Angus McNae
Angus McNae's Racing UK Blog
Saturday 18th June 2016

Racing UK

Repeats Would Make for Enjoyable Viewing

The royal meeting comes to a close today with the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes taking centre stage.

The race is full of top class sprinters who are hard to separate. I was close to tipping Magical Memory and he could easily win given his progressive sprinting profile.

However, he faces serious opposition from The Tin Man, Undrafted and Twilight Son. Their presence makes this race a difficult one to sort out and I will be watching with interest rather than getting involved.

Instead, I am looking at backing two horses each-way at the end of the card.

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First up I am hopeful Interception can win the Wokingham Stakes again. Last year she was impressive, coming home strongly off the fast pace to win a shade comfortably.

She had a perfect preparation at Haydock last time, where she shaped well when finishing third to Jane's Memory. She was not given a hard time and that should have put her spot on for today. She has to race off a mark 5lbs higher than last year, but given how well she won that rise in the weights should not stop her. I will be backing her each way.

My other fancy comes in the 5.35 and is another winner from last year. Oriental Fox romped away with the Queen Alexandra last year by seven lengths and a repeat looks on the cards.

The marathon trip suits him ideally and such was the way he travelled over a mile and a half last time I have to conclude that he is in very good form. Not many of his rivals are so favoured by the race conditions or guaranteed to get the trip, so he must be backed to win at 9/2.

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Oppose Exosphere

Finally, let me point you to my Royal Ascot Lays column in which three of the four lays I have put up so far at the meeting have lost.

They were A Shin Hikari, Global Applause and The Gurkha. Tepid let me down but if I can get Exosphere beaten in the Hardwicke Stakes today a successful lays column will be complete.

I believe his win at Newmarket last time was not as good as it looked and the clock backs up that belief. He will be favourite today and should be opposed.

Angus McNae’s selections for Saturday

5.00 Ascot - Interception (each way) at 20-1

5.35 Ascot - Oriental Fox (win) at 9-2