Follow The Money at Royal Ascot: Anthem being backed to hit all the right notes

Will the punters be following the money at Royal Ascot today?
Will the punters be following the money at Royal Ascot today?

The markets have been reviewed ahead of day two of the Royal Ascot meeting, and the Follow The Money team have three selections for you to consider on an exceptional afternoon of racing...

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Back Muwaary @ 6.05/1 Royal Ascot 14:30

Back Anthem Alexander @ 4.1 Royal Ascot 15:05

Lay Sky Lantern to Place @ 2.56/4 Royal Ascot 16:25


We start with the first race, the 14:30 Jersey Stakes which is a Group 3 for three-year-old colts and geldings.

Muwaary has seen good support having been backed in from 7.26/1 in to 6.05/1 this morning. He has shown marked improvement in each of his three runs to date and arrives here on the back of a very respectable fourth placed effort in the French Guineas at Longchamp last month. Trained by John Gosden who saddled Kingman to a very impressive win for Follow The Money backers yesterday, he should be suited by the strongly run 7f he will get today and he is the market favourite ahead of the same owner's Mustajeeb in what in truth looks a very open race.

We move on to the 15:05 Queen Mary Stakes, a group 2 race for 2-year-old fillies, where Anthem Alexander has seen solid support having been backed in from a high of 5.49/2 this morning and is now trading at 4.1.

Edward Lynam's twice raced filly travels over from Ireland with a lofty reputation after blitzing her rivals by seven lengths in her previous outing in a 5f Maiden at Tipperary just under two weeks ago. Notably she is a half-sister to the speedy Dandy Man, a Group 3 winner over 5 furlongs who was also placed in the King's Stand over the same course and distance faced by his half-sister today.

Our negative of the day comes in the 16:25 Duke of Cambridge Stakes, a Group 2 for fillies and mares over the straight mile, where Sky Lantern has drifted from 3.814/5 out to 7.06/1. Richard Hannon's four-time Group 1 winning filly would be tough to beat if performing to her top level, however she may just need the run as she makes her seasonal reappearance today following a disappointing last of 17 finish in the Hong Kong Mile at Sha tin in December.

She also has to concede weight all round to a host of talented rivals including last month's Dahlia Stakes winner Esoterique and former rival Integral who she beat by a length last year in the Sun Chariot Stakes but carries a 5lb penalty for that success and the market suggests that will be enough to turn the tables today.

If she isn't at her best she may be worth taking on for a place as credible cases can also be made for Purr Along and Fiesolana who finished first and second respectively in a fillies and mares Group 3 at The Curragh last month and so a place lay is the call at 2.56/4, out from 1.9110/11.


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Back Muwaary @ 6.05/1 Royal Ascot 14:30
Back Anthem Alexander @ 4.1 Royal Ascot 15:05
Lay Sky Lantern to Place @ 2.56/4 Royal Ascot 16:25


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