Free Eagle to soar for Dermot Weld in the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes on Day Two of Royal Ascot 2015
The Irish trained Free Eagle will head a stella cast for the Group One feature on day two of Royal Ascot 2015. Third last year in the Champion Stakes on soft ground, the Weld trained four-year-old will return to the course with conditions now in his favour. Always highly regarded by connections Free Eagle will face stiff competition from foreign raiders that include the talented Japanese horse Spielberg and home based talent such as the Grey Gatsby. If the talk is true though he should soar above his rivals and confirm the reasons for his favouritism.
The Royal Hunt Cup looks to be a strong renewal where GM Hopkins catches the eye alongside last year’s victor Field Of Dream.
CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – FREE EAGLE (PRINCE OF WALES’S 4.20)
Dermot Weld’s highly regarded horse looks well placed to take this Group One contest. Third last year in an excellent renewal of the Champion Stakes on ground that didn’t suit, expect an even bolder show now the conditions are in his favour. The trainer is a master planner.
CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – GM HOPKINS E/W (ROYAL HUNT CUP 5.00)
Looked unlucky last time out in what was a hot race. The winner of last season’s Silver Cambridgeshire can make the step up in grade to figure strongly in this.
ARCHER’S SELECTION – RIZEENA E/W (DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE 3.40)
Archer would have noticed her two wins at the Royal meeting and her natural ability. This filly would have been his chosen ride.
LUCKY CHANCER – FIELD OF DREAM E/W (ROYAL HUNT CUP 5.00)
This Lucky Chancer has been aimed at the race by connections after winning it last season. Priced at around 20/1 he has to be worth an each way gamble.
Crockford’s Royal Ascot Gambles on Day Two:
Ivawood (Jersey 2.30), Acapulco and Bruised Orange e/w (3.05), Rizeena (Duke Of Cambridge 3.40), Free Eagle and Spielberg e/w (Prince Of Wales’s 4.20), GM Hopkins e/w and Field Of Dream e/w (Royal Hunt Cup 5.00) and Osaila e/w (Sandringham 5.35)
(Featured photograph – Dermot Weld by Stuart Rice)