It’s just a week away from Royal Ascot and the betting markets are starting to take shape on the big races. We’re going to have a look at the possible runners for the races and the hopefully pick out the horses that will run best.
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Queen Anne Stakes – Day 1
The Queen Anne Stakes Group 1 race on the first day sees Animal Kingdom run after his impressive win at Meydan, the Graham Motion trained beast is clear favourite for the race. The 5 year old beat Red Cadeaux by 2 lengths in the Dubai heat in spectacular fashion which represents the 4/5 price. I am expecting big runs from bigger priced horses Gregorian and Chill the kite. Gregorian put in a great effort to get past the post first at Epsom at the nice price of 3/1 and it will be interesting to see if jockey William Buick picks Gregorian or the other John Gosden horse Elusive Kate. Chill The Kite is my outside tip for the people who don’t like to back the favourites, finishing 4th last time out at Newbury is no shame as Farhh is a classy type and this 4 year old looked the progressive type on this run.
Win Bet – Animal Kingdom 10/11 Sky Bet
Each-way Bet – Gregorian 25/1 Sky Bet
Each-way Bet – Chill The Kite 66/1 Sky Bet
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St James' Palace Stakes – Day 1
The St James Palace Stakes Group 1 race is also on the first day of the meeting. Magician is the outstanding candidate in this classy field and is my NAP of the meeting. I can’t see anyone catching this monster when his jockey lets him loose, he seems the pick of the Ballydoyle horses but Mars was unlucky last time out and didn’t show everything she was capable of, Aiden O’Brien will know he is capable of more and the little power house will be looking to deliver this time.
Win Bet – Magician 1/1 Bet Victor
Each-way Bet – Mars 10/1 Bet Victor
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Ascot Gold Cup – Day 3
Ascot Gold Cup is the big race on the third day of the meeting. Rite Of Passage is the favourite after his course and distance win back in this race in 2010 and his triumph over 2 miles at Ascot last time out. Estimate looks a contender but questions of the trip are coming up against him, Sir Michael Stout will have a plan for the race to see his horse come out the winner am sure and is my tip for this race.
Win Bet – Rite of Passage 6/1 Coral
Each-way Bet – Estimate 7/1 Coral
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Wokingham Stakes – Day 5
On Saturday we see the Wokingham Stakes and a number of horse hold claims to run a good race in this interesting handicap. Duke of Firenze who just got up on the line ahead of Smoothtalkingracsal at Epsom after a strong finish by Ryan Moore, the championship jockey has another choice in Enrol who looked the better horse when getting beat by a nose by Nocturn at Newmarket. Jeremy Noseda will hope Nocturn doesn’t have such an unattractive head carriage this time out and the Ballydoyle runner Reply holds claims with an impressive win last time out at Nass. If Dettori gets the ride on Valbcheck his and Jeremy Noseda strike rate is above 50%. The 3 year old Hoyam was a little green at Haydock on his last run and if he settles early this time could surprise a few.
Each-way Bet – Enrol 14/1 Ladbrokes
Each-way Bet – Hoyam 25/1 Ladbrokes
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