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Hawk’s 2014 Royal Ascot – Day Three Preview and Selections

June 19, 2014

A bit of a mixed day yesterday, but hopefully we can have some more luck on Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot!

Today’s been a bit rushed in terms of a write up, so I’ve only given a quick preview along with my selections. Good luck if you are playing today.

GROUP 2 NORFOLK STAKES (5f)

As has been the case all week, two-year-old form has continued to baffle me, but I do think THE GREAT WAR should just about win and he’s a price that reflects that. He looks headed for better things. BAITHA ALGA best of the rest.

8 – THE GREAT WAR
2 – BAITHA ALGA
6 – MUKHMAL
7 – SNAP SHOTS

GROUP 3 TERCENTENARY STAKES (1m 2f)

I know there’s a big buzz around for CANNOCK CHASE, but I’m looking to bet around him. He beat absolutely nothing, but I loved the style of MUTAKAYYEF’s maiden win and with that confidence booster, the penny may have dropped. Happy to back him at 6/1 or so. OBLITERATOR clearly didn’t handle the going in the Irish 2000 Guineas and I’m expecting big improvement.

4 – MUTAKAYYEF
5 – OBLITERATOR
3 – CLOUDSCAPE
2 – CANNOCK CHASE

GROUP 2 RIBBLESDALE STAKES (1m 4f)

The French can strike here with VAZIRA, who was second last start in the Prix Saint-Alary. Will relish the step up in trip and she can give Sea The Stars another Group winner. At odds, could entertain having something on the Ballydoyle second-stringer TERRIFIC, although she was extremely disappointing at Chester.

11 – VAZIRA
10 – TERRIFIC
6 – INCHILA
2 – BRACELET

GROUP 1 ASCOT GOLD CUP (2m 4f)

For mine, LEADING LIGHT does look the one to beat, no doubt. But at the trip, I couldn’t be taking odds-on about him, so I’ll be backing two to beat him.

I think there’ll be no worries for BROWN PANTHER at the trip, he’s racing in terrific form and I think he’ll

And at a big price, I’ll be having something small each way on MISSUNITED, who won the Saval Beg Stakes gamely last time out. She’s a seven-year-old mare so her improvement is questionable, but I think she will relish the good-to-firm track conditions.

3 – BROWN PANTHER
14 – MISSUNITED
10 – LEADING LIGHT
13 – ESTIMATE

BRITANNIA STAKES (1m)

Won last year by Roca Tumu, while my tip Llaregyb was nowhere to be seen. Who could have thought, this time last year, that I’d see them on a regular basis in Hong Kong just a year later? Roca Tumu is now Beauty Flame, Llaregyb is now Packing Llaregyb, and both have won this season in Hong Kong.

So who might we be seeing over here? Well, it’s an open race and so it’s a bit of a throw at the stumps. I liked the manner in which MINDUROWNBUSINESS won at Yarmouth last time out, he gets in with absolutely nothing although he may be looking for further now. The other one to catch the eye was HORS DE COMBAY, also impressive last time out at Newmarket.

29 – MINDUROWNBUSINESS
9 – HORS DE COMBAT
3 – ZARWAAN
28 – BORN IN BOMBAY

KING GEORGE V STAKES (1m 4f)

Another open race for emerging stayers, including the first Australian representation for the week with Bremner now owned by clients of Gai Waterhouse.

ELITE ARMY is the favoured of the Godolphin runners but I’m keener on PERSONAL OPINION, who chased solidly last start. The 1m 4f here should be right up his alley. Also keen to see VENEZIA up in trip too.

9 – PERSONAL OPINION
14 – VENEZIA
4 – WINDSHEAR
6 – ELITE ARMY

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