Day four of Royal Ascot will see the Coronation of Just The Judge as the leading three year old filly in the feature race

The Irish 1000 Guineas winner was just denied of a victory at Newmarket in the Guineas by Sky Lantern. When they meet in the Coronation Stakes it will decide who is the leading three year old filly over a mile. Punters would be wrong to think that this a two horse race between the Hills and Hannon fillies, with the likes of the useful Viztoria and Purr Along in the field. Viztoria has put in a number of impressive performances in Ireland and Purr Along is held in very high regard by her connections. Sky Lantern may have been successful at Newmarket under an excellent ride by Hughes but Just The Judge may well have needed the run and now looks the stronger of the two.

Day three of the meeting was such a special and poignant day for many reasons, with Her Majesty the Queen’s Estimate winning the Gold Cup and No Nay Never setting a new course record, but surely above them all was the success of Riposte for Lady Cecil in the Ribblesdale. Sir Henry had such an affinity with the meeting where he saddled seventy five winners over his unrivalled training career. For Warren Place to send out another was a fitting tribute to the master trainer who so loved Royal Ascot. Day four could see two more winners for Lady Cecil, with the unbeaten sister of Frankel Joyeuse looking set to win the Albany Stakes and Disclaimer have strong claims in the Queen’s Vase, the race that has been dedicated to the memory of Sir Henry.

Successful with War Command and Declaration Of War the Ballydoyle team will continue their campaign at the meeting with Battle Of Marengo in the King Edward VII.  Battle Of Marengo was far from disgraced in the Derby and on form alone should take the race. However, if Fantastic Moon can regain some of his two year old form and promise he would pose a significant danger to the Derby fourth.

Sheikfayedroad won nicely at Epsom and could add a Royal Ascot win to his tally in the Wolfreton, where the main opposition will come from Richard Hughes and Bana Wu. The booking of Joseph O’Brien on Mont Ras in the Buckingham Palace has caught Crockford’s eye in what looks an open affair.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Just The Judge (Coronation 3.45)

Good winner of the Irish Guineas and second on her seasonal debut in the English equivalent. The news from the gallops before the season started was that she is a flying machine and her racing has proved that. Just The Judge will stamp her authority on this excellent field.

Crockford’s Whisper – Fantastic Moon e/w (King Edward VII 3.05)

Impressive winner at Sandown last season and if he can regain that form he is sure to run Battle Of Marengo close in a what could be a weak field. This horse has always been held in high regard and is too long a price at 16/1.

Crockford’s gambles on day four of Royal Ascot 2013:

Albany (2.30) – Joyeuse, Wonderfully e/w and Race Hunter e/w

King Edward VII (3.05) – Battle Of Marengo and Fantastic Moon e/w

Coronation (3.45) – Just The Judge, Purr Along e/w and Viztoria e/w

Wolfreton (4.25) – Sheikhzayedroad and Bana Wu e/w

Queen’s Vase – In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil (5.00) – Disclaimer

Buckingham Palace (5.35) – Mont Ras e/w


(Featured Photograph – Newmarket gallops by Stuart Rice)





Newmarket Gallops