The 1st Race on Wednesday's card is the Jersey Stakes (G3). #1 IVAWOOD drops into a much easier spot after chasing Group 1 company in his last two starts. Logical exacta partners are the Godolphin entrants #12 TOSCANINI and #15 DEVONSHIRE but neither one would spur a large payoff.
If you have ever seen Lonhro, You would want to bet on any of his babies. William Buick dons the Godolphin blue to ride #17 RAH RAH in the 2nd Race of the day, the Queen Mary Stakes (G2). She's put in two game performances in two starts and looks like the filly to beat in a very competitive event. #9 DELIZIA and #10 EASTON ANGEL are both by Dark Angel. They are both two-for-two in their careers and have excellent connections. We'll see who the fans ignore.
#5 EURO CHARLINE faced some of the best colts in the world when fourth in the Dubai Turf (G1) at Meydan, her first race since winning the Beverly D. (G1) at Arlington Park last summer. She gets five pounds from #1 INTEGRAL in the 3rd Race, the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (G2), due to the allowance conditions. That is an edge that is hard to pass up, especially with the amazing Frankie Dettori in the saddle. The latter is a fine mare and retains the services of her regular rider Ryan Moore. Her prep at Newbury was solid and should have tightened her up for this race. #8 RIZEENA is a perfect three-for-three at Ascot. She figures right there once again.
They could run up to 30 in the Royal Hunt Cup, the 5th Race on the card. We might be a tad prejudiced because we're big Brian Meehan fans at popejude.com. He trains #6 SPARK PLUG who has run very well in both starts this year. The son of Dylan Thomas had a very rough trip in his only other Ascot start, but was beaten just 3 1/2 lengths. #10 GABRIAL has been raced into shape by trainer Richard Fahey and he is finally there. The six-year-old gelding has enjoyed a nice career and looks competitive in this field at a decent price. #3 MONDIALISTE has been in the money in all three of his 2015 outings without winning. He has not shown a killer instinct in the shadow of the wire but he has ability and could be part of the payoffs, as "place" is paid on the first four finishers.