Preview: Royal Ascot – Windsor Castle Stakes

Washington Dc

A massive 27 runners going to post in this race, but I’ll concentrate on only one horse: Washington Dc. He was a very good runner-up behind Coventry Stakes favourite Round Two at the Curragh in the Listed Marble Hill Stakes last month. He was fair and square beaten that day but showed plenty of promise nonetheless.

Due to the draw Washington Dc was forced to travel widest of all on the outside of the pack without cover for most parts of the race. He was keen and never really settled so Ryan Moore decided to let him lose probably a bit earlier then ideal. He produced an effortless acceleration and soon was in a fight for the lead. He played only second fiddle eventually but there is plenty to like about this performance. Washington Dc is sure to have learned an awful lot that day either.

He followed on from his exceptional maiden win at Tipperary in April, where he showed tremendous speed. Travelling all over his opposition – albeit very much inferior one – he won hard held on the bridle. An improvement from his debut run at Dundalk, where he showed signs of inexperience and only managed to finish a close runner-up.

This speedy Zoffany son has been green throughout his races but has excellent pace and a turn of foot. If he can get a clear run here I would like to think that he could easily be too good, given that this is only a Listed race and he looks more like Group class.

Washington Dc @ 11/2 Betfred – 5pts Win

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