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Royal Ascot Day four – it’s all about girl power on Friday and our man is taking on the favourite in the feature

IT’S all about girl power on Day 4 of Royal Ascot but has the racing family been kind to Mother Earth with an outside draw in the Coronation? 

The ITV coverage gets under with the Group 3 Albany Stakes for juvenile fillies over 6f.

Andrew Balding has already shown us what he can do with youngsters at Royal Ascot this week and it looks to me like SANDRINE is over priced for this event.

The Bobby’s Kitten offspring won going away on debut at Kempton and had the reopposing Oscula back in third that day.

David Probert takes the rides and she has strong eachway claims.

Next the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes over 1m4f for colts and geldings.

I have a feeling we have not seen the best of YIBIR this term and I’ll keep the faith one more time as he goes up a little in trip.

The Charlie Appleby runner was not far behind Alenquer at Sandown earlier on this term and his experience since then might allow him to turn the table on that old rival under William Buick. 

The first Group 1 of the day is the Commonwealth Cup for 3yo colts and fillies over 6f.

JUMBY has plenty to find on ratings for Eve Johnson Houghton and Charlie Bishop but what he does bring is current progressive good form to the table.

The New Bay colt was a much easier winner at Newmarket last time than the distance of victory suggested, and he really does look a progressive sprinter. 

Back to the Group 1 Coronation Stakes for 3yo fillies over 1m.

SNOW LANTERN never settled at York last time but she’s surely miles better than that form suggests and she has a fabulous draw to work from here.

I’m delighted connections have quite rightly kept Sean Levey on board and the daughter of Frankel looked a real star in the making when scoring at Newbury first time this season.

Mother Earth would have been my selection but for a bad draw.

Handicap time next with the Sandringham Stakes for 3yo fillies over 1m.

BELIEF is interesting here for William Haggas and the King’s Stand hero Cieren Fallon.

The daughter of Le Havre was a good third in a big field at Nottingham before scoring with ease at Thirsk last time. 

The punultimate is the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap over 1m4f.

TRITONIC should have eachway claims here for Ryan Moore and trainer Alan King.

The useful hurdler was fourth in the Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket off this mark of 99 last season and the soft ground probably just caught him out close home that day.

Finally the Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap over 5f.

A very hard race to sort out! BOOMSHALAA has to be the sexy horse as he could have gone in the Commonwealth Cup judged by his facile success at Windsor last time. 

Good luck! 

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