Godolphin in Fine Form at Royal Ascot
After a near perfect first day at the Royal Ascot meeting for Godolphin, watch out for them on day two as they look to add to the three winners they had yesterday. With wins from Ribchester, Barney Roy and Sound and Silence, the boys in blue had a tremendous start to the meeting. All three runners are trained by three different trainers, with none being trained by number one Saeed Bin Suroor, showing the changing face of the Godolphin operation.
Onto day two and the horse that excites me the most is Jack Hobbs who is a potential superstar that has had injury problems. After suffering a stress fracture on his pelvis last season he came back to run a brilliant third in the Champion Stakes, before winning the Sheema Classic at Meydan in March. He is clearly fragile but I get the impression there is much more to come and Godolphin will hopefully be rewarded for their patience with him tomorrow in the Prince Of Wales Stakes.
Godolphin have another great chance of a winner in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes with Laugh Aloud. The four year old filly put up a fantastic performance at Epsom on Derby day to win a Group Three by five lengths and she is a fascinating contender up in grade here.
In the opening race on day two, I am sure Godolphin will fancy their chances with Dream Castle, but Daban is the horse for me. She won the Nell Gwyn Guineas trial over today’s distance of 7f, before running very well to come third in the 1000 Guineas. She wouldn’t have won that day, but may have been closer had she not travelled out wide during the race. On breeding she is better suited to 7f and she is an interesting runner against the boys here.
In the only two year old race of the day, Wesley Ward will be hoping to add another winner to Lady Aurelia’s fantastic win yesterday. He runs Happy Like A Fool, a filly who the trainer loves and he knows what it takes to win this race having won the last two renewals. She won her only race by an impressive four lengths and you have to respect any two year old filly that Wesley Ward sends to the meeting.
The final two races on the card are both tough handicaps to solve, with many possible winners. In the Royal Hunt Cup I am happy to take a chance on Abe Lincoln, who hasn’t been seen since coming second in the Britannia Handicap at this meeting last year. He has obviously had his problems, but is a fascinating runner for the Noseda stable.
The final race on the card is the Sandringham Handicap and here I like On Her Toes, who runs for the William Haggas stable. She ran a good race on her seasonal debut, coming second at York and she looks like she will continue to progress throughout the season.