Andrew Balding: My seven runners on Wednesday at Ascot
The Betway ambassador previews all seven of his runners on the second day of action at Royal Ascot 2021.
Nymphadora was very good when she won the Marygate at York. She was in the Norfolk, but we’ve kept her against her own sex in this race (14:30).
I’ve been pleased with her since York. She’s ideally drawn which will give us options as to where to go in the race. She’s got a good chance.
Recovery Run has really come forward of late and is starting to look more like the horse he was last year. He’s not guaranteed to stay this trip, but we feel it might be worth trying him and we’ll never know until we try it (15:05).
His better form has been with a slight bit of give in the ground, so he may not fully relish the quick ground, but that’s not to say he won’t go on either.
He’s not been ideally drawn though – he’s out in the car park, which will pose its own problems.
Bounce The Blues could have perhaps benefitted slightly from the rain that was forecast on Wednesday, which looks like it’s blown over.
Her best form is on softer ground, but I don’t think she’ll be totally unsuited by fast ground. She’s a very high-class filly who has good form in the book. She could run well (15:40).
We run two in the Royal Hunt Cup (17:00).
Bell Rock might be coming back quicker than ideal after his good run in the Diomed at Epsom recently. He’s going to have a nice break after this before he comes back for Goodwood.
We’ve put Will Carver on him, who is a very capable 5lb claimer, so should have a good spin on him.
We also run Grove Ferry , who seems to go on any ground. He’s drawn on the stand side and, if he gets luck with some pace around him to give him a nice toe into the race, then he should go nicely and would have a chance of picking up some prize money.
Robasta is still a maiden and, although we won this race with a maiden last year, it was in unique circumstances and will be tougher to do this year. He’s a solid, likeable horse who is getting better with each run and is another who could just run better than his price suggests (17:35).
Quickstep Lady is stepping up in trip and, although she’s got a speedily family, I think 1m should be within her compass (18:10).
I’ve been pleased with her of late and think she’s well handicapped. The big question is whether she can overcome her wide draw. She’s another one who hasn’t been ideally berthed and that makes the task tougher.
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