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Dreaming of more Royal Ascot glory

20 Jun 2019

Oisin Murphy Royal Ascot blog

It’s always special to have a winner at Royal Ascot, and to do it for Andrew Balding, who has been a huge supporter of mine from very early on, made it even better. Dashing Willoughby ran a huge race, and the credit goes to all the team at Kingsclere for having him spot on yesterday.

Looking at tomorrow’s action, in the Commonwealth Cup  I ride Forever In Dreams for Aidan Fogarty who was a good winner last time up at Haydock. I only picked up the ride as Phoenix Thoroughbreds bought the horse at the Goff’s QIPCO London sale this week. It’s a pretty competitive race even with Calyx not running. Advertise drops back in trip, that’ll be interesting. He’s been working well and Martyn Meade‘s horses have turned the corner.

Similarly, Simon Crisford runs Jash – he’s very happy with him ahead of the race and deserves his spot at the top of the market. I thought Hello Youmzain was a big price in at around 5/1,  he achieved a fair bit in his latest start at Haydock and he was a decent two-year-old. I think he is the one e have to beat.

The Coronation Stakes sees QIPCO 1000 Guineas heroine Hermosa back on British soil after winning the Irish equivalent in style. She deserves a lot of credit for her performances so far this season, she’s a very tough filly. I though Jubiloso is the one who looks like she could improve the most in the field. She demolished all her rivals at Newbury on her first start and to my eye looks the real deal. Sir Michael Stoute wouldn’t be putting her in at this level if he didn’t think she was up to it.

I ride Main Edition in the race. Hopefully they will let me get loose on the front end and I can steal it. However, I’d say it’s unlikely as Hermosa likes to run prominently in her races.

In the King Edward VII I like Pondus. I’m a little concerned by the draw in 8 in a small field, it’s going to be quite a tactical affair. Japan and Private Secretary have the luxury to be drawn beside each other on the inside in 2 and 3 which bodes well for them position-wise. I’m still hopeful that Pondus can go well- this has been his target for a while and I think a lot of this horse.