Day Four of the Royal meeting is sure to bring in the crowds as Friday's action features the Group One Commonwealth Cup.
Andrew Mount gives us his thoughts on the big race and flags up a possible draw bias.
Royal Ascot 3.05 Commonwealth Cup, 6f Group 1, 3yo, no geldings
PERFECT POWER heads the antepost betting now cutting back in distance after his seventh place in the 2000 Guineas. He often plays up on the way to the start and I’d want to see how he handles the preliminaries before getting involved.
EL CABALLO has gone six from six since finding one too good at Doncaster on his debut and should probably be favourite. He impressed with his attitude when landing the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock – usually a good pointer for this race – and holds obvious claims.
WINGS OF WAR takes time to get fit and ideally needs a big field/strong pace scenario. I made him an each-way bet in my daily column for the GG.co.uk website when he lined up in the Sandy Lane and he ran well to grab third at 12-1. He didn’t get the clearest of runs that day and came from the rear in a contest dominated by those who raced closer to the pace. He holds each-way claims again.
LUSAIL ran a fine race against the draw bias in the 2000 Guineas and would have place claims if dropping back in trip instead of contesting the St James’s Palace Stakes earlier in the week.
Royal Ascot 6.10 (Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap, 5f, 2yo)
Both previous runnings have been dominated by high draws, with Art Power scoring from stall 19 in 2020 and Significantly from stall 24 last year. Significantly was followed home by runners drawn 22, 20 and 23, with the Tote Trifecta paying £1122.80, compared to just £523.72 for the tricast.