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Royal Ascot Day 4 Tips and Preview - Race-by-race guide to the fourth day of Royal Ascot

Racingbase Staff in UK Racing 16 Jun 2016
  • Six races take place on Royal Ascot Day 4
  • The Coronation Cup is the feature race

The 2016 Royal Ascot meeting enters the fourth day on Friday and we preview all six races.

Another top-quality racecard features two Group One contests in the shape of the Commonwealth Cup, and the Coronation Stakes.

Here is our guide day Royal Ascot Day 4:

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

CUFF looked a juvenile destined for better things when scoring in Listed company at Naas in late-May, following up an earlier success over the same course and distance in a minor contest. Aidan O’Brien’s charge still looked rough around the edges last time when beating Yulong Baobei by three lengths, and with the fifth and sixth both winning since the form could prove decent. Proven in soft ground, the Galileo filly remains open to further progress over this trip and sets a pretty stiff standard for her rivals to match. She looks the one to beat with further improvement assured, and she can give her trainer a first success in this event.

3:05: King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 1m4f

LINGUISTIC looked a very smart juvenile despite failing to get off the mark in both 2-year-old starts at Doncaster and Newmarket, but he showed good form in finishing runner-up both times. John Gosden’s charge opened his account on his return to action at Newmarket in April, posting a defeat of Harlequeen; and the Lope De Vega colt went close to a follow-up when just failing to overhaul Viren’s Army at Chester in the Dee Stakes. There was better to come when occupying the same position on his last start behind Steel of Madrid at Newmarket when contesting a Listed race, and where he hinted that a stiffer test might bring out further improvement. He gets that here, with additional quarter-mile promising to suit, and these underfoot conditions shouldn’t pose an issue. While he has to step up on what he has shown thus far, first-time blinkers could well draw out further progression and he can make the frame again.

3:40: Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) Cl1 6f

DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT is very well suited by a softer surface and won three times last term, snapping a run of placed efforts in each of his first four starts. Richard Fahey’s charge was successful at Ayr in September, prior to winning a Listed contest at York the following month; and he stepped up again when taking a French Group Two contest just six days later. The Dream Ahead colt ran creditably when sent to the Grand Criterium at Saint-Cloud on his final start, finishing fourth to Johannes Vermeer where the seven furongs possibly stretched him. Returned to sprinting for his reappearance behind Quiet Reflection at Haydock, he was perhaps just given too much to do on ground that may have been a shade lively, and he should be all the better for that return. Better off with Karl Burke’s charge for this rematch, Richard Fahey’s star can reverse form with Quiet Reflection with conditions very much in his favour as well as a strong pace to aim at.

4:20: Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Fillies) Cl1 1m

Jet Setting sets a stiff standard on the back of her recent Group One success in Ireland, and a repeat of the run that saw her beat Minding in the Irish 1000 Guineas will make her very difficult to beat. Her price is plenty short enough though, and there may be better value in siding with Nell Gwyn heroine NATHRA, who found only Minding too strong last term in the Dubai Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket, beaten around four lengths; and having won the Nell Gwyn on her return, she bounced back from what was only a fair effort in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on quicker ground to find only La Cressonniere too strong in the D'Essai Des Pouliches at Deauville last month. That was on a much softer surface, and John Gosden’s charge is clearly well-suited to soft ground, winning three of her five starts in the mud and making the frame twice more; and open to further improvement with conditions ideal, she can post a big effort here.

5:00: Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 1m4f

A big field lines up for this competitive handicap, and it could be worth chancing KINGS FETE to build on a promising return to action at Goodwood in May. Sir Michael Stoute’s charge developed into a very smart performer in his three-year old season, winning twice at Sandown and York, before finding the frame in a Listed contest at Goodwood. Not unfancied for the St Leger, he failed to give his running at Doncaster behind Kingston Hil, and he assumedly has had problems since as he missed the entirety of last season prior to returning in that Goodwood contest in which he was fully entitled to need the outing. The run also came over a trip shorter than his best, and he wasn’t given a hard time when his chance had gone; nevertheless, he was only beaten three lengths in that race, and likely to come on for the outing he can do better this time back up in trip.

5:35: Queen´s Vase (Listed Race) Cl1 2m CH4

The longest race of the day can go to GUNNERY who shaped as if this longer trip would suit when just failing to overhaul Master Blueyes at Chester in May, failing by a nose having been caught further back than ideal before staying on strongly. Peter Chapple-Hyam’s charge was a winner at Haydock on his seasonal return to action back in April, beating Superyacht by a neck, and his subsequent run at Newbury when fifth to Primitivo can be safely overlooked as he encountered plenty of traffic problems over a shorter trip. The Le Havre colt can improve for this longer trip, and while there is a slight doubt about the ground for this contest, he remains open to plenty of progress and can go well.

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