Day Two of Royal Ascot kicks off with the Group Three Jersey Stakes over 7f at 2-30. It may be worth taking a chance on the unbeaten Ajraam at 20/1. Charlie Hills’ gelding did well to win a warm Newmarket maiden first time out and stepped up on that effort when beating a facile subsequent winner at Thirsk. He needs to step up on that effort now pitched into Group company but looks a most progressive type with much more to offer.
The second race on the card is the Group Two Duke of Cambridge Stakes at 3-05 with some very useful fillies lining up for this. It is very hard to rule many of these out but the ones that make most appeal are Chigun, Dank, Duntle and Sarkiyla. Duntle was a smooth winner of the Group Three Amethyst Stakes at Leopardstown on her return and there should be plenty more to come from her. Sarkiyla just failed in a Group Two last time out and she warrants respect given her illustrious French connections. However, it is Sir Michael Stoute’s Dank that gets the verdict. She was conceding 3lb to Chigun when landing the Dahlia Stakes on her reappearance. There appears to be little rationale for Lady Cecil’s filly to overturn the form and Dank is fancied to continue her progress. Her yard excels with similar types and Dank appears the type to progress with age.
The sole Group One race on the card is the Prince of Wales Stakes at 3-45 over 1m 2f featuring the fascinating rematch between Camelot and Al Kazeem. Roger Charlton’s horse has improved leaps and bounds since his year off culminating with a facile victory over Derby winner Camelot in the Tattersalls Gold Cup. It is very hard to envisage Camelot turning the tables on that running and Al Kazeem gets the vote. The Fugue has a major chance if on top form but this is a big ask against the boys first time out. This could well develop into a match between Camelot and Al Kazeem and they are expected to come home in the same order as at the Curragh.
Jeremy Noseda’s Burke’s Rock is unpenalised for his Listed success at Goodwood and has outstanding claims of backing that performance up in the Royal Hunt Cup at 4-25. He travels really well and appears the sort that could thrive in a big field handicap.
Beldale Memory is a filly I rate among the best two year olds and she is a confident selection in the Queen Mary Stakes at 5-00. I was at Bath to see her make a winning debut and she was certainly most impressive. She followed that victory up with success in a Listed race at York and can land this valuable contest.
Royal Ascot Selections: Ajraam 2-30, Dank 3-05, Al Kazeem 3-45, Burke’s Rock 4-25, Beldale Memory 5-00 and Waterway Run 5-35