Andrew Balding: My four runners at Royal Ascot on Friday
The Betway ambassador previews his four chances for the fourth day of the Royal Meeting at Ascot.
This race was by no means an afterthought for Sandrine ,but she worked so well last week that I rang the owner and suggested we should run her. She’s been going very well and is a very likeable horse.
The form of her Kempton debut success has worked out very well and she has come on for that run, too. She’s not without a chance in a very competitive Albany (14:30).
Fivethousandtoone is a horse that we rate very highly. He hasn’t run this year, so he’ll improve for whatever he does, but he does work to a very high standard.
He’s another horse who I feel is better on a better surface, so I hope it’s not too soft for him, but we’ll run him here as his season needs to start now (15:40).
Alcohol Free has been in great form of late. It’s no secret that we think the world of her and that she wasn’t quite right in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.
She won’t mind what the ground is – she seems to move well on anything – and, given some luck, she should be very competitive (16:20).
Alounak has had this as his target for some time now (17:35). He ran extremely well to finish second in the Hardwicke last season and that form sets the standard.
Again, lots of rain would be a concern, but he’s well drawn and is in good form at home, so I do expect him to run a solid race.
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