1.50 Royal Ascot
Wolferton Stakes (Listed), 1m2f
Charlie Fellowes has always been King Ottokar in high esteem and the softer surface should suit, given that it is yet to be tested on something faster than good to soft.
He was the last of the five years in the rank of Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Haydock on his reappearance, but the winner Lord of the North has won Wednesday the Prince of wales’s Stakes and with the ground potentially even more soft at Ascot that he was there, the improvement seems likely.
The four-year-old has a form of the numerals 113 on the soft compared to 9455 on good to soft, and the third came last year in the Hampton court Stakes at the royal meeting. Most of the rain that falls for him, the better.
2.25 Royal Ascot
Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 7f
Celestine is Fabrice Chappet only runner of the week at Royal Ascot, and the French, the teacher must be supported by the rainfall in Berkshire.
His Jersey Stakes candidate finished fourth in the Poule d’essai des Foals behind Victor Ludorum, leading to a little more than a furlong before fading, and the combination of a slight decrease in travel, and the weakening of the field make him a big threat.
He has never raced on anything quicker than good to soft and his two wins came in heavy soil.
3.35 The Royal Ascot
Gold Cup (Group 1), 2m4f
The rain in Berkshire could be a threat to the Stradivarius of the Gold Cup hat-trick bid and Technician might be the one to take advantage of the deteriorating conditions.
The four-year-old, who won the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak at the end of October, but will be tacking this trip, for the first time, is unbeaten in four starts, including the Royal-Oak, on soft ground or worse.
The Martyn Meade-trained stayer has already been supported this morning, which is surely up to the wet season.
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FIRST PUBLISHED 9:38AM, JUNE 18, 2020