Live results, tips and best bets for day four of the races
AAnd welcome to our live coverage of Day 4 of Royal Ascot 2021 (hope we see some races!)
Sadly, the predicted overnight deluge arrived as expected, so the ground – which was good to firm up on Thursday – is now officially soft, heavy in places. Race director Chris Stickels called an inspection at 12:45 p.m. to assess the chances of racing.
An ongoing update on the British Horseracing Authority administration website reads: “Due to a few fake plots of land where racing capacity may be marginal, an inspection has been requested for 12:45. We are also reviewing options to realign the rail to avoid these areas. “
If the race gets the green light, there are seven races on today’s map, including two main races – the Commonwealth Cup and the Coronation Stakes:
2:30 p.m. Albany issues
3:05 p.m. The stakes of King Edward VII
3:40 p.m. Commonwealth Cup
4:20 p.m. The challenges of the coronation
5 p.m. Sandringham issues
5:35 p.m. Duke of Edinburgh Stakes
6:10 p.m. Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes
And here’s a look at day four from our race correspondent Marcus Armytage …
German trainer Peter Schiergen isn’t bringing his horses to Ascot for the bratwurst, so maybe it’s time to wait for Novemba in June in a fascinating Coronation Stakes.
Schiergen did not have a winner at Royal Ascot, but he led Danedream to win the King George in 2012 while Sumitas chased the Dubai Millennium in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, albeit at a respectful eight lengths.
Last time, Novemba won the 1,000 German Guineas with a headstand and beat a French runner Godolphin by seven and a half lengths. It’s only a group two, but she clearly seems ready for the next step and unlike some rivals, she seems to be blossoming at the right time.
“She was a very easy winner in her last race,” Schiergen said Thursday. “She’s in top form. She is ready for the next test, but this is an international Group 1 and not a national Group 2. She won on all grounds, so I’m not worried about the rest. “
Sir Michael Stoute also presents an interesting runner at Potapova who won his two starts, the latter a novice race at Redcar by eight lengths. It seems long in class but maybe a little short in experience. She is the other great unknown. Of the known quantities, Empress Josephine loved the heavy ground at The Curragh in the Irish 1000 and the rain puts her into play.
Friday’s card was brought to life when the Commonwealth Cup, the Group 1 sprint for three-year-olds, was added in 2015.
It has yet to be won by a French-trained rider but, while there are more obstacles in the cross-Channel travel route for horses than the Stayers Hurdle due to Covid and Brexit restrictions, Suesa may make the trip from François Rohaut’s base in Pau to pay.
Neither Rohaut nor his regular rider Olivier Peslier can make the trip today but although the coach has still tasted success at this meeting like Schiergen, the majority of his previous riders have been in the money. However, Suesa looks first class and can crack her duck – especially since it looks like the weather for a few of them.
The Night of Thunder filly isn’t afraid of soft ground as she picked up her rivals and took them in a group three at Chantilly last time around, gaining three lengths without Peslier sweating.
“Everything is fine,” Rohaut said of the filly owned by George Strawbridge. “She’s on her way, her preparation has been perfect and it’s easy to prepare. She’s won three times on the tender and once on the good on the farm, so she doesn’t care about the pitch.
Campanelle, winner of Queen Mary last year, should be ruled out, but Wesley Ward’s horses haven’t had their usual productive week and any rain is usually enough to slow the Americans’ speed.