There’s a typically strong card for Day 4 of Royal Ascot and that includes the prestigious Coronation Stakes, which has a wide open look about it compared to some of the other highlight races. Preceding that race is the King Edward VII Stakes and Glen’s Diamond will be bidding for a fifth straight win.
Albany Stakes (2.30)
The Albany Stakes is a Group 3 race for fillies and there are sixteen runners declared for a race which will see the winner scoop £34,000. It is always a little unpredictable to bet on two-year-old fillies, although Teolane looks set to be included among the favourites and she has won all three previous outings including twice at Naas and once at Leopardstown.
It is naturally difficult to compare form in Ireland with that of overseas and Judy The Beauty is a Canadian raider that might just have the upper hand. Victories at Keeneland and Chantilly mean that this horse has to be respected. Inetrobil sees the respected Kevin Ryan and Phillip Makin team go for victory.
King Edward VII Stakes (3.05)
This is a really tough race to call, with Glen’s Diamond available at 5/1 with Ladbrokes (£30 free bets) to secure a fifth straight victory for the Clayton family. The three-year-old won well at Chester last month and has not tasted defeat since losing to Rhythm of Light back in July.
However, Nathaniel (4/1 William Hill – £25 free bet) is set to go off favourite, having finished a creditable second in the Chester Vase last month and Lady Rothschild’s runner has the potential to become a true great. World Domination is the other horse to catch the eye, with Sir Henry Cecil having seen the horse finish fourth in the Dante Stakes.
Coronation Stakes (3.45)
Unlike the St James’s Palace Stakes or the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Friday’s showcase race does not feature an odds-on favourite and that will be a welcome relief to the bookmakers and punters alike, with several horses having a lively chance of victory.
Together is the horse almost certain to go off favourite, with the Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore connection partnership looking to make amends for So You Think’s narrow defeat on Wednesday when Rewilding got up on the line. Together is a 4/1 chance with Ladbrokes although it has failed to win any of the last five races.
Perhaps it will be the successful Richard Hughes-Richard Hannon combination that yields another victory with Memory, who is available at 13/2 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting offer) and can be forgiven for a poor showing in the 1000 Guineas. Joviality comes into this race off the back of a win and the John Gosden-trained horse is a 10/1 chance with bet365.