• PT Fornatale Reviews Royal Ascot Action for Twinspires.com (SATURDAY)

    POSTED Jun 19, 2011


    (My wife, Susan Van Metre, took most of the photos I posted here through the week. Thanks to her for those. And also for putting up with me)

    Interesting news out of the Hardwicke Stakes on closing day at the Royal Ascot meeting. Trainer Aidan O’Brien suggested the Breeders’ Cup Classic might be a possible late season target for the impressive winner, Await the Dawn. While O’Brien wasn’t surprised at all by his colt’s success, he thinks he’s better under different conditions, “I would say he’s won despite the ground. He’s a daisy cutter, barely moves his legs off the ground.”

    Given O’Brien’s recent lack of success in the USA, it’s not easy to be too sanguine about Await the Dawn’s chances, but it’s certainly a situation to monitor.

    Earlier in the day, O’Brien’s two year old filly Maybe was an impressive winner in the Chesham stakes against the boys, “We were afraid of conditions, we didn’t know what would happen but we always thought she was very smart. She travels very easily, Ryan set her into an easy rhythm. We always thought she’d get further than 6, a mile shouldn’t be a problem.”

    Looking at her pedigree, she shapes to be more of a miler than a middle distance filly. Just after the race, there were varying antepost quotes for her for the 1000 Guineas next season, ranging between 9/2 and 10/1. Personally I’d be up for nabbing anything 8-1 or higher. The time was good all things considered and she sure seems like one for whom further improvement is likely.

    BETTING RECAP

    For the week, Dove and I tipped 21 races on the blog. Let’s see how we did, winners in CAPS with tote prices.

    Tuesday
    Goldikova, 2d at 11/8
    Astrophysical Jet
    FRANKEL/ZOFFANY exacta, WON, paid $21.60 tote
    Italo
    Zigato

    Wednesday
    Codemaster
    Seta
    Planteur (we did advise taking on So You Think at the odds, but can’t claim this as a winner)
    Gypsy Robin

    Thursday
    BAPAK CHINTA $14.60
    Advised a 3 horse box with Dorcas Lane, Highest, Banimpire. Banimpire was first, Dorcas third but can’t claim this one
    FAME AND GLORY $4.80
    Moriarty
    Apache

    Friday
    NATHANIEL $7.80 to win
    IMMORTAL VERSE WON $17.60
    Lost In The Moment, 2d at 8/1
    NAMIBIAN WON $11.80

    Saturday
    AWAIT THE DAWN, WON $3.20
    Bewitched
    DEACON BLUES, WON $15.80
    Modun

    Assuming $2 bets, that’s $42 invested for a return of $97.20, that’s an ROI of 231%!
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