Royal Ascot Speed Ratings

Dandalla (advised at 12-1) struck for Lawrence on Friday, and his exclusive speed ratings are online for the final day - live on Sky Sports Racing.

Royal Ascot - Saturday
 

Ascot 12-40 Handicap (Class 2) 6f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Golden Apollo  108  108  69  98  95  80  --
 Pass The Vino  107  102  (78)  47  93  107  --
 Open Wide  106  98  90  98  106  85  99
 Sir Maximilian  106  69  106  83  77  --  --
 Embour  103  96  (101)  98  99  103  86
 Aplomb  103  90  39  96  88  103  --
 Gunmetal  102  83  63  62  85  102  83
 Total Commitment  101  101  (87)  (96)  (84)  (74)  (89)
 Bernardo O'Reilly  101  56  65  101  56  --  --
 Hyperfocus  101  (70)  90  101  94  92  96

LTO Speed: Golden Apollo 108 Burmese Waltz 102 Pass The Vino 102

GOLDEN APOLLO posted a list-topping speed rating of 108 when landing the Silver Cup at Ayr last September, and also has an ability to handle soft ground. However, the selection does seem to need a couple of runs before finding top gear, so today's return has to be viewed with some trepidation. As big as 22-1 with William Hill at the time of writing, it makes plenty of sense to back him each-way on this occasion.

 

Ascot 1-15 Group 2 (Class 1) 5f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 More Beautiful  91  91  --  --  --  --  --
 Happy Romance  86  86  56  --  --  --  --
 Sacred  73  73  --  --  --  --  --
 Sardinia Sunset  67  67  --  --  --  --  --
 Star Of Emaraaty  64  64  --  --  --  --  --
 Scarlet Bear  63  63  --  --  --  --  --
 Wings Of A Dove  59  59  --  --  --  --  --
 Risque  47  (40)  47  --  --  --  --
 Dickiedooda  46  46  --  --  --  --  --
 Grammata  42  42  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: More Beautiful 91 Happy Romance 86 Dandalla 82

MORE BEAUTIFUL landed a five furlong maiden with plenty of authority at Naas 12 days ago, while at the same time managing to generate a list-topping speed rating of 91. A juvenile daughter of War Front, she has a good chance on pedigree of handling today's softer ground, while the stiffness of the Ascot track looks sure to play to her strengths. However, the selection's best odds of 7-4 at the time of writing don't leave much room for our old friend value. Those looking for a reverse forecast pick with the favourite could do worse than side with second top-rated Happy Romance, who bolted up at Sandown last time, and is by soft ground sire Dandy Man (responsible for yesterday's Albany Stakes winner Dandalla).

 

Ascot 1-50 Group 2 (Class 1) 6f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Qaader  89  89  --  --  --  --  --
 Creative Force  84  84  --  --  --  --  --
 Saeiqa  77  77  --  --  --  --  --
 Dark Lion  74  74  --  --  --  --  --
 Existent  71  71  --  --  --  --  --
 Lauded  67  67  --  --  --  --  --
 Nando Parrado  63  63  --  --  --  --  --
 Admiral Nelson  51  51  --  --  --  --  --
 Mehmo  22  22  --  --  --  --  --
 Igotatext  0  (57)  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Qaader 89 Creative Force 84 Talbot 80

QAADER wasn't for catching in a six furlong novices event at Newbury last week, a performance that also saw him register a list-topping speed rating of 89. A juvenile son of Night Of Thunder, out of a mare by Dansili, the colt should be able to act on today's softer ground, but a predicted strong pace means he might have to hang tough at the business end. Second top-rated Creative Force is another to give serious consideration to, following his ready victory at Newmarket a fortnight ago.

 

Ascot 2-25 Group 1 (Class 1) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Cloak Of Spirits  119  119  103  93  --  --  --
 Quadrilateral  118  118  109  102  85  --  --
 Run Wild  116  116  90  --  97  (76)  (59)
 So Wonderful  107  107  79  74  100  --  --
 Alpine Star  105  105  98  --  --  --  --
 Love Locket  94  94  57  70  62  61  --
 Sharing  0  --  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Cloak Of Spirits 119 Quadrilateral 118 Run Wild 116

CLOAK OF SPIRITS (nb) had Quadrilateral a neck back in third when beaten by Love in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket a fortnight ago, with the figures emanating from the race looking bang up to standard. The selection led for most of the contest on that occasion, and could make all today if the seven runners go steady early due to the testing underfoot conditions (though the pace prediction is 'strong'). Best odds of 13-2 with Ladbrokes at the time of writing are another reason to take an interest in Richard Hannon's charge.

