After a near-miss by Timeform colleague Keith Melrose on Tuesday, Timeform's Joe Szekeres heads to day two of Royal Ascot to offer his permutation...
The Prince of Wales's Stakes is often a highlight of the meeting and this year's race has an exciting feel to it as the Queen's Carlton House takes on So You Think...
14:30 - The Jersey Stakes gets us underway on Wednesday afternoon and Aljamaaheer is an obvious starting point, Roger Varian's three-year-old having won two of his three starts and very much open to progression. Aljamaaheer's victory in Listed Company at Newmarket last time is some of the best form on offer and a reproduction of that should see him at least go close. Reply is the other worth including, that one having shaped very well last time in the Irish 2000 Guineas and unexposed over this kind of distance.
15:05 - Chachamaidee is the Timeform top-rated selection for the Windsor Forest Stakes and she proved herself to be in good heart on her seasonal reappearance at Lingfield last time. Chachamiadee finished second in this contest last year and generally boasts an consistent profile, having finished in the frame on her last eight starts. This year's Windsor Forest looks a fairly open contest, but Chachamaidee goes in as a banker as we attempt to save lines.
15:45 - The Prince of Wales's Stakes is often a highlight of the meeting and this year's race has an exciting feel to it as the Queen's Carlton House takes on So You Think. The latter gets the nod in terms of placepot selection, another to have finished runner-up in his respective Royal Ascot race twelve months ago, and the Aidan O'Brien runner should be bang there after a pleasing European reappearance last time in the Tattersalls Gold Cup. He tops the Timeform ratings, considered well in advance of the majority of rivals, and he is our second banker in quick succession.
16:25 - Line saving tactics up until this point will now allow us to throw four darts at what is arguably the most competitive race of the entire season. The four that get the go-ahead are Man of Action, who is difficult to catch right but may be on a fair mark, Dimension, who tops the Timeform ratings and looks to be on an upward curve this season, Bonnie Brae, who produced a career best at this track on her penultimate start and remains lightly-tried at this distance, and Prince of Johanne, who won last season's Cambridgeshire and improved again on his 2012 return at York.
17:00 - Baileys Jubilee is Timeform top-rated but she has lost her way on her last two starts and one would hope that those open to a little more progression come to the fore in a race of this nature. The two that catch the eye are Graphic Guest, who remains likely to progress and has experience on her side after three starts, and Jadanna, that one's form working out relatively strongly in comparison to some of this season's other juveniles.
17:35 - Duntle could be the one to keep onside having won impressively in a Dundalk maiden on her penultimate start. She didn't quite live up to expectation last time out, when fourth in a Leopardstown Group 3, but should be well worth a try now in a handicap. Hello Glory raced in some of the top juvenile fillies' contests last season and was far from disgraced in finishing third in the Lowther Stakes and sixth in the Cheveley Park Stakes. She clearly needed the run on her seasonal reappearance and, whilst a mile may be a touch too far for her, she is definitely worth chancing off a BHA mark of 96. Devotion is another in with a chance dropping back in trip having been hampered in the Oaks on her latest start.
14:30 - 3, 16
15:05 - 6
15:45 - 9
16:25 - 7, 8, 11, 16
17:00 - 7, 10
17:35 - 2, 5, 10
= 48 Lines
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