I will be looking each day of this illustrious meeting but I am not holding my breath there will be anything of great interest - from a betting perspective. Like I said the other day, there are very few big-price winners when it comes to the two-year-old races.
Today's Coventry Stakes (Group 2) proved that point with the finishing order:
- 1st Arizona 15/8f
- 2nd Threat 4/1
- 3rd Guildsman 6/1
From a personal note, I was pleased to see George Margarsons' colt Ropey Guest run on to finish 6th at 200/1.
Considering there was less than four-lengths separating the first eight runners, this may not have been a vintage winner. Arizona is a lovely-looking son of No Nay Never. Sure to improve with time and a nice prospect. Whether you would want to take the 6/1f offered for the 2000 Guineas is another thing.
Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) - 5f
2:30 Royal Ascot
A giant field of 27 runners. It really does boggle the mind that they allow so many two-year-olds compete although I don't know a satisfactory way to ballot any out. I guess the cream will rise to the top, so perhaps I am just thinking too much.
It looks a race dominated by Godolphin and Wesley Ward. Difficult if not impossible to assess the American juveniles. They could be another Lady Aurelia. Certainly, they are horses to fear if betting on the UK contingent.
Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) - 5f
5:35 Royal Ascot -
Another giant field of 24 runners.
Looks difficult. I will wait for another day and see if something catches the eye.