at York. In a race known for upsets he is worth a flutter.
Fort Jefferson, (1735 Ascot), 0.5pts each way, 100/1 Paddy Power 1/5th first 4.
Probably a ludicrous punt on a horse two stone behind some of these on ratings. That said he is thriving at the moment, and this is the longest race in the flat calendar and ratings can often mean little. Willie Mullins’ Thomas Hobson is clear top choice but don’t be wholly shocked if Jefferson finds a spot in the frame.
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