Timeform Radio Racing Tips: Lydia Hislop's day two selections

Another day of big fields and big drama is likely at Ascot

The Racing UK presenter is in the Timeform Radio studio today for the second day of Royal Ascot 2012 - here are her selections...

So You Think towers over his rivals in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes...


Recommended Bet
15:45 – So You Think 1pt win; Planteur 1pt place

Another tricky big-field day at Royal Ascot kicks off with the Jersey Stakes (Ascot 14:00). Aljamaaheer looked very progressive when returned to a sound surface and winning readily last time. However, Reply was not best positioned when a good third in the Irish 2000 Guineas last time and is a credible threat.

Chachamaidee is a confident selection in the Windsor Forest (Ascot 15:05). She improved for being fitted with a hood last year, finishing second in this race as well as the Sun Chariot and Challenge Stakes. She began this season with an authoritative performance at Lingfield and receives weight from the main danger, the improved Emulous. This mile trip may be shy of Nahrain's best.

In the absence of Cirrus Des Aigles, So You Think towers over his rivals in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes (Ascot 15:45). He looked at least as good as ever when trouncing Famous Name in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last time. If he's too short for your money, Planteur is the best place bet, having run better than the bare form on both starts this season.

There didn't appear to be an advantage or otherwise across the breadth of the straight track yesterday, which is good news for the Royal Hunt Cup (Ascot 16:25). Cai Shen was second to Sagramor, who's since gone on to better things, in the three-year-old's version of this race, the Britannia, last year. His form so far this term suggests he's improved. He may have most to fear from stablemate, King Torus, progressive Captain Bertie and Edinburgh Knight.

Both Mironica and Upward Spiral, who displayed a great deal of talent on their sole starts to date, should play prominent roles in the Queen Mary (Ascot 17:00). But Graphic Guest's form took a leap forward when she encountered a sound surface for the first time at Windsor last time. She should do even better in a larger field. Satsuma was probably too aggressively ridden last time and she makes most appeal among the bigger-priced fillies.

On paper, the Sandringham Handicap (Ascot 17:35) appears less competitive than in previous years. Top-weight Electrelane is still improving but must prove she can cope with drying ground. Duntle seems progressive, as did closely matched Devotion until she ran in the Oaks last time. Although she's 5lb out of the handicap, Ladys First is improving steadily and looks the most reliable win-and-place proposition.

Recommended Bets
14:30 - Aljamaaheer 1pt win; Reply 1pt win
15:05 - Chachamaidee 2pts win, 2pts place
15:45 - So You Think 1pt win; Planteur 1pt place
16:25 - Cai Shen 2pts win, 2pts place
17:00 - Graphic Guest: half-point win, half-point place
17:35 - Ladys First: 1pt win, 1pt place


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