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Royal Ascot - Saturday selections

We have race-by-race selections for the fifth day of the Royal Meeting at Ascot.


2:30 - SEPTEMBER (5/4, William Hill)
3:05 - KIDMENEVER (11/2, Bet365
3:40 - IDAHO (6/1, Sky Bet)
4:20 - LIMATO (11/4, Sky Bet)
5:00 - EASTERN IMPACT (20/1, Paddy Power)
5:35 - ORIENTAL FOX (12/1, William Hill)

2:30 Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 7f ITV

It was hard not to have been impressed by the manner of SEPTEMBER’s (5/4, William Hill) debut success at Leopardstown two weeks ago, where Aidan O’Brien’s charge became the yard’s first juvenile debutante winner of the season when readily routing a field which included Hummah and Easter Lily to score a near-six lengths victory.

The well-bred Deep Impact filly looked a potentially top-drawer performer on that early evidence, and as one of just four fillies in the race she gets a handy 5lbs weight allowance; the yard won this twelve months ago with Churchill, and open to significant improvement she can follow up.

3:05 Wolferton Handicap (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+ 0-110) 1m1f212y ITV

Khairaat is clearly a progressive sort, but this will be a harder task facing the Shamardal colt upped in class with a 13lbs rise in the weights to overcome; it could be worth chancing then that KIDMENEVER (11/2, Bet365) can build on the progress he has shown in his two starts in Dubai for this yard over the winter.

The Baltic King gelding was a fair sort in France previously, winning at Marseille last March prior to contesting in Group and Listed company, which include a runner-up finish behind Doha Dream at Vichy.
Most recently runner-up behind Viren’s Army at Meydan, the Godolphin runner will need to improve again on that run; but he remains mostly unexposed and has the potential for better.

Representing top connections who have enjoyed plenty of success throughout the week, he has to be respected in an open renewal of this contest, and he could prove the answer here.

3:40 Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m3f211y ITV

IDAHO (6/1, Sky Bet) progressed well last term, finishing third in the Epsom Derby behind Harzand prior to finding the same rival too strong again in the Irish Derby later in the same month.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge resumed winning ways – he was a debut winner – to score at York in the Great Voltigeur, beating Housesofparliament

Still travelling well when unseating his rider behind Harbour Law in the St Leger at Doncaster, the Galileo colt disappointed on his final start at Woodbine in October when finishing fifth behind Erupt; and he looked in need of the run behind Highland Reel in the Coronation Cup on his return at Epsom earlier in the month.

Entitled to strip fitter, this represents a strong renewal of this race; but if he can build on that Epsom run and avoid the boil-over he endured prior to that race, he can improve for the run to go close in this contest.

4:20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 6f ITV

A return to form by LIMATO (11/4, Sky Bet), who goes well fresh, would make Henry Candy’s charge hard to beat; while The Tin Man developed into a top-class sprinter last term, and he possibly needed his first run back last time.

However, the Tagula gelding gets a narrow vote to resume winning ways having had excuses for a poor run at Meydan last time where the ground went against him, and Henry Candy’s charge suffered a minor injury where he pulled muscles.

Last season was something of a success for Henry Candy’s charge, where he stepped back from seven furlongs to win the July Cup at Newmarket, and the Prix de la Foret at Chantilly; as well as losing nothing in defeat behind Mecca’s Angel in the Nunthorpe where the trip was too sharp.

He probably failed to stay the mile at Santa Anita in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and his Meydan run can be discounted. He has gone well fresh in the past, and given time to recover from his Dubai setback he can set the record straight here.

5:00 Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-110) 6f ITV

A hugely competitive big-field sprint contest, and EASTERN IMPACT (20/1, Paddy Power) is only a tentative selection to land the spoils and hand Richard Fahey a second winner of the week.

The Bahamian Bounty gelding was a Group Three winner over course and distance back in 2015 when winning the Bengough Stakes; that was his last win, but he ran well in Group and Listed company last term, including when runner-up to Toscanini in the Phoenix Sprint Stakes.

