The Girls can Star in the Jersey
The Group 3 Jersey Stakes for 3yo over 7f at 15:05 is always a fascinating race as it's so unique but this year's renewal looks a wide-open affair. Therefore, I think a chance can be given at an each-way price about Star Girls Aalmal who represents Henry De Bromhead. She is one of three fillies in the race which is a very interesting angle with the 3lb they're receiving from the colts.
Star Girls Aalmal has four starts to her name so far where she's done very little wrong in each outing. She was a winner of her second start at Dundalk in November which she bolted up in. She improved on that effort on her reappearance when winning again at Gowran over 7f.
It made sense that connections should want to have a tilt at the Irish 1000 Guineas thereafter and Star Girls Aalmal ran a corker to finish fourth behind Homeless Songs and Tuesday.
She was bumped over 2f out and again, was hampered 1f out. The mile seemed to stretch her then anyway at the Curragh so this drop back in trip may well suit her better.
It's interesting that De Bromhead is sighting the Jersey for her next target and she shouldn't be underestimated with her official rating of 108 reflecting that.
Be Creative in Platinum Jubilee
The Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes over 6f at 16:20 is a scintillating affair where the Australians look likely to go home with another sprint winner in Home Affairs. It's interesting that Chris Waller was very lukewarm on the idea of running Nature Strip again after his emphatic win in the King's Stand on Tuesday. It makes sense however, as he has the Coolmore-owned Home Affairs to try and bag the second big sprint prize of Royal Ascot.
There is a horse at a fair price here who looks a decent each-way play to finish at least in the frame. That being Creative Force who is a wonderful four-year-old gelding trained by Charlie Appleby.
Many will ask questions of Creative Force on the quick ground as there is a feeling that this gelding would prefer a softer going. However, early last season it was thought that he was a fast ground horse and there was a doubt about whether or not he'd cope with the softer ground in the Listed Carnarvon Stakes.
He showed his aptitude for that ground there and is therefore very much ground versatile in my mind, so regardless of what the weather does I'm not phased in backing him.
He's already a Group 1 winner over this course and distance which came in the British Champions Sprint Stakes in October. He was also a winner of the Jersey Stakes on his previous Ascot outing.
He has a solid track record and there's no reason not to expect him to go close again here.
He didn't run well on his latest start at Meydan in a Group 1 6f turf sprint behind A Case Of You. I can forgive that effort as he just never showed up and we've seen many horses not take to Meydan.
He's likely to bounce back here at a track he loves at an each-way price.
Side with two in ever tricky Wokingham
The Wokingham Stakes over 6f at 17:00 is one of the hardest races to solve of the entire flat season. What better race then for me to sight a couple of bets? I really am a gluten for punishment at times.
I've run my usual trends for this race, where five-year-olds have a solid record, and horses rated as close to 99 are a big plus. Middle to low draws have been favoured in recent years, as have horses who are ridden prominently. Coming into this race on the back of one run is ideal and a win on that latest outing is an even bigger plus.
If a horse reached the frame in a handicap last time out, then that too is no negative. There isn't an optimal turnaround time from a latest start but between two to six weeks is preferable.
These trends landed me on two runners. The first being Fresh who is a five-year-old gelding trained by James Fanshawe. He is rated 98, drawn in stall 7 and ran well to reach the frame in the Victoria Cup last time out. That is an ideal set up race for a tilt at the Wokingham and has been seen to winning effect in the past. He is a former course and distance winner and finished second in this race last year.
He's had an optimal turnaround time since that latest outing on 7th May. He is a hold up performer, which does concern me to an extent here, as this race tends to favour those ridden forwards. Hopefully, Daniel Tudhope can bag another winner in Royal Ascot week on Fresh.
The other horse I like is a much bigger price at 34.033/1 with that being Tiger Crusade who is worthy of an each-way bet in his own right. He too, is a five-year-old, rated 100 and has a handy draw in stall 10.
Again, there is a concern that Tiger Crusade may be ridden no better than mid-division but I'll still chance him here. He comes into the race on the back of one start this season which is a positive and that run also came within the perfect turnaround time.
Jamie Spencer rides the Ascot straight track very well as we know, and Tiger Crusade certainly doesn't look any back number despite his price.