Channel 4 are covering all SIX of the Royal Ascot races today and we've got the best bets.
Impressive Lockinge winner BELARDO
(Best price 9-2) will love the conditions, any overnight rain and is drawn nicely to track his pacemaker. He's one of few that can quicken on true soft ground and is reported to have thrived by his handler since Newbury.
(Best price 15-2), runner-up last year to the best miler in Europe in Solow, is drawn on the wing a little in stall one, but was last off the bridle 12 months ago so has solid each-way claims again.
She will appreciate the return to a stiff mile after a recent pipe opener in her native France.
Belardo - 1pt @ 9/2
Esoterique - 0.5pts e/w @ 7/1
Impressive Curragh winner Caravaggio is highly respected given he looked a class act on his latest start, but he reportedly wants better ground so is reluctantly overlooked in preference of
(Best price 9-1) who looks well berthed in stall four and has recorded two excellent speed figures to date. He is at the top of his stable's juvenile pecking order too and shouldn't mind ground conditions. Leicester winner Thunder Snow and Van Der Decken, who coped with easy ground in style on his debut, are two which could outrun their odds.
Yalta - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1
The Haydock contest which saw PROFITABLE
(Best price 9-2) and Mecca's Angel
fight out the finish looks a leading piece of form and it is difficult to split the two. Connections of the former felt she would improve markedly for the outing, while Adam Kirby insisted the filly would never beat his mount after partnering him to a narrow win. The latter is more than twice the price, has Ascot experience so is probably the each-way play at the odds given he may not have finished improving.
Both Waady (drawn 20 today) and Pearl Secret emerged with credit from the Temple Stakes and it would be no huge surprise to see either make an impact today. They could appeal to value seekers, especially with four places on offer.
Profitable - 1pt e/w @ 9/2
A belting heat which should be run at a generous gallop courtesy of two pacemakers. In such an intriguing contest featuring three Guineas winners, preference for AWTAAD
(Best price 15-8) can only be marginal. The selection travelled like a dream in the Irish Guineas prior to seeing off Galileo Gold in cosy fashion and the recent rain should not have harmed his chances.
The Gurkha is the other horse in the field to boast an electric turn of foot under today’s conditions, but Awtaad's Curragh win looks a slightly stronger piece of form than the former's French Guineas success.
Awtaad - 2pts @ 15/8
Any number of horses can be fancied here including the Willie Mullins-duo Pique Sous and Sempre Medici (preference for the latter under today’s conditions) but JENNIES JEWEL
(Best price 15-2) and SILVER CONCORDE
(Best price 13-2) make most appeal. The former will be ridden positively from stall two and will love the ground so has every chance of following up her Curragh romp.
Silver Concorde emerged as the best horse in the Chester Cup given his track position and has a huge chance if handling the ground. There is a suspicion he requires a better surface to thrive but he has the potential to prove a class act in races of this nature so is risked.
Jennies Jewel - 0.5pts e/w @ 15/2
Silver Concorde - 0.5pts e/w @ 13/2
Two American raiders add further spice to a cracking finale and with conditions likely to ease still further as the day progresses it may come as no surprise to see Keeneland debut scorers Drafted and Big City Dreamin usurped at the head of the market.
(Best price 6-1) is certainly one candidate to attract support given he bumped into a smart one in Caravaggio at the Curragh and the prospect of soft ground and a stiff track will hold no terrors.
A similar comment applies to TOMILY
(Best price 10-1) who moved well despite desperate conditions at Chepstow and is a tough and hardy type which should outrun his double-figure price.
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Mister Trader - 1pt e/w @ 6/1
Tomily - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1