Horses to watch out for at the upcoming Royal Ascot meeting
The Royal meeting is fast approaching and will be taking place between the 18th and 22nd of June. As always it is expected to draw vast crowds, with spectators travelling over from around the world. The meeting provides one of the greatest spectacles in sport and this year is set to be no different. Enable is now set to miss her engagement, which is a shame considering she would have been one of the biggest draws for racing fans across the week. Despite this there are a number of horses you do not want to miss.
One of the most exciting young horses in training is Sea of Class. The four year old daughter of Sea the Stars continued to improve last season, which nearly culminated by winning the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. This was a narrow short neck defeat to Enable and there is little doubt her target this season will be to go one better. Firstly she will be heading to the Royal meeting and will be contesting the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, in which she is now the general 5/2 favourite. She is proving a popular selection with punters using the free spins offers that are available. With an RPR rating of 121, she is a horse not to be missed for racing fans and if returning in top form is going to take the world of beating.
Sea Of Class oozes class in Yorkshire Oaks win at @yorkracecourse
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) August 23, 2018
Another horse that many racing fans will be looking forward to watching is Stradivarius. He is another horse sired by the great Sea the Stars and the John Gosden trained horse quickly established himself into the leading stayer in training last season. This resulted in him not only winning the Ascot Gold cup but going on to land the ‘Stayers Million’. This will again be his task this season and he has already won the first leg of this on his seasonal reappearance, when battling on well to beat Southern France in the Yorkshire Cup stakes. He is now unbeaten in six starts and if he can continue to maintain his form then he is going to again take the world of beating at Ascot, in which he is set to go off as one of the shortest priced horses of the week.
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Stradivarius takes the sponsors’ money in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup #Ebor
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) August 24, 2018
The final horse that is certainly worth a mention is Hermosa. She was a classy horse last season that included a second in the Criterium International on Arc day, but she has returned an improved horse this season. This saw her return with an impressive win in the Qipco 1000 Guineas, before an improved performance to run away with the Irish 1000 Guineas by four lengths. This was a hugely impressive performance and if she can continue to improve she is going to likely remain unbeaten all season. If she takes up her engagement at the Royal meeting then it will be in the Coronation stakes, in which she is the general 2/1 favourite at present.
Easy does it! Hermosa (14-1) wins the 1000 Guineas with Wayne Lordan on top and does it from the front to give Aidan O’Brien the first two English Group 1s of the season! pic.twitter.com/I0bPdGxpyo
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) May 5, 2019