Royal Ascot Tips - Race-by-race selections for Day 4 of the Royal Meeting

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Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and bets bets for the fourth day of the 2018 Royal Ascot Festival, featuring the Group One Commonwealth Cup.


It is day four of the 2018 Royal Ascot Festival on Friday, and the penultimate day of top-class flat racing action is headlined by the Group One Commonwealth Cup and the Group One Coronation Cup on another high-quality six-race card.

Race 1 - Albany Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies)


JUST WONDERFUL lived up to her name when bolting in on debut at the Curragh last month, and Aidan O’Brien’s Dansili filly can follow up. She showed some inexperience in that first run, but she had enough in reserve to deny Lethal Promise and Gossamer Wings, only needing to be pushed out to score with Ryan Moore not having to reach for the whip. The second and third both won next time out, while the latter was denied only by a short-head here in the Queen Mary Stakes; and open to considerable improvement on the back of that first effort, she could be one to keep onside for the future given she looked a very smart prospect in that win. Ryan Moore keeps faith with her over the other Ballydoyle runner, Fairyland, who is on a hat-trick and that could be a significant pointer; she ought to go close in her follow-up bid, and she could develop into a top-class performer so gets the vote.


Race 2 - King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings)


WELLS FARHH GO looked a very useful prospect as a juvenile, winning both starts which included a defeat of James Garfield at York to win the Acomb Stakes. Tim Easterby’s Farhh colt possibly needed the run in the Dante back on the Knavesmire, finishing sixth behind Roaring Lion and beaten around seven lengths. He had raced keenly, but he held every chance until the winner quickened clear; he could have more to offer stepped up further in trip given his breeding, being by Farhh out of a Galileo mare who has stamina on her side. Likely to prove sharper for that return, she can build on the effort to post a big performance, and she can make the frame.

Race 3 - Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series)


SANDS OF MALI had the reopposing Invincible Army behind when claiming victory in the recent Sandy Lane Stakes; while only a nose separated the pair, Richard Fahey’s charge can confirm the form with another win to take his winning tally for the season to three. The Panis colt won twice last term, including beating the same rival in the Gimcrack at York; subsequently he shaped as if amiss when failing to beat a rival in the Middle Park Stakes, and the trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf was possibly too much of a stretch. He has returned in good heart, scoring narrowly at Chantilly in April prior to that Haydock success, which has since thrown up a Group Three winner; and the lightly-raced sprinter should make another bold bid for success.

Race 4 - Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)


ALPHA CENTAURI won her first two starts at Naas last term, beating the smart Actress on both occasions; Jessica Harrington’s charge subsequently went close in the Albany Stakes on this card twelve months ago when beaten just a neck by Different League. Not at his best subsequently in soft ground at the Curragh in the Moyglare, the Mastercraftsman filly possibly needed the run at Leopardstown behind Who’s Steph in heavy ground when contesting the 1000 Guineas Trial. However, she stepped up on that effort to win the 1000 Guineas proper in good fashion, relishing the quicker ground to beat Could It Be Love. Conditions are ideal again, and still with the potential to improve further she can win again.

Race 5 - Sandringham Stakes (Handicap)


Regular scorer DATHANNA is 2-2 this term, and the Godolphin runner can bring up a hat-trick despite reservations about his ability to handle the quicker ground here. A dual-scorer last term in the mud at Newmarket, Charlie Appleby’s Dubawi filly was an impressive winner on her return to action at Kempton in April, posting an easy seven lengths’ success over Dance Me; subsequently she gained a one length verdict over the reopposing Agrotera when scoring over course and distance last month. That again was on softer ground, but clearly progressive back in handicap company, she can give a good account if the quicker conditions don’t inconvenience.

Race 6 - Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)


A very tricky finale to the day four racecard, and SIR CHAUVELIN is only a tentative selection at a big price to close out the day. Jim Goldie’s charge was a winner last term at Newcastle, beating Rainbow Rebel, and the Authorized gelding struck again on New Years’ Day at Musselburgh over hurdles. He has mixed hurdling with spins on the flat since with no success, but he was a strong-finishing fourth in the Zetland Gold Cup when last seen at Redcar, going down by only two lengths behind Big Country. A three-time winner at this trip, he’ll appreciate the return to the longer yardage, and while he boasts a big price and thus needs to bring his best to the table, he isn’t without hope of making the frame.


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Royal Ascot Tips - Race-by-race selections for Day 4 of the Royal Meeting

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and bets bets for the fourth day of the 2018 Royal Ascot Festival, featuring the Group One Commonwealth Cup.

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