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  • STABLE NEEDS RAIN FOR ROYAL ASCOT RUNNERS

    20 June 2018

    Royal Ascot Grandstand (web site)HARPER LODGE FARM has four entries at Royal Ascot this week and all of them would appreciate a few downpours to ease the going.

    Following a fabulous first day’s racing at the Royal meeting yesterday, Day Two sees two runners from Radlett, Flaming Spear in the Royal Hunt Cup and Eirene in the Jersey Stakes.  The former is making his debut for the stable, having previously been trained by Kevin Ryan when a four-time winner.  The lightly raced, 105-rated, six-year-old son of Lope De Vega has plenty of ability.  His last win was last August on The Knavesmire on Good To Soft while two of his previous wins were on the all-weather at Newcastle.

    Being drawn five shouldn’t be a problem as he’s on the same side as last year’s trail-blazing winner, Zhui Feng.  Less of a problem than the draw is the Good To Firm ground.  Robert Winston rides the 40/1 shot.

    Robert is also aboard Eirene in the ultra-competitive Jersey Stakes over 7f.  Both her wins as a juvenile were on soft ground so today’s quick conditions at Royal Ascot are not going to play to her strengths.  She also has plenty to find on ratings with the principals and is a big drifter in the  market, out to 80/1.

    On Saturday at Royal Ascot, Dean saddles Librisa Breeze in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes and Lancelot Du Lac in the Wokingham, both over 6f.

    Librisa loves Ascot and although he won the International there on Good To Firm, he really would prefer cut in the ground.

    Lance, now three pounds higher than for his win in last year’s Stewards’ Cup would appreciate some juice in the ground as none of his four turf wins have come on ground quicker than good.

    Significant rainfall looks unlikely this week but good luck to connections of all four horses.