SPEED is the name of the game in today’s opening Norfolk Stakes (2.30pm) where Wesley Ward will be hoping to bag another Royal Ascot winner.
McErin is his sole entry in the race he won four years ago with No Nay Never.
This Trappe Shot colt won on debut on dirt at Keeneland in April and was then narrowly beaten at Churchill Downs last month.
He is making his first start on turf this afternoon, which his trainer thinks will eke out some improvement, but you have to take that on trust.
I think he is short enough at 7/2 with 188BET and am happy to look elsewhere.
Declan Carroll’s Santry is next in the market following his two wins at Doncaster and York.
He looks like a speedy horse but soft featured in the going description in both of those races, so these quicker conditions have to be a worry.
Havana Grey is another northern contender with a big chance, following his impressive win in the National Stakes at Sandown last month.
However, my fancy is the one who was second to him that day, FROZEN ANGEL, from the Tom Dascombe yard.
This grey son of Dark Angel was hugely impressive in a conditions race over this course and distance in early May.
He blitzed his rivals from the front, marking him down as a very progressive sprinter.
Although he ran well at Sandown, the race just didn’t go quite right for him and he was closing at the finish.
Having already shown his liking for this course, he simply looks too big a price at 12/1 with 188BET.
As is always the case in this race, there are plenty of others in with a chance and I wouldn’t rule out Cardsharp running well after his win in the Two Year Old Trophy at Beverley.
The Britannia Stakes (5.00pm) is always one of the most interesting handicaps of the week with 30 three-year-olds hurtling along Ascot’s straight mile.
Richard Hannon’s Son Of The Stars looks like going off favourite and it’s easy to see why.
This son of Delegator has won two of his three career starts and was only just touched off at Newmarket last time.
He has been kept fresh for this and you can be sure he will end the season higher than his current handicap mark of 95.
It’s just his 7/1 price that puts me off in such a competitive race and there won’t be much between him and his Newmarket conqueror Ronald R.
My first selection is KEYSER SOZE, who bids to land a famous double for young trainer Richard Spencer and owners Rebel Racing following Rajasinghe’s Coventry Stakes win on Tuesday.
Gelded in the winter, the son of Arcano has won both starts this season, including an impressive defeat of Gymnaste at Kempton last time.
The yard is clearly in great form and he is worth backing at around the 16/1 mark.
Godolphin had a day to remember on Tuesday with three winners and I also like the look of their LEADER’S LEGACY.
Saeed bin Suroor’s inmate is two from two this season and has the services of legendary jockey Gerald Mosse.
A fast run race on quick ground is right up his street, so conditions will be ideal. Take the 14/1 with Ladbrokes.
Frozen Angel e/w 2.30pm Royal Ascot
Keyser Soze e/w 5.00pm Royal Ascot
Leader’s Legacy e/w 5.00pm Royal Ascot