Royal Ascot 2012 – Not Long Now!
As many of you know, I like a bit of Cheltenham, a bit of Aintree, Cartmel, Newton Abbot….And I could go on!
But these are all Jump Courses, but out of all the Flat courses – “Who’s the fairest of them all?”
Not all the form is as clear at this stage in the year as perhaps I’d like, and that is why there could be some solid prices to be had at this Royal meeting.
The Jag has managed to pick out some nice fat winners over the past two years, with a plus figure for both renewals!
But this year there is a warning……
The form and going from the early part of the Flat Season has been awful, and much of the previous form is on sticky, wet, heavy going, and there has been some big banana skins this year. Chester was a mud bath, York had one dry day, and the last meeting at Newbury had all outsiders, with the exception of Frankel of course!
This will make Ascot a bit trickier this year, as there will be an element of guesswork with some of the horses with how they will run on dryer ground, and some yards themselves have not been performing as well as expected.
Like our old pal Varian, who has plenty on the boil, and everything should be rosy in the garden, but there has been a few that have disappointed. Like Jiwen, Firdaws, Mijhaar, and some were unlucky, or ran out of puff, like Boogie Shoes, or Ektihaam, and a few ran on too late, like Go Dutch and Perfect Step.
Mahmood Al Zarooni has had a few go south, with some that should have done better like – Be Fabulous and Periphery, although he has had a couple of winners at Newmarket.
Hannon seems to be going in fits and starts, with Hairy, Rocket and Trumpet Major (Irish 1000 Guineas) failing to win, but Miss Diva and Trumpet Major (1000 Guineas) winning nicely. Many trainers have had some horses with good expectations, only to have a wobbly start to the season.
But all of them may have some big priced aces up their sleeves by the time we get to Royal Ascot, as it warms up nicely, and the going gets better.
This will be a tough Royal Ascot, but a great Royal Ascot!
A week before-hand, I will give you an update on all of the main races from the five days, and you all need to put the holiday request in at work, to take the week off, starting from Monday the 18th June!
You must then study the fashion, (something I don’t particularly ‘shine’ at!) to try to guess the colour of The Queens dress, as we will be having a fun bet on Her Maj every day!
Then tell the Missus/Hubby to go and stay with their Mum/Sister for the week, take the kids (if applicable!) with them, and prepare for a week of great racing….
With the Jag!