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Royal Ascot: Verrazano goes for Queen Anne glory

Verrazano 615 X 400
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Royal Ascot always captures the imagination, it brings us all together across the globe to wow in the international renowned spectacle at one of the most iconic racecourses in the world, and this year will be no different.

Tuesday sees the second outing of America's export Verrazano as he bids for victory in the prestigious Queen Anne Stakes, a race run over the straight turf mile which boasts the names of FrankelCanford Cliffs and Goldikova amongst its recent winners.

Verrazano caught the eye of many when finishing third in the Lockinge Stakes on his European debut last month, but he will face a much tougher test on Tuesday with Toronado and Soft Falling Rain the main contenders he will have to repel in this top level contest. 
 
 
America will also be represented in the final race of the first day, the Windsor Castle Stakes. Won by Strike The Tiger some years back, the race has proved an elusive one for Wesley Ward and his team to reclaim, but the chances of Hootenanny grabbing a victory in the race this year look obvious. 

However, the race of the day is somewhat hard to decide. This year's renewal of the King's Stand Stakes sees a rematch between Shea Shea and Sole Power, with progressive three year old Hot Streak sure to challenge for favouritism in the race. America are represented in the race by Ancil, with James Doyle booked to ride for Joan Scott after Joel Rosario has experienced some eleventh hour travel issues. 

The other challenger for race of the day is the third match up between Kingman and Night of Thunder. Kingman was exceptional on his last start in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, but was put in his place by Night of Thunder in the English version of the race, and many are seemingly underrating the chances of Richard Hannon's Guineas winner here. Richard Hughes will partner the horse for the first time this season.

As the first day completes, the build up to the mouthwatering prospect of Treve running in Wednesday's feature will begin. What a superb five days we have in store. 
 
 

Across The Pond's Ascot Three To Follow for Tuesday : 
 
THE WOW SIGNAL (Race 2 : Coventry Stakes)
Starspangledbanner's first attempt at becoming a stallion showed him to be somewhat sub-fertile, but if his current crop of two year olds are anything to go by, there may be a lot more breeders looking to take a chance with him over the next few years.

Starspangledbanner has sired a considerable number of wide margin winners this season, with The Wow Signal arguably being the best of them all for John Quinn, who himself has experienced a strong strike rate with two year olds this year. 

Purchased by Al Shaqab Racing on the lead up to Royal Ascot, The Wow Signal is one to keep an eye on on Tuesday.
 

HOT STREAK (Race 3 : King's Stand Stakes)
Shea Shea and Sole Power are consistent international stars who will take a lot of pegging back, but there was a lot to like in Hot Streak last time in the Temple Stakes. 

Partnered by Oisin Murphy on that occasion, Kevin Ryan's three year old showed exceptional middle pace to put three lengths between himself and the rest of the field as if his rivals were standing still and any similar performance will see him comfortably ahead with a furlong to go with the stands rail to help him home. 
 

MIND OF MADNESS (Race 6 : Windsor Castle Stakes)
All eyes will be on Hootenanny, but this is one of the hottest renewals of the Windsor Castle Stakes for sometime with the likes of Four Seasons and Merdon Castle notable entries. 

If Hootenanny is turned over, then it may be by Mind of Madness, who was incredibly impressive on debut and only found one too good over six furlongs last time out. This drop back to five furlongs will see him back to his best. 

 

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3/4's of a length to the best miler.....not bad.
Toronado is the best turf miler in the Queen Anne field, but you have to wonder if he might not need the run and be a little vulnerable coming into the race from a layoff of nearly 10 months. It wouldn't surprise me to see Verrazano improve on in his Lockinge Stakes effort, but I'm not sure he's good enough on turf to win this race. I think Soft Falling Rain will run a ton better than he did in the QE II Stakes on that bottomless Ascot ground that day last October, and I also think Freddie Head's horse Andolin, who was supplemented for the Queen Anne shouldn't be overlooked coming off a 2nd in the G1 Prix d'Ispahan. It wouldn't surprise me to see Side Glance not win, but get a piece of the Queen Anne at long odds either. For some reason he seems to really step up his game a lot more when he's facing G1 company than he does running at listed, G3, or G2 level, but this is all just one man's opinion.
@travel_vic, the Queen Anne Stakes is the very 1st race and always kicks off the royal meeting at Ascot every year.
2:30 local time on Tuesday the 17th. http://royal-ascot.betting-directory.com/queen-anne-stakes.php
when does this one run??
I was hoping for better odds on Verrazzano. IF they stay like this, I am not betting him. I still like him to win.
On the international exchanges, which is usually a pretty fair reflection of what kind of odds the Queen Anne field will go to post at, Verrazano is a 3-1 second choice behind Toronado at even money. Soft Falling Rain at 6-1 is third choice for the Queen Anne Stakes.