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Catching Royal Pigeons: House Party
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Sporting Life

Carlton House

The rebuilding process hasn't been rushed at Freemason Lodge this season after a nightmare time for Sir Michael Stoute's team in 2011 but the winners have begun to trickle in more regularly in recent weeks and hopes are high for a jubilee result with Her Majesty's Carlton House in the Prince of Wales's Stakes on Wednesday.

Defeat in last year's Derby, after which the colt wasn't seen again for the remainder of the season, has been put down more to his immaturity and the mile-and-a-half trip than the shoe he famously lost in the contest.

But after a tidy win at Sandown on his recent comeback, Carlton House simply blew stablemates Fiorente and Sea Moon away in a gallop last week. Maybe neither of his opponents were as ready as he, but both hold engagements in the Hardwicke at the weekend and it's hard to believe Stoute wanted them both trounced in the manner in which they were. He has a solid chance of overturning favourite So You Think.

You don't need'me to tell you that chiselling out winners at Royal Ascot can be very hard for punters and the remainder of the Wednesday card looks tough, particularly an incredible renewal of the Jersey Stakes which was a bit of an ugly duckling race little more than a decade ago but has blossomed into a big-field thriller.

Lay Time had beaten Side Glance, giving him weight, in a gallop 10 days before her reappearance on Oaks day at Epsom, but entirely failed to fire. When Side Glance went and won later on the card it mystified trainer Andrew Balding even more. Perhaps she's worth a look at a price in the Windsor Forest Stakes, although Nahrain and Chachamaidee are the subject of positive words from Newmarket in the same race.

Star Up In The Sky looked as she was going to deliver for followers of this column on her debut at Windsor a couple of weekends ago, but paid the penalty for racing too free and a frankly moderate ride and dropped back to fourth close home.

Our Yorkshire man is still adamant that this is a serious filly and she could surprise at a huge price in the Queen Mary Stakes.

Another outsider worth slinging a few shillings on at a huge price is Fillionaire in the Sandringham Handicap. She's produced two stinkers so far this season, but continues to work with the best at Mick Channon's and could be worth another chance.

Much nearer to hand, there are no chinks to report in the armour of Frankel who will surely win the Queen Anne Stakes on the opening day of the meeting but Worthadd could make the frame at a big price judged by the manner in which he attacked the Al Bahathri gallop under Colin Nutter last Friday. A change of jockey for this race is by no means a negative.

It's interesting to see William Buick choose The Nile from the Gosden trio in the St James's Palace Stakes. Buick had a chance to try out all three last week and evidently feels The Nile is improving quickly enough to have a big chance.

Finally, don't rule out The Taj in the Coventry Stakes even though stablemate Sir Prancealot lies more prominently in the betting. There really isn't a lot between the Hannon youngsters and The Taj has come on nicely for his recent winning debut.

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