Note Sansevero in Coventry

I absolutely adore Royal Ascot and am very much looking forward to the next few days.

I go nearly every year with my wife, Gillian, and we thoroughly enjoy it. I generally leave my hair down, at least a little, and we enjoy a drink, the company of good friends and just being sociable.

I feel Royal Ascot can be described as representing the best of British. It is an unique occasion, with superb racing mixing quite beautifully with the pomp and ceremony that accompanies the meeting.

I buy into all of what’s on offer and find it most enjoyable. The Royal procession will come down the track before the first race tomorrow and that will set the tone for a magnificent five days.

The Queen will obviously be the focus of attention in that procession and her value to Ascot and, indeed, to racing overall should not be underestimated.

Hopefully, she will enjoy many more years of good health, she is an incredible lady, but will simply be impossible to replace.

She takes enormous interest in racing and is a massive attraction, particularly at Royal Ascot.

The Royal meeting has so much to offer and the new Ascot is a superb racecourse. The facilities are second to none and it will be a joy to be there.

There are many sideshows, of course, but for us so-called connoisseurs of the game the quality of the racing is all-important.

And there is no other flat meeting in the world that can compete with Royal Ascot. When you hold something over such an extended period of time diluting the product, you would have thought, was inevitable.

But that is not the case here and Ascot somehow manages to keep the quality to the highest standards literally from start to finish.

Gillian and I normally spend two days there, but this year will be different, because I am going to be involved with Racing UK.

I worked during Australia’s Epsom Derby for the channel and have to say found it enjoyable and invigorating.

I will be working for Racing UK on both Tuesday and Friday mornings and will be on in the afternoon on Thursday.

This is flat racing, however, and what can I bring to the party you might ask? Well, anyone who knows me, will be aware I’m not short of an opinion or two, so that’s a reasonable start.

Also, I do have a real interest in flat racing, at least at the top level. You won’t find me watching Kempton or Wolverhampton at night, or Dundalk either, but will always tune in to the better stuff.

And don’t forget racing, whether National Hunt or flat, is about pace, tactics and timing and think I have plenty to offer in that area.

I’m very much hoping that some of the smaller Irish trainers, people like Ger Lyons and Eddie Lynam, have success.

You can argue it is a little unfair to pencil them in as smaller trainers. Certainly they are two men rapidly on an upward curve, but still have a little way to go, perhaps, to be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Aidan O’Brien, Dermot Weld and Jim Bolger.

I can see Ger’s Cappella Sansevero running a very big race in tomorrow’s Coventry Stakes. Ger is having a fine season and this horse has impressed me in all three of his wins to date. His trainer is very much his own man.

Eddie Lynam is going places fast and seems to me to have three great chances in Sole Power, Slade Power and Anthem Alexander.

I will be especially interested in how Anthem Alexander fares in the Queen Mary Stakes.

She came up the fast five furlongs when winning at Tipperary like a scalded cat and looked a bit special to my eyes.

The clash of Night Of Thunder and Kingman, in the St James’ Palace Stakes tomorrow, will be worth going a long way to see.

They are the two best milers of their generation, on all known form, and it will be fascinating to see if night Of Thunder can confirm Newmarket 2000 Guineas form with Kingman, who then came over to the Curragh to win the Irish equivalent by a street.

I was excited to be at Ascot to see Frankel winning and feel the same way about the brilliant Treve in Wednesday’s Princes Of Wales’ Stakes.

She was scintillating when taking the ‘Arc at Longchamp in October and don’t read too much into her defeat, also at Longchamp, on her reappearance.

She was narrowly beaten by Cirrus Des Aigles, but he is a fair tool to be meeting on your first run of the season.

Thursday is about the Gold Cup and whether Estimate can win again for the Queen. A year ago Estimate beat Willie Mullins’ Simenon in a driving finish.

I was part of Willie’s team that day, there were seven of us, and were the only ones of the 70,000 or so present, you suspect, that were screaming for Simenon.

The pair go head-to-head again, but it looks a better race this year and I cannot really see beyond Aidan O’Brien’s Leading Light.

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