4 Royal Ascot tips for Friday to help you win £25,000 for free
With £25,000 on offer for every day of Royal Ascot in our free-to-play prediction game, read Chad Yeomans' best horse racing tips for Friday.
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Top pick: Japan | Second choice: Jack Yeats
Aidan O'Brien has only ever won the King Edward VII Stakes once, and that was all the way back in 2005 with Five Dynasties. He has failed with every attempt since, which is staggering when you consider the amount of middle-distance horses he possesses.
But I expect that to change this year as he saddles JAPAN, who was a very fast-finishing third in The Derby, who I'm sure would have won with a few more strides. He was said to have been the main Ballydoyle hope for that race throughout the winter, but a setback before the Dante may have slightly altered the pecking order.
Even so, he still caught the eye in what would have been an educational ride considering that he probably wasn't fully wound-up. He could end up being a St Leger type given that he tends to leave his best work until the latter stages of a race.
This small field could end up being a tactical affair, with stablemate Jack Yeats likely to make the running. It wouldn't surprise me if he also managed to stay on for a place.
Top pick: Hello Youmzain | Second choice: Khaadem
This year's running of the Commonwealth Cup is just the fifth renewal of the race, though every one has thrown up a very smart horse in the process. And, looking at this field, there's no doubt that will be the case again.
Ten Sovereigns will go off as a short-priced favourite and may well win, but, while he was beaten in the Guineas, he wasn't beaten so far as to thinking he was going to be an out-and-out sprinter.
There are two that appeal more to me, the first of which is recent Sandy Lane winner, HELLO YOUMZAIN . He beat Calyx that day and, despite the horse picking up an injury, I still don't think anything should be taken away from the winner, who looked a very smart horse as he travelled and quickened impressively.
He's always been very highly regarded by his trainer Kevin Ryan, and was backed into favouritism for the Greenham on his seasonal reappearance when he failed to stay the 7f trip.
The other horse worth mentioning is the Charlie Hills-trained Khaadem, who won the Carnarvon Stakes on his only run this season despite being very keen for the first two furlongs. Assuming normal improvement, he could well rank among the best three-year-old sprinters this year with a good performance here.
Top pick: Desirous | Second choice: Gypsy Spirit
The straight course has proved to have a slight draw bias during this week, with high numbers faring best as the slower, rain-softened ground is more on the middle-to-far side.
Taking that into the reckoning, DESIROUS fits the profile as the most likely winner. Drawn in stall 25, this daughter of Kingman has won her previous two starts, including her only run this season when winning a fillies' handicap at Goodwood.
She is clearly maturing and, with that, improvement is coming. However, we should not overlook her two-year-old form when she was only narrowly beaten by Dandhu and Qabala, who have gone on to win this year's Fred Darling and Nell Gwyn respectively.
Her trainer Ralph Beckett is known for his handling of fillies' and she certainly looks a very good each-way bet with Betway paying an enhanced five places.
Top pick: Corgi | Second choice: Sevenna Star
Trainer Hughie Morrison has won the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes twice in the last 10 years, and certainly has another live contender in CORGI.
He was campaigned well as a three-year-old, narrowly being beaten a head in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot last year. He ran a couple of solid races after that, but his season ended in August as he went off for wind surgery.
He finished a very good third at York on his only appearance this year, behind current Ebor favourite First Eleven. The first two home that day ran up with the pace and got first run, whereas CORGI was held up and had the whole field to pass.
He hasn't run since with this being the obvious target and, with Betway again offering five places, he's worth backing each way.
The same goes for Sevenna Star, a forgotten horse who could well end up being hugely overpriced. He was trained by John Gosden before being purchased for 32,000 guineas by John Ryan during the winter. I don't think the horse is without complications but he has some talent and Ryan has a good record for improving horses from other stables.
He was beaten by less than a length in each of two starts as a two-year-old and had wind surgery during that winter, which has clearly brought out plenty of improvement.
He then started last season with a 14-length victory at Windsor, followed by a win in the Classic Trial at Sandown, where he beat Ispolini (who is now rated 115) and Hunting Horn (now rated 108). He ran in The Derby after that, which was clearly too much for him mentally after struggling in the preliminaries as well as the race itself, which pretty much put paid to the rest of his season.
He wasn't the same horse in his next two starts, being beaten out of sight a combined 71 lengths behind the winners.
Another wind surgery followed his stable move, before he made a seasonal reappearance in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup over 1m6f. He led the field for 12 furlongs until blowing up in the final two, suggesting he needed the run.
Back down to a more suitable trip here, if he runs to a similar mark as he did this time last year then he will be bang there at the finish.
OTHER FRIDAY TIPS
With Betway offering money back as a free bet up to £10 if your selection loses in the first race every day this week, I'll include a horse in the 14:30 who could get you off to a flyer.
GALADRIEL really caught the eye on debut where she was pitched in to the Listed Marygate Stakes. The only debutant in a field of 18, she was very green both beforehand and during the race.
But, with little over one furlong to go, the penny started to drop and she flew home, only being beaten by three horses, all of which had run before and two of which had won. After the race, her trainer Kevin Ryan mentioned how she had impressed in her work at home and that they thought she was good enough to contest a Listed race first time up.
Drawn well in stall 22, this Dutch Art filly will take plenty of beating if she gets the run of the race.
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