 

Ascot 3-00 Group 1 (Class 1) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Pinatubo  126  112  123  126  --  --  --
 Arizona  118  72  --  118  103  --  --
 Wichita  114  114  111  105  71  64  --
 Positive  113  94  113  --  --  --  --
 Threat  109  109  92  96  100  --  --
 Royal Dornoch  109  73  109  77  81  --  91
 Palace Pier  86  (84)  86  65  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Wichita 114 Pinatubo 112 Threat 109

PINATUBO was put in his place by Kameko and Wichita in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket a fortnight ago, but connections are adamant that we still haven't seen the best of this colt yet. The numbers of 126 and 123 he earned as a juvenile certainly put him in the top bracket, and today will be the day we find out if he is the same horse - or even better. Not that his current best odds of 15-8 on the early bird list have me reaching for the bet button.

 

Ascot 3-35 Group 1 (Class 1) 6f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 The Tin Man  127  99  127  --  --  --  --
 Hello Youmzain  126  110  126  --  --  --  --
 One Master  122  122  --  --  --  --  --
 Sceptical  117  117  (100)  (101)  (79)  (75)  --
 Khaadem  117  106  95  117  --  --  --
 Breathtaking Look  115  115  (100)  106  103  --  --
 Speak In Colours  113  113  113  --  101  75  --
 Dream Of Dreams  113  78  113  --  --  --  --
 Shine So Bright  106  80  106  78  --  --  --
 Sands Of Mali  95  95  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: One Master 122 Sceptical 117 Breathtaking Look 115

ONE MASTER was a 125 horse at her best last season, and also posted a highly respectable figure of 122 when chasing home Donjuan Triumphand in a Group 1 contest over this track and trip on her final outing of 2019. A tough and consistent mare, my only concern is that she has yet to prove she goes really well fresh, but all else looks to be in place for a big run. Top-rated The Tin Man isn't getting any younger, but won't be handicapped by the conditions and can go well first time.

 

Ascot 4-10 Handicap (Class 2) 6f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Stone Of Destiny  112  95  88  101  88  112  100
 Recon Mission  111  104  --  84  111  --  --
 Arecibo  110  83  72  107  98  105  110
 Danzeno  110  103  100  93  93  110  --
 Summerghand  108  108  (95)  80  104  105  106
 Tinto  108  108  (78)  (86)  (94)  --  95
 Jack's Point  107  107  106  (80)  (70)  (75)  83
 Gulliver  105  100  (91)  --  (105)  105  102
 Teruntum Star  105  77  105  88  95  --  67
 Bielsa  104  104  75  99  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Summerghand 108 Tinto 108 Jack's Point 107

STONE OF DESTINY (nap) wasn't disgraced when finishing a staying on fourth in a five furlong handicap at Newmarket recently, and at his best last season was a 125 horse in victory over this minimum trip at Ascot. Today's extra yardage won't cause the selection any problems, but connections will probably be hoping that the track continues to dry out between now and post time. Priced up at 20-1 with several firms at the time of writing, and with no other race picks offering real value, I'm going to take a punt and make him my best bet of the day.

 

Ascot 4-40 Stakes (Class 2) 22f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Mekong  114  --  --  86  114  --  --
 Who Dares Wins  98  98  --  --  --  --  --
 The Grand Visir  94  94  --  --  --  --  --
 Nate The Great  92  92  --  --  --  --  --
 Mukha Magic  75  (76)  (68)  (90)  (66)  (66)  75
 Affluence  74  --  (--)  (59)  (54)  (--)  (--)
 Fun Mac  66  --  --  66  --  --  --
 Monsieur Co  0  --  --  --  --  --  --
 Its'afreebee  0  --  --  --  --  --  --
 Imphal  0  --  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Who Dares Wins 98 The Grand Visir 94 Nate The Great 92

With top-rated Mekong failing to fire on his return at Ascot on Thursday, it hard to know what to make of this race based solely on the figures. The best I can come up with is an each-way play on THE GRAND VISIR, who won the Ascot Stakes at this venue last June, acts on rain softened ground, and was a 114 horse when scoring at Doncaster a couple of seasons ago.

 


 

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