The Britannia Stakes and the King George V Stakes are often described as being on the impossible side of difficult, but in true style we’ve had a go at narrowing them down for you!
Here’s how we think the big two handicaps can be broken up with two great value tips to have a punt on:
Britannia Stakes (1m handicap, 3yo only)
Willam Haggas knows exactly how to win these big handicaps and he has another decent chance here with this Cheveley Park gelding, second already in a huge race at Haydock this term and still improving.
The trip and ground look absolutely fine and he won’t be overawed by the large crowd and the big field, something to bear in mind when assessing the chances of these three-year-olds.
A course and distance winner on fast ground, this horse has kind of already been here and done it although that was in an ordinary race. As we simply don’t have the space to go through all the reasons he could have a favourite’s chance in this, we are better keeping things simple.
After he won his novice race at Yarmouth in decent style in the spring, the trainer Hugo Palmer had commented that had he won it by 6 lengths he would feel obliged to go for the Guineas! Now, nobody is saying he would have gone to Newmarket and won, however the fact that it was even once on the agenda tells you what they think of this horse.
Crack On Crack On
Beat Completion in that big handicap at Haydock at the start of the season and is not handicapped out of things yet; the big field and big occasion are right up his alley but a few more interesting and improving types have been unleashed since then and he may be better off than Clive Cox’s runner.
Guess who? Charlie Appleby and William Buick and they yet again have a chance of landing a big one. This one won very easily in March on only his third racecourse start, marking him out as potentially a fast improving horse however that was on soft ground and we can’t guarantee he’ll like the quicker surface this time.
Long since thought of as a contender for this and in the right hands, those of Roger Varian, he as solid form and is getting better but once more his best run came on rain-softened ground and we cannot be certain he moves like a true quick ground animal.
Its a simplistic thought, but for a horse considered a potential Group animal, for CORROSIVE to be coming into this race carrying 8st9lbs could end up being somewhat of a gift and he is taken to score. Crack On Crack On has been through this sort of thing before while Completion looks solid enough to grab a place.
King George V Stakes (1m4f Handicap, 3yo only)
Mark Johnston knows exactly how to win these big middle-distance handicaps at Ascot and Goodwood so it would be no surprise for this one to run well, though of course he has a little more experience than a lot of his main rivals and is vulnerable to something improving past him. Big chance though.
Only three races so far and full of potential, this horse was only beaten last time by a very smart sort in Elwazir and could be handicapped nicely now stepping up in trip. There’ll be a bit of rough and tumble here which may not be ideal for him though and it’ll take a big performance to actually win it.
Mark Johnston’s Communique has been in cracking form and himself comes into this race with some sort of a chance, but he was comprehensively put in his place by this Charlie Appleby trained colt last time out at Sandown and another win would not surprise me.
Just contesting ordinary races, winning his latest one at Newbury, but there is plenty more to come from John Gosden’s Frankel colt and a nice run is far from out of the question in this race.
Baghdad may be hard to pass in the straight, however the boys in blue may have another big race winner here in the shape of DUBHE who looks to me to be a genuine group race contender later in the year and could just be very well treated in this handicap.