Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Royal Ascot - Thursday

Thursday is Ladies' Day and the main attraction, the ladies aside of course, is the Ascot Gold Cup which is run over two and a half miles. Aidan O'Brien's Yeats is on a hat-trick, having won this twice previously; his crown looks under threat from French raider Coastal Path who comes to this unbeaten in six starts. Yeats obliged for this blog last year but I'm going to jump ship and support Coastal Path. Last Saturday on Channel Four Racing Timeform chief Jim McGrath put up Coastal Path as his best bet of the meeting; any rain that falls between now and the off will only improve the selection's chance. Godolphin's Sagara looks unexposed here and may provide some value for those in search of an each-way wager.

3 comments:

GeeDee said...

Well, I jumped ship and paid the price. Coastal Path (2/1) challenged for the lead from four out but ran out of petrol in the final furlong, finishing third to the remarkable Yeats (11/8f) who completed a hat-trick of victories in this race, a feat last achieved thirty years ago. 25/1 shot Sagara finished fifth, better than expected after reading Kerrin McEvoy's Teletext column last night where the horse was described as a bit of a moody customer. The third in last year's Arc still reads well.

tomroper said...

Too bad PG. I was on Yeats, didn't see Coastal managing the distance. And Had Colony in the last. Two more days. Can our nerves hold?

GeeDee said...

Never mind the nerves, Tom, I don't think my wallet can take the strain...