The Royal meeting is now just a week away and is again expected to be watched from people around the world. It provides one of the greatest spectacles in sport, which is why it remains one of the key targeted events on the flat racing calendar. Aidan O’Brien has kicked off with his usual domination in the classics and is now looking for his 10th Royal Ascot trainers title. He has ten of the favourites across the 22 races and the all British casino odds make him a short priced favourite to match or even topple his incredible nine winners at the meeting in 2015. Here we cover three of his leading hopes for the meeting.
Arizona – Coventry
The son of No Nay Never is possibly the most exciting two year old for the team, with his likely target set to be the Coventry Stakes on day one. He is the general favourite for the race at 4/1, following his impressive recent success. This saw him land a maiden at the Curragh by eight lengths on just his second career, landing odds of 8/15. This followed on from his three length debut defeat by Sunday Sovereign, who is another leading contender heading into Ascot. Arizona looks an exciting horse and will be expected to go close.
Ten Sovereigns – Commonwealth Cup
Another exciting son of No Nay Never is three year old, Ten Sovereigns. He is the current 7/4 favourite for the Commonwealth Cup, following the injury of Calyx. He went through his two year old campaign unbeaten, that included a victory in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. He made his reappearance this season in the 2000 Guineas, which saw him well supported into the 9/4 favourite. He could only finish fifth but nothing went right in the race as stablemate Magna Grecia went on to land the race. They will now be hopeful if can land this race dropping back to a sprint trip.
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Ten Sovereigns remains unbeaten after winning the Middle Park Stakes earlier and helped complete a big-race treble for Aidan and Donnacha O’Brien
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Hermosa – Coronation Stakes
The three year old daughter of Galileo heads in as the shortest priced horse for the record breaking team at a general 11/8. She was a classy horse last season but has returned a much improved horse. This included firstly landing the 1000 Guineas by a length, when winning comfortably, having to only be pushed out by Wayne Lordan. She then followed up in the Irish 1000 Guineas as she again made all, asserting to win very comfortably by four lengths under Ryan Moore. This was a hugely impressive performance and if she can progress further, then she is going to take the world of beating at Ascot.
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