One of the most fascinating races taking place at Royal Ascot this year is on the very first day – the King’s Stand Stakes. This Group 1 over the 5f trip pits together two of the best sprinters in training in Battaash and Blue Point – but who will win?
Last year, Blue Point picked up Battaash late on to take the race but this time around there is hope from the Battaash camp that he is more mature and will take in the preliminaries better than 12 months ago.
The speed merchant is the fastest horse around and his reappearance at Haydock gives confidence that he has matured and will take the preliminaries better this time around. He is well known for being a lunatic before his races and a few times in his career he has got so worked up that the race is pretty much over before he’s in the stalls. However, recently he has been much calmer before races and if he can keep a lid on things at Ascot, he must be fancied to win this King’s Stand Stakes.
Last year in the race, after getting worked up before the race, Battaash picked fights with both Kachy and Lady Aurelia in the first half of the race. He successfully seen those two off but Blue Point was tracking him all the way and got to the front close home. This time around, connections have said they will ride Battaash differently, in the hope he doesn’t get racing too soon.
If he takes in the prelims well and breaks well, Battaash will take all the beating over the minimum trip.
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There is no denying Blue Point is a worthy adversary to Battaash and his performance in this race 12 months ago proved that. He also had a great winter Dubai, winning the Al Quoz Sprint. It is expected that the race at Royal Ascot will pan out perfectly for him and he’ll get a pace to aim at. There is also the chance that the Australian raider will challenge Battaash up front, which would play right into the Godolphin horse just last last year.
There are arguments that Battaash is not at his best on this track and prefers Goodwood or Haydock, which is another advantage to Blue Point who already has fantastic form at Ascot. If the favourite does go off quick in front again, Blue Point will be closing all the time and it will be a case of whether he will get there in time.
Battaash to win – 2/1 with Paddy Power.
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