2:30 Royal Ascot Racing Tips (18th June) NORFOLK STAKES (Group 2) (CLASS 1) (2yo)
The Norfolk Stakes Group 2 over 5f on good to firm going. A select field of eleven two-year-old colts. If the betting is to be believed this is a two-horse race. With the exception of Ajaya [20/1] this looks a match between Richard Hannon's prized juveniles: King Of Rooks & Log Out Island. As always, money rules, and both have been purchased by leading owners at astronomical sums to fly the respective flags of leading connections Al Shaqab Racing & Godolphin. King Of Rooks has progressed since his debut when third behind Steady Pace, reversing the form at Sandown in emphatic style. The form of the National Stakes with Buratino going on to win the Coventry Stakes Group 2 [admittedly stepping up to 6f], and Steady Pace a narrow defeat when third in the Windsor Castle Stakes Listed adds to the assessment this son of Acclamation out of a Group 3 winning mare [placed at Group 1] has a superbly fast horse in King Of Rooks. Priced at odds of even money there isn't too much meat on the bone and for me these are races to watch and enjoy. This should be a race to savoir.