Racing UK's Tom Stanley gives us his picks from Tuesday's action at Ascot.
Can't have a bet in the Queen Anne so first play of the day comes in the form of Mokarris. His trainer made a flying start with his 2 year olds last year, is continuing it this, and it’s surely not long before he has his first Royal Ascot winner. So impressive on the clock and visually on debut, Mokarris went off behind another, more experienced Hamdan horse in the betting but absolutely trounced him and the rest. He handled a bit of cut that day and his trainer was keen to point out they’d done virtually nothing with him since he came form the breeze-ups and there should be more to come. The favourite my well be the best of them but he’s very short and not bred to be at his best on this ground.
I think Mecca’s Angel will win the King’s Stand (Pearl Secret was the value but that 16's is long gone and I can’t see him winning). As far as the St James’s Palace goes, it’s interesting that the Lads swerved the Derby with The Gurkha and have stuck to a mile. They clearly think they have a serious colt at this trip and, for all the form of the Irish Guineas winner may be stronger, The Gurkha is open to so much improvement. I couldn’t have a play in the race though. 2 bets in the Ascot Stakes, both who ran in the Chester Cup last time. Le Maitre Chat hails form a yard in good form and I’m not sure Chester suited. He’s quirky and takes a while to pick up so this more testing straight should suit better than Chester. He ran a cracker in the Cesarewitch, has course form and shapes as though this test will suit on ground that will hold no fears. Really like him. Totalize had no chance from the back in a slowly run Chester Cup. He is well treated on peak form and will like any cut. I fancy this trip could bring out the best in him - just hope they go hard enough up top as he’ll be patiently ridden.
Finally, I like the look of Tomily in the Windsor Castle. Experience can often count in this and Tomily is not short on it. He’s well drawn as much of the pace is low here and that’s what’s putting me off the otherwise likable Battaash. Tomily will go on the ground and get a nice tow into this. He’s made all on his latest 2 starts but is unlikely to be able to live with a couple of these up top and I don’t think he’ll try. The form of his defeats is strong and he's improved a fair bit since then. It is, however, the hardest race on the card and a sensible case could easily be made for 3/4 of the field.