Forgotten Voice To Leave Lasting Impression
Sir Michael Stoute has already notched two well-backed Royal Ascot winners this week and he saddles the first and second favourite for today’s Hardwicke Stakes in the shape of the well-touted Telescope and last year’s King George third Hilllstar.
Both horses have obvious chances and should appreciate the fast ground, however neither has managed better than second this year, be it behind quality performers Noble Mission and Brown Panther. Ryan Moore has opted to ride Telescope which is why it’s favourite, but I’d much rather take them both on with Nicky Henderson’s Forgotten Voice who isn’t rated far behind them and absolutely bounces off fast ground. He’s also won at the Royal meeting in 2009 and 2013.
Forgotten Voice each-way 8/1 or better
Horse Racing – Royal Ascot – 4.25pm
Fancied horses Slade Power, Aljamaaheer and Astaire are all drawn low which may prove far from ideal, and it may be worth chancing Aiden O’Brien’s Due Diligence from stall 12. The American import has won his last two races on softish ground, but is bred to come into his own on fast ground, especially on a course where plenty of his sire’s progeny have put in their best performances. One negative is that Joseph O’Brien has chosen to ride his dad’s other runner Darwin, but having Ryan Moore aboard is certainly no disadvantage.
Due Diligence each-way 8/1 or better
Horse Racing – Royal Ascot – 5.00pm
The Wokingham handicap is one of the hardest races of the season to solve, but last year’s winner York Glory won so impressively that he must be backed in his attempt to retain his crown. Winless since, he returns on a 9lb higher mark than last year, but I’m pretty sure the extra weight wouldn’t have stopped him last year. A hold-up performer, Jamie Spencer should be able to tuck in behind from stall 11 before hopefully producing the same winning turn of foot as last year.
York Glory each-way 14/1 or better
Horse Racing – Royal Ascot – 5.35pm
The 2mile-6furlongs Queen Alexandra Stakes is sadly the last race of this year’s Royal Ascot, but my nap of the whole week runs in it – PIQUE SOUS. His trainer Willie Mullins has always maintained that we’d see the best of his charge when encountering fast ground, and he’s booked Ryan Moore to do the steering as he did when he won with Simenon in 2013. Take the hint.
Pique Sous each-way 6/1 or better.
Football – World Cup
Sadly England and Spain are out as quickly as humanly possible, yet I actually enjoyed watching the young England players nearly motivate Wayne Rooney into becoming the world-class player we needed him to be. It’s a shame, but at least now we don’t have to feel guilty about cheering on Argentina.
Backing South American teams to win every match they’ve been involved in would certainly have yielded a massive profit so far with Costa Rica and Chile both qualifying for the latter stages already. Honduras, who lost to France, is the only South American team to have been beaten by a non South American team so far – food for thought.
With that amazing statistic in mind, it is hard to believe that in Monday’s and Tuesday’s games Holland are favourites to beat Chile, Croatia favourites to beat Mexico, Costa Rica 9/2 to beat England (how can that be?), and Colombia odds against to beat Japan.
Trebles and a four-timer on Chile 19/10, Mexico 2/1, Costa Rica 9/2 and Colombia 13/10.