Royal Ascot

Today's Racing News: Summer and Samurai to cut down Wokingham rivals

Royal Ascot field breaking from the stalls.
The Wokingham is today's feature contest.

"...both Silver Samurai and Summerghand get my cash. The former is in terrific form, and the latter has gone under the radar with the re-fitting of the headgear."

Fresh from his confident winner Perfect Power and agonisingly close second Ajero, Daryl Carter is here with a Saturday special and on hand with all your daily stats, betting info and news for the final day at Royal Ascot...

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14:30 Chesham Stakes

Trainer Aidan O'Brien saddles the potentially smart half-brother to Snowfall, Alfred Munnings 2.111/10, who created a favourable impression when scoring on debut at Leopardstown.

O'Brien had used that race previously for War Command, who went on to win the Coventry next time, and War Decree, who went on to finish runner-up in the Superlative Stakes on his next outing. O'Brien has won this six times, including four of the last six years.

Alazhir 9.08/1 arrives on the back of a winning debut at Yarmouth, which has traditionally been a race to follow into the Chesham Stakes. He may have bumped into one in the above here, though.

15:05 Jersey Stakes

This looks a cracker, but it's hard to split most of the field highlighted by only three favourites winning in the last ten years and none below 2/1. Something needs to take a step forward.

Noble Truth 4.57/2 sets the standard, and Charlie Appleby - who usually uses the Yarmouth race mentioned above won by Alazhir for this contest - has stuck with his quirky runner.

Only one horse has worn headgear to win this contest in the last ten years.

Six of the last ten winners had run at Newmarket the same season, and five of the last ten had run at Newmarket the outing before winning this contest.

15:40 Hardwicke Stakes

Sir Michael Stoute has supplemented Solid Stone 8.07/1 for this contest, and the trainer has an impeccable record of scoring five times in the last ten years. His runner is three for four in cheek-pieces.

Hurricane Lane 1.84/5 makes his seasonal return, but this will be the fastest ground he has encountered.

Four-year-olds have won nine of the last ten runnings of this contest. Third Realm 11.010/1, Hurricane Lane 1.84/5 and Mostahdaf 11.010/1 are the three that line-up.

16:20 Platinum Jubilee Stakes

Twenty-seven runners will head to the post, and international raiders will dominate the market. Still, two market leaders are three-year-olds, and no three-year-old has won this in the last ten years.

Only one winner in the last ten has worn headgear.

Four and five-year-olds have won eight of the last ten runnings.

Only one winner since 2013 to be drawn higher than stall nine.

Naval Crown 34.033/1 and Kinross 51.050/1 would be my tentative stabs at this minefield.

17:35 Golden Gates Stakes

Plenty of unexposed three-year-olds in this contest. John Gosden's Honiton 5.59/2 has bumped into three Royal Ascot winners in his last four starts and the runner-up of the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes. A handicap mark of 94 could underestimate him on the back of his Sandown romp.

Handicap debutants have won the last two runnings of this contest. There are nine today.

Trainer Charlie Appleby is just two for 27 over ten furlongs at Ascot. At the same time, John Gosden has an 18% strike rate.

18:10 Queen Alexandra Stakes

Punters should probably expect the defection of Trueshan for the second time this week after no rain has arrived at Ascot. That will bring about a significant rule four - but it does favour the punter.

Stratum 12.011/1 and Calling The Wind 12.011/1 finished one-two in this contest last year.

Trainer Richard Hughes has had ten runners finish inside the placings from his last 15 over trips between 2m and 2m4f. He has had three winners.

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Horses for courses

This section highlights the best bets from horses that have won twice or more at today's tracks.

16:20 Ascot - Campanelle - Has won here twice (100%)
16:20 Ascot - Creative Force - Has won here twice (67%)
17:00 Ascot - Rohaan - Has won here twice (67%)

Furthest traveller

Today's furthest traveller is trainer Keith Dalgleish who has made the long 388-mile journey again this week. Away from that yard, Michael Dods has made the 274-mile journey for two runners in the 17:00 Cammanche Falls 29.028/1 and Blackrod 9.08/1.

Race of the day

The final Royal Ascot race in focus for the year is the 17:00 Wokingham Stakes which looks as competitive as ever with a max field of 28 runners.

Fresh is always to the fore in these big field sprints, and rightly so. It's only a matter of time before he scores in one of these contests. Still, his trainer has expressed ground concerns, and he could be a late non-runner according to reports, so punters be aware.

He is a winner in waiting, but fast ground over six furlongs demands more from him, and this might not be his ideal set-up.

Silver Samurai has thrived since being dropped back to six furlongs and won with plenty of authority at Haydock, which saddled him with a five-pound penalty allowing him to get into the race.

This is a step up in grade, but the strong pace at this level will play to his strengths and the faster the ground, the better. He ticks the course form box, and there is plenty to like about a horse who has always had potential in the bag.

Summerghand shaped as though he was coming back to the boil on his latest outing when beaten three lengths at York, finishing with running left.

Interestingly, connections left off the headgear on that run for the first time since 2020, and they reapply the visor today. He scored in first-time cheek-pieces and a first-time visor, and this is the first time he will have had headgear reapplied, so that could spark an improved performance.

He is talented on his day and is well-handicapped to have a say, having finished second off this mark in 2020 and now seven pounds lower than his Stewards Cup win.

Daniel Tudhope prefers fresh, but James Doyle is a positive alternative.

Big race verdict

Another cracking contest, and both Silver Samurai and Summerghand get my cash. The former is in terrific form, and the latter has gone under the radar with the re-fitting of the headgear. Both are still searching for their first Ascot win and have plenty in their favour today.

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Derby form is working out well, even with a quick turn around

Changingofthegaurd (5th) and Grand Alliance (11th) fought out the finish in the King Edward yesterday, with the latter hitting a low of 1.04 before veering to his right in the closing stages.

The Derby already looks a race to follow - sorry for the obvious but Desert Crown has the world at his feet.

The Betfair Exchange has been the place to punt this week, offering excellent value across the card yet again yesterday at Royal Ascot, beating the industry SP on EVERY RACE.

Final Word

It wasn't quite the perfect Friday we were hoping for yesterday, but Perfect Power got us off to a flyer when scoring in the Commonwealth Cup under a fantastic ride by Christophe Soumillon! I hadn't had the best of weeks up until then, but I let loose on the Fahey runner netting a hefty prize for my week's pain. I had been feeling like a failure this week - funny how this tipping game will treat you. One minute you feel like a god, and the next, nothing but a mere mortal, but colleagues keep telling me I am too hard on myself!

It's been a week of hard-luck stories for me. A clear passage for Maljoom probably would have made it as profitable as Cheltenham is each year, but you have to ride the waves as a punter.

David Egan was terrific on Ajero but was just ridden too close to the pace and something he knew around six furlongs out with a quick glance over his shoulder to see where the rest of the field was. That was telling, and he faded close to home, but he struck 2.26/5 in the running, and it probably didn't help me jumping on his back and riding him for the final three furlongs in my living room - too much weight!

The rollercoaster continues today, race fans. I hope you have enjoyed the Daily News coverage of Royal Ascot this week and until Monday, be lucky.

Follow Daryl Carter on Twitter @DarylCarter7

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