Racing tips: Crack performer’s Eminent Ascot challenge?

Eminent (right) is fancied to impress at Royal Ascot
Eminent (right) is fancied to impress at Royal Ascot

Eminent can spring a surprise on the second day of Royal Ascot by overturning Cracksman in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

Cracksman will obviously be tough to top as he arrives unbeaten in his last five starts, most recently landing the Coronation Cup at Epsom, but it is that last run that appears to leave the door slightly ajar.

Step forward Eminent who, while a shadow of himself on his seasonal return at Chester, finished three-quarters of a length behind Cracksman when fourth in last year’s Derby.

Aljazzi can improve on last year’s second place in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, while Wesley Ward has made no secret of the regard in which he holds Queen Mary Stakes runner Chelsea Cloisters.

Southern France can make a smooth transition from Listed company to Group Two glory in the Queen’s Vase.

The Royal Hunt Cup can sometimes have the feel of a lottery about it, but Archetype is fancied to make his class tell.

James Garfield should be perfectly suited by the seven-furlong trip in the concluding Jersey Stakes.

Winner of the Greenham, it was understandable that trainer George Scott would have a shot at the 2000 Guineas, but the Exceed And Excel colt did not appear to stay while six furlongs was a shade too sharp in the Sandy Lane at Haydock.

Despite having to shoulder a penalty, James Garfield looks all over a Jersey type.

Selections

Chelmsford: 6.10 Water Diviner, 6.40 Melting Dew, 7.10 Tropics, 7.40 Domitilla, 8.10 Mountain Bell, 8.40 Private Matter, 9.10 Kodiac Pearl.

Ripon: 6.50 Star Of Zaam, 7.20 Stage Play, 7.50 Fabulous Red, 8.20 Roman River, 8.50 X Rated, 9.20 Hula Girl.

Uttoxeter: 2.20 Lady Longshot, 2.55 Stay In Touch, 3.30 Wells De Lune, 4.05 A Vos Gardes, 4.45 Ofcourseiwill, 5.20 Riddlestown, 5.50 Big Picture.

Wexford: 6.00 Minella Times, 6.30 Easy Gold, 7.00 One In All In, 7.30 Morgan, 8.00 Seskin Flyer, 8.30 Da Baba Elephant, 9.00 Russian Dancer.

Ascot: 2.30 Chelsea Cloisters, 3.05 Southern France, 3.40 Aljazzi, 4.20 Eminent, 5.00 Archetype, 5.35 JAMES GARFIELD (NAP).

Hamilton: 1.40 Usain Boat, 2.10 Baronial Pride, 2.45 Start Time, 3.20 Havana Star, 3.55 Bowler Hat, 4.35 Moltoir, 5.10 Prediction, 5.45 London Glory.