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Wednesday's racing tips - 4/1 shot to strike for Ballydoyle in Queen's Vase

Jonathan Vine 18 Jun 2019
Kew Garden's heads a 1-2-3 for Aidan O'Brien in last year's Queen's Vase.

Our expert takes a look through all of the races on day two at Royal Ascot and highlights a prime contender in the Queen's Vase as his NAP of the day with Coral on Wednesday 19th June.

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3:05pm Ascot Queen's Vase (Group 2) 1m6f


Nate The Great was my selection in the Lingfield Derby Trial and, despite the ground going against him a little, ran extremely well to catch a place carrying a big price. Anthony Van Dyck boosted the form by winning the Derby and Archie Watson’s charge looks well-suited to a step up in trip.

Jalmoud is another horse I like and he could be a big danger, especially if the ground gets any softer. Both hold appeal, yet, I think it would be foolish to desert Aidan O’Brien, considering how dominant he has been with three-year-old colts this term, and the fact he saddled a 1-2-3 in this race 12 months ago.

Western Australia outlined his potential as a stayer with a fine Listed triumph at Naas last month, where Donnacha O’Brien’s mount cruised clear of his rivals over an unfamiliar 13 furlong trip. He will most likely head the betting, but the one I think has more quality than the market leader is NORWAY (4/1 Coral) and it’s with he where I will place my faith.

Norway made his British debut under Seamie Heffernan in the Zetland Stakes last year and the duo made an excellent impression, beating the likes of Nate The Great and Sydney Opera House to that Listed prize. O’Brien’s colt then accompanied Sir Dragonet into battle in the Chester Vase. A marked drift on the day of the race painted a bleak picture for O’Brien’s charge and he was forced to settle for second as Sir Dragonet sauntered to an excellent victory.

Jamie Spencer then took the ride in the Derby and the duo were tasked with helping Sovereign set a nice pace. The leaders did their job that day, as Anthony Van Dyck clocked an impressive time in winning the Derby. Although he was being eased down well before the line, Norway finished better than any of the other pacemakers in crossing the line seventh. 

Stepping up in trip looks a sensible plan at Ascot and Ryan Moore has seemingly chosen to ride Norway over his market-leading stablemate. I think Norway is the most dependable option.


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Wednesday's racing tips - 4/1 shot to strike for Ballydoyle in Queen's Vase

Our expert takes a look through all of the races on day two at Royal Ascot and highlights a prime contender in the Queen's Vase as his NAP of the day with Coral on Wednesday 19th June.

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