Sacred can remind us of her star quality in the Commonwealth
Back Sacred Bridge @ 26.025/1 in the 15:05 at Royal Ascot in the Commonwealth Cup
The two big prices for yesterday's column ran okay, with Inverness drifting out to a massive 51.050/1, while Wanees didn't get home but travelled well. It's a case of going down the big price route again for Friday and Day 4 and Sacred Bridge is surely too classy to be a 25/1 shot?
Not a 25/1 shot on last year's form anyway, maybe this year more so, as she scrambled home in the Polonia Listed Stakes last time at Cork. She was far from impressive and worked a lot harder than anticipated, but hopefully it told us that she is not just a 2yo, but I admit, her career has a somewhat frayed look to it now.
Her run in the Guineas Trial previously over 7f was worth a go. She wasn't beaten far (2L in fact) behind the subsequent Classic winner Homeless Songs, but she didn't look a stayer. Well done for giving it a try though for Ger Lyons.
She was a 111-rated juvenile who flopped in the Cheveley Park, but I wouldn't write her off after that run. I watched her Round Tower win again last night and the burst of acceleration after floating into contention down the centre track was sheer visual, unadulterated joy. Although it's quite ludicrous that sectional times are still not published in Ireland.
The way she stretched out was an explosion of energy and speed. If you had said last season after the Round Tower she'd be 26.025/1 and higher - you probably would have taken it. Colin Keane could be pinned to the far side with an extreme draw in 3, and it goes without saying we have the Extra Place Special with five on offer.
Go well please Stay Well
Back Stay Well @ 19.018/1 in the 15:40 Royal Ascot in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes
Long-time owner breeder Sir Martyn Arbib has a good one in Stay Alert this year, and that filly was labelled as one of they best they had bred out of their own broodmare Starfala. Arbib likes stayers, maybe hence the name (!), and Stay Well is out of the owner's wonderful middle-distance mare Sweeping Up. She got 1m4f very strongly on quick ground, and her son could outrun his odds of 18/1.
He has finished placed a couple of times this season. Firstly in the Rosebery at Kempton, but the steady pace and messy nature might have played against him. His latest effort was in the Zetland Gold Cup over 10f - which is shy of his best trip in my opinion. He travelled very well in the north east, and has traded short on his last two runs - so there's an angle to lay back from his big price.
The Hughie Morrison-trained selection beat Candleford over 1m4f at Kempton during the winter, and yet Candleford is 6/1 for this race - although admittedly he got a poor ride that evening, but Stay Well did just that - seeing his race out strongly at a galloping track, and I can see Ascot suiting him well going left-handed.
The fast ground should hold no fears either, as he slammed a field by 8L at Windsor when it was quick.
Arbib was born not far from where I grew up in Hendon, north London, so hopefully it's one for the northern branch of the capital alongside Morrison - who has better breeding than Frankel is virtually royalty anyway.
There are five places too for Stay Well with the Extra Place Special on the Sportsbook.
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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