Frankie Dettori: Ascot 2020 - Day 2
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Alternative Fact – Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap (1:15pm)
I kick off day two with a nice ride for Ed Dunlop in the Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap (1:15pm).
These handicaps are a little bit like pot luck as there’s not much form to go on at the moment and we’re not too sure where the best place to be drawn is.
I rode him once as a three-year-old at Newmarket where he was second in a good handicap but that was a while ago now.
He’s got experience on his side which is important in a big-field handicap like this so hopefully he can settle and run well.
First Receiver – Hampton Court Stakes (1:50pm)
Riding for the Queen is the ultimate really.
I still remember winning the Ribblesdale on Phantom Gold for her all those years ago, and it’s great that we have a monarch who loves racing.
First Receiver is coming off the back of a comfortable win on his seasonal reappearance at Kempton.
That looked a very nice performance but this is obviously a much bigger test.
King’s Caper – King George V Stakes (2:25pm)
I rode King's Caper at Chelmsford last summer where he stayed on well to win over a mile.
We’re now up to 1m4f and towards the top of the weights in what looks a very competitive big field handicap, but he’s still quite unexposed at the trip.
Mark Johnston’s horses seem to be in good form too so fingers crossed.
Mehdaayih – Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (3:00pm)
It looks like an amazing renewal of the Prince Of Wales's Stakes where Japan is undoubtedly the one we all have to beat.
He was fourth in a close finish to the Derby and then went on to win at Royal Ascot, take two Group 1s at York and in France, before finishing off with a fourth in the Arc.
You have to look at the likes of Enable to find better form than that so he sets a very high standard.
Barney Roy is a good horse too and has run well since returning to the track.
Mehdaayih is obviously a nice filly but needs to find a little bit on ratings.
We get the fillies’ weight allowance which always helps but it looks a hot race.
Lord Tennyson – Royal Hunt Cup (3:35pm)
He’s lightly-raced and looks like a nice ride in the Royal Hunt Cup (3:35pm).
He ran well in a Listed contest at Newmarket on his reappearance, finishing second, and he now runs off a mark of 107.
He’s obviously got very low mileage and is open to improvement, I just hope he handle a big field like this on what will be only his third start.
Sunshine City – Windsor Castle Stakes (4:10pm)
It’s always exciting to ride for Wesley Ward at Royal Ascot and Sunshine City looks like another good one.
I got to see his horses earlier in the week and they looked really well so I’m excited.
We don’t quite know what we’ve got with all the two-year-olds at the moment, especially comparing UK to US form, but Wesley tends to bring some good ones to Royal Ascot s fingers crossed.
He’s got two in the race, with Oisin [Murphy] riding the other, Sheriff Bianco, as he’s retained by Qatar Racing.
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