We are at the mercy of the rain clouds at Royal Ascot today. Clerk of the course, Chris Stickels explains:
“We’re still soft at the moment. We had 1.5mm of rain late yesterday evening but it’s been dry since. We’re forecast showers, some of them possibly thundery, but if we miss them I may look at changing the going by the time racing starts. That’s only if we miss the rain.”
With that in mind, I am going to concentrate on early value for our preview today and then brief clients later once we have a better view of the going.
3.40: Quiet Reflection deserves to be a short odds favourite after her emphatic victory at Haydock last time. Left Donjuan Triumphant and La Rioja behind her by a good margin.
The value for me is Log Out Island. Made all to win a listed race at Newbury just under two weeks ago and won unchallenged.
I go 2/1 Quiet Reflection and 5/1 Log Out Island.
5.00: As you would expect at this meeting – a wide open big money handicap.
The one that interests me is Ivan Grozny. Returns to the flat after Aintree success on a fair handicap mark. Guaranteed to go on soft ground. The early 14/1 is being snapped up and is now as low as 10/1.
Back tomorrow for the final day at Ascot which has already rewarded me with a 7/1 winner from my selective betting.