Jamie Lynch suggests something a bit different for his best bets.
"Played two, lost two, unheralded promise in defeat on the first occasion, but a disappointing finish when more was expected the second time. In fact, the only difference between England and Potent Embrace (14:20) is that there’s still some hope with Potent Embrace..."
Before dealing with Royal Ascot, let's take out the rubbish, with two quick-fire 'away' bets at Redcar, because there's no snobbery around these parts.
Played two, lost two, unheralded promise in defeat on the first occasion, but a disappointing finish when more was expected the second time. In fact, the only difference between England and Potent Embrace (14:20) is that there's still some hope with Potent Embrace, and she can prove the point in the first at Redcar.
She has better form and more potential than Randwick, and one of the Godolphin newcomers is going to have to be good to beat her...and that they're starting out at Redcar suggests they're not.
England haven't been hopeless, but equally they haven't shaped loads better than the result the last twice, unlike Tanawar. You get the feeling that Ruth Carr is about to work her magic with Tanawar, sooner rather than later, and his odds of 7.413/2 in the 17:20 underestimate his encouragement in a couple of runs for the stable.
And now for something completely different.
Not a day of strong fancies at Ascot, and therefore the best plan of attack looks to be a Placepot. Here's mine:
Albany - Stick with the Queen Mary winner, Anthem Alexander, in regards of the two fillies that are tied in with her. In the same ownership, Patience Alexander swerved the Queen Mary to allow her team-mate to shine over the minimum trip there, but Patience would have played a big part in the Queen Mary, just as she will here. Sexy Legs finished in front of Anthem Alexander on her debut, on unsuitably testing ground for the latter, but it was a promise-packed start by Sexy Legs.
Wolferton - Keeping it simple is the best option here, by banking on Bold Sniper. He's a tricky customer and might find one too good, but not three.
King Edward VII - Keeping it simple is the best option here, by banking on Adelaide. He's a work-in-progress and might find one too good, but not three.
Coronation - Now is the time to start thinking outside the box, because even the top fillies can blow hot and cold. And so my two against the field are Lesstalk In Paris, who was favourite for the French Guineas but found a change of tactics (waited with) backfiring, and the reappearing Kiyoshi, remembering she looked one of the best of her generation when winning the Albany on this day last year.
Queen's Vase - Marzocco and Montaly look slow, but that's an advantage when it comes to this particular stamina-sapping race, and the pair could come into their own here.
Buckingham Palace - I live by the mantra of 'never explain, never apologise'. So I won't apologise if the Placepot goes west, nor will I explain the selections in the vital last leg. Santefisio, Pastoral Player, Watchable.
Royal Ascot Placepot:
14:30 - 16, 20
15:05 - 14
15:45 - 2
16:25 - 3,4
17:00 - 8,10
17:35 - 5,6,17
Back Potent Embrace in the 14:20 Redcar
Back Tanawar in the 17:20 Redcar