Royal Ascot Day 1 Tips and Previews
ROYAL ASCOT DAY 1 TIPS AND PREVIEWS! It’s the start of 5 thrilling days and we have all the action covered including main dangers to our selections.
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Royal Ascot Tuesday Day 1 Schedule
2.30 Ascot Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) 1m
3.05 Ascot Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 6f
3.40 Ascot King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) 5f
4.20 Ascot St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) 1m
5.00 Ascot Ascot Stakes (Class 2) 2m4f
5.35 Ascot Wolferton Stakes (Listed Race) 1m2f
6.10 Ascot Copper Horse Stakes (Class 2) 1m6f
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Royal Ascot 2.30 Queen Anne
I’m heading to the track on Tuesday and I can’t wait to see BAAEED strutting his stuff. I’m expecting him to win this impressively and make it a perfect 8 from 8. Obviously hard to back from a betting perspective at his odds so I had a good look at this race to try and find an each way play. With 7 runners there are only 2 places up for grabs so instead I’ve decided to play the rank outside SIR BUSKER W/O (without the favourite). He chased home Palace Pier in this last year to finish third which was a career best. He goes well here and under patient tactics I’m expecting him to be running on well.
Real World is the obvious threat but he might end up paying for actually trying to give Baaeed a race. Order Of Australia was down the field behind Sir Busker in this last year and has a bit to prove. Chindit finished in front of Sir Busker last time but the latter comes into his own at this track and I’m expecting him to reverse that form.
Royal Ascot 3.05 Coventry
I have been looking forward to this race for a few weeks since PERSIAN FORCE made it 2 wins from 2 runs. He really impressed on debut taking the Brocklesby at Doncaster like a very good horse, clocking a good time in the process. He them stepped up 6 furlongs at Newbury showing his incredible turn of foot again to put that race to bed in a matter of strides. With the 17 runners he should get a nice lead into the race and hopefully settle the race when asked in the final furlong.
With most of the field subject to plenty of improvement there could be a few dangers lurking in her. Blackbeard is 3 from 3 and will be the main danger but he could be swamped late with his run style maybe not suiting Ascot. Bradsell is one at a bigger price who looked fairly raw despite winning by 11 lengths on debut and could really step forward here.
Nature Strip arrives here from Australia with a tall reputation but I am a little surprised to see him a short priced favourite for this. His tendency to break a little slow could prove costly and also I’m a bit worried about this rattling fast surface for him. For me he has enough to prove to justify favouritism in a race like this. I like the chances of TWILIGHT CALLS as I can see this setting up for a closer. He is improving and should relish the fast early pace. He looks a bit overpriced and he is one of my more confident each way bets of the week.
Given the make-up of this I also like TIS MARVELLOUS at a monster price (I might have a crazy each way double with Sir Busker in the first). He has won his last two when over this C&D and he always needs a run to get fit so I’d say that 4-length defeat to Khaadem at Newmarket on return was encouraging. He is way too big in the betting and has to be included. He is a four-time C&D winner after all! Plenty of dangers likely headed by Golden Pal but I’d worry he won’t get home. He may well trade a short price. Mooneista should be in the mix for a long way but will likely prove vulnerable in the last 50 yards or so.
Royal Ascot 4.20 St James’s Palace
This doesn’t look the strongest St James’s Palace and it looks to be COROEBUS‘s to lose. He had a dream run in the Guineas beating stablemate Native Trail who I think may have won if drawn nearer. Luxembourg stayed on for third and he clearly needs further so I am not fully sold on the Guineas form. He has drifted a few points leading up to the race and is now around the right price and should take some beating.
In an average renewal there are a few that catch the eye at big prices which are definitely worth taking with 4 places on offer. Angel Bleu has won at Group 1 level twice already and has ran well at the track previously. His comeback run behind Perfect Power looks solid and he should strip fitter here at a huge price. William Haggas has the main dangers in My Prospero and Maljoom who both look likely to improve.
Royal Ascot 5.00 Ascot Stakes
I’m going to take a chance on young apprentice Harry Davies riding his first Royal Ascot winner on Tuesday. I thought ARCADIAN SUNRISE was a big eye-catcher on return just overracing in the early stages before staying on for fourth in the Chester Cup behind Cleveland last month. He was beaten less than 3 lengths at the line and I’m expecting him to take a sizeable step forward from that here. This track should suit and given he has won at the Galway Festival and at York’s Ebor Meeting he is no stranger to big race success.
I expect him to be switched off early so we will need an element of luck picking our way through the field but if he gets the gaps he may well be finishing better than anything. He obviously has a handy 5lb off his back as well and I think everything points towards a big run. Coltrane is my idea of the main danger as he certainly wasn’t stopping at the line at Chester. At a bigger price Going Gone has a squeak if seeing out the trip.
Royal Ascot 5.35 Wolferton
In a wide open Wolferton I am siding with HARROVIAN for the Gosden’s who have won 4 of the last 11 runnings of this race. He was last seen in Group 1 company finishing down the field in the Dubai Turf. This race should suit him far better and is much more within his capabilities. He has a good draw in 4 and should get a nice lead into the race from West End Charmer and he will run a big race.
If Cadillac is in the form of his last run at Leopardstown two weeks ago he is big danger but doesn’t always string a run of good performances together. Of the rest last years winner Juan Elcano should go well again from stall 7.
Royal Ascot 6.10 Copper Horse Stakes
I thought there was lots to like about the way CLEVELAND won the Chester Cup last month. He still looked a colt learning his trade and is only going to improve from that again. He is obviously back in trip slightly here but a 5lb rise looks lenient to me and I think he’ll win this en route to bigger targets down the line. 5/2 looks generous and he should end up being well backed come post time.
I’m going to have a saver on OKITA SOUSHI at around 9/1 as well. He found all bar the gambled on Raise You too strong at the Curragh last time and going handicapping now there could be more in the locker yet. Juan De Montalban has been put up by Hugh Taylor so his odds have collapsed but he’d also have to be feared following a good win here last month. A 9lb rise certainly will demand more though. Stowell also deserves a second look.