The Mandarin’s Royal Ascot Racecard for Saturday 18th June

Chesham Stakes (Listed) 2.30
Alfred Munnings (nap)
Aidan O’Brien has an enviable record in this, and with such a strong crop of juveniles, looks for more Royal Ascot glory with Alfred Munnings. He’s a half-brother to the very smart Snowfall, and couldn’t have been more impressive on debut at Leopardstown, winning cosily once given some rein in the home straight. The one to beat

Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 3.05
Noble Truth
Winner of the Listed King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket at the back end of April, and has since been gelded. It was a taking all the way performance at Newmarket, and he has surely been laid out for this Group 3. There’s been plenty of winners from the stand side this week so stall 14 looks fine, big shout

Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) 3.40
Hurricane Lane
He hasn’t been seen since his third in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, but has won on his first run the last two seasons, so there’s every expectation that he’ll be primed for this Group 2. Hurricane Lane is a class act who goes on any ground, and though this faster surface will be a new experience, he should have too much in the locker for this field. Mostahdaf and Solid Stone are decent opponents while Broome is likely to come for his seasonal reappearance at The Curragh, and these can fill the minor places

Platinum Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) 4.20
Campanelle (nb)
She returns to Royal Ascot with an unblemished record here, after winning the Queen Mary Stakes in 2020 and the Commonwealth Cup last year. She won at Keeneland back in April and will have been wrapped up since then by Wesley Ward for this date. Sure to fire out of the stalls on this fast surface and lay it down to the boys

Wokingham Stakes 5.00
Blackrod
Michael Dods Mayson colt is just the progressive type to take this big field handicap. He won a Class 2 handicap at Newmarket, beating eighteen rivals, so won’t be overawed lining up here. The trainer does very well with his sprinters, and Blackrod tops our shortlist

Golden Gates Stakes 5.35
Aldous Huxley
It could pay to side with John and Thady Gosdens’ colt in this competitive looking handicap. He was a neck runner-up in a the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood last month, so with black type in the book should have more to offer now dropped into handicap company. He lines up here as the top weight, but Benoit De La Sayette’s 5lb claim is a handy offset, and he has solid each way claims

Queen Alexandra Stakes 6.10
Wordsworth
His fourth place in the Sagaro Stakes here in April suggested he could see out a trip this extreme. With Trueshan highly unlikely to run unless there’s a deluge down at the Berkshire track, and questions over the fitness of Falcon Eight coming into this race, Wordsworth can make the most of this opportunity to round off a good week for the Ballydoyle team. In the mix

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