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Royal Ascot day 5: Punters advised to do their Due Diligence

19 Jun | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Royal Ascot day 5: Punters advised to do their Due Diligence

O'Brien sprinter can land first leg of Ascot's sprint double

The first leg of Royal Ascot’s big 6f sprint double is the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and Australian challenger Brazen Beau is the warm favourite at 5/2.

The Australian sprinters are generally a level above our own but Brazen Beau has a distinct lack of form on very fast ground and he’s not a superstar back in his homeland like some of his predecessor’s so at the price he’s worth opposing.

Mustajeeb at 9/2 has a solid profile and would have appealed if there was more cut in the ground but on fast ground he might find things happening a bit quickly at this trip.

Preference is for 8/1 shot Due Diligence. He ran a blinder in the 2014 renewal under similar conditions and will have the red hot Ryan Moore in the saddle once again.

He was disappointing on his seasonal debut but that was his first run since this race last year and plenty of Aidan O’Brien’s runners improve a lot from their first to second runs of the season.

8/1 – Due Dilligence to win the Diamond Jubilee

Gamesome can sit on the Wokingham Throne

The Wokingham Stakes 40 minutes later looks even tougher to call with very little between many of these 31 contenders.

A low draw hasn’t looked a disadvantage so far this week and two that could run very well from low numbers are Gamesome at 12/1 and Suzi’s Connoisseur at 33/1.

The former has exactly the right sort of profile for this race, he’s lightly raced and potentially still well ahead of his mark.

He’d perhaps like a bit more cut but he has plenty of form on fast ground, including when a very unlucky in running 5th at Newmarket in May in a similar sort of race to this.

He’s held in extremely high regard by his trainer, surely has more improvement to come after just 7 racecourse outings in two and a half seasons and he can rate higher as the season goes on.

Suzi’s Connoisseur’s profile doesn’t exactly scream Wokingham winner but he does give the impression he’s still well handicapped. He ran in some of the toughest 3yo handicaps last season and was often better than the bare result.

His run in the Victoria Cup at this course in May needs marking up, the race was set up for the closers yet Suzi’s Connoisseur did best of those ridden prominently eventually finishing 8th behind Speculative Bid, who was a good 5th in the Hunt Cup on Wednesday.

Suzi’s Connoisseur is more solid than spectacular but he could just outrun his odds.

12/1 – Gamesome to win the Wokingham Stakes

33/1 – Suzi’s Connoisseur to win the Wokingham Stakes

Telescope could be seeing his rivals from a distance at end of the Hardwicke Stakes

Earlier in the card this year’s Hardwicke Stakes looks a good race, as it is most years, and it could be between Telescope at 6/5 and Eagle Top at 7/2.

The pair met in last year’s King George over course and distance with Telescope finishing just under 2 lengths ahead of Eagle Top and with Eagle Top only making the racecourse once since then it’s the more reliable Telescope who is given the nod.

He won this race by 7 lengths last year, has never been out of the first 2 at Ascot in 3 runs here and with Ryan Moore in the saddle you know you are going to get every assistance.

6/5 – Telescope to win the Harwicke Stakes

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