The Wolf is off to Royal Ascot tonight for Day 2 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||Chelsea Cloisters (Ascot Race 1, No. 1)|
|Circuit Bet||Kew Gardens (Ascot Race 2, No. 5)|
|Circuit Bet||Aljazzi (Ascot Race 3, No. 3)|
|Circuit Bet||Cracksman (Ascot Race 4, No. 2)|
|Circuit Bet||Saltonstall (Ascot Race 5, No. 13)|
|Circuit Bet||Society Power (Ascot Race 6, No. 15)|
Wesley Ward is no stranger to winning this race and The Wolf is supremely confident that Chelsea Cloisters will be able to give him his fourth win in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes. Chelsea Cloisters broke her maiden at her only start last time out, winning by over eight lengths at Keeneland in April. Ward has stated that she looks as good as any two-year-old filly he’s brought over to the Queen Mary and if she lives up to his expectations she will be winning, and by some margin.
Recommended Price: $3
Kew Gardens finished down the track in the Group 1 Epsom Derby behind Masar and should relish the drop in class on offer here. Prior to his ninth in the Derby he finished second at Lingfield and gave every indication that a potential step up in distance would suit. Ryan Moore rides for Aidan O’Brien which indicates to The Wolf that he is the leading chance from ‘Ballydoyle Brigade’ and if he manages to bring his best for this, he’ll take running down.
Recommended Price: $3.80
Aljazzi finished second in this race last year and The Wolf is supremely confident that she will be able to take it out at her second attempt for trainer Marco Botti. She was beaten by half a length behind Qemah last year in this race and if she runs up to that performance here she’ll take running down. She comes into this second up from the break and with William Buick engaged to ride shapes as the hardest to beat.
Recommended Price: $5.50
Cracksman is the brilliant winner of six races from eight and off his last start win looks very hard to beat in this. He’s looking for his fourth Group 1 win and as a $1.60 chance to win this the bookmakers seem to be near certain that he will be getting it. Last start he won the Group 1 Coronation Cup over 2,420m where he took nearly the entire straight to chase down Salouen to win by a neck. He was first up that day from a lengthy break and The Wolf is confident he will be much improved for this second up and should also enjoy a drop back to 2004m. He will be very hard to beat.
Recommended Price: $1.60
A field of 30 will lineup in the Royal Hunt Cup over the mile and is regularly the toughest betting race of the carnival. The Wolf has elected to side with Saltonstall; who will be aiming to give Godolphin their third victory in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot. Trainer Michael Halford is no stranger to winning this race, as he managed to win this race two years ago with Portage. This year he saddles up Saltonstall; who won very well at the Curragh last start and should be able to bring that form here to win. William Buick who rode him that day sticks aboard and The Wolf is confident the four-year-old will give a good sight, in what is a very tough race.
Recommended Price: $12/$3.75
Tough race to end Day 2 of the carnival with, but The Wolf has elected to side with Society Power; who is trained by William Haggas. The son of Society Rock; Society Power is currently racing in career best form having won his last three in a row and looks well placed here to win his fourth race in as many starts. This is an open field and The Wolf is keen to side with Society Power, who brings the consistent winning form to this and should be very competitive at the current double figure quote.
Recommended Price: $11/$3.50