Royal Ascot Placepot: Wednesday June 17

Cannock Chase could go well on his return to Ascot in today's feature
Cannock Chase could go well on his return to Ascot in today's feature

It's day two of Royal Ascot and here is today's attempt at bringing down a healthy piece of the Placepot...

"with the second from that race running well in yesterday's Windsor Castle, she looks the most creditable option here on form."

14:30 - Ivawood is a worthy favourite in the opener on day two but there are plenty of unexposed horses in behind him should he fail to fire while conceding a 5lb penalty to most of the field. One of these prospects is Hathal, a scopey sort out of a 1000 Guineas winner who cruised to victory in his maiden at Lingfield last time out under a hands and heels ride.

Our other Placepot option is more exposed but also has solid place claims, Bossy Guest was only beaten half a length by Ivawood in the 1000 Guineas and although the return to 7 furlongs doesn't seem the most natural step he now gets a 5lb pull in the weights with the favourite, which may see him go close to a reversing that form.

15:05 - This looks a devilishly hard puzzle to solve with any number of unexposed fillies holding place claims, but a good starting point could be Easton Angel who was very impressive when winning a conditions race at Beverley last time, and with the second from that race running well in yesterday's Windsor Castle, she looks the most creditable option here on form.

Elsewhere Ring of Truth should also be included, a full sister to smart sprinter Musical Comedy, she won her maiden with a bit in hand and the step back to five furlongs shouldn't pose a problem in what should be a well-run race.

15:40 - There was nothing wrong with Integral's reappearance in the Lockinge Stakes where she managed a respectable fourth against the colts after racing keenly enough in the early stages. Like many of her yard she is entitled to come on for that run and it is hard to see her failing to win this race for the second consecutive year.

16:20 - Even with his disrupted preparation it is very hard to see past the exciting Free Eagle in Wednesday's feature race. He is a full 6lb clear of his nearest rival on Timeform Ratings and if there is nothing amiss he is expected to win.

In the event that the favourite fails to fire Cannock Chase looks a solid Placepot horse back on his favoured ground and over the same C&D as when winning the Tercentenary Stakes last year.

17:00 - GM Hopkins remains capable of one more big handicap success from this sort of mark based on his unfortunate second at Newbury last time out, meeting trouble in-running, and he is worth another go from a 4lb higher mark.

You're Fired should also be included after shaping better than the result in a competitive York handicap last time and conceding first run to the winner, those at the fore that day have all ran well since and he looks on a feasible mark as a result.

17:35 - Jellicle Ball disappointed when 7/1 for the 1000 Guineas last month and it has come to light since that she was heavily in season and can therefore be easily excused. She was not seen to best effect at Goodwood next time over 10 furlongs when keen early and caught in a pocket at a crucial stage, but she is worth one more chance now dropped to handicap company, remembering the abundant early promise that she showed on her first two starts.

Our second line in the last race also requires some forgiveness, Rive Gauche was beaten at short odds in a maiden last time out, but prior to that had shown much improved form when fourth in listed company despite not being suited by the way the race unfolded, now unleashed into handicap company from a mark of 97 she could run a big race.

Selections:
14:30 - 4, 8
15:05 - 10, 19
15:40 - 1
16:20 - 5, 2
17:00 - 15, 28
17:35 - 2, 6

= 32 lines


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