Royal Ascot NAP of the Week

Royal Ascot kicks-off on Tuesday with horses coming from around the world to compete in 5 days of racing. With 7 races each day its going to be a cracking week with plenty of good betting opportunities.

I will be having a few bets before the action starts but no place better than my best bet of the week at Royal Ascot. It runs on the Thursday and I think he could be a star in the making.

Norfolk Stakes
Royal Ascot
14:30 - Thursday
8 of the last 12 winners were in the Top 3 in the betting.
9 of the last 12 winners won on their last run before the Norfolk.
12 of the last 12 winners had at least 1 previous Flat run.
9 of the last 12 winners had at least 1 previous run over 5 furlongs.

A fascinating renewal of the Norfolk Stakes as while we are likely to get a big field again the market is suggesting only a handful of these are capable of winning. In truth the race revolves around just two horses with exciting National Stakes winner ELITE STATUS locking horns with the unbeaten American speedball American Rascal. The latter was impressive winning on debut at Keeneland and the yard won this back in 2018 with Shang Shang Shang but the form of that race has taken a few knocks since. That was also obviously on dirt so this will be a different test switching to turf and he lacks experience having only seen a racecourse once.

I am really keen on Karl Burke’s 2yo as I was blown away by that performance at Sandown. He quickened so well and given he was impressive on debut at Doncaster too we have two bits of evidence to suggest he is a very smart horse in the making. He has won on soft and good ground so whatever the weather does he is versatile and with Asadna going for the Coventry on Tuesday the 7/4 is worth snapping up as I think he’ll go off even shorter than that.

Elite Status
Karl Burke
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