by Stable Lad
“June is bursting out all over”, is the title of a musical piece from the Rodgers and Hammerstein extravaganza, “Carousel”, a show that also contains what became the famous soccer anthem, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Interesting, isn’t it?
Well, the first song title is the operative one here, for the month of June so far has been almost a total wash-out, plus the fact that the weather forecast for the immediate future doesn’t hold out much hope for an extended period of sunshine etc.
The sporting calendar has been under constant fire from the bad weather, which you must agree, is totally out of character for the month that’s in it!
Recent racing programmes have been decimated by the very heavy going, with almost every field being cut to the bare minimum.
However, onward and upward must be the cry, for here we are looking at an absolutely outstanding Royal Ascot week, where some of the best horses in the world will be competing for some of the greatest prizes in the world.
We will browse through the cards for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and try to extract some decent winners from what looks like very competitive racing.
On Thursday, your best chances for success lie with Saddlers Rock in the Gold Cup, Fast or Free in the Britannia Stakes, and Gosden’s Starboard in the Tercentenary Race.
Friday’s card again presents us with a few thorny problems, but, we could show a nice profit by rowing in with Astrology, in the King Edward, Estimate, in the Queens Vase, Sky Lantern, in the first race and Gatewood in the Wolferton Handicap, all making up into a nice Yankee.
Saturday promises to be a bit of a Red Letter Day, with the long awaited appearance of the legendary Australian “wonder horse”, Black Caviar, the animal with the incredible record of never losing in a first class racing career.
This horse has an amazing record of 21 straight successes in a star-studded
campaign all over Australia, and is second in the world rankings to Frankel, who is also unbeaten, though not in as many races as Black Caviar.
These two horses are never likely to meet, for Frankel is a middle distance animal, while the Australian horse is an out and out sprinter.
Coming over to Ascot has been on the cards for Black Caviar since early this year, for the stable connections feel that a win here would really seal Black Caviar’s reputation
as one of the top horses of all time.
The betting in this race will be prohibitive, which makes the Australian horse a no-no to figure in our selection sequence, with his price odds-on, so it looks like it will only be a race to watch and enjoy.
Just to avoid the hurly-burly of Ascot, this week’s Saturday choices are taken from the Ayr card, so, good luck with them, and all the rest of your wagers.
The Fab Four:
Ayr: 1:55 Tax Free, 2:25 Excelette, 2:55 Baccarat, 3:30 Figaro.