The opening day at Royal Ascot (tomorrow night our time) might have to proceed without the two Philips – Prince Philip and Eliza Park’s Philip Marshall – but alas, the show must go on!
But what a show though … as our Phil points out, the program is chock full of stars – Animal Kingdom in the Queen Anne, Dawn Approach in the St James’ Palace and Australia’s flag bearer, Shamexpress in the King’s Stand.
Those highlights aside, we’ll also be keeping a very close eye on the Group Two Coventry Stakes and the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes, which both feature progeny by Champion 2YO and First Season Sire, Bushranger.
The Mick Channon trained Riverboat Springs will line up in the Coventry and if he replicates anything like his performance last time out, he'll be very competitive to say the least.
Riverboat Springs found more trouble than a toddler on red cordial when he raced in the Listed Woodcote Stakes at Epsom on 1 June, but flew home to grab second in what can only be described as ‘eye catching’.
He’s currently on the fourth row of betting in early markets at 10/1, but those odds might be deemed generous come start time.
Meanwhile, Ben Hall has his fans in the Windsor Castle too, given his three length demolition at his previous start: don't be surprised to see the John Gosden colt canter away with black type from what is truly one of the world’s best race meetings.
Go the Bushrangers!