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Tanya Stevenson: Expect Moore magic from Ryan on Hootenanny

19 Jun | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Tanya Stevenson: Expect Moore magic from Ryan on Hootenanny

English jockey can find further joy on board American challenger in the Commonwealth Cup

It has been a Royal Ascot ‘Moore-nopoly’ as Ryan has guided his way to the winners’ enclosure for a record-equalling eight successes from just 18 races.

Absolutely phenomenal, it has been a masterclass, an exhibition from the world’s best jockey, expect ‘Moore’ of the same today!

Though there’ll be a big collective sigh of relief from the layers as he hasn’t got a ride in the Albany Stakes, race one on day four. Punters will be left to their own devices and I’m guessing they’ll hone into Frankie Dettori aboard Laxfield Road.

Yesterday the betting ring was metaphorically on its knees with not enough straws to be clutched. There are already massive moves in two of today’s races with Hootenanny and Found incredibly popular to the extent the double overnight was around 16/1 and by 7.30am this morning that had contracted to 17/2. 

The way Found is shortening she could be odds-on come race time. You’ve guessed it, the pair are ridden by a certain Mr Moore.

I’ve been sat in the Ascot press room since 6.30am this morning and am already on my third coffee and counting. The reason for arriving so early when not on The Morning Line?

It’s to enjoy the peace and quiet, get a feel for the day and watch the market moves meticulously. As my colleagues trickle in I can enjoy the banter and camaraderie, plus the discussions about the previous day’s racing and the selections for the day.

3.40 Commonwealth Cup

The new race at the Royal meeting has been supported tremendously, what an entry!

Limato, the horse everyone was looking forward to this season, won on his reappearance at Ascot, beating Tendu who reopposes today.

Then he was defeated by another of his rivals, Adaay, which caused concern regarding the form of Henry Candy runners, until last week when he had Twilight Son win the big Charity Sprint at York.

There is a train of thought from Candy that he believes that his rivals may have caught up with him in ability. I hope not as he was so exciting last year. James Doyle is unbeaten in three starts aboard Limato and he is part of an exciting line-up.

Richard Hughes and Tiggy Wiggy have never finished out of the first three in seven starts, winning four. And she returns to six furlongs having tried to blitz them in the 1000 Guineas. But she will be taken on by the American challenger Hootenanny, who won the Windsor Castle Stakes last year.

Towards the end of the last season he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on firm ground. I just believe he’ll be too powerful for his rivals.

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

4.20 Coronation Stakes

French challengers have won five times in the last 30 years and I’m hoping this could be win number six.

I love Ervedya, when she won on her seasonal reappearance in the Prix Imprudence I plunged on her to win our Guineas in the hope she would visit Newmarket.

Instead she stayed in France and trounced her rivals in the French Guineas and luckily I recouped my monies from my misguided Newmarket wager. 

I know she was beaten by Found in the Prix Marcel Boussac but it was the end of a very long season for her and today she comes into this Group 1 spot on whereas Found has fluffed her lines on debut before being beaten by Pleascach in the Irish 1000 Guineas. 

I saw a glimmer of hope in that line of form when Pleascach was beaten yesterday. If Ervedya is able to use her potent spurt of acceleration I don’t think Found will be able to fend her off, even with Ryan Moore. Fingers tightly crossed.

7/2 – Ervedya to win the Coronation Stakes (4.20)

5.00 Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes

Since 2000 there have only been two winning favourites, so it’s time to find some value amongst the bigger prices. And I think I have that in French challenger Azurite, who has been denied a clear run on both of his last two starts.

When he was with Ger Lyons in Ireland the two races he won were run on good to firm – back on that surface today he could run on to claim at least a place.

18/1 – Azurite to win the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (5.00)

Tanya’s Tips

3/1 – Hootenanny to win the Commonwealth Cup

7/2 – Ervedya to win the Coronation Stakes (4.20)

18/1 – Azurite EW in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (5.00)

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