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 Saturday.
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Top pick: Space Traveller
A large field lines up for this Jersey Stakes, but I have to say that it’s the weakest renewal I can remember, with the market looking very unsure of itself.
I’ve sided with the Richard Fahey-trained SPACE TRAVELLER, who has been on my radar for a while.
Fahey thought the world of this horse as a two-year-old, letting him take his chance in a Group 1, 2 and 3 and he wasn’t beaten far in any of them.
He does seem to have improved as a three-year-old even if it doesn’t show in the bare form, as things haven’t quite gone his way. He was beaten by less than two lengths first time up at Newmarket by a very forward Shine So Bright, who was given a front-running masterclass of a ride by Silvestre De Sousa.
His second start was in the Carnarvon stakes over 6f when he ran on well to finish third behind Khaadem. His most-recent outing was over 6½f in France, where he never got any luck in running but still managed to finish just 1½ lengths behind the winner in seventh.
It looks as though he will get his optimum conditions here and Ascot is a very fair track, so hopefully he can take advantage and run to his true ability.
Momkin, who ran exceptionally well in the Craven and in the Guineas, should also be backed to place.
Top pick: Dream of Dreams
With Blue Point, the winner of the King’s Stand on Tuesday, and Le Brivido, who came fifth in the Queen Anne on the same day, lining up following runs earlier this week, the Diamond Jubilee has suddenly became one of the most fascinating races of the meeting.
The former will take all of the beating as he bids to emulate Choisir’s phenomenal sprint-race double at the Royal meeting. He could end up being a class apart and, if he does win, he should be celebrated as one of the best sprinters in history. However, his price is short enough, and I think there is better value in the field.
DREAM OF DREAMS has impressed on both his starts this season and is really coming into his own, especially now he’s being trained as a sprinter by Sir Michael Stoute, who has booked the in-form Daniel Tudhope for the ride.
He could be improving at a rate of knots in a race where plenty of the others are so exposed that we know all about them.
Top pick: Hey Jonesy
Only one favourite has won the Wokingham in the past 10 years and that was with the infamous gamble on Laddies Poker Two, trained by Jeremy Noseda, who saddles his last-ever runner as a trainer in this race with Cenotaph. However, as fitting as it would be, I just can’t see a fairytale ending.
With Betway offering enhanced place terms, it makes sense to back more than one horse in such a large field.
My top pick for the race is the Kevin Ryan-trained HEY JONESY, who is a Group horse running in a handicap. I’m convinced that he’s been wanting a very strongly run race that will suit his hold-up style, and you can be sure that he’ll get it here.
His two runs this season have been in top company and he wouldn’t look out of place in the Diamond Jubilee. He also finished a two-lengths in fifth in the Commonwealth Cup last year.
The second selection is another horse who is well-handicapped in the shape of Gifted Master. Everything looks in his favour and I expect his jockey, James Doyle, to jump out, stick to the stands-side rail and make all the running.
The only major concern for me is the stable form of Hugo Palmer, who for one reason or another, hasn’t really been in the same nick as 12 months ago, but if his six-year-old goes well then I’m confident that he’ll run into a place.
Other horses to note are Baron Bolt, Perfection, Gunmetal and Gossamer Wings.
Top pick: Cleonte
The final race of Royal Ascot 2019 is the Queen Alexandra Stakes, run over a marathon trip of 2m5½f.
The National Hunt maestro Willie Mullins saddles globetrotter and current favourite, Max Dynamite, but I’m not convinced he’s going to give punters the wrap-up success that they’d like.
My preference is for the Betway ambassador Andrew Balding‘s horse, CLEONTE, who ticks many boxes in a bid to give King Power Racing a Royal Ascot winner.
He went off at 5/1 for the Chester Cup but, with the ground almost unraceable, a line should be put through that effort, with the winner finishing six lengths clear of the only other horse in contention.
Before that, he ran very well behind Dee Ex Bee, who placed in the Gold Cup on Thursday, in the Sagaro in May. That form alone is enough to make him a strong fancy and I expect him to get a place at the very least.
It’s interesting that John Gosden is stepping up Corelli over a 1m trip, which could be the making of a horse who finished second to Baghdad at Newmarket on his return to racing this season.
OTHER SATURDAY TIPS
With Betway offering money back as a free bet up to £10 if your selection loses in the first race, I’ll include a horse in the 14:30 who could just get you off to a flyer.
UNITED FRONT contested the Olympic Glory Conditions race at Newbury on his debut in May, where he finished a very respectable fourth.
The front three that day all boasted valuable racing experience after winning on their debuts, but the fact that Aidan O’Brien still decided to pitch him in the race first time up would suggest that his homework had been good.
He was only beaten a total of 2¾ lengths and was getting closer towards the finish, suggesting a step up in trip could see him in the winner’s enclosure. Strangely, he then stepped down to 5½f and, although beaten at short odds, his running style suggested that he needs to go further in distance.
The step up to 7f in what is usually a fiercely-run contest looks sure to bring out the best of this War Front colt.
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