JOHNB'S purple patch came to an end on Tuesday – but he's hoping Purple Rock can land him a fourth winning nap and NB in the space of five days.
It was four points lost on Tuesday and his stats for June are now a 7pt deficit with plenty of time to turn it around.
Johnb's Wednesday Tip
Purple Rock 8-1 NAP/NB Coral
Purple Rock (NAP/NB)
Johnb says: “I watched this horse run on seasonal debut in April at Sandown, he was slow away that day and at the business end of the race others got first run on him, but he did run on fine.
“That was in a class 2 handicap and both he and the winner Mutarakez were running off a mark of 85. Mutarakez beat Purple Rock by about four and a half lengths but as I said Purple Rock got no sort of run that day.
“Mutarakez has since won off a mark of 95. Last time out for Purple Rock I thought it was too soon for him to be trying 1m 2f and looks more suited to 1 mile just now and on Wednesday he drops back down to 1 mile and he also drops 1lb to 84 which looks low for this class 3 handicap.”
Johnb's ante-post tips
Royal Ascot, June 17
Royal Ascot, June 16
Queen Anne Stakes
Able Friend 5-2 Skybet, Ladbrokes
Johnb says: “At this stage it looks the bet of the meeting.”
A write up will be posted this week for the race.