Day four of Royal Ascot is headlined by two Group Ones for three-year-olds with the Coronation Stakes for the fillies and the Commonwealth Cup for sprinters.
Ten Sovereigns drops back in trip for the Commonwealth Cup after not staying the mile in the Guineas and will be a popular choice for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore. Jash shouldn’t be underestimated though while Hello Youmzain dispatched of Calyx at Haydock recently and can’t be discounted.
The star three-year-old filly looks to be Hermosa who will surely be the first odds-on shot to go to post this week. After wins in the Irish and English Guineas it is hard to see her being beaten and Pretty Pollyanna can chase her home again while Main Edition is interesting of those at a bigger price with strong course form and a win in the German Guineas last time out.
The day kicks of with the flying fillies in the Group Three Albany Stakes for two-year-olds over six furlongs. The hype horse in the race for weeks has been Nayibeth for Wesley Ward who put up a striking performance on debut in America and could take some catching from the front. Silent Wave for the Godolphin team made a winning start at Goodwood and is worth a second look while Jm Jackson could yet improve again after two seconds in her starts so far.
The King Edward VII Stakes, often known as the ‘Ascot Derby’ sees three horses that ran in the actual Derby reappear here with Japan, third at Epsom, well fancied to land the odds here. Bangkok could yet return to the form that saw him rate as a live Derby chance while John Gosden has been patient with Private Secretary and he could improve again under the red hot Frankie Dettori.
In the Sandringham the William Haggas trained Magnetic Charm could give Her Majesty The Queen another Royal Ascot winner and as a half sister to Usherette that trait runs in the family. Invitational has had her form franked from winning at Wolverhampton while Lady Madison could give former champion jockey Richard Hughes a first Royal Ascot winner as a trainer.
The concluding Duke of Edinburgh Stakes has several unexposed horses that could potentially improve on what they have achieved so far including Fujaira Prince, Arthurian Fame and Lethal Steps. Last year’s first and second in the King George V – Baghdad and Corgi could have a say while Johnny Drama looks on the improve and on a favourable mark.