Top TV pundit Sam Turner has all the best day 5 bets from Royal Ascot.
2.30 Royal Ascot
The beautifully-bred September sprung to the head of the market for this event courtesy of a tremendously-impressive debut win at Leopardstown. She became Aidan O’Brien’s first successful newcomer from two dozen such runners this season and is open to any amount of improvement. However, she is priced accordingly and, in a race packed full of unexposed and exciting juveniles, it isn’t too difficult to find strong opposition to the Ballydoyle representative, even if they only run September, which may translate as a sign of stable confidence perhaps? Masar did well to overcome trouble in running to score at Goodwood and will have learned a lot, but NYALETI (Best price 12-1) also won on her debut at Salisbury in a strong time last Sunday and, although this represents a quick turnaround, she rates a big player with a step up in trip likely to suit. The only slight concern being she was a shade difficult to load into the stalls, but hopefully that was just inexperience and greenness and there could be further improvement to come granted a stiffer test of stamina.
Both her overall and split times compared very favourably with the classier races on the card so she is clearly interesting at a nice price today.
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5.00 Royal Ascot
Backing a horse with proven stamina over further than the six furlong trip of the Wokingham has been a fair tactic in recent seasons and SQUATS (Best price 22-1) could be primed to spring a surprise. Nothing went right for the selection in the Victoria Cup as he was drawn low and the entire field migrated towards the stands’ side rail meaning he was left on the wing with precious little cover. Unsurprisingly, he made little impact on the race and it could be that early season test isn’t for him as he also disappointed in it 12 months previously. His figures at the Berkshire venue, with the exception of his Victoria Cup runs, read 3124243 and he may find the drop to six furlongs to his liking with in-form Georgia Cox on board. Given the events of this week, it is probably wise to pick a horse on either side of the track (cue those down the middle finish four lengths clear) so AMAZOUR (best price 20-1) is offered as the best of those situated on the far rail. Like many that enjoy the straight track at Ascot, the selection boasts excellent all-weather form, including on a stiff track like Newcastle where he has displayed a sharp turn of foot to land decent races on more than one occasion. He caught the eye at Haydock on his latest start behind Mythmaker and the return to a taxing six furlongs could see him go close.
5.35 Royal Ascot
The finale represents a different test for THOMAS HOBSON (Best price 11-4), but he displayed a scintillating turn of foot to rout a competitive field of handicappers on the first day of the meeting and a reproduction of that change of gear could make him difficult to resist here. Admittedly, the seven-year-old takes on a much better class of rival while Martin Harley also replaces Ryan Moore in the saddle with the latter claimed for US Army Ranger. However, trainer Willie Mullins saddled Simenon to complete the ‘marathon double’ at the Royal meeting in 2012 and Thomas Hobson is fancied to follow in the hoofprints of that fine stayer and Pique Sous who landed this event in 2014 for his yard. Godolphin duo Qewy and Winning Story look the chief threats.
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