Another memorable day at the Royal meeting yesterday but there was a real shock in the feature Prince Of Wales’ Stakes as My Dream Boat just got up for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby. The performance of the day though had to go to American filly Lady Aurelia who produced a jaw-dropping performance to win the Queen Mary by seven lengths. Let hope for more of the same as we move onto Ladies Day at Ascot.
The opener on day three is the Norfolk Stakes for two-year-olds and Godolphin can continue their good run of form from yesterday with Silver Line. The grey son of Dark Angel is one from one in his career after stretching clear in his maiden at Nottingham. He looks like a smart sort and he has a reasonable chance on pedigree of handling this ground better than most. Global Applause got the better of subsequent Coventry second Mehmas last time and must have a live chance also.
The Tercentenary Stakes is packed with unexposed three-year-old colts and it is hoped that Abdon will come out best for Sir Michael Stoute and Frankie Dettori. A winner of his maiden of heavy ground, the conditions here will hold no fears for him and his trainer is a master of bringing the best out of late developing types. Long Island Sound is unbeaten in three for Aidan O’Brien and is quite well regarded but the ground will likely be against him. Prize Money is another to consider after some solid recent runs.
Oaks-second Architecture brings a high level of form to the Ribblesdale Stakes and Hugo Palmer’s filly could be very tough to beat. However she may have to settle for second best again behind another Ballydoyle filly, Even Song. She was a luckless third at Newmarket when last seen and looks like she will have no problem will the underfoot conditions.
The Gold Cup is the highlight of day three and Order Of St George is the horse with star potential. He has already shown a level of form good enough to be an impressive winner of this and if he can stay the 2m4f trip he surely will. If not there is a case to be made for Flying Officer who is already a winner at Ascot. He could still be improving and should be better for his seasonal reappearance.
The Britannia Stakes is a typically tricky Ascot handicap but a chance is take that Monarch, a full-brother to former Irish 2000 Guineas winner, Roderic O’Connor. He has only three starts to date and could still be treated fairly off a mark of 97. There are a host of others that you could make a case for but Out And About and Manson appeal most.
Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 90th birthday yesterday and she may have more to celebrate this evening with Guy Fawkes in the King George V Stakes. He won his maiden last time at Redcar and William Haggas is sure to have had this meeting in mind given the owner. The Major General is on a hat-trick here and is a battle hardened type which should be a help in a race like this.