The Mandarin’s Royal Ascot Racecard for Friday June 17th 2022

Albany Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) 2.30
Aidan O’Brien can continue a good week with his juveniles, and this time it’s the fillies’ turn with Meditate. She won easily enough on debut at The Curragh, before confirming the promise in a Group 3 at Naas. She’s one that likes to get on with it so this fast surface should suit, and Ryan Moore, who rode her on her winning debut is back in the saddle

Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) 3.05
Perfect Power (nap)
He was our pick for the 2,000 Guineas, where Christophe Soumillon could never find a way through, traversing the track in the second half of the race in vain, and ending with a midfield finish in seventh. However, dropped back to six furlongs, and with form on quicker ground, we’ll back him once more. One the best juveniles last season, a course winner from this meeting last year, and deserving of a bit better luck. Respected

Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes 3.40
William Knight has put fresh legs onto his Lope De Vega gelding, winning both starts before a midfield sixth at Epsom Downs where he was denied a clear run. He comes out of stall 5 here, so should get track position going into the first turn, and has as good a chance as any on ground to suit. Super each way claims at an attractive ante post price

Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (Fillies) 4.20
Inspiral (nb)
What a terrific race is in store for the feature, with the winners of both the French and British 1,000 Guineas, Mangoustine and Cachet lining up. However, they have to get ahead of the exciting Inspiral to land the spoils here. The Frankel filly is unbeaten after her four starts last season, including the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket, and is likely to be even better at three. Clearly lined up for this race, so with course form over Cachet, and Mangoustine maybe finding this ground a little quick, has to be the one to follow. Frankie Dettori on the reins just adds to the appeal

Sandringham Stakes (Fillies) 5.00
A pretty competitive handicap for the girls, and there’s any number of likely types on the straight course. We’ll side with Persist from the in-form yard of William Haggas. Cieren Fallon is a notable jockey booking, and in the blanket finish we are sure to see, Persist makes plenty of each way appeal

King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) 5.35
He was a pretty impressive winner of the Chester Vase, and can dominate once more in this small field. He was made plenty of use of in The Derby, so can be seen to better effect in this race, and could prove hard to reel in from stall 3, with Ryan Moore able to dictate things from the front. Top chance, with Lysander the main danger

Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes 6.10
The ever popular perennial American trainer at Royal Ascot, Wesley Ward, has brought over his usual highly regarded team, so deserves to go home with something. We thought that Golden Pal had a great chance in the King’s Stand on Tuesday, but he ultimately faded to the back of the field. Ruthin, though, gives him another bite at the apple, and will like this zippy surface, with Irad Ortiz Jr sure to launch her lie a bullet from the stalls. Top chance for the American speedster

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