Horse racing tips: Best bets for Royal Ascot day 2
Our expert reveals his best tips for every single race of day two of the Royal meeting at Ascot.
Betway are paying six places in the Silver Royal Hunt Cup, so I’ll go for an each-way chance in RED BOND .
Keith Dalgleish’s colt has been very consistent since the start of last season (1123-13) and ran a strong race behind Daarik at Newcastle two weeks ago.
The majority of that form has come on the all-weather, but he did achieve a second on turf at Doncaster last March so can hopefully run on to place here.
The Hampton Court is up next, where I’m drawn to Betway ambassador Andrew Balding’s BERLIN TANGO .
He’s another who has been consistent since his debut and won the Group 3 Classic Trial at Kempton last time out, beating Tuesday’s King Edward VII winner, Pyledriver.
He now carries a penalty which is a slight concern but, given Balding and Oisin Murphy’s recent form together, I think he has a good chance.
I’m going for another each-way chance in BODYLINE for the King George V Stakes.
The colt was a smart 16/1 winner at Epsom last August in just his second outing and has since finished runner-up at Chepstow and Yarmouth. That run at Yarmouth was behind Celestran, which looks a nice piece of form.
He is well handicapped at 8-6, so I think he should be right in the mix.
I’ll keep this one short and sweet as I’m struggling to see past JAPAN in this field.
He was one of the standout stars from the Royal meeting last year, when he sailed home in the King Edward VII by over four lengths.
Group 1 success followed at Longchamp and then York in the Juddmonte International Stakes where he beat Crystal Ocean, who won this race last year.
The four-year-old easily has the strongest form and looks the banker of the day.
We’re paying six places in the Royal Hunt Cup, so I have two each-way fancies to try and get among the places.
The first of those is Godolphin’s DARK VISION , who has struggled to live up to his full potential following three successive wins to start his career.
However, he is showing signs of recovery, suffering a marginal defeat to Sir Busker at the start of the month. Hopefully he’ll continue to kick on.
The second selection is Mark Johnston’s handicap specialist VALE OF KENT .
He showed some strong form last year when winning the Bunbury Cup and then finishing second in both the Golden Mile at Goodwood and Logistics Handicap at York.
He’ll have to overcome top weight, but I’d be surprised if he’s not up there.
The battle of the two-year-olds is up next, and I’m swaying towards MIGHTY GURKHA .
He put in an emphatic performance at Lingfield on debut, where he obliterated the field by more than seven lengths.
Hollie Doyle is in the form of her life at the moment and, backed up by Archie Watson’s record with two-year-olds, I think he’s got a strong shout.
I also like the look of James Tate’s VICTORY HEIGHTS as a nice each-way chance.
A smart win at Newcastle on debut suggests there’s more to come from him and he could put in a big run at a big price.
We finish off with another wide-open handicap, but my main fancy here is Roger Varian’s FUJAIRA PRINCE .
The six-year-old has a solid CV (211-123), impressing on his last two outings when finishing narrowly behind First Eleven and then coming third in last year’s Duke of Edinburgh.
I think the step up in distance should suit and he looks the one to beat.
I’d also take a chance on Godolphin’s DUBAI HORIZON as an each-way punt.
He had some nice form at Meydan at the start of the year and finished third in a Group 3 last time out.
Some decent wins on turf at Newmarket, Sandown and Ayr also make good reading and, with five places up for grabs, I’m optimistic that he’ll be amongst it.
BODYLINE | FUJAIRA PRINCE
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