14 Jun Suedois leads northern army for Royal Ascot 2018
ROYAL Ascot 2018 starts on Tuesday. Five days of the best Flat racing you will see all year. Thirty races, with a huge international flavour and challengers from around the world. However hopes are high that some of the prize money will be heading north.
There is a strong northern challenge with Mark Johnston, Richard Fahey and David O’Meara all fielding credible contenders in both the group races and the handicaps. Here are some of the big hopes for the north at Royal Ascot 2018.
Suedois (Queen Anne Stakes): A Grade One winner in the US last season, this is a horse who definitely has a Group One victory in him. David O’Meara loves him and he ran a nice race in the Lockinge and will strip fitter. A terrific each-way shout at 20/1.
Cosmic Law, Shine So Bright, Kuwait Station (Coventry Stakes): Cosmic Law produced arguably the best performance by a juvenile in the Woodcote at Epsom. Owned by John Dance, if he can back up that run and progress again he is a live contender in what is a red-hot race. Kuwait Station sprang a 16/1 shock at Ripon on his debut but the victory did not surprise his connections. And, likewise, Shine So Bright was an impressive debut winner and is another who appeals as an each-way candidate at a big price.
Communique (Queens Vase): Mark Johnston always targets this race and he has several entries. This colt is progressive and looks like a real stayer. An ideal profile for the race.
Mildenberger, Wells Farhh Go (King Edward VII Stakes): Mildenberger chased home Roaring Lion in the Dante and that horse ran a blinder in the Derby. The longer trip will suit and with his stablemate Dee Ex Bee likely to miss this in favour of the Irish Derby, he has been put in as ante-post favourite. He can follow in the footsteps of Permian by winning this. Wells Farhh Go is a fascinating runner. He was not disgraced in the Dante but clearly needs further than 1m 2f. The St Leger is the long-term aim and a bold show is expected at around the 16/1 mark.
Lord Glitters, Firmament (Hunt Cup): Lord Glitters (12/1) is a classy type who was second in what was a very strong Lincoln. If he runs here instead of the Queen Anne he will take a lot of beating. However I am more interested in Firmament at a bigger price (20/1). The handicapper has finally given him some leeway and he looks on a dangerous mark. He was drawn on the wrong side at Ascot on his reappearance but ran really well.
Mabs Cross, Kachy (King’s Stand): I like Mabs Cross. Her profile is progressive and she was less than a length behind Battaash at Haydock. The presence of Battaash and Lady Aurelia means she is a 20/1 shot and that is massively overpriced. Kachy has improved this season and it would not be a huge surprise if he ran a big race at a nice price.
Northwest Frontier (Ascot Stakes): Richard Fahey’s raider has bolted up in his last two races and if gets into this race he could be dangerous off a low weight.
Kodyanna, Signora Cabello (Queen Mary): Very likeable performance to win the Hilary Needler by Kodyanna. The Queen Mary comes along very quickly after Beverley but she looks speedy and tough. Likewise, if she runs, Signora Cabello, shock winner of the Marygate at York, would not be without a squeak.
Threading (Coronation Stakes): Last year’s Lowther winner bounced back to form last time and could bustle up Billesdon Brook and company if she brings her A game. It is interesting that her only two disappointing runs both came at Newmarket. 20/1 is another big each-way price.