Nahanni can improve for the quick turnaround and new trip
Back Nahanni @ 5.59/2 in the 15:05 at Royal Ascot in the Queen's Vase
A reasonable day for the column yesterday as we landed the place part of the 140/1 each-way double, and that's again the angle for today's two punts - which admittedly are Godolphin heavy.
I was tempted to put in Charlie Appleby's Desert Peace in the Royal Hunt Cup, but the fact that Nahanni is out again so quickly after the Derby and he's going in one of my favourite races in the Queen's Vase, I don't want to let him go unbacked at 9/2.
My first reaction to his 11L defeat at Epsom was "Leger horse", as not a lot went right for him on the day. He's a Frankel that wears headgear, so could be a bit of a hothead, and while Desert Crown's temperament was immaculate with the pre-race nonsense of the fireworks, Nahanni didn't take to the Catherine wheels and screamers, as he was on edge immediately.
It impacted his start has he completely missed the break, and he didn't handle Epsom very well either.
A stiffer track today over 1m6f will suit as he was staying on ever so well in the Classic. His ninth furlong was a sectional of 11.26 seconds - quicker than the Derby winner and his eleventh furlong split was only 0.02 seconds off him too.
I think he'll stay well, and provided the turnaround isn't too quick for him, he's a player.
Moonlight can dance to victory in the Kensington Palace
Back White Moonlight @ 8.515/2 in the 18:10 at Royal Ascot in the Kensington Palace Stakes
Twenty-two runners will do for the each-way angle again with the Extra Place Specials on offer for Wednesday, and White Moonlight looks the most interesting for the Kensington Palace Stakes Handicap to round off the day.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor had a big price winner yesterday on the opening afternoon and his horses have been in good nick for a while.
So White Moonlight at 15/2 looks an attractive each-way play.
Blink and you miss her, as since her debut in 2019 she has been seen only three times (including that run), and a break with an absence of 971 days puts an interesting slant on things as the bounce theory could come into play after her comeback run earlier this month at Chelmsford.
That was a novice, and she understandably was fresh and pulled too hard over 1m2f - a trip she didn't see out, so reverting to 1m looks a smart move.
She previously had won easily at Newmarket back in 2019 on just her second start, and could prove to be a lot better than her handicap debut mark of 92 today. She was mentioned a potential UAE Guineas type, and I wouldn't be worried about the quicker ground.
Her dam, Fitful Skies (out of Dubawi) has proved to be a fine broodmare for Godolphin - as all four of her stock have won races.
I don't mind her high draw in 20 either.
June single bet winners
Royal Scotsman 9/1 Placed
Mooneista 10/1 Placed
Zaccerela 15/2 Placed
One World 3/1 Won
All Lies Ahead 7/1 Placed
Magical Morning 5/1 Won
Palm Lily 9/4 Won
May single bet winners
Sole Pretender Evens Won
Clear The Runway 6/4 Won
Rich Belief 3/1 Won
Exit To Where 9/4 Won
Boardman 9/4 Won
Sea La Rosa 11/4 Won
Quickthorn 4/1 Won
Alpine Sierra 15/8 Won
Secret Shadow 9/2 Placed
Mooneista 13/2 Placed
Lionel 3/1 Won
Sea Silk Road 13/8 Won
Johnston's Blue 11/4 Won
Haarar 9/2 Won
Lariat 6/1 Placed
Haizoom 10/1 Won and Placed
Sea Silk Road 8/1 Won
Brotherly Company 17/2 Won
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