ADAM KIRBY Royal Ascot Tuesday

first_imgDelighted to have joined team Star Sports as a brand ambassador for the flat season and look forward to bringing you my thoughts and news each week on my blog and having the chance to meet some of you in person at Star events during the season.I’m on a two day enforced break before Royal Ascot but it gives me chance to prepare for the massive week ahead. I’m particularly looking forward to the ride on Harry Angel in Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes and fingers crossed he can go one better than last year when he gave me a great ride when just touched off by Caravaggio in the Commonwealth Cup.I ride a nice filly Shades Of Blue for Clive Cox in Wednesday’s opening Queen Mary Stakes. She quickened nicely clear for me on debut over course and distance last month and can hopefully run a big race now up in grade.Ahead of that though, four rides on the opening day.TUESDAYROYAL ASCOTZONDERLAND (2.30pm Queen Anne Stakes)Although well beaten in his comeback race in the Lockinge at Newbury, I think he should come on a lot for that run and can’t be discounted. He’s a lovely horse who works well in the morning and trainer Clive Cox is pleased with his progress. This is obviously a top drawer race but if we see that likely improvement from Newbury then I’d be hopeful of being a bit of a surprise package.  Rhododendron (who won the Lockinge) will be again be a tough nut to crack but I think the biggest danger could be Benbatl who returns from a fantastic season out at Meydan and he won the Hampton Court Stakes at this meeting 12 months ago.GETCHAGETCHAGETCHA (3.05pm Coventry Stakes)He made a nice winning debut here last month over five furlongs when you could have thrown a blanket over the four finishers at the line and fortunately we just came out on top. The form took a little boost when fourth placed The Irish Rover (runs again here) won next time out at Newbury. However, it’s a big step up in class for him and different ground too – it was soft in places last time. He also steps up to the six furlong trip which hopefully will suit given the way he finished off in his first race. He remains a nice prospect, not just for tomorrow but the future. The Coventry is a race that can make or break horses at such an early stage of their careers and this year’s race looks as competitive as ever.  Calyx stormed home over this trip on debut winning by five lengths with another six lengths back to the third and obviously still could be anything!KLOUD GATE (5.00pm Ascot Stakes)I ride him for the first time and he’s also having his first ever flat race in the UK ! He joined Gary Moore from France where he won five times on the flat. He has started his career over here over hurdles, running his best race when third at Kempton. Stamina shouldn’t be an issue and connections are hopeful of a big run if coping with the quicker ground. Willie Mullins has a great recent record in the race so no surprise to see him well represented with five runners.AUTOCRATIC (5.35pm Wolferton Stakes)Another horse I’m onboard for the first time and I’m hopeful of a good ride on the Sir Michael Stoute trained runner. Some of his best form has come on quick ground and with the sun shining at the time of writing, and more forecast, I think it’s going to ride very fast at Ascot. Autocratic won the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown Park last season on good to firm ground and if in that kind of form again should run a big race in this Listed event.Best Of LuckADAM YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Adam drop us a line at [email protected] and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img

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