Day 2 of the Royal Ascot meeting will see Treve as many people’s banker pick
Thousands of racegoers will once again don their top hat and tails to frequent this regal meeting in Berkshire, with many looking forward to seeing Treve produce what could be a fantastical performance.
Prince of Wales’ Stakes, 3.45pm
Treve is a best price 4/6 to claim victory and a pot of £300,000 for his connections, with the four-year-old going up against seven other rivals in the Prince of Wales’ Stakes.
The French horse has never run outside of her homeland although last year’s victory in the Arc was outstanding, with the horse recording a five-length win against favourite Orfevre.
The connections are expecting another big run for a big race and punters will be piling in on the day, even if the Criquette Head-Maarek-trained four-year-old was surprisingly beaten on her seasonal return in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp in April by Cirrus Des Aigles.
She said: “She’s very well and came back from the race well. We thought the race would have been very hard on her but it didn’t look that way. She’s fine and has been working well since, so we’re ready to go.
“She ran well and there’s no disgrace in getting beat – the horse (Cirrus Des Aigles) is very good and he proved it again in the Coronation Cup.
This time around, it is Magician who poses some serious opposition, with Aidan O’Brien hoping that the four-year-old can make amends for an awful run in this race twelve months ago.
There has been victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf since then, while a May victory at The Curragh was straightforward enough before finidshing second behind Noble Mission in a Group 1 at the same course.
The Fugue returns to Royal Ascot for yet another race and Winner offer 9/1 wins fr the first time in four races, having beaten Al Kazeem at Leopardstown before narrowly losing to Magician in America.
Royal Hunt Cup, 5pm
Thirty-three horses are currently entered for this one-mile encounter, with over £100,000 going to the winner and Abseil is likeliest according to the latest odds.
Sir Michael Stoute saddles a four-year-old who has had an impressive season to date, most recently claiming a narrow win in the Investec Mile Handicap at Epsom earlier this month.
The American-bred horse looks open to further improvement and could merit an each-way bet at the prices, although this will be an almighty stampede where a bigger-priced selection could pay for the train home!
Short Squeeze catches the eye at odds of 16/1 with Paddy Power and it’s worth noting the horse has been trimmed as short as 12/1 in places, with thre victories towards the end of last season and a long wait for a seasonal outing.