17:00 Royal Ascot: Survived can outlast Queen Mary opposition
With six horses unbeaten in the field and five of these having made just the one racecourse appearance, punters may think that this is a bit of a lottery in deciding which is open to the biggest amount of improvement.
However, it may prove wise to rule out all of these six entrants, bearing in mind that five of the last seven winners of the Queen Mary Stakes had tasted defeat previously in their short careers.
This is bad news for the 4/1 favourite Beldale Memory, who is attempting to follow last year’s winner of this Ceiling Kitty in doubling up after a prior success in the Moyglare Stakes at York’s Dante meeting.
Meanwhile, Fire Blaze and Reroute (both 10/1) are others that are fancied here, but are swerved because they are yet to taste defeat.
But, finding a horse that was successful on its last start is another leading trend, with 12 of the last 13 victors of the Queen Mary Stakes being a winner last time out.
One horse that subscribes to this criteria is Survived, who looks massively overpriced for the Queen Mary Stakes at 14/1.
She was second on debut in a Sandown maiden which has worked out well since, given that the third and seventh of that race have been subsequent winners.
Survived then headed to Lingfield, where she broke quickly to grab the rail and never looked like being beaten.
The other entrant worth noting is Rizeena (6/1), who has the added advantage of being the only course winner in the field.
Trainer Clive Brittain is attempting to win this for the first time and believes that her last start has left her spot on for Royal Ascot.
Another one at a mid-range price that has some appeal is Sweet Emma Rose, given that American trainer Wesley Ward is known to bring speedballs to this meeting.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.