Looks like Ascot has missed the storms.
GOING/TRACK Good to Firm, watered
Going Stick: Standside: 9.1, Centre: 8.6, Farside: 9.0, Round: 7.9 on Thursday at 08:15
Watering: Watered 5mm on whole course after racing on Tuesday. Watered 5mm again on whole course after racing on Wednesday.
5.30 King George V 12F handicap
Having had a good look again at the field I’ve chosen Andrew Baldings gutsy Drochaid. He’s in form, drawn low-ish, races prominently, right weight and rating and if he stays must go close.
Wanted desperately to put up Atty Persse but concerned that 3lb claimer, Keiron Shoemark, rides for Godolphin? He’s drawn 22 and as one of the smallest Frankels I’ve seen he could get bashed about and he’s Favourite!
Apologies for the error last night, Sir Michael Stoute hasn’t a runner! If one of Mark Johnston’s gets an easy lead they could be hard to pass!
2.30 McErin A leg seems to have fallen off as he’s drifted from 4’s to 7’s! Anyway here’s what the Royal Ascot news tells us “McErin (USA) – Norfolk Stakes
Breeding: 2 ch c Trappe Shot (USA) – Erin Rose (USA) (Purge (USA))
Breeder: Waterford Stables Inc
Born: March 17, 2015
Owner: Waterford Stable Trainer: Wesley Ward USA Jockey: David Flores
*Won on debut by seven and a half lengths over four and a half furlongs in juvenile contest at Keeneland on April 12.
*Close third, beaten a neck and a nose, on only other start in Kentucky Juvenile Stakes over five furlongs on dirt at Churchill Downs on May 4.
Race record: Starts 2; Wins 1; 2nd -; 3rd 1; Win & Place Prize Money: $45,700 (£37,154)
Couple of today’s fancies ridden by guys on the twitternetty thing!
Jamie Spencer 32Red Blog 4.20pm Ascot Quest For More
Order Of St George and Big Orange are the obvious ones to beat here, but Quest For More is no forlorn hope if coming back to his best. Granted, he has run two modest races this season. You can forgive his run on rain-softened ground in Dubai but he was pretty lack-lustre behind Big Orange in the Henry VII Stakes at Sandown last time. That clearly wasn’t his true running and he scoped badly afterwards, and a return to some of his better efforts of last season – notably his win in the Cadran – would make him a danger to all and he has a win and a narrow second to his name from just two starts at this course. But he does have something to prove after that Sandown run last time, and he does need a career-best.
Jamie Spencer 32Red Blog 5.00pm Ascot Gilgamesh
There will be some big improvers lurking in here but my horse has a good profile. He has only ever just done enough in three wins for me this season, which has worked out well as he has just got into the handicap off a mark of 92; getting into these big handicaps these days is getting increasingly hard. He isn’t obviously well-handicapped, as he has gone up 5lb for a Redcar win in a handicap last time that hasn’t really worked out, but he is progressive and George has given him a nice break since. I think the extra furlong will definitely suit him too, and the quick ground should be fine. He has plenty of positives in an open race.
Gilgamesh Withdrawn: Wed 21 Jun 6:14pm Reason: Vets Cert (Not Sound)
UPDATE: With Gilgamesh ruled out on Wednesday night, I switch to Bless Him. I definitely think he is handicapped to win races off this mark, and I mentioned in this column before his Doncaster return that we had this race in mind for him. And he certainly was very unlucky at Goodwood last time. But a draw in three, on Wednesday’s evidence, makes life very difficult for him.
RyanMoore Betfair 17:00 – City Of Joy
He is a horse I liked at two and obviously nothing he has done this season has taken me away from that view. He won what I thought was a strong Doncaster handicap first time out and then defied a 5lb rise in the weights to beat a progressive horse in Tricorn at Chelmsford last time. He has gone up another 5lb but I’d like to think that his improvement hasn’t stopped there, and he has winning fast-ground form. With luck in running, I’d expect him to be thereabouts.