Money for Minzaal could be spot on
Back Minzaal @ 12.011/1 in the 16:20 at Royal Ascot in the Platinum Jubilee
The each-way part of the multiple on Tuesday seems a long and distance memory, but it's back to the sprints and a corker of a truly international Group 1 and a massive field for the Platinum Jubilee (as a broadcaster we've been banned from using #platyjoobs). And I am prepared to give Minzaal another chance to crack the top level. Support on the Sportsbook last night came for him, as he was trimmed from 16/1 into 11/1.
He's a horse with a ton of natural ability and speed, who since his promising 2yo career, has not had a clear run at things.
Fleeting visits seem common place these days and I was left a little flat following his third in the Duke Of York on his reappearance this season. He lacked his usual pick up that was evident in the Champions Day run last term, but it could be a case of putting a line through that, as with his fitness problems, he might have needed it.
It's interesting his trainer Owen Burrows slaps some cheekpieces on him. He doesn't look untrustworthy or not genuine, but it could sharpen him up in top company.
His record at Ascot is good (without winning) and he seems to act over the 6f here and his run style is fascinating with some fast ground - whether the rain arrives we'll have to take it on the chin, but he acts with cut too.
Minzaal won the Gimcrack as a youngster and looked a potential top sprinter, so we'll find out today from stall 3.
Blackrod looks a sprinter going places
Back Blackrod @ 9.08/1 in the 17:00 at Royal Ascot in the Wokingham Stakes
Michael Dods' 4yo Blackrod is on a fast upcurve and he looked a potential Pattern performer following his win at Newmarket last time out.
He landed a big pot in that race with a fine return for the season, tracking the pace on good ground to score from a mark of 95 in time that was quicker than the other 6f races on the card. He is now off 100 and takes on the big boys and girls, but he was fast progressive as a 3yo, and Dods has looked after him well.
By Mayson, the myth of the sire's progeny needing soft were batted away by part-owner Emma Armstrong who described the theory as a myth.
He won at York and Newmarket last term and his run style on the Knavesmire when he got outpaced could suit the switch for his first try at Ascot and the stiff finish as he does see out 6f well. The hottest part of the York win was the second and third furlongs, but he still managed to clock 10.53 and 10.65 splits.
Drawn high on the stands' side, Dods has said he has a massive future. Hopefully he is right.
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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