Although he didn’t show his best in a trio of runs at Meydan over the winter, the Fahey runner wasn’t beaten far behind Go Far at Wolverhampton in March; and he stepped up on that run to chase home stablemate Mr Lupton at Newmarket last month, beaten just over one length.

Raised just 2lbs, he is well-weighted on his best form having won the Bengough Stakes from 10lbs higher; and likely to relish the quick underfoot conditions, he looks sure to give a good account of himself in a cracking renewal of this contest.

5:35 Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m5f143y ITV

The longest race of the week at the top-class festival draws another fantastic Royal Ascot to a close, and Thomas Hobson could attempt to supplement his impressive Ascot Stakes win just four days ago; however, despite the manner of that win there is a possibility that this might come too soon and ORIENTAL FOX (12/1, William Hill) is taken to win back the crown he landed in 2015.

Mark Johnston’s Lomitas gelding stormed clear to beat Taws when winning this race, and although he has won just once since he has largely contested over shorter trips and may bounce back over this much longer distance.

The tough-as-teak Johnston runner was beaten only five lengths at Goodwood last time over 1m 6f, but he turns out here 3lbs lower than when landing the race two years ago and with ground no issue he could be the one to keep onside in another competitive renewal.


2:30 - SEPTEMBER (5/4, William Hill)

3:05 - KIDMENEVER (11/2, Bet365

3:40 - IDAHO (6/1, Sky Bet)

4:20 - LIMATO (11/4, Sky Bet)

5:00 - EASTERN IMPACT (20/1, Paddy Power)

5:35 - ORIENTAL FOX (12/1, William Hill)
Our tipsters have been working overtime to make sure that we take the bookmakers to the cleaners at the showpiece and we're looking for another profitable week at Royal Ascot.  The layers will flock to the meeting and the battle in the betting jungle is almost as action-packed as the racing itself.  Our experts will be looking to send the bookies ducking for cover with a number of big priced Royal Ascot tips over the course of the five days.

With the likes of the Queen Anne Stakes, St James's Palace Stakes, King's Stand Stakes, Ascot Gold Cup and Prince Of Wales's Stakes all taking place over the course of the week, it really is a meeting to enjoy and it's even better if you're backing the winners.  We have all the latest Royal Ascot news, as well as all the key free bets ahead of the highlight.

what is royal ascot?

The pinnacle of the Flat season, the five-day showpiece Royal Ascot meeting takes place each June and the top-class festival of horse racing action on the flat is always a spectacle to savour.

The richest race-meeting in the British horse racing calendar, the spectacle attracts not only the very best runners from around the UK and Ireland, but also from Europe as well as the United States, Australia and the Orient to come together and compete for a share of a prize purse that totals in excess of £6.5million.

Throughout the course of five fantastic days of racing action, no less than eighteen Pattern-class races will head to post, including an impressive eight Group One contests, many of which have helped to forge the legends of the likes of Frankel, Solow, Yeats and Sole Power in recent years.

Precluded by the Royal Parade, as the Queen and her entourage travel the straight course each day of the Festival to herald the beginning of the Festival, the reigning Monarch has not missed a second of the Royal meeting during her reign, and while most of the betting action may centre around the on-course action, who could resist a flutter on the colour of the Queen’s hat on the opening day?

Off-course, the meeting gives rise to a social element found at no other venue, and the meeting is an icon of fashion and style, which is spearheaded by Ladies’ Day on the third day of the five-day meeting and goes hand-in-hand with the equine action on the track. Royal Ascot gives a chance to glamour-up and pull on the finest of fashions and rub shoulders with celebrities, sports heroes as well as friends and like-minded racegoers.

Broadcast to audiences around the globe, the spectacle that is Royal Ascot draws a worldwide following, bringing all the on-and-off course action to the small screen and allowing those who can’t make the fixture in person to experience all Royal Ascot has to offer. For those who do make it to one of the five days of the meeting, they will become part of Britain’s most popular race meeting with an expected gross crowd in excess of 300,000 visitors over the course of the fixture.

