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Monday, July 2, 2018

3 Key Performances to Take from Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot has finished for another year and again provided stunning racing across the four days. With the weather at a record high, attendance was at its peak with several eye catching performances of horses to take away from the marquee event. It ended with the bookmakers ahead with many key fancied horses being turned over such as the John Gosden trained son of Frankel, Cracksman who was beaten at an SP of 2/5 with punters getting involved using on So who are the three key winning horses to follow for the future?

Alpha Centauri

Alpha Centauri
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Alpha Centauri

Where better to start than the most impressive performance of the meeting as the Irish trained horse turned what looked like an ultra-competitive group 1 with several guineas winners into a procession. She had looked one of the most exciting two year olds around last year before being beaten by just a neck in the 2017 running of the Albany. Following two further defeats she looked a shadow of her former self but both of these were on unsuitable soft conditions. She was returning to her much needed good ground in the Irish 1000 guineas and stormed home to win going away by just under two lengths.

The Jessica Harrington trained horse was then sent to Ascot recently and put in a jaw dropping performance to land the first Royal success for her trainer and in the process breaking the track record by over a second. This was a performance that firmly stamped the horse as a class above and one to really get excited about in the future on fast conditions. A trip to the states for the Breeders cup could be a likely target in the current campaign.


The Ed Walker trained 3 year old turned in one of the most dominant handicap performances you are likely to see as she stormed down the middle of the track to win by over 2 lengths. She was heavily bet on the day, in to around 5/1 with many shrewd punters supporting the horse. She was slowly away and sat last before making eye-catching headway down the middle of the track before taking up the running just over a furlong out.

Agrotera entered the race following a maiden victory at Windsor. The form was solid following the second four white socks winning its next start very impressively. Following Agrotera’s Royal Ascot victory, connections said they had a group horse running in a handicap off a very attractive mark so were more than hopeful. The horse is clearly very talented so is worth following in her next starts until beaten.

Crystal Ocean

Crystal Ocean
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Crystal Ocean

The son of Sea the stars was a ready winner for the record breaking Sir Michael Stoute team. He won effortlessly by over 2 lengths and is yet another older horse improving with age which seems customary when talking about a Stoute horse. The horse went in to the meeting as one of the bankers and never gave punters a moments worry comparing to Cracksman just several days earlier.

Crystal Ocean now looks the leading European stayer with the continued absence of Arc heroine Enable and the latest defeats to Cracksman. A clash with the previously mentioned Cracksman now seems likely in the King George and with the Stoute horse continuing to improve and get his head in front who would say he cannot do it again against the Gosden horse in what looks a mouth-watering clash for racing fans.