Feel the G Force with Air Force Blue at Ascot on Tuesday


The Queen’s footmen will be making the final checks to the royal carriage, ensuring the wheels are well-oiled and  the footwells cleared of last year’s Snickers wrappers, as the 2015 renewal of Royal Ascot prepares to get underway.

As always, day one provides a plethora of top quality racing, with no fewer than three Group One races in store.

We cast our eye over some of the big ones in Berkshire in our Day One podcast…

What’s more, throughout the week Ladbrokes will be rewarding those who can find a big price winner or two, with their Free Bet offer on all winners at 4/1 or bigger!

We’re hoping to help you on your way this week, and are putting up this trio of equine athletes to deliver for each-way backers.

Air Force Blue – Coventry Stakes (15:05)

Jim Bolger may be speaking as if his favourite Round Two is the second coming, but at restrictive odds he simply has to be taken on.

Having taken the race an astonishing six times, no one knows what it takes to win this better than Aidan O’Brien.

The Ballydoyle representative this time showed real guts to fight off allcomers at the Curragh on debut, and could go well again from the front.

And with the second and third of that race going on to win easily since, his form looks rock solid, and could run a big race at a very tempting price.

G Force – King’s Stand Stakes (15:40)

Much of the racing public will be willing Sole Power on for a third straight win in this race, but he will need everything to fall right for him.

That hasn’t been happening for G Force in his last two starts, almost being brought down at Haydock, after finishing last season clearly not enjoying a six furlong slog in a contest in which he met trouble in running.

Back down to 5f on decent ground he looks very dangerous.

He was only beaten 1½l by the favourite in the Nunthorpe last season, and if continuing the progress he showed as a three-year-old, this improver could be a massive price.

Boite – Ascot Stakes (17:00)

Run over a stamina-sapping 2m4f it’s hardly surprising that seven of the last eight runnings of the Ascot Stakes have gone to jumps trainers.

Warren Greatrex’s five-year-old had been improving nicely over timber in the Winter, most recently finishing second to Listed winner Different Gravey.

He returned to the flat to run a decent race at Goodwood, looking the winner before fading badly into third, where it transpired that he finished lame.

Back to his best, with a reproduction anywhere near the form that saw him get to within 1½l of Leading Light in the Queen Alexandra Stakes two years ago will see him challenge.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.