Royal Ascot – Final Day

Two last Group races to consider.

The Hardwicke Stakes (G2) over a 1m4f and The Golden Jubilee over 6f.

In the Golden Jubilee (G1) Black Caviar makes her much anticipated debut in the northern hemisphere. It’s a moment to be treasured as the July Cup seems to be off the agenda. History will record number 22 should she prevail here. Her scintillating style is unlikely to be blunted by the ground as she’s met good to soft before and treated it with the same contempt as all the opposition she’s met in her unbeaten previous 21 runs. The French mare Moonlight Cloud, a very good mare in her own right, leads the opposition. Freddy Head’s charge will love the ground and she possesses a serious turn of foot on this type of surface. She’ll come late and might cause enough of a fright to actually make the antipodean stretch. Now wouldn’t that be great to watch.

Recommendation – Moonlight Cloud 7/4 (Without the Fav)

In the Hardwicke Stakes Sea Moon will be all the rage. Their will be a stable confidence after providing the Queen with a winner yesterday. He got away with it on on his comeback run this term when his class carried him through in a listed event at Goodwood in May. Pushed all the way he hung on to win a shade cosily in the end from Dandino. Last year he established himself as a colt with a future with an 8 L win in the Great Volitgeur sending him into the St Ledger as favourite where he found Masked Marvel and Brown Panther too good. He then chased home St Nicholas Abbey in The Breeders Cup Turf.

John Gosden was king of Ascot yesterday and he runs Aiken here who won over course and distance on heavy before going to France to collect the Grand Prix De Chantilly in comfortable style. Dunaden was in behind unable to cope when they quickened off a slow pace. The Melbourne Cup and Hong Kong Vase winner will be hoping for a quicker tempo today. Memphis Tennessee third to Pour Moi in the Derby and second to Treasure Beech in the Irish Derby made his seasonal debut in the Ormonde at Chester coping with the soft to win by 4 L.

In the Coronation Cup Ed Dunlop’s Red Cadeaux ran second to St Nicholas Abbey. He previously won the Yorkshire Cup and before that was second to Colour Vision (Gold Cup winner) in the Sagaro Stakes on the all weather at Kempton. Quest For Peace was in behind at Epsom having previously run well to be second to in the Jockey Club Stakes where he had Dunaden back in third.

Testosterone’s move from Pascal Bary to Ed Dunlop means he double handed here. The mare will like the ground having won the Prix de Malleret on similar and then only finding Galikova too good in the Prix Vermille. She finished in front of Shareta (second in the Arc) but she couldn’t cope with the fast surface herself on the big day in Paris.

We haven’t seen Jakkaleberry since the Sheema Classic where a fine effort produced third. The boys in blue rely on Hunter’s Light to give them a second winner of the week. They’ll take some comfort from his third to Carlton House in the Brigadier Gerard after the Queens colt good run behind So You Think on Tuesday.

In a competitive race and the ground is drying out however a stable move can sometimes light up a a filly and this might quickly pay dividends for the new connections of Testosterone.

Recommendation – Testosterone 20/1 e/w

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