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Royal Ascot Tips and Preview - Race-by-race selections for Day 4 of the Royal Meeting at Ascot

Racingbase Staff in UK Racing 22 Jun 2017
  • Selections for all six races on Day 4 of Royal Ascot
Royal Ascot serves up a fourth day of top-class horse racing action on Friday.

The 2017 Royal Ascot Festival continues into a fourth top-class day on Friday, with a further six classy contests.

The day four racecard features two Group One contests, with both the Commonwealth Cup and the Coronation Stakes and we have race-by-race tips for all six of the afternoon’s contests.

2:30 Albany Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
3:05 King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m3f211y
3:40 Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo) 6f
4:20 Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 7f213y
5:00 Queen's Vase (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo) 1m5f211y
5:35 Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m3f211y

2:30 Albany Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f


Alpha Centauri looks the obvious one to give Jessica Harrington another big race success, having been impressive in beating the reopposing Actress at Naas last month; however, stall one is a slight negative for the chances of the Mastercraftsman filly and NATURAL could be the one to side with in this contest having made an impressive start to her own career when landing a gamble at Doncaster earlier in the month.

Richard Hannon’s charge made all the running there, readily drawing clear before being eased to score by two lengths from Time Change; the fifth from that race has won since, and while these underfoot conditions will be wholly different to what she encountered on Town Moor, the Kodiac filly can only improve for the experience and she can post a big run here in her bid to follow up.



3:05 King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m3f211y


BEST SOLUTION won twice last term, scoring at Goodwood in July and then beating Zainhom to land the Group Three Autumn Stakes at Newmarket prior to running second behind Waldgeist in a French Group One race.

Disappointing on dirt over the winter at Meydan, Saeed bin Suroor’s charge made a winning return to action when successful at Lingfield in May, scorching to a three lengths defeat of Glencadam Glory to win the Derby Trial there; and the Kodiac colt ran better than the bare result in the Derby proper where he finished eighth in the colts’ Classic and ahead of the reopposing quartet of Salouen, Glencadam Glory, Khalidi and Permian.

He could be the answer to a trick puzzle where can provide the Godolphin team with another success at this meeting.


3:40 Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo) 6f


An excellent renewal of this top-class contest can go to CARAVAGGIO who can maintain his unbeaten record and take his tally of wins to six.

Aidan O’Brien’s speedball won the Coventry Stakes at this meeting twelve months ago, beating Mehmas, and the Scat Daddy colt stepped up to win the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in August, posting an impressive four lengths defeat of Courage Under Fire.

Although a 2000 Guineas bid failed to materialise, the Ballydoyle runner made an impressive return to action following a break to scorch to a near-five lengths defeat of Psychedelic Funk at Naas last month; sure to build on that run here, and with that horse running with credit since in Group Three company, Aidan O’Brien’s charge can confirm his lofty reputation.

He has been described by his trainer as the fastest horse he has trained, and while he faces arguably his toughest test taking on the progressive duo of Harry Angel and Blue Point – both of whom impressed in last-time victories – he can extend his winning run. 

4:20 Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 7f213y


While it is very difficult to overlook dual-Guineas winner Winter in her quest to add a third Group One to her haul this season, there may be value in taking on Aidan O’Brien’s charge with French 1000 Guineas winner PRECIEUSE who sprang something of a surprise when winning at Deauville last month, beating Sea Of Grace.

Fabrice Chappet’s charge had been beaten the time before, having earlier won a minor contest on her return from a break at Fontainebleu in March; but her Guineas win came at the expense of not only Sea Of Grace, but also Roly Poly – subsequently second to Winter in the Irish 1000 Guineas – and Senga, who won the Prix De Diane last Sunday.

This is probably her toughest test to date, but she bids here to become the third successive winner of the Coronation Stakes, and she should remain competitive with the prospect of further improvement to come from the Tamayuz filly.


5:00 Queen 's Vase (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo) 1m5f211y


DESERT SKYLINE looked a very progressive sort last term, bettering his debut run to post back-to-back successes at Yarmouth and Newmarket prior to a break.

David Elsworth’s charge has run better than the bare result both times this term at Newmarket and Epsom, going down by just a nose in the former; while he appeared not to be at home on the Epsom cambers when third behind Drochaid, taking plenty of time to hit top gear.

He was flashing home though, and the Tamayuz gelding may well improve again for the marked step up in distance given the way he finished off last time. He boasts solid claims on form, while there’s no shortage of stamina in his pedigree, so this longer trip may well prove a catalyst for David Elsworth’s runner to get back on the scoresheet.


5:35 Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m3f211y ITV


SIXTIES GROOVE was a progressive performer last term, winning three times with successes at Kempton twice on the all-weather, as well as at Epsom in July where Jeremy Noseda’s charge ran out an impressive seven lengths’ winner over Panko.

The Sixties Icon gelding returned to that venue earlier in the month when making his seasonal reappearance, finishing seventh over an extended mile trip behind GK Chesterton; the distance probably undid for him and proved much shorter than ideal given his latest win last term had come over 1m 3f.

He did some good late work there however, and he should come on for the outing; back up in distance now to a more suitable distance, he can do better and no surprise if he were to get involved in this contest.

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