The Mandarin’s Royal Ascot Racecard for Wednesday 15th June 2022

Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) 2.30
Lady Tilbury
A chance is taken on the opener with David Marnane’s Lady Tilbury, who has the advantage of three runs under her belt, which in this hot sprint for the youngsters can count for plenty. She gave the impression at Tipperary that there was plenty left under the bonnet, and that was on the quicker ground she can expect here. Add to that the draw in stall 4 , with American speedster Love Reigns right next door, and there’s plenty to like

Queen’s Vase (Group 2) 3.05
Nahanni
Charlie Appleby might hold the key to this Group 2 race over 14 furlongs with Nahanni, who didn’t really seem to run his race in The Derby but is given another chance here, just eleven days on. There’s a suspicion he was a tad worked up on Derby Day, wearing a hood to post, so should be better prepared for a big occasion this time around. The Moulton Paddocks team are in top form, and Nahanni will find less on his plate here upped in trip, go close

Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) 3.40
Bay Bridge (nap)
Likely to be a banker for many on day two of Royal Ascot, and lines up here in search of his sixth win on the the trot. Sir Michael Stoute knows how to ready one for a season defining race, so every expectation that he’ll be right on the money after an impressive win in the Brigadier Gerard at Sandown Park last time out, and Ryan Moore back in the saddle is an obvious plus. With the resurgence of Japanese horses in the last couple of seasons, recent Meydan winner Shahryar from stall 3 rates the main danger

Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) 4.20
Mother Earth (nb)
In a terrific race, a marginal preference is given to Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth. She’s been there, done it, worn the T-shirt, so to speak, and might be fresher than William Haggas’s Bashrikova who ran at Epsom on Oaks day just a week last Friday. There’ll also be plenty of support for Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Saffron Beach, runner-up to Mother Earth in the 1,000 Guineas last year, and the pair have more history with honours fairly even, but the globetrotting and battle hardened Mother Earth gets our vote with her 5lb pull

Royal Hunt Cup 5.00
Totally Charming
Young trainer George Boughey has been making plenty of waves in his short career, so we’ll nail our colours to his post with the notable booking of Frankie Dettori. He’s just the progressive type that can land this cavalry charge, and makes super each way appeal in the usual lottery, interesting

Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) 5.35
Little Big Bear
The Ballydoyle runner posted an astonishing Timeform figure at Naas on just his second start, and can back that up here with a win in this valuable Listed contest. Andrew Balding’s Chateau looks a decent opponent, as does Far Shot from John & Thady Gosden, and it would be no surprise to any of the three of them land this

Kensington Palace Stakes (Fillies & Mares) 6.10
Spirit Of The Bay
It’s a big field for the closing race on Wednesday, so on the round course it may pay to side with Clive Cox’s Cable Bay filly, who brings solid course form to this race after her close runners-up spot here last month. She was nearest at the finish that day, so there’s every hope that this quicker surface can let her go one better, and she has nailed on each way claims, given a clear passage

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