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Thursday, 21 June 2012

2:30 Royal Ascot Albany Stakes (Group 3) Free Horse Racing Tips

Nineteen runners for this fillies' maiden on good to soft ground over 6f at Royal Ascot. Eight juveniles remain unbeaten in an exciting race. 

Newfangled - a daughter of first-season sire New Approach - was relatively unfancied on debut but caught the attention of many pundits with an easy victory at Newmarket. John Gosden said she had been going well at home. There was much to like about that performance: the way she drew clear of the field, clawing up the hill. A good, strong filly, she is likely to progress with racing. At this time, the form of that race is difficult to assess and supporters will be betting on potential as much as a stylish display. Visually there was no getting away from that performance but whether such a bet holds any value is a matter for debate.

Agent Allison was another juvenile to start her career in similarly stylish fashion. Mrs Fitri Hay is normally renowned for her expensive yearling purchases but this daughter of Dutch Art was a true bargain buy. Few trainers have the class of Peter Chapple-Hyam to ready a two-year-old to win on their racecourse bow. However, this good-looking filly was all the rage as money poured in and her odds restricted to start a short-priced favourite. She handed out a seven-length thrashing to her rivals although it should be noted that was a restricted auction maiden with limited opposition. Tissue prices indicate this juvenile will be one of the major fancies. As with Newfangled, the victory couldn't be faulted but the level of ability is difficult to assess. 

Other winning debutantes worthy of note include Amazonas for Ed Dunlop. This daughter of Cape Cross won well a Yarmouth and with Murtagh in the saddle looks a big price.

Mary's Daughter showed little ability on debut but left that form behind her with an eye -catching victory at Leicester when 50/1. The form of that race has been franked on a number of occasions and I would give her a fair call. At speculative odds she could run a big race.

Tassel is held in high regard by connections. After a fair win at Newmarket, she was made odds-on to take a Salisbury stakes race but was never travelling and found to be lame. There is a good chance she will be backed but I wasn't struck by her debut performance where she seemed inclined to hang. I would take a watching brief after last times disappointment.

Best wishes to Tobias Coles and his team with their first Royal Ascot runner All On Red.

Conclusion: A difficult race to assess in ways with a large number of winning debutantes who could in theory be future stars. Most flounder when climbing the second rung of the ladder but that doesn't stop this race from being exciting. Newfangled & Agent Allison made sparkling displays. However, potential is similar to asking how long is a piece of string. Agent Allison won a moderate race and needs to improve. Newfangled powered to the line and beat stronger opposition but, again, you are betting reputation over substance. Both could prove superb talents but I wouldn't be tempted to bet at relatively short prices. I would have to take a watching brief. For many, Mary's Daughter will slip under the radar after a forgetful start to her racing career, then a victory in a Leicester maiden. In its own way that was a fair maiden. At speculative odds, she may sneak into the frame. In a race built on reputation I would plump for a price. A small each way bet on Mary's Daughter.

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