Royal Ascot five to follow


THE bookies appear a tiny bit worried about this week’s Royal Ascot. Accumulators on the meeting’s red-hot favourites could cost them millions if the jollies all oblige. Ribchester, Churchill, Winter and Order Of St George will all be popular as punters play safe in their multiple bets. Looking for a bit of value, especially in the big-field handicaps, can be much more profitable than playing safe. So, hopefully here are a few slightly better priced horses who it might pay to follow…

FASTNET TEMPEST (Royal Hunt Cup, Wednesday): This horse is rapidly improving and is probably on the verge of Group class. That’s the sort of profile it takes to win the Hunt Cup these days. The days of horses winning this off a featherweight are a thing of the past and the handicap is so compressed that the bottom weight this year has a rating of 97. Fastnet Tempest is a strong traveller who will need everything to fall his way, as it did in the Victoria Cup. But the strong gallop will suit him and he looks to have a decent draw. 10/1

MIRAGE DANCER (Hampton Court Stakes): This son of Frankel went into many a notebook after his staying-on fourth in the Dee Stakes at Chester when he was just over three lengths behind Epsom Derby runner-up Cliffs Of Moher. He also really stood out in the parade ring that day. A strapping, muscular horse, Chester would not have played to his strengths and although he lacks experience, he deserves his place at the head of the market. 4/1

SIMPLE VERSE (Ascot Gold Cup): If Order Of St George is in any way below par then the 2015 St Leger winner could be the one to benefit. She ran well on her reappearance when chinned by Dartmouth at York and has been laid out for this race. Her staying-on third on Champions Day over two miles suggests the trip will suit. In the Royal Ascot betting market she certainly appeals at the prices. 9/1

MAINSTREAM (Duke of Edinburgh Handicap, Friday): A great chance for a royal winner. Mainstream has not been out since an excellent third to Frontiersman at Newmarket and Sir Michael Stoute has been bullish about his chance, saying if Ryan Moore “rides a good race”, he should win. Well, if the horse is good enough, the jockey certainly is. 11/2

FRONTIERSMAN (Hardwicke Stakes, Saturday): With Highland Reel running in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, the path is clear for this beautifully bred horse to show his true potential. A son of Dubawi and Ouija Board, he looked unlucky when lugging to his left in the closing stages of the Coronation Cup and can gain compensation here. 7/2

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  1. Graham Oliver says:

    Hi Jason,

    At this stage I like Simple Verse and Frontiersman.

    On Wednesday I think one of my favourite horses, Ulysses, will win the Prince Of Wales from that fine battler Highland Reel. Hopefully Ulysses can then go on and win the Eclipse.

    My only other fancy for Wednesday is Ger Lyon’s Treasuring each way at 14/1 for the Queen Mary.

    I was quite pleased to advise Profitable and Lancaster Bomber (28/1 when posted)each way for Tuesday. Err, I seem to have forgotten the names of the losers that I also tipped, ho hum!

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