The Wolf is off to Royal Ascot tonight for Day 5 of Britain’s most valuable race meeting. Across five day’s of racing there is over £7.3 million in prize money and The Wolf has picked the eyes out of each race and singled out his selections for each day’s racing.
|Best Bet||Natalie’s Joy (Ascot Race 1, No. 1)|
|Circuit Bet||Crystal Ocean (Ascot Race 2, No. 3)|
|Circuit Bet||Moonlight Romance (Ascot Race 3, No. 27)|
|Circuit Bet||The Tin Man (Ascot Race 4, No. 12)|
|Circuit Bet||Dreamfield (Ascot Race 5, No. 7)|
|Circuit Bet||Light Pillar (Ascot Race 6, No. 14)|
Natalie’s Joy broke the clock on debut at Goodwood at her only start and looks well placed here to replicate that performance. She won by over six lengths that day in what was a very dominant display under the hands of Joe Fanning. She gave every indication the step up from 1207m to 1408m would suit and if she handles the class rise then she will be very hard to beat.
Recommended Price: $2.70
Crystal Ocean is unbeaten in two outings this prep under jockey Ryan Moore and The Wolf is supremely confident the pair will team up and win their third. She’s drawn well, fit and ready to win. She does her best racing over 12 furlongs and should be very hard to beat in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes.
Recommended Price: $1.55
Moonlight Romance was defeated by Shang Shang Shang on debut before destroying a field of maiden gallopers at Belmont Park by over six lengths where she was eased up on the line. The form around her is very strong, as Shang Shang Shang has since crossed the Atlantic Ocean with her and taken home the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes on Day three of the carnival. Moonlight Romance rates on top here and with Joel Rosario on board she’ll be very hard to beat.
Recommended Price: $5
No horse has won back-to-back Diamond Jubilee’s since Right Boy in 1959, but The Wolf is banking on the drought being broken, with The Tin Man. He scored an impressive win in this race last year which was was after his dominant win in the British Champion Sprint Stakes in 2016. He’s tuned up nicely for his title defence with a win in the Leisure Stakes at Windsor and looks primed off that performance to run a big race. This is a tough assignment but he represents great value at the price and The Wolf is keen to be on him.
Recommended Price: $9
Dreamfield is undefeated in three outings and if he continues to perform at this level he’ll take running down. His record is very hard to ignore and his last start win over this course and distance reads well for this. James Doyle sticks aboard for this and if John Gosden’s rich vein of form continues then he will be the one they have to catch.
Recommended Price: $4.60
Light Pillar appeals in the last at a price. He placed second last start over 3000m and off that looks set to improve stepping out to 4355m. He’s unknown at the distance which is a concern, but he comes into this with two runs under his belt and should be ready to fire. Tough race to round out the card with but he appeals at the price. Light Pillar also has an Australian connection, he is owned by Ciaron Maher and the galloper will don his famous pale blue cerise silks when he goes around in the Queen Alexandra Stakes on Saturday.
Recommended Price: $19/$4.75