Jim Crowley Royal Ascot day one preview: I'm excited to be on him
14:30 Royal Ascot – Mutasaabeq
The meeting begins with the Group One Queen Anne, and I think I have a decent each-way chance on Mutasaabeq. He ended last season and began this season with group two wins but things just didn’t pan out for him in the Lockinge, albeit he still ran a solid race to finish fifth. His defeat of Native Trail at Newmarket before that is decent form and we’re a much bigger price than that one here, so I hope we can outrun those odds.
He'll have the blinkers on again, and being drawn in ten gives me options as to which side we might aim for. As you’d expect there are plenty of classy rivals, with Modern Games and Inspiral worthy favourites, but if my fellow runs how he did at Newmarket, I think he could have place chances at least.
16:20 Royal Ascot – Mostabshir
The second Group One over a mile today is the St James’s Palace Stakes and with two Guineas winners lining up, it promises to be a proper test. I was on the ‘wrong one’ at York last time, when Kathab finished third behind Mostabshir, but the latter did it nicely that day, and earned his chance at the top level, when he could have had other options here this week.
He progressed really well from his run in the Craven, and if he could take another step forward here, I can see him bustling up the market leaders. Good, quick ground will suit him, and with only three runs to his name, he’s still very unexposed.
Similar comments apply to Cicero’s Gift, while my old friend Royal Scotsman will need to bounce back from a disappointing run last time. Chaldean and Paddington clearly deserve plenty of respect, having both won Classics, but the 3-year-old mile division is still wide open. This is where we find out how good Mostabshir could be, but I’m excited to be on him.
17:00 Royal Ascot - Zinc White
Zinc White was a surprise winner for me at Chester last month, but I’m delighted he’s got into this race at the bottom of the handicap. That was his first run for Ian Williams, who tends to do well in these staying races, so hopefully there’s more to come. However the going will be much quicker here, which leaves a question mark, and he’s gone up eight pounds.
If he does act on the ground though, we know he stays, and he’s still relatively lightly raced, so he could well play a part.
Jim Crowley, Coral Racing Ambassador
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