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Offline j.r.b.

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O.P. « 2018-Jun-19, 09:04 AM »
The greatest show on turf kicks off tonight our time, with 3 G1s and a G2 the first 4 races to be run.

Plenty of Australian interest during the week, with Redkirk Warrior and Merchant Navy taking on the locals in the Diamond Jubilee.

But that race isn't til Saturday, and there's plenty of action before then.

Best clash on the opening day is in the King's Stand Stakes over 5f, with rocketships Battaash and Lady Aurelia blasting off as the top two in the betting. Battaash is pretty much the highest rated 5f sprinter in the world at present and Lady Aurelia won the race last year by panels and was successful at RA the year before.

While they dominate the market, each has vulnerabilities. Battaash can get very upset before his races and sometimes run them before the jump. Further, he broke slowly when winning narrowly first up. He won't want to do that here.

Lady Aurelia won this race like Usain Bolt last year, but didn't reproduce that level of performance again in 2017, culminating in a very meek effort at odds on at the Breeders Cup. Further, she was beaten at odds on in her lead this year. In 2017, she won the same lead up race easily.

An intriguing clash.

The Queen Anne opens the meeting and this year has a steady rather than outstanding field. Benbatl's facile victory over some quality Japanese gallopers looks the pick of the form, and his trainer and Godolphin certainly know how to win this race.

The St James' Palace Stakes is the third G1 of the day.  While it doesn't feature the English Guineas winner, Saxon Warrior, the winner of the Irish version is here, along with the very impressive Frankel colt, Without Parole. 

And a few of the horses talked up on this forum will be on show during the week - Calyx in  tonight's G2 Coventry Stakes, Cracksman at odds on in the Price of Wales, Wootton in the St James' Palace Stakes and Hydrangea in the Duke of Cambridge. 
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« 2018-Jun-19, 09:11 AM Reply #1 »
Is there anything to take on Benbatl early? He got away with blue murder in Dubai due to poor judgement by a few jocks.
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« 2018-Jun-19, 09:20 AM Reply #2 »
Thanks for the preview, can't wait to see the Aussies, particularly Merchant Navy with the benefit of a nice prep run.

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« 2018-Jun-19, 09:28 AM Reply #3 »
Is there anything to take on Benbatl early? He got away with blue murder in Dubai due to poor judgement by a few jocks.

Spot on and some of us - by which I mean me - are still spitting chips about it.

Nothing stands out as a definite pace influence, but at a mile, you'd expect a somewhat more genuine pace than the stroll in the park on DWC night.

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« 2018-Jun-19, 06:34 PM Reply #4 »
Lightning Spear
Calyx
Blue Point
Tip To Win
White Desert   
Laraaib

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« 2018-Jun-19, 07:03 PM Reply #5 »
Lightning Spear 10/1
Calyx 5/2
Blue Point 8/1
Tip To Win 11/2
White Desert 12/1 
Laraaib 7/1

Best prices presently available.

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« 2018-Jun-19, 07:08 PM Reply #6 »
For me tonight

Benbatl 9/2
Sergei Prokofiev 5/2
Lady Aurelia 2/1
Wootton) 7/1
Gabr      ) 18/1
Chelkar 6/1
Sharja Bridge 13/2


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« 2018-Jun-19, 07:14 PM Reply #7 »
Chelkar is an interesting one. OTI owned, Mullins trained, first up for 603 days over 4000m for new trainer. Not sure what that is about, French form is not bad for middle distances.

You would think he has been bought for a jumping career ?


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« 2018-Jun-19, 07:43 PM Reply #8 »
Century Dream
Sergei Prokofiev
Bataash
Gustav Klimt
Dubai Fifty
Yucatan

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« 2018-Jun-19, 08:25 PM Reply #9 »
Chelkar is an interesting one. OTI owned, Mullins trained, first up for 603 days over 4000m for new trainer. Not sure what that is about, French form is not bad for middle distances.

You would think he has been bought for a jumping career ?

