Horse racing tips: Best bets for Royal Ascot day 5
Our expert reveals his best tips for every single race of day five of the Royal meeting at Ascot.
I have two each-way fancies to kick things off in the Silver Wokingham, starting with NAHAARR .
The colt burst onto the scene after winning his first four but hasn’t quite lived up to that hype in his last two at Newmarket.
But he’s proven over the 6f and I like some of James Doyle’s rides on Saturday's card, so I’m hoping he can go well.
DIRTY RASCAL is now with a new trainer in Tom Ward after some decent performances under Richard Hannon.
He was fifth last time out but wasn’t far behind the winner Tabarrak in a Listed race, so could well improve.
I liked another William Haggas and James Doyle combination in the Queen Mary with SACRED .
She really impressed on debut at Newmarket two weeks ago, powering home by just under two lengths as an 11/1 shot.
There could be a lot more to come from this filly.
LAUDED really caught my eye when flying home in a Betway Novice Stakes at Haydock recently.
Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote have been in terrific form together since the restart of racing so I’m hoping they’ll have a shout here.
Another who could be an each-way player is THUNDER OF NIAGARA , who shot out in front at Newcastle two weeks ago when there was no catching him.
He beat Rebel At Dawn by just under two lengths that day, who has since gone on to win at Doncaster, so he could run on well at a big price.
I’m still a big fan of QUADRILATERAL and think she’s the best filly in this race.
She’s already a Group 1 winner after claiming the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket but could only manage third in the 1000 Guineas last time out.
She struggled that day but conditions at Ascot should suit her better.
The St James’s Palace is up next and I’m still very keen on PINATUBO , despite him only finishing third in the 2000 Guineas.
There’s no denying that he wasn’t quite at his scintillating that day but it’s also no surprise that the two runs where he’s not dominated the field have both come at Newmarket.
Back on a track where he won the Chesham by over three lengths last year, I’m confident he’ll get back to winning ways.
SCEPTICAL could be a freakishly good sprinter for Dennis Hogan and looks the best bet in this field.
He’s won four on the bounce since coming third on debut and has annihilated everyone in his path.
It’s a bit of a step up to Group 1 from his last Listed triumph but I think the hype is justified for this four-year-old.
I’m hunting for each-way value in the Wokingham.
HIGHLAND DRESS has really impressed for Archie Watson since the turn of the year (211), winning his last two comfortably.
AJ McNamara is a jockey I rate very highly, and he should be among the places.
The other one I like is Michael Appleby’s DANZENO .
He absolutely relishes these big handicaps and has only finished outside the top three once in his last eight runs.
He was third in the Sprint Trophy at York last time out when less than a length behind the winner, Gulliver, so I think he looks a very nice price.
Alan King and these colours won the final race on Friday with Scarlet Dragon and I think they’ll do the same again with WHO DARES WINS .
The eight-year-old is as versatile as they come having run well at the Cheltenham Festival and previously at Royal Ascot.
He’ll have no issues staying the long trip and, with Tom Marquand in the saddle, I’m confident he’ll get the job done.
PINATUBO | SCEPTICAL
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