The odds are sure to fluctuate as the week goes on and conditions change, but any punters looking at the Ante Post markets will be bursting with excitement at what might happen in some of the feature races.
- Prince of Wales’ Stakes - A Shin Hikari stormed to victory at the Prix D'Ispahan last month, while Found was impressive in a win at The Curragh last month and has consistently placed in the top three this season.
- Ascot Gold Cup - Order of St George coasted to first place in the Listed Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown in early June. Max Dynamite only came third in the recent Group III Henry II Stakes at Sandown in his first start since finishing as runner-up at last year’s Melbourne Cup.
- Diamond Jubilee Stakes - Magical Memory has notched back-to-back victories at Newmarket and York in two races this year, while The Tin Man won the Weatherbys Private Bank Leisure Stakes by two lengths ahead of Watchable.
It is hard to look beyond A Shin Hikari for the Prince of Wales’ Stakes on Wednesday. The Japanese thoroughbred has been billed as a superstar in his homeland for some time, but there had been some doubts about his ability to travel prior to his irresistible performance at the Prix D'Ispahan. The win at Chantilly also proved that he could cope well with soft ground and did not necessarily have to lead out from the front. He is up against a high-class field at Ascot but nobody else is quite in his league.
If the Aidan O’Brien-trained Order of St George wins the Gold Cup it would be a disaster for the bookies as he is so highly fancied, but odds of around 11/10 may persuade punters to look for alternatives. Max Dynamite was certainly below his best at the recent Sandown meeting where he made his return, but he had previously gone well at the Melbourne Cup and, with a bit of extra preparation, might be worth an each-way look.
Magical Memory is an understandable frontrunner with bookmakers for Saturday’s showpiece race, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, and looks good value at 11/2 compared to some of the other favourites. However, he would be most suited to fast ground and the weather forecast for the next few days suggests there could be plenty of rain around. At just six furlongs long, it is a race where a surprise might be on the cards, so it may be an idea to consider another top sprinter at better odds, such as The Tin Man.
- Sports.net’s top tip: A Shin Hikari to win the Prince of Wales’ Stakes - 11/10