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Royal Ascot day four tips: Flying fillies Suesa and Novemba could take off in Friday features

| 17.06.2021

The action moves into a fourth day when there are two Group 1 races on the line-up, both for three-year-olds.

The Coronation Stakes takes top billing with the 1m race having attracted the 1000 Guineas winner Mother Earth who will bid to become the first winner of the Newmarket Classic since Winter four years ago to follow up at Ascot.

Ascot’s newest Group 1, the Commonwealth Cup, has one of the most international line-ups of the week, by Covid standards, with Wesley Ward’s 2020 Royal Ascot winner Campanelle meeting the rising French filly Suesa.

Without any household names in action, these are races for stars in the making, a theme which begins with the Albany Stakes and continues with the King Edward VII Stakes, Ascot’s version of a Derby over 1m4f.

Three trappy handicaps close out the day with the Sandringham, Duke of Edinburgh and Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes.

All seven races will be shown live on terrestrial television and it all unfolds from 13:30pm on ITV, with the final race on ITV4 from 17:50pm. We have previewed the three most significant races of the day in our Royal Ascot day four tips.

14:30 – Albany Stakes

A few reputations are on the line here with Goodwood winner Flotus, Hello You, who left a big impression at Wolverhampton, and the inevitable Ballydoyle hope Prettiest trying to build on impressive debuts. The bubble will burst for one if not all of them.

Then there is George Boughey, the hot second season Newmarket trainer who saddles no fewer than three runners. Epsom winner Oscula looks the pick having impressed in the Woodcote Stakes. But there could be better value elsewhere in the shape of Eve Lodge, who ran a race full of promise on debut over course and distance and then won her next start. Trainer Charlie Fellowes has struck at the last two royal meetings and Eve Lodge could continue his run.

15:40 – Commonwealth Cup

Of all Wesley Ward’s hopes this week Campanelle is one that should not be sunk by any rain in this 6f sprint. Three for three over the distance, she has won on firm, good and soft. The only time she was beaten was on her only start at a mile and she still ran with credit to finish fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

So Ward was able to travel to Britain with a degree of confidence, no doubt boosted by Frankie Dettori being in the saddle. There is lots to like about her. Yet that also applies to Suesa who has won all four of her starts. She won a Listed race for Carlos Laffon-Parias last year and has since joined Francois Rohaut for whom she has won two Group 3 races very easily. Not many have made the trip from France this year but Rohaut’s decision to take it on could be rewarded here.

16:20 – Coronation Stakes

The 1000 Guineas winner Mother Earth has a chance to add another Group 1 to her tally having lost out in the French 1000 Guineas in which she was second. Fev Rover, third at Newmarket, and Alcohol Free, fifth, will be trying to turn the tables on Mother Earth, but to date that fillies’ Classic form is not looking outstanding with fourth placed Santa Barbara well beaten in the Oaks.

So it could be worth looking among the less exposed. Primo Bacio showed an impressive turn of foot to win a Listed race at York, but this could be another prize bound for export. Novemba, from the Arc winning stable of Germany’s Peter Schiergen, was supplemented for this race after she won her country’s 1000 Guineas by nine lengths, she made all to scoot right away from the field and David Egan is a good choice to try to do the same again.

ITV Racing Schedule, Friday, 18th June

14:30 Ascot – Albany Stakes

15:05 Ascot – King Edward VII Stakes

15:40 Ascot – Commonwealth Cup

16:20 Ascot – Coronation  Stakes

17:00 Ascot – Sandringham Stakes

17:35 Ascot – Duke of Edinburgh Stakes

18:10 Ascot – Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes

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All odds and markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Jonathan Lees