Updated 11:25 - all selections online.
Nothing particularly floats my boat at this evening’s domestic fixture at Sligo so instead I’m going to suggest an interest in a couple of Irish-trained runners at Royal Ascot, starting with GEE REX in this afternoon’s Coventry Stakes.
Having shown very little on his debut in a Curragh maiden last month, the Requinto colt was unsurprisingly a big outsider when pitched in at the deep end in the Listed Marble Hill Stakes back at flat headquarters a fortnight later.
However, he belied his status by running on very strongly from the rear to finish fourth behind Albany Stakes market leader Fairyland, right on the heels of a pair of stablemates of the winner who had both scored on their previous starts.
There is obviously a chance that it could have been a flash in the pan but at 66/1 it’s hard to resist an each-way interest on John Hayden’s charge, who was led out unsold at £140,000 at last night’s Goffs Sale.
In tomorrow’s Royal Hunt Cup SETTLE FOR BAY looks to have a great chance of providing trainer David Marnane with a second winner at this marquee fixture.
A highly-progressive sort on the polytrack during the winter, notching a four-timer and climbing 23lb in the ratings, the gelded son of Rio De La Plata shaped really well on his return from a short break in a 7f handicap at Leopardstown last month.
He left the impression he might well have won there with more luck in running, and given that it was very much a stepping stone to this long-term target it seems reasonable to anticipate a nice chunk of improvement, especially back over a mile.
Gary's Best Bets (scale 1-5 points):
3.05 ROYAL ASCOT - COVENTRY STAKES
1pt each-way GEE REX (66-1 general - use *BOG firms)
5.00 ROYAL ASCOT (WEDNESDAY) - ROYAL HUNT CUP
1pt win SETTLE FOR BAY (18-1 Ladbrokes, 16-1 Bet Victor, Coral, William Hill)
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