Racing tip of the day
Ben Linfoot reflects on a brilliant Royal Ascot and looks ahead to Pontefract this afternoon where the day's best bet runs.
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NEW YOUMZAIN - 4.10 Pontefract
Sole Power, Kingman, Anthem Alexander, The Fugue, Leading Light, Eagle Top, Rizeena, Telescope and Slade Power. All highlights from a magnificent Royal Ascot where we were treated to some fine equine and human performances.
John Gosden and Sir Michael Stoute had great weeks with four winners-a-piece, while Ryan Moore took top riding honours with six wins, all executed in ice-cool fashion by a man riding at the very top of his game.
Ride of the week, though, goes to Joseph O'Brien who came of age on Leading Light. The way he held his line to force Moore to switch Estimate to the inside was a Gold Cup-winning manouvre and could well have been the difference between victory and defeat.
The best juvenile I saw was The Wow Signal who was much too fast for some good horses in the Coventry. At 25/1 he looks the best 2000 Guineas value at this very early stage as he looks like he'll thrive at the trip.
Horse of the week? Very tough to pick one. Sole Power and Slade Power showed blistering speed to win their Group Ones, Eagle Top looked a colt out of the top drawer when running away with the King Edward VII on his third start and Telescope finally delivered on his promise with a dominating performance in the Hardwicke.
But if I had to pick one, it would be The Fugue who was at her brilliant best in the Prince of Wales's Stakes when getting the better of Breeders' Cup winner Magician and the Arc heroine Treve. Wouldn't it be great to see her take on Australia in the Coral-Eclipse?
Today's feature is the totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes at the West Yorkshire track and looking down the list of trainers you would think it was another day at Royal Ascot; Gosden, Stoute, Roger Varian, Andrew Balding and William Haggas are all represented.
Waila looks likely to improve on her reappearance fourth in a Listed race now she has her favoured ground and if you like her chances she is the subject of today's Pontefract price boost with Sky Bet.
But the one I like on the card is NEW YOUMZAIN in the totepoool.com Pontefract Cup. Michael Appleby's horse has flopped on his last two runs on soft ground, but he's much better on a good surface and a line can be put through those defeats.
Prior to that he won at Pontefract over 2m5f from a 4lb lower mark than today's and, with the ground riding fast and cheekpieces applied for the first time, he can go well at a big price with his stamina and liking for the track already proven.
Royal Ascot it isn't, but Pontefract offers some really good racing this afternoon with some fascinating maidens opening the card. No doubt we'll be revisiting those later on in our 'My Stable Pointers' review.
The talented Dutch Courage won the corresponding opening maiden on this card last year and her trainer Richard Fahey has three in this year's race, headed by the Cheveley Park-owned Equiano filly Lacing.
She was sent off favourite for a hot maiden at Newmarket's Craven Meeting - a race that is working out well - and with that experience under her belt and another furlong to tackle, she's another one to consider if you're having a bet this afternoon.