Royal Ascot 2012

Royal Ascot, which kicks off tomorrow (Tuesday 19th) is the Flat racing equivalent to the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival. Royal Ascot is over five days as opposed to Cheltenham’s four. The main race each day goes off at 15.45 pm.

Super star Frankel runs in the first race on Tuesday which is the Queen Anne Stakes over the straight Ascot mile. He is already one of the all time greats, right up there with Brigadier Gerard (pictured). The main race on Tuesday is the St James’s Palace Stakes for the three year old colts over the round mile. Power from the all conquering Aidan O’Brien stable is favouite for this. They will also have the favourite for Wednesday’s main race the Prince of Wales’s Stakes in So You Think who will be trying to go one place better than last year. They also have the favourite for the main race on Thursday the Ascot Gold Cup in Fame and Glory. He will be trying to win this for the second time. Godolphin have two runners with Opinion Poll and Colour Vision. Both have shown to be in good form already this season. Colour Vision was impressive when winning the Sagaro Stakes at Kempton Park and he looks the each way value.

It is the three year old fillies who take centre stage on Friday in the Coronation Stakes run over the round mile. Once again the Aidan O’Brien team have a strong hand. Maybe did not stay the distance of the Oaks at Epsom and she might get the chance to redeem herself here.

Saturday will be all about Black Caviar the super sprint mare from Australia. She is odds on to win the Diamond Jubilee Stakes run over 6 furlongs. Most of her wins have come on flat tracks in Australia. She seems a stupid price and I am sure there will be some each way value elsewhere on the day.

The Hardwicke Stakes is run over 1 mile 4 furlongs before the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. This promises to be a cracking race. If the going is still on the easy side come Saturday then Sea Moon might just show his true potential.

Enjoy the week.

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