Found to light up Coronation
Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore have enjoyed a fruitful week so far at Royal Ascot and they can take today’s featured, Coronation Stakes, with Found.
She was all the rage in the market for the Irish 1,000 Guienas going off 5/4 favourite before finding only Pleascach too good on the day.
She was beaten fair and square, however; she probably didn’t get the clearest of passages.
Ryan Moore has been the man to follow this week, having ridden 8 winenrs before the start of play today, and he can add to that tally on Found.
She will love the fast ground and although it’s a hot race with both Lucida and Ervedya set to take her on, I think she will have enough to get the better of her two main rivals.
The other Group 1 on the card, The Commonwealth Cup, has all the makings of being one of the races of the week.
Eddie Lynam knows how to win with his sprinters and I think he has another potential superstar on his hands in, Anthem Alexander.
A winner at the Royal meeting last year she brings course form to the race, which is always essential around Ascot.
Her comeback run at Naas, on ground that wasn’t ideal, was very encouraging. She will come on a lot from that run and the better ground at Ascot is sure to suit.
Pat Smullen will be aboard once again and there aren’t many other men you want for a big race ride. Hopefully they go fast up front and Anthem Alexander will be doing all her best work late on and I think she can give the Lynam’s another top-level sprint winner.
The opening Albany Stakes, for two year old fillies, looks a tricky contest. Wesely Ward saddles both Laxfield Road and Back At The Ranch, however, Illuminate made a favourable impression on debut at Salisbury and could give Richard Hughes his first winner of the week.
Ol Man River has a lot to prove in the King Edward VII Stakes having been beaten a total of sixty-nine lengths on his last two starts.
He’s worth taking on and the other Aidan O’Brien runner; Father Christmas could run a big race at a huge price.
And it also looks as though O’Brien has a strong hand in the concluding Queen’s Vase saddling the top two in the market, Aloft and Bantry Bay.
I like the chance of the latter, the mount of Joseph O’Brien, who has the benefit of two runs this season and still has room for plenty of improvement.
Aloft was second in last season’s, Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster and is the choice of Ryan Moore however I’d prefer to have the stables other runner on side,
3.40 Anthem Alexander 8/1 ew
4.20 Found 7/4 NAP
5.35 Bantry Bay 9/2
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