I’m keen to take on the two at the head of the market in the Queen’s Vase and I’m backing Aidan O’Brien’s sole representative, Anchorage.
It may have taken him five goes to get off the mark last term, but he bolted up in nursery company off a mark of 88, before finishing a good third in the Group 3 Eyrefield Stakes at Leopardstown in October. That’s decent form, splitting Piz Badile (who won the Ballysax on reappearance before disappointing in the Derby) and Paddy Twomey’s promising French Claim.
Anchorage was off the bridle some way out on reappearance in the Gallinule, but he did finish off his race well and looked like the run would bring him on plenty. The step up in trip looks sure to suit and his experience should stand him in good stead.
O’Brien has won five of the last 10 renewals of this, and provided the runner-up on five occasions as well. It’s significant that he relies on Anchorage here and at 7-1 with four places on offer, he is an appealing each-way bet.
3.05pm Ascot – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Anchorage @ 7-1 4 places (most firms, 15/2 with Bet365 and Paddy Power)
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