Horses to Follow

Horses to Follow: 5 to Watch After Royal Ascot

As the biggest meeting in the flat racing calendar, Royal Ascot can generally be relied upon to provide plenty of future winners.

From horses that underperformed to hard luck stories and more, studying the form at the royal meeting will undoubtedly pay dividends further down the line.

With that in mind, we take a look at five horses worth monitoring following their performances at the 2022 Royal Ascot meeting.

The Foxes – Chesham Stakes

Trainer Andrew Balding spoke in glowing terms about The Foxes’ chances of winning the Chesham Stakes, telling Betway the horse was potentially ‘very smart’.

After dwelling at the start, The Foxes took a keen hold before tacking onto the back of the leading pack before weakening from the two-furlong pole.

While Balding will be frustrated with the horse’s run, his bullish nature before the race suggests The Foxes is well worth monitoring over the coming months.

Rocket Rodney – Windsor Castle Stakes

Aidan O’Brien’s decision to run Little Big Bear in the Windsor Castle Stakes ultimately cost Rocket Rodney’s connections the chance of securing a big pay day.

Little Big Bear should probably have contested the Group 2 Coventry Stakes, so finishing within a neck of the winner was a hugely admirable effort by Rocket Rodney.

Having scored impressively at Goodwood in April, Rocket Rodney looks the ideal type for the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at the same track in July.

Cresta – Hampton Court Stakes

Cresta changed hands for £490,000 at the pre-Ascot sale and his new owners were keen to get an immediate return on their investment in the Hampton Court Stakes.

The three-year-old made a slow start under jockey Jamie Spencer, but powered home from the two-furlong pole to claim fourth place.

If trainer Martyn Meade can teach the horse to settle a little better during the early stages, there is a big prize waiting for him further down the line.

Grand Alliance – King Edward VII Stakes

Grand Alliance could arguably be tagged as the unluckiest loser of the meeting having narrowly missed out on winning the King Edward VII Stakes.

He broke slowly under jockey Danny Tudhope and was forced to race wide, but cruised into contention to have every chance at the two-furlong marker.

Grand Alliance hung badly left in the closing stages to miss out by a short head. He looks one of the best horse racing tips to gain compensation in his next outing.

Sinjaari – Royal Hunt Cup

Sinjaari’s eye-catching run in the Royal Hunt Cup screamed ‘future winner’ and he seems sure to pick up a big one-mile handicap over the next few months.

High draws in the big-field handicaps were a disadvantage over the first two days at Royal Ascot, giving Sinjaari a mountain to climb from stall 33.

The six-year-old endured a troubled trip during the race but flashed home to nab fifth place. He is strongly fancied to make amends before the end of the campaign.

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