The decision to drop LOPE Y FERNANDEZ (3.35, treble) in distance can pay off in today’s Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Despite failing not to last out the mile in last Friday’s Irish 2,000 Guineas, Aidan O’Brien’s colt still managed to finish a respectable third behind Siskin.
Last season he posted some solid efforts in Group company over six and seven furlongs, notably when second behind Pinatubo at Royal Ascot last year. Today’s six furlongs looks tailor made for the Ryan Moore-ridden colt.
Pierre Lapin, unbeaten in his two races, has been flying on the Newmarket gallops and connections are not short of confidence.
He impressed when beating Mystery Power at Newbury last year where Shadn was third with Royal Commando in fourth place.
ELARQAM (3.00, nap) will be difficult to catch if repeating his latest running when failing by a short head to peg back Lord North, winner of Wednesday’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, at Haydock.
Last year’s Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck put in his best performance since his victory at Epsom when runner-up to Ghaiyyath earlier in the month at Newmarket.
But he cannot be trusted to repeat that running. Fanny Logan is better a shout for the forecast and offers each-way value.
She was outflanked on her latest run when given too much to do when second behind Manuela De Vega at Haydock 12 days ago.
ART POWER (1.15) can make it celebration for the north by taking the Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap.
Trained by Tim Easterby in Yorkshire, the colt improves with every outing and he gives the impression that there is more to come.
Following the Queen’s success with Tactical on Wednesday it would be foolish to oppose EYE OF HEAVEN (2.25, nb) who had beaten her majesty’s runner at Newmarket.
William Haggas is not short of confidence regarding BORN WITH PRIDE (4.10) running in the Queen’s Vase after her disappointing recent run.
Haggas believes that defeat was down to a falsely run contest at Kempton where she was seventh behind Berlin Tango.
Her previous outing is cast iron – beating Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Peaceful at Newmarket last season.
Andrew Balding, on roll following his success with Tactical, has found the perfect contest for GOOD BIRTHDAY (4.40).
The gelding’s third behind Lord North North in the Cambridgeshire has since been enhanced. Also, the handicapper has given him a cracking chance as he runs off the same mark that he carried in that competitive contest.
Horse racing tips June 19
12.50 Autumn Flight
2.00 Top Class Angel
3.10 Annie De Vega
3.45 Peace Prevails
4.20 Tulip Fields
5.35 Intrepid Italian
8.05 Sea Sister
1.15 Art Power
1.50 Flying Aletha
2.25 Eye Of Heaven (nb)
3.00 Elarqam (nap)
3.35 Lope Y Fernandez (treble)
4.10 Born With Pride
4.40 Good Birthday