It’s the Commonwealth Cup and Coronation Stakes here on day four at Royal Ascot, a card upon which I’ve got a couple of lovely rides to look forward to.
My afternoon kicks off aboard Humanitarian, the horse I rode to be seventh in the Derby three weeks ago, in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes.
The positives first, he’s come out of his Epsom assignment very well and his final piece of work before coming here was excellent.
He’ll have to find some improvement from somewhere though, because on Derby form he’s got it all to do to reverse placings with the re-opposing Japan, Aidan O’Brien’s horse who was seven lengths ahead of us at Epsom when finishing a staying on third.
Hopefully we can get closer to him this time, but there’s no question that display makes Japan the one we all have to beat.
Our stable also run the highly progressive Private Secretary in the same race. He’s a horse on the up and fingers crossed both of ours can finish in the money or better still cause an upset.
Later on, I’ll be on Dubawi filly Nonchalance for the boss, Mr Gosden, in the Sandringham Stakes at 5.00pm.
One of the market leaders, she’s got a nice low weight and promisingly with her breeding has an action which suggests she’ll handle this slower ground.
It’s hard being too confident going into a race like this, one stuffed to the gills with unexposed types who could be improving even faster than we are, but even so I wouldn’t trade her for anything else.
I’ve ridden her in two of her three runs; on debut at Wolverhampton where she was understandably very green before the penny dropped and she flew home to be fourth, prior to a good win at Haydock over today’s trip of a mile.
Down in distance she also got the job done for Frankie at Newmarket the last day, and fingers crossed this good travelling sort can put me in the mix for a second Royal Ascot victory.
My first came aboard Ardad for the boss in the Windsor Castle Stakes in 2016. It was a great buzz.
My rides aside, it’s a great day’s sport to look forward to, both as a fan and a racing professional. I’m very much looking forward seeing the first of the Group 1’s at 3.40pm, with Ten Sovereigns surely the one you’d want to be riding in the Commonwealth Cup.
Stamina was his undoing in the Guineas, but it has to be informative he was the pick of Ryan Moore that day. This drop back to a sprint trip, the six furlongs over which he was a perfect three from three in 2018, seems the obvious way to go.
It could be a favourites day because Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien also team up with the brilliant Hermosa in the other Group 1, the Coronation Stakes at 4.20pm.
Any jockey given their pick among this group would surely choose her. She’s the best around at the moment and should be hard to beat if she’s in peak form.
For those reasons, continuing the theme of trying to get a few pounds for Racing Welfare via my daily FansBet Royal Ascot charity bet, I’m going for a £100 double, Ten Sovereigns and Hermosa.
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