Have to be.

https://www.oti.com.au/horses/page/2/#horse=2059

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« 2018-Jun-19, 09:36 PM Reply #10 »

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« 2018-Jun-19, 10:14 PM Reply #11 »
Century Dream 25/1
Sergei Prokofiev 11/4
Bataash 11/4
Gustav Klimt 12/1
Dubai Fifty 10/1
Yucatan 15/2

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« 2018-Jun-19, 11:46 PM Reply #12 »
Complete blowout in the opener, with Accidental Agent beating Lord Glitters, Lightning Spear and Century Dream.

All double figures - 33/1, 20/1, 10/1 and 20/1.

Bookies got the lot there. Hope it's not a harbinger for the rest of the week. 😐

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« 2018-Jun-19, 11:56 PM Reply #13 »
Thought CD was at least going to run a drum.

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« 2018-Jun-20, 12:05 AM Reply #14 »
Thought CD was at least going to run a drum.

Close but no cigar, mon ami.

Big go Calyx in the upcomer. Now into 2/1.

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« 2018-Jun-20, 12:14 AM Reply #15 »
Order restored with Calyx looking the winner from a long way out.

Sergei Prokofiev 3rd.

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« 2018-Jun-20, 12:16 AM Reply #16 »
That was easy for fave.

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« 2018-Jun-20, 12:27 AM Reply #17 »
Race splits in two like that I wonder how the number crunchers rate the performance.

He is a superstar.

Greatly judged ride by Dettori.

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« 2018-Jun-20, 09:09 AM Reply #18 »
The winners on day 1.

J H M Gosden - 3 winners, including the so called 'stallion making races, the Coventry and the St James' Palace Stakes with Kingman's son Calyx and Frankel's boy Without Parole respectively.

L Dettori, who rode all 3.

Frankel - sired 2 of the 6 winners, with his Monarch's Glen winning the last easily.

Accidental Agent, who provided his trainer/jockey combo with their first Royal Ascot winner - and in doing so, showed that the UK's older milers are pretty ordinary this year.   

The 'losers'.

Coolmore had horses well fancied in the Queen Anne, the Coventry and the St James' Palace, and came up empty.

Lady Aurelia. She's now been beaten at her last 4, all as fav and 3 times at odds on. Admittedly one of those was in the Nunthorpe when she was mugged on he line by Marsha, but to me, she looks cooked. Couldn't live with Battaash when he hit the afterburners, whereas the winner, Blue Point, had no difficulty sitting on his arse and then blowing past him.

Interestingly, Blue Point is regarded as inferior to Harry Angel, fav for Saturday's Diamond Jubilee, the main stumbling block for Redkirk Warrior and Merchant Navy.

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« 2018-Jun-20, 09:40 AM Reply #19 »
0120 hrs PRINCE OF WALES'S STAKES Group 1 2012m

CRACKSMAN $1.50
POET'S WORD $4.40
EMINENT $9.50
CLIFFS OF MOHER $10.00
HAWKBILL $10.00
DESERT ENCOUNTER $31.00

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« 2018-Jun-20, 08:36 PM Reply #20 »
Day 2

Chelsea Cloisters 100/30
Stream of Stars 7/2
Aljazzi 5/1
Cracksman 4/9
Zhui Feng 20/1
Society Power 10/1

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« 2018-Jun-20, 08:47 PM Reply #21 »
Hope i can do better than 4 placegetters today.

Shades of Blue
Kings Proctor
Aljazzi
Cracksman
Society Power

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« 2018-Jun-20, 08:56 PM Reply #22 »
Hope i can do better than 4 placegetters today.

Shades of Blue
Kings Proctor
Aljazzi
Cracksman
Society Power

No interest in the Royal Hunt Cup, or is the 32 runner field just too daunting?

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« 2018-Jun-20, 09:09 PM Reply #23 »
No interest in the Royal Hunt Cup, or is the 32 runner field just too daunting?
Basically yes too many for my liking.

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« 2018-Jun-20, 09:25 PM Reply #24 »
Pretty confident.

Chelsea Cloisters
Nelson
Promising Run
Cracksman
Bless Him
James Garfield


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