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THINK AGAIN IN PRINCE OF WALES’S

Think Again In Prince Of Wales's
Think Again In Prince Of Wales's
By Simon Holt

So You Think

BETTING BOX
FIXED ODDS
1pt win Reply in 14.30 Ascot at best-morning price. His Irish Guineas form is the best on offer and the drop in trip should suit.
1pt win Chachamaidee in 15.05 Ascot at best-morning price. Gets weight from market rivals and looked in very good heart latest.
3pts win So You Think in 15.45 Ascot at best-morning price. This looks a match and he has the beating of Carlton House.
1pt win Graphic Guest in 17.00 Ascot at best-morning price. Form working out well and looks above average.

The Prince of Wales's Stakes is the feature race at Royal Ascot on Wednesday and there's a major defection in this as Cirrus Des Aigles is not going to run.

This leaves it seemingly as a match between the Queen's horse Carlton House and So You Think who was infamously beaten in this race 12 months ago by the ill-fated Rewilding.

It could well be a big chance for So You Think to go one better but I wouldn't be going in head down.

Although this horse has been tremendously consistent he's had some hard races in his career and he has just been giving the impression that he might be going off the boil a little bit.

He was a bit disappointing in the Dubai World Cup, he didn't end last season very well at the Breeders' Cup and last time out he had a very easy task at the Curragh.

Having said all that he should beat Carlton House and, certainly, that's what the official handicapper thinks as he's got 6lbs in hand on the ratings.

Carlton House won the Brigadier Gerard Stakes on his comeback at Sandown last month. He'd been off the course for quite some time before that after running creditably in last year's Derby and then appearing not to stay in the Irish equivalent.

He remains a very promising horse, he's lightly-raced with a great attitude and a mile and a quarter is probably his ideal distance.

But at this stage one would expect So You Think to have his measure.

Elsewhere on the card on Wednesday at Royal Ascot there are some ferociously competitive races including a quality renewal of the Windsor Forest Stakes.

Emulous and Nahrain look two very good fillies towards the top of the weights and they both have penalties for some fine efforts.

Emulous won the Group One Matron Stakes at Leopardstown last season while Nahrain also has some top-class form after winning the Prix'de l'Opera.

However, Sir Henry Cecil's filly Chachamaidee gets 5lbs from the top two and has every chance of beating them.

She seems to be really progressing and on her return at Lingfield she came from an unbelievably bad position turning into the straight.

She was in tenth place and quickened up amazingly well to go on and win, it really was a startling effort and I take her to beat the penalised duo in the Windsor Forest.

Earlier on we've got a huge field for the Jersey Stakes with 26 runners going to post.

It's obviously not a race to be having a big bet in but I think Aidan O'Brien's Reply has the strongest form in the race.

He was third last time out behind Power in the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh and was a horse that got a little bit better with racing last season.

I think the drop back in trip to a stiff seven will suit him, he won over nearly seven furlongs at Doncaster last season.

It's hugely competitive but I do think he has the best form in the race and he's worth a small bet.

Finally, I also like Graphic Guest in the Queen Mary Stakes.

Mick Channon's filly looks pretty useful, is very highly regarded by Mick and her form is shaping up really well.

She was a winner at Ascot a bit earlier in the season, then she won at Windsor beating Hairy Rocket going away.

Both those bits of form look strong and Graphic Guest looks well above average.

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