Betfair Ambasador Joseph O'Brien discusses his five Saturday afternoon runners, including four at Down Royal and one in the big race at Royal Ascot...
"Speak In Colours has been very good for us in sprints since he joined me and we were delighted with his seasonal reappearance at the Curragh last time... Any ease in the ground will be a help to him and hopefully he can represent us well in what looks a great race."
Likeable horse can overcome his draw
15:25 - A Wave Of The Sea
There is a very good pot for this race and it doesn't always attract the biggest of fields, so we've had it in mind for a few of ours for a while now and thankfully we've got three in the line-up for it.
A Wave Of The Sea is a horse that hasn't put a foot wrong so far, winning a maiden at Sligo and a handicap at Down Royal last time. He very much looks ready for the step up to this trip and he seems the type that should be better in a stronger race such as this where he is more likely to get good pace in front of him for longer. He is a likeable horse and, while his draw isn't ideal, I'd be hopeful he can overcome it and run a big race.
Positive progress set to continue
15:25 - King's Vow
King's Vow has a lovely, progressive profile and the penny has really dropped with him since he has gone up in trip. He is travelling much better in his races this season and that has been a big help to him. He was impressive at the Curragh last time and while he is 11lb higher here, he'll hopefully be progressive enough to overcome that and run well.
Must improve fast
15:25 - Millswyn
Millswyn won a maiden at Gowran Park last year, but has been a big disappointment in his two starts since. He is a gross type of horse that takes a fair bit of getting fit, so I'd be hopeful that he has improved a good bit since his seasonal reappearance, but he'll need to improve a lot to get competitive in this stronger race.
Shot in the Dark
16:05 - Vallambrosa
Vallambrosa looked promising when winning her maiden and running well in stakes company last season, but she hasn't been running as well this season. She has dropped in the ratings as a result, but she needs to show more to be competitive. Having tried blinkers over a shorter trip last time, we are stepping her up to a mile-and-a-quarter with the headgear left off here. It's a bit of a shot in the dark and it would be hard to be confident in her chance.
Shouldn't let me down
16:20 - Speak In Colours
Speak In Colours has been very good for us in sprints since he joined me and we were delighted with his seasonal reappearance at the Curragh last time. He was only just touched off by Mr Lupton there and I'd be hopeful he can come on from that run. Any ease in the ground will be a help to him and hopefully he can represent us well in what looks a great race.