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Royal Ascot day 4: Another Ward winner would be a real Hoot

18 Jun | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Royal Ascot day 4: Another Ward winner would be a real Hoot

Moore domination set to continue on Friday at Ascot

Plenty of focus will be on the Commonwealth Cup on day four of Royal Ascot as this will be the inaugural running of the race.

It sees a fascinating clash of the best sprinters of the classic generation and it looks best to start with Limato at 7/2. The outstanding 2yo sprinter last year, his unbeaten run came to an end last time out at Haydock but the return to very fast ground will certainly suit and you’d expect him to reverse form with 9/1 chance Adaay.

Although whether there should be that much of a difference in odds is certainly up for debate. The vibes about Limato from his trainer Henry Candy have been quite negative all season and against such a good field he may find himself beaten for a second time.

The really exciting one here is Hootenanny at 3/1. The Wesley Ward trained runner came over here a year ago and absolutely blitzed his field in the Windsor Castle.

He was beaten in France next time out on ground that was too soft but he did beat subsequent French 1000 Guineas winner Ervedya in that race. He’s since shown tremendous versatility to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf over a mile and then he started this season off with a win over just 5.5 furlongs at Keeneland.

With Ryan Moore on board everything looks in place for a big run and this could end up being one of the most impressive winners of the week.

3/1 – Hootenanny to win the Commonwealth Cup (3.40)

Stravagante backers getting a great price thanks to out of form Ol Man (3.05)

Those having a bet in the King Edward VII Stakes might be forgiven for thinking the bookies have got their prices wrong here.

The current second favourite at 3/1 is Ol Man River who has been beaten 47 lengths and 22 lengths in his two starts this year. It would take a huge leap of faith to back him at even three times those odds.

There are no such question marks over the in form Stravagante at 9/4 who may have only won a handicap on his last start but he couldn’t have won it in much more impressive fashion and the fact that he’s been supplemented for this race is a tip in itself.

With Ol Man River very much opposed there could be a little value in a bet on the forecast. Festive Fare has some interesting form but this trip could be a bit far and Balios could prove a very good horse in time but still looks a bit inexperienced for a race like this.

Therefore the horse to follow the selection home could be 12/1 chance Magic Dancer who ran very well in the Lingfield Derby Trial on his seasonal debut and could come on for that.

12/1 – Magic Dancer to win the King Edward VII Stakes (3.05)

Badly drawn Dawn may struggle in Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (5.00)

The key bit of form here is the 12f handicap run at Newmarket on 1000 Guineas day.

That race was won by Astronereus with Arab dawn back in 3rd. The 2nd, 4th, 7th and 8th have all won since marking it down as extremely strong handicap form.

Arab Dawn came from a more uncompromising position than Astronereus that day but he’ll have to do so again from the widest draw here. In comparison Astronereus has been handed stall 1.

All things being equal you’d expect Arab Dawn to reverse that from, especially as he was giving away race fitness too that day, but the draw is off putting and Arab Dawn is only 6/1 whereas Astronereus is 11/1 so the latter has to be the selection.

11/1 – Astronereus to win the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (5.00)

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