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The Timeform Expert's View: Royal Ascot Day Three
Posted in: Royal Ascot Tips
Nap – Konchek – Norfolk Stakes, Ascot 14:30
The hyped Wesley Ward-trained favourite Shang Shang Shang is already on the drift after Chelsea Cloisters was beaten in the Queen Mary and she may not even be favourite by the off. That position in the market could be taken by Konchek, and if not, it should be. He has a neck to find with Vintage Brut on their running in the National Stakes at Sandown, but having been caught wide and much further back than the winner that day, I’m confident that on this more level playing field he’ll find at least that. Clive Cox went close to gaining back-to-back wins in the Queen Mary and am confident that this colt can give him ample compensation.
Next Best – Wadilsafa- Hampton Court Stakes, Ascot 15:05
Wadilsafa doesn’t have the form of those at the head of the market, but he has as much potential as any in the field and I’m hoping the step up in grade can pay dividends. Runner-up on debut, he left that form well behind when beating Herculean in a novice event at Newmarket last time. That needs improving on here, but his pedigree gives more than optimism that he’ll find it. He’s a half-brother to a couple of smart performers, while his dam, third in the Oaks herself, is a half-sister to Eclipse winner Mawatheeq and One Thousand Guineas winner Ghanaati. He’ll be suited by a mile and a quarter and looks set to give a good account.
Longshot - Perfect Clarity - Ribblesdale Stakes, Ascot 15:40
I’m hoping odds of 10/1 or bigger are enough to qualify Perfect Clarity as a long shot in this as I think she’s capable of giving Clive Cox and Adam Kirby a double after Konchek has hopefully done the business. Just a 5/1 shot for the Oaks, it can pay to ignore that, as she clearly didn’t give her running. Prior to that she was an impressive winner of the Lingfield Oaks Trial in a good time and she has just about as good a chance as any of these on that.
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