Royal Ascot 2019
Monday 1st July 2019
Top Performances at Royal Ascot
The 2019 edition of the Royal meeting is over but it certainly delivered with a number of eye catching performances to note. The meeting continues to be targeted from horses around the world as the spectacle continues to grow. Here we cover the top two performances of the meeting and why these horses must be followed moving forward.
Japan – King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1)
There is little doubt that the star performer on Friday was Japan, who greatly improved from his half a length defeat in the Derby. He was sent off at odds of 6/4 and was very well supported from both connections and the general public. He has obviously had his early season issues as he has drifted heavily on his two previous starts this season. However, this was a different story as he ran away with this group two by four and a half lengths.
Japan was held up and had to make up his ground on the outer just over three furlongs out. Despite this he powered clear, in what was one of the most impressive performances of the season. He is now going to take the world of beating moving forward and could we see him step up to face his elders in the King George next? Punters have been using the latest horse betting offers to support him for the race, in which he can be supported at a general 6/1.
Pinatubo – Chesham Stakes (Listed) (Class 1)
The Aiden O’Brien trained Lope Y Fernandez entered the race as the red hot favourite that already saw the horse favourite for the 2020 edition of the Derby. However, it was Pinatubo who ran away with the contest and in the process posted possibly the most impressive victory of the week. The Charlie Appleby trained two year old is now unbeaten in all three of his starts to date and is a horse who must be followed moving forward.
Pinatubo was pushed along in midfield by James Doyle, edging left just over a furlong out. However, he soon led before powering clear to win very impressively by just over three lengths and in the process landed the odds of 3/1. He also broke the juvenile track record in the process, which further enhances how impressive this performance was. Could this be another Derby winner in waiting for the Godolphin team?