The Messenger has 3 bets for Royal Ascot on Friday.
Ascot 3.40: Equilateral
Equilateral has put in two exceptional looking performances in weak races, sandwiching a poor run at York (where there was an excuse). An 8l win on quick ground at Doncaster marks him down as a potential group 1 performer, even though he beat nothing of note. Charlie Hills has had a batch of top sprinters through his hands in recent years and this could be another one.
Ascot 4.20: Clemmie
It is not often a horse has a warm up race in a classic, but Clemmie effectively had that in the Irish 1000 Guineas having endured a delayed preparation for the race.
It was notable how easy her jockey was on the day, the horse having not been able to race in a trail due to a small injury. Aidan O’Brien’s horses usually come on a great deal for their first run. Clemmie was top class over 6f last season, landing a Group 1 at Newmarket plus a Group 2 & 3.
However being a full sister to last year’s 2000 Guineas winner Churchill she will surely be better again at this mile trip. An inside draw on this round course will be a help and I am sure she will leave her form from the Curragh way behind.
Ascot 5.35: Eynhallow
Eynhallow is a horse right at the top of my horses to follow for 2018 and makes his first appearance in this country for Godolphin after two solid efforts at Meydan over the winter. That track would not ideally suit this hold up performer, but a likely solid gallop should set things up nicely for him here. A fast ground specialist he was a fine second in a valuable Newmarket handicap last autumn and he looks the type to progress as a 4yo.
1pt win – Equilateral – 3.40 Ascot at 9/2 with Paddy Power and BetVictor
1.5pts win – Clemmie – 4.20 Ascot at 9/2 with Paddy Power and BetVictor
0.75pts each-way – Eynhallow – 5.35 Ascot at 12/1 with Bet365