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  • on 18.06.2013
  • at 07:37 AM
  • by KT

Royal Ascot Tips – Day 1

Regular followers will know that we have been in great form of late, showing good profit in the 5 of the last 6 days, including winners at 12/1, 7/1 and 9/2.

We’ve also shown excellent profit on the big meetings this year, including Aintree, Punchestown and in particular Cheltenham where we ended up with a +83.93pts profit across the 4 days.

So lets see if we can keep this run going by landing a few decent priced winners at Royal Ascot this week.

And most importantly, make sure you take advantage of the best Royal Ascot offers out there, including Ladbrokes’ refund if finishing 2nd, and Bet Victor’s refund if Richard Hughes finishes in the frame.

We normally advise our free daily racing tips to a single one point stake per bet. However due to the nature of the the meeting, and the fact we’ll be tipping on every race, we’ll be advising on a point scale ranging from 1pt to 5pts.

Good luck with your bets this week and here’s to some bookie-bashing!

Royal Ascot Tips Day 1

2:30 Queen Anne Stakes

Animal Kingdom – 5/4 (Coral)
5pts Win
Some would argue that the American raider is the banker of the meeting and we find it hard to disagree. The former Kentucky Derby winner is yet to race over a straight mile but is well clear on ratings, goes well on any surface and should get us off to a winning start. Elusive Kate looks to be the big danger and has strong place claims.

3:05 King’s Stand Stakes

Reckless Abandon – 11/2 (Paddy Power)
3pts Win
South African horse Shea Shea has obvious claims but only one favourite has won in the last 12 renewals and we think he is worth taking on. Clive Cox’s runner, Reckless Abandon, was unbeaten last season (including 2 Group 1 wins) and there was a lot to like about his run in the Temple Stakes from an unfavourable draw, where he was pitched against older horses for the first time.

3:45 St James’s Palace Stakes

Magician – 5/2 (Bet365, Paddy Power)
3pts Win
This race revolves around the front 2 in the betting. Dawn Approach never travelled in the Derby earlier this month but connections have decided to get him back on the track here to prove the doubters wrong. There have too been concerns about the fitness of Irish 2000 Guineas winner Magician but there was much to like about that runaway victory and we think it represents the best value of the race given the price of the favourite. Roger Charlton’s Dundonnell could well fill the places at a big price.

4:25 Coventry Stakes

Thunder Strike – 9/1 (Bet Victor, William Hill)
1pt E/W
This race is a real minefield with a host of Hannon/O’Brien runners dominating the field. 7 of the last 11 winners went off favourite but came here unbeaten so we’re looking for an alternative to Stubbs here. You could make a cause for 9 or 10 runners here so we’re taking a chance on Frankie Dettori’s mount based on his excellent performance in a 6f Listed race at Epsom earlier this month.

5:00 Ascot Stakes (Handicap)

Mubaraza – 9/1 (Bet Victor, Paddy Power)
1pt E/W
Things don’t get any easier with a 20-runner handicap puzzle to try and solve! 9 of the last 11 winners of this 2m4f race were aged 4 or 5 so you can put a line through a six runners if following the trends to the letter (or number in this case). NH stables have a superb record in this race, saddling no less than 8 of the last 11 runnings so pay close attention to Pipe, Henderson, Mullins & co. That said, we are having a play on Mubaraza who ran a credible 3rd behind Tiger Cliff LTO and is one of the few with proven form over 2m or more.

5:35 Windsor Castle Stakes

Ben Hall E/W – 16/1 (Bet365 – 4 places E/W)
0.5pt E/W
My Catch E/W – 12/1 (Bet365 – 4 places E/W)
0.5pt E/W
Just a straightforward 28-runner 5f sprint to round of proceedings and again its worth starting with the trends. 7 of the last 11 winners had won their last race, whilst 9 has run 2/3 times. Furthermore the race has thrown up some big-priced winners (33/1 and 100/1 in last 5 years) so it is worth looking down the list for some value. We were impressed with Ben Hall’s victory at Haydock LTO, so that makes the shortlist along with My Catch, but this really is a wide-open affair.

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