Weld’s Eagle to soar at Ascot
Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen have always held Free Eagle in high regard and I think the high-class colt can land his first victory at the highest level, in today’s Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Due to a slight set back earlier in the season this will be Free Eagle’s seasonal reappearance but I can’t see that being a problem.
He has won first time out at both two and three and Dermot Weld runners are always fit and ready to go on their first run of the season.
His last run, in the Champion Stakes at Ascot last season, saw him finish third behind Noble Mission and Al Kazeem. The ground was heavy that day and today’s quick ground will be a lot more in his favour.
Off the opposition the Frenc raider, Ectot is feared most but I’m confident that Free Eagle can bag his first Group 1 and start off what could be a successful season for Dermot Weld’s colt.
The Group 3 Jersey Stakes gets a cracking card underway and I think Richard Hannon’s, Ivawood, should take all the beating.
Third in both 2,000 Guineas, the step back in trip to seven furlongs is exactly what he needs. Those classic runs were very good and all the evidence suggests that he’ll be more suited by today’s trip.
Richard Hughes seems very bullish and I agree with him on this one. Sir Isaac Newton and Bossy Guest look like the two that will give him most to do the former is unexposed but very well thought of.
Eight fillies go to post for the Duke of Cambreshire Stakes over a mile and favourite, Integral should oblige as she steps back in trip. It’s not a race I’m going to get involved in but I think it’ll be another winner for the exceptional, Ryan Moore.
The Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes looks a tough race to solve and I’d be taking on favourite, Acapulco. Tommy Stack’s, Cry Me A River shaped very well on debut at the Curragh behind Round Two and Washington DC and while this is only her second start she could run a big race at an each way price.
Two tough handicaps back end the card on Day Two and I think, Ayaar, in the Royal Hunt Cup and Always Smile in the Sandringham are the ones to side with.
2.30 Ivawood 7/4
3.05 Cry Me A River 14/1 EW
4.20 Free Eagle 3/1 NAP
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