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Royal Ascot 2011: Revitalised Blue Bajan can carry off Gold Cup

Day-by-day guide to the best bets at the meeting.


TUESDAY: The great French mare Goldikova can see off Canford Cliffs in a cracking Queen Anne (2.30). Star Witness will start a warm favourite in the King’s Stand (3.05), but he’s travelled a long way on the back of two lacklustre starts and Irish sprinter Sole Power will appreciate the strong pace. Frankel is hard to oppose in the St James’s Palace (3.50) and while Gatepost catches the eye for the Coventry (4.25), Wise Venture offers great each-way value. Junior is out to win another Ascot Stakes (5.00) but with top weight may have to give best to Veiled.

WEDNESDAY: I liked the way that Codemaster strode out when he broke the seven-furlong track record at Newmarket last time and he is good enough for me in the Jersey (2.30). Sajjhaa looks like one for Frankie Dettori in the Windsor Forest (3.05). No prizes for picking So You Think (3.50), but the race will suit Sri Putra and he may be the one to stick in a forecast. Green Destiny (4.25) has been trained for this, while Shumoos (5.00) looked smart and Haydock and is the one to beat.

THURSDAY: Dettori can start the day well with Rumh (3.05). The Gold Cup (3.50) looks wide open. The class horse is Fame And Glory, but I am not sure about him getting the trip and side with late entry Blue Bajan, who seems revitalised. Mijhaa (5.00) can get trainer Roger Varian off the mark at the meeting. Liz Hurley, a part-owner of Census (5.35), can round off Ladies Day in style.

FRIDAY: American trainer Wesley Ward made as much of an impact two years ago with his juveniles as he did with his take on the dress code, tails topped off with a stetson. Judy The Beauty (2.30) has already won over four and a half furlongs at Keeneland and if she gets six she might be a bit quick for the home team. Hurricane Higgins (3.05) looked very green in the Lingfield Derby Trial and, provided the penny has dropped, can go close. With Memory not 100 per cent certain to come out of the stalls in the Coronation Stakes (3.50), Theyskens’ Theory looks the one to side with.

SATURDAY: Up and coming sprinter Elzaam takes a big step up in class, but could land a weak Golden Jubilee (3.50). It is 35 years since Mick Easterby won the King’s Stand with Lochnager but he has rarely been in better form and the Wokingham (4.25) looks at the mercy of his Hoof It.

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