The Rab Havlin Blog – Royal Ascot Day Five Special

It’s the fifth and final instalment of Rab Havlin’s superb daily FansBet Royal Ascot blog. Read his thoughts on his ride in today’s Jersey Stakes, as well as what he’s chosen in the feature Golden Jubilee Stakes to try and net more cash for Racing Welfare.

The Rab Havlin Blog - Royal Ascot Day Five Special

It’s two days on from Stradivarius and everyone here at Clarehaven Stables is still on a massive high after his second Gold Cup win.

It’s was an unbelievable reaction from the crowd at Ascot, really not like anything I’d witnessed there before if I’m honest, and especially satisfying for me on the day seeing my very good pal Frankie Dettori get his fourth win in less than two hours to light the place up.

For those of you who’ve been following my blogs it also meant a few quid in the kitty for the good folks at Racing Welfare, a charity I have always had a soft spot for and will continue to support. Today’s charity selection follows at the end of this piece.

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Back to the four-legged hero though, it was always going to be a high pressure week for the Gosden team with the likes of Too Darn Hot and Stradivarius coming here, considering it’s a huge job just to get them there in one piece and in the best form.

For his part, what sets Stradivarius apart is his consistency. Elite horses like him find a way to win and we are lucky be involved with him.

Moving on, it’s been a busy old week for yours truly, what with two meetings most days combined with early starts and late finishes.

My Royal Ascot concludes with Angel’s Hideaway over seven furlongs in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at 3.05pm.

A daughter of Dark Angel, she has plenty of ability and gave me a great spin when fourth in the Guineas last month.

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What’s less pleasing is her draw. A lot of the action so far this week has been unfolding middle to high, so we perhaps could have been better off than stall four.

What’s more, the quicker the surface the better, so I’ll be hoping the ground dries out plenty between now and post time.

I hope we’ve a valid each way shout, though we’ve got form to try and turn around with Space Blues from Epsom the last day, something which on the face of it will be tough. He’s an impressive colt with bags of speed who beat us fair and square there, conceding more weight on that occasion than he has to today.

Elsewhere on the card, the mile and a half Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes is a fascinating one at 3.40pm.

For our team I’ll hoping Frankie can go close on Lah Ti Dar. Second in the St Leger, she really is a super mare. I wouldn’t be too concerned about her last run when the track simply didn’t suit at Epsom. Maybe a bigger question mark applies to whether she’s quite as effective over this distance as she is over further.

In the same race, I wonder if Masar could be a shade vulnerable on his return from injury, after all 385 days is a long time off the track and he’ll need to be sharp to beat these.

If not Lah Ti Dar then perhaps the biggest danger could turn out to be Aidan O’Brien’s Southern France, who just might have too many gears for them at this trip.

It was a heck of run to bustle up Stradivarius at York, and over a stiff mile and a half he’s certainly a threat in an open race.

However, my Racing Welfare £100 charity selection comes in the big one at 4.20pm, with Blue Point looking for a second win of the meeting in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

I suggested he might very well be the one for the King’s Stand in my day one FansBet blog, and suspect he might well follow up here.

Sprinters can handle two quick races, the extra yardage stepping up from five to six furlongs won’t be an issue, and after a five day recovery time he looks a standout.

I certainly hope so, as it would be great to cap off a superb week of racing at Royal Ascot with a final successful contribution to Racing Welfare.

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