01:33 - Royal Ascot Preview & Tips
Run over the seven furlong trip, the Chesham Stakes kicks off the action on the final of Royal Ascot for 2017, see our Chesham Stakes tips and betting preview below.
IN SUMMARY: September blitzed the field on her debut at Leopardstown and is the only horse from twenty-five O’Brien two year old’s who have won first time out, so she has to be respected. That said, the way that MASAR won at Goodwood was impressive and he should come on markedly for the run to taste Listed glory on his second run. Conditions will suit and that novice race looks to be hot in hindsight, so he should take all the beating with natural progression. Of the remainder, both Nyaleti and Hey Gaman are interesting for the placings.
1 ABANDON SHIP – Cost 80,000gns as a yearling for Paul Cole but this is a very tough ask on debut for the son of Mastercraftsman, who has more stamina than speed in his pedigree. Cole has won this race four times though, the latest of those coming in 2013 and he couldn’t be completely discounted on that basis. Market support would be interesting but if that doesn’t come he’s likely booked for a struggle.
2 BATHOLOMEU DIAS – Finished a promising third on debut at Goodwood in May, keeping on well but never able to match the winner. The bare form is nothing special though and he needs more to be threatening the principles in this, with his pedigree suggesting he should improve for further distance. Unlikely winner.
3 BUSTAM – Showed promise on debut in a novice stakes at Ayr in May but he failed to build on that run when well beaten at odds on at Newcastle when last seen, looking very one paced when asked for an effort. Others bring better and more progressive form into the race, so he’s likely set to just miss out on the placings for John Quinn.
4 GOLD TOWN – Won on debut at Newbury in April and that form stacks up well as he beat the Coventry Stakes second Meadway on that occasion, though he has not gone on from that run with two poor runs at Newcastle and the Curragh. That latest run was in Listed company but he was still beaten a reasonable way and perhaps is vulnerable in this with so many progressive types in the contest.
5 HEY GAMAN – Showed promise on debut to nearly topple Westerland at Leicester, only headed on the post and he should benefit hugely from the experience. These better ground conditions look to suit him and with natural progression, he has to be considered a main player with Andrea Atzeni taking over the ride.
6 HIGHLIGHT REEL – Slowly away on debut at Lingfield twenty-three days ago before keeping on strongly to finish a promising second, though the form of that race perhaps doesn’t amount to much in the context of this race. Improvement is certainly possible and he runs for in form connections so he wouldn’t be amiss in the placings, but marked improvement is required.
7 LEARN BY HEART – One for The Queen whose dam won the Albany here and this son of Frankel was a promising third at Haydock in May when keeping on well after being coltish in the paddock. He should have learned a lot from that experience and there is likely so much more to come on this occasion from this well bred sort. William Haggas’ yard continues in brilliant form and Danny Tudhope takes the ride, so he should go well at a bigger price.
8 MASAR – Charlie Appleby’s two year old son of New Approach who created a big impression when winning on debut at Goodwood in May, keeping on strongly to lead in the final strides after a troubled passage. That was likely a hot novice event and there should be much more to come from him as connections do well with these types of horses. William Buick takes the ride and he looks the one to beat with natural progression.
9 MATCH MAKER – Made a fair debut when a running on third behind Westerland and Hey Gaman at Leicester, but it’s hard to envisage him turning that form around and Simon Crisford’s son of Declaration Of War looks set for a minor honour in this.
10 OPTIMUM TIME – Impressive winner of a modest novice auction stakes at Windsor in May, keeping on strongly to win readily by four lengths. The merit of that form can be questioned and others to bring better form into the race, but he did what was required and he could find more for the better ground. His pedigree suggests he should be better up in trip though and he’s likely to be out-speeded by a few of these.
11 WE ARE THE WORLD – Showed lots of speed when third on debut at Redcar, hampered when a length down on debut and not able to recover from that. Much more is needed on the bare form though and he’s one of the least likely runners in the line up for Archie Watson.
12 WESTERLAND – Son of Frankel who scrambled home at Leicester on his second racecourse start, keeping on strongly and battling on well, though you’d like to have seen more on that start for John Gosden. Possible place contender under Pat Smullen but he tackles different conditions today and fighting off Hey Gaman and Matchmaker who were both on debut last time out may be tough.
13 DI FEDE – Confirmed she had the ability when winning on her second start at Kempton on the all weather, getting up by a nose but far more is required in a much tougher race and he’d be a surprise winner with the bare form not amounting to much. In form Richard Kingscote takes the ride but that isn’t enough to tempt and she should be one of the first to be struggling.
14 ELYSIUM DREAM – Built on the promise of her debut to win at Windsor on her latest start, but that was a very weak novice race in the context of this race and it’s hard to see him playing a leading role unless he makes marked improvement. Others much higher on the list.
15 NYALETI – 16/1 on debut but shrugged off those odds to win well at Sailsbury six days ago, looking like a useful prospect in the process. Likely more to come from this Mark Johnston inmate whose pedigree suggests she could be smart in time, so she’s another to consider with John Egan taking the ride.
16 SEPTEMBER – The only one of Aidan O’Brien’s twenty-five 2yo newcomers this season who has taken victory at the first attempt, bolting in at Leopardstown to the tune of nearly six lengths. O’Brien horses usually improve significantly for the run so this daughter of Deep Impact could be a special horse in the making, with Ryan Moore up for the first time. Conditions should be fine and she’s one to respected hugely.