Royal Ascot Day 3 Selections:
Sunday Sovereign is the most exciting 2yo I have seen in Ireland in 2019. Representing the up and coming Paddy Twomey stable, this son of Equiano built on his debut 4th at Naas by slamming subsequent Coventry Stakes winner Arizona to land his maiden at the Curragh in early May. He then tackled a Listed race on soft ground at Tipperary and was hugely impressive in the way he stretched clear of his rivals, recording an RPR of 103 and a Topspeed rating of 93 in the process. On what we’ve seen to date, he is the best horse in the field and should win.
Sunday Sovereign is part of your Daily Double for Thursday.
On RPRs and speed figures, the unexposed Star Catcher and Queen Power look wholly up against it here if Fleeting shows her true form. Aidan O'Brien’s filly had a lot of work on her hands with two furlongs to go in the Investec Oaks, but she was brave in negotiating her passage through the field and very classy in how strong she looked at the line. Softer ground here is a bit of a concern but I think she’ll handle it and in any case, she’s probably just a bit too good for this lot.
This talented grey is capable of very high class form, not least his 2017 St Leger victory, where he beat no less than Crystal Ocean and Stradivarius in that Doncaster Group 1. His best piece of form last year was finishing a three length 5th behind Enable in the Arc, where he produced an RPR of 119, backed up by a Topspeed rating of 109. He's had his niggling hold ups and issues but hat kind of form - if he could produce it here - would make him a major player and he is a strong stayer on his day. Aidan O’Brien feels he will get the 2m4f trip and despite going backwards in two runs after the Arc, he is steadily coming back to himself now and should be primed to peak today. Soft ground will be fine for Capri and I’m intrigued to see how he’ll run here under Donnacha O'Brien.
I had really fancied Beat Le Bon for the Britannia, who has been scratched from the contest, but I am happy to have a nibble on the nose at this Martyn Meade trained 3yo. King Ademar overcame a poor draw and a big weight at Nottingham last time out and was unlucky not to get the better of Ouzo in the closing stages. The winner has boosted the form since and off 6lb higher here under Oisin Murphy, I think the son of Scat Daddy has a big chance in an open race. Cheekpieces are fitted to help him concentrate and I’m hopeful of a big run.
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