GG Tipster Kevin O'Malley has bets in five of the six races on a top class day two at the 2019 Royal Meeting at Ascot...
Royal Ascot Day 2 Selections:
With plenty of rain yesterday and more still in the forecast, this 5f sprint could turn into a bit of a slog and you can be sure plenty of these fillies’ will be taken out of their comfort zone. With that in mind I am keen to side with a couple who stay 6f. Theory Of Time is the 4th string Godolphin fancy at the prices, but is the choice of James Doyle and there was plenty to like about her Windsor debut success last time out over six. She seems to have plenty of speed, the clock shows us that, while her ability to stay further - with a stout pedigree for the distance - can hopefully prove a good help today. Raffle Prize is a lean, athletic filly who’s had two starts to date, including when dotting up easily in a maiden at the May meeting at Chester. She improved around 8lb from runs one to two and still looked very green and raw. You’d like to think her racing education and physical fortitude will have benefitted for that experience and she is clearly talented. The ground at Chester had a good bit of juice in it that day and again, she won over 6f so stamina won’t be a problem. Hopefully they go a million up front here and bring the stayers into the equation late-on.
Both Norway and Western Australia are in that O’Brien bracket of looking like solid Group 2/3 horses, perhaps just shy of top standard, but with the potential to be St Leger type runners. He’s trained 4 of the past 6 winners of the race and it’s somewhat likely one of these two will win. But I am going to venture a bet on Jalmoud, a far more unexposed runner who lacks the experience of the Ballydoyle pair, but showed a willing attitude and a touch of quality to come out on top of a bunched finish over 1m4f on soft ground at Longchamp last time out. I think he is entitled to improve for that outing and indeed I think he’ll benefit from a more searching test of stamina. Charlie Appleby’s charge has a wonderful pedigree, being by New Approach out of Oaks winner Dancing Rain, so stamina should not be a problem and it would be surprising if he didn’t have quite a bit more in him.
Waldgeist is your NAP of the Day this Wednesday.
With only 1 of the top three in the market bringing recent winning form to the table here, I am not convinced it is the strongest of renewals and for that reason, I’m quite hopeful Di Fede can leave behind her recent Chester run with a big effort for Ralph Beckett and Harry Bentley. She completely missed the break last time out, raced wide and never had a chance to land a blow. But we know this filly loves Ascot. She won a Listed contest on soft ground very well here last October and a repeat of that form today puts her right in the picture.
Everything seems to have come right for Raising Sand and he looks the most likely winner of the Royal Hunt puzzle, arriving here on the back of an eye-catching run in the Victoria Cup last time up. Soft ground will be ideal and if he can weave a safe passage, it is difficult to see this hold up performer not running a big race. Mitchum Swagger has conditions to suit here and all of his best form has been on soft ground or worse. A mark of 107 will be difficult to overcome, but Ralph Beckett’s 7yo is a quality animal when he puts it all together and with a talented 5lb claimer on board, it would be little surprise if he were to finish in the top four or five.
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