Johnny Murtagh and Yeats land the Ascot Gold Cup.

Royal Ascot schedule

Starting on Tuesday, the opening day of Royal Ascot begins with three cracking Group One contests headed up by the Queen Anne Stakes, with the King’s Stand Stakes and the St James’s Palace Stakes headlining the first day.

Racegoers on day one can expect to see some of the world’s best sprinters in the Kings’s Stand Stakes; while the St James’s Palace Stakes attracts participants who have contested the 2000 Guineas in the UK, Ireland and France.

Day two continues the top-class action with the Group One Prince of Wales’s Stakes, won in the past by the likes of Free Eagle, Al Kazeem , Duke of Marmalade and Ouija Board in recent years.

The most fashionable day of the British horse racing calendar takes up the mantle on day three with Ladies’ Day, and is the ultimate opportunity to get dressed to the nines and take in some top-class horse racing, which is headlined by the historic Ascot Gold Cup and represents the top-prize for staying performers.

Day four, and it is the turn of the gentlemen to get their glad-rags on for Men’s Day, and the Group One Coronation Stakes along with the second running of the Commonwealth Cup headline Friday’s action.

And bringing the fantastic fixture to a close on day five is the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, one of the biggest sprint races in the world, contested by some of the very best global sprinters. A competitive afternoon also includes the cavalry charge of the Wokingham, where a big field of runners will hurtle down the straight course in a real spectacle.

Tuesday 13th June

2:30 Queen Anne Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Straight course) 1m
3:05 Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 6f
3:40 King´s Stand Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1) 5f
4:20 St James´s Palace Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Round course) 1m
5:00 Ascot Stakes (Handicap) 2m4f
5:35 Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) 5f

Wednesday 14th June

2:30 Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 7f
3:05 Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) 5f
3:40 Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) (Straight course) 1m
4:20 Prince of Wales´s Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 1m2f
5:00 Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Straight course) 1m
5:35 Sandringham Handicap (Listed Race) (Fillies) (Straight course) 1m

Thursday 15th June

2:30 Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) 5f
3:05 Tercentenary Stakes (Group 3) 1m2f
3:40 Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) 1m4f
4:20 Gold Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 2m4f
5:00 Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Bobis Race) (Straight course) 1m
5:35 King George V Stakes (Handicap) (Bobis Race) 1m4f

Friday 16th June

2:30 Albany Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) 6f
3:05 King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) 1m4f
3:40 Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (Fillies) 6f
4:20 Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Fillies) (Round course) 1m
5:00 The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) 1m4f
5:35 The Queen's Vase (Listed) 2m

Saturday 17th June

2:30 Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) 7f 
3:05 Wolferton Rated Stakes (Listed) 1m2f 
3:40 Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f
4:20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1) 6f
5:00 Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) 6f
5:35 Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) 2m5f159y 

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famous winners

Throughout the years of Royal Ascot there have been countless top performances and runners, but who can forget the imperious Black Caviar in 2012 beating off all-comers to uphold his unbeaten record? 

It almost all ended in tears for jockey Luke Nolen as he mistook the finish line and stopped riding the top-class performer to the line, and he was almost caught by the fast finishing pair of Moonlight Cloud and Restidargent.

Or Frankel, who was at his fantastic best when romping to a facile wide-margin success over Excelebration in the Queen Anne Stakes, adding to his Royal Ascot win of twelve months previously in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

And of course, the Queen’s own horse, Estimate, who produced a thrilling display to win the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup, getting the better of Simenon in a protracted battle to the line. 

Those are just three memorable performances of Royal Ascot past, but there’s sure to be plenty more to come in the future!

Whatever the weather may bring, whether it is basking in glorious June sunshine or under a blanket of rain, Royal Ascot is an occasion that no horse racing fan can miss!

Black Caviar.

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