Im not much in the mood to hap upon a short price loser today, so with such competitive action on at Royal Ascot and lots of big prices floating about some solid horses, we'll have a pop at the market leaders for Day 1 of the 2018 Royal Meeting.
The top of the market is not as intimidating as it might be in previous years for this highly competitive renewal of the Queen Anne, so there’s definitely some mileage in taking a pop at a bigger price. The only question mark against Lord Glitters running a really respectable race here, is there fact he has never encountered fast ground. Who knows? He might love it! That aside, David O’Meara’s charge has an excellent chance of being in the first four. He finished strongly in the Lincoln last time out, when giving the winner 8lb. The 5yo produced a telling turn of foot when scoring in a good time over the course and distance back in October and that course form is another clear box ticked. He has plenty to find on Racing Post ratings, but not much on the Topspeed figures and at 22/1 he’s the value play for me.
Advertise was held up off a fairly moderate overall pace on Newbury debut last month, but he put the race to bed in stylish fashion for Martyn Meade, in a race that has worked out well since. He is reported to have improved agreeably well at home since and if that is the case, he should run a big race under Oisin Murphy. Blown By Wind has the experience of four runs to call upon here, the latest of which we can draw a line through, having finished 4th from a high draw over Sandown’s quirky 5f track. Before that he clocked some good overall times and eye-catching sectionals and Mark Johnston feels the step up to 6f is just what he wants now. At 40/1 he looks much too big if staying the trip.
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