Ascot Day 4

The going is again expected to be soft as the rain – while not as pervasive as on Thursday – has not entirely gone away.

Royal Ascot.
Royal Ascot. Picture: Edward Whitaker/Pool via Getty Images

The moral of this is look out for scratchings and then look for mudlarks.

The Albany Stakes is G3 for 2yo fillies with 14 standing.  Aidan O'Brien's Zoffany filly Mother Earth was second on debut and is 7/2 here.  Flying Aletha is an American invader from Wesley Ward with William Buick booked for the ride.  By Tiznow she was impressive on debut and is quoted on 4/1.  Golden Melody is 5/1 for William Haggas and James Doyle.  She's by Belardo and won on debut at Haydock.  And a bit of a roughie – Undertake 12/1 for Varian – Egan is by Kodiac and won on debut.

The Norfolk G2 is also for 2yos over 1000m and 13 runners.  Mark Johnston's Eye of Heaven tops the market on 6/4 with Dettori booked to ride this daughter of Exceed and Excel.  There are two Uncle Mo products – Lipizzaner for Aidan O'Brien on 4/1 and Golden Pal for Wesley Ward on 11/2.  The Lir Jet is also on 11/2 for Michael Bell and Oisin Murphy.

The Hardwicke Stakes G2 is over 2400m and at the moment has a field of 11.  We say "at the moment" because there is some doubt about the participation of favourite Anthony van Dyke because of the soft ground.  At present he's on 2/1 and on top so if he comes out there could be a massive shift around in the betting.  Elarqam is on 9/4, Defoe who won this last year hasn't quite hit his straps yet but is on this on 6/1.  We have a roughie here in Spanish Mission 33/1. 

The Commonwealth Cup is G1 for 3yos over 1200m with a field of 16.  Pierre Lapin has looked impressive so far and Roger Varian has booked Andrea Atzeni for the ride.  Pierre Lapin's dam is Beatrix Potter.  3/1 the quote.  Lope Y Fernandez is dropping back in trip after his third in the Irish 2000 Guineas -  on 5/1 for Coolmore with Wesley Ward's KImari (by Munnings) on the same quote.  Millisle, by Starspangledbanner, is 9/1 for Jessica Harrington and Tom Marquand.

The Queen's Vase is G2 for the 3yo over 2800m and 9 due to run.  Born With Pride sees William Haggas and Tom Marquand team up again and they are on 3/1.  It's quite an open race with three runners on the next rung – Al Dabaran, Berkshire Rocco and Santiago all on 4/1.  How about a roughie for The Queen – her Punctuation is on 25/1 and not the worst.  Silvestre de Sousa will wear the Royal colours for Andrew Balding.

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