The Mandarin’s Royal Ascot Racecard for Tuesday 14th June 2022

Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) 2.30
Baaeed (nap)
Simply the best miler on these shores, and probably anywhere in the world. He took his unbeaten record to six straight wins when beating the previous premier miler, Palace Pier in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes here last October, and returned this season to show that he’s just as impressive as ever when slamming the re-opposing Real World in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month. Lined up for this race, and impossible to oppose

Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 3.05
Blackbeard (nb)
Given here for his win in the Marble Hill at The Curragh last time out, Aidan O’Brien’s No Nay Never colt looks a terrific addition to the Ballydoyle team. He quickened well when asked in the Marble Hill, and is the choice of Ryan Moore for this prestigious Group 2 contest for the youngsters. Every chance with the fast ground likely to suit. In the money

King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) 3.40
Golden Pal
Wesley Ward’s speedster should be suited to this frenetic charge on day one of Royal Ascot. The trainer is a perennial feature at this meeting, and knows how to ready one for this race. The quick conditions should suit his stable star, and he can overcome the poor draw in stall 13 by bolting out of the block, with Irad Ortiz Jr ready for just that tactic after using it to good effect at Keeneland last time out

St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) 4.20
My Prospero
There’s sure to be plenty of support for the 2,000 Guineas winner, Coroebus, but we’ll side with My Prospero from the in-form Somerfield Lodge yard of William Haggas. The Newmarket team are sure to be riding the crest of a wave after Baaeed likely to take the honours in Royal Ascot’s opener, the Queen Anne, and in My Prospero they have just the type to take this race. He showed his liking for the quicker surface when beating co-favourite Reach For The Moon at Sandown last time out, and can take on Ascot’s stiff finish to score here

Ascot Stakes 5.00
Coltrane
He did everything but win in the Chester Cup last time out, but it may be that Andrew Balding’s unexposed Mastercraftsman gelding has more to offer in this valuable handicap. He was only collared late on by Cleveland in that Chester contest, and has more to offer in this grade. Super each way value, and one for your tracker if he doesn’t score here

Wolferton Stakes (Listed Race) 5.35
Harrovian
In a usually competitive race, Harrovian makes plenty of appeal for John & Thady Gosden, with the irrepressible Frankie Dettori back up in the saddle. These look far calmer waters than the Group 1 Dubai Turf won by stablemate Lord North back in March, and this race-hardened gelding has great each way claims. In the mix once more with Frankie adding to the appeal

Copper Horse Stakes 6.10
Stowell
Lining up for last year’s winning yard, Stowell drops into handicap company having been raced exclusively at Pattern level since this meeting last year. He had a fair bit of quality ahead of him when finishing fourth of sixth here last month, and this should be a tad easier. Once more, Mr Ascot, Frankie Dettori, can do what he does best, and Stowell is sure to be in the frame

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