Timeform Shortlist: Royal Ascot, Wednesday 20 June

There is top-class racing on Day 2 of Royal Ascot on Wednesday
There is top-class racing on Day 2 of Royal Ascot on Wednesday

Timeform's free Shortlist comes from Royal Ascot on Wednesday...

"...was strong in the betting and looked potentially smart when making a winning debut over C&D last month..."

Timeform on Shades of Blue

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2.30 Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (1) 5f

Timeform Top Rated:
113p 17. SHADES OF BLUE Clive Cox Adam Kirby
110p 16. SERVALAN Mrs J. Harrington Colm O'Donoghue
110p 6. FOREVER IN DREAMS M. Palussiere Antoine Hamelin

Analyst's Verdict:
Shades of Blue was strong in the betting and looked potentially smart when making a winning debut over C&D last month, beating a couple of subsequent winners with a bit to spare, so she gets the vote for last year's winning yard. Given the bullish reports coming from Wesley Ward it's no surprise to see Chelsea Cloisters a strong favourite and she has to be feared, with Servalan best of the rest.


3.05 Queen's Vase (Group 2) (1) 1¾m34y

Timeform Top Rated:
129 8. NELSON Aidan O'Brien Donnacha O'Brien
124 5. KEW GARDENS Aidan O'Brien Ryan Moore
119p 9. SOUTHERN FRANCE Aidan O'Brien Seamie Heffernan

Analyst's Verdict:
Aidan O'Brien has saddled the winner of this 4 times since 2010 and Nelson is taken to provide the yard with another victory, for all that Ryan Moore has seemingly passed him over in favour of Kew Gardens and the presence of unexposed stablemate Southern France. Nelson sets a good standard on his smart 2-y-o form and may relish this stiffer test. Stream of Stars is the pick of the home brigade.


3.40 Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (1) 1m

Timeform Top Rated:
132 1. HYDRANGEA Aidan O'Brien Ryan Moore
130 3. ALJAZZI Marco Botti William Buick
127 10. URBAN FOX William Haggas James Doyle

Analyst's Verdict:
Hydrangea sticks to 1m and should be hard to beat if coming on plenty as expected from her reappearance at the Curragh. Last year's runner-up Aljazzi has solid place claims again, while Tomyris and recent C&D handicap 1-2 Urban Fox and Tribute Act should be in the mix.


4.20 Prince of Wales's Stakes (Group 1) (1) 1m1f212y

Timeform Top Rated:
150 2. CRACKSMAN John Gosden Frankie Dettori
139 5. HAWKBILL Charlie Appleby William Buick
138 6. POET'S WORD Sir Michael Stoute James Doyle

Analyst's Verdict:
Cracksman certainly wasn't at his brilliant best in the Coronation Cup at Epsom but he still got the job done and this track, where he was so impressive in the Champion, is expected to see him in a much better light. Recent Brigadier Gerard winner Poet's Word followed the selection home in the Champion and could be the one for the forecast spot again.


5.00 Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (2) 1m

Timeform Top Rated:
128 17. FIRMAMENT David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope
127p 10. AFAAK Charles Hills Jim Crowley
127 32. SENIORITY William Haggas James Doyle

Analyst's Verdict:
Medahim has some strong 3-y-o form to his name and looks poised to run a big race after catching the eye over a shorter trip at Goodwood last time. At likely attractive odds he makes fair appeal. In what looks an ultra-competitive renewal of this contest there are any number of dangers, however, with Saltonstall, Afaak and Firmament particularly feared.


5.35 Jersey Stakes (Group 3) (1) 7f

Timeform Top Rated:
135p 8. EMARAATY John Gosden Jim Crowley
127 21. COULD IT BE LOVE Aidan O'Brien Ryan Moore
126p 17. SYMBOLIZATION Charlie Appleby William Buick

Analyst's Verdict:
Emaraaty produced a huge effort under a big weight when narrowly denied by Society Power in a red-hot handicap at Goodwood and will take a bit of stopping if he can reproduce that level now. Could It Be Love is an obvious contender on the back of her Irish 1000 Guineas second, while the aforementioned Society Power is also respected despite meeting the selection on 10 lb worse terms this time.


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