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2018 Royal Ascot placepot tips - Selections and permutation for day four of the Royal Meeting

Brian Healy 22 Jun 2018
We're chasing a share of Friday's placepot at Royal Ascot.

Brian Healy gives his day four selections to scoop a share of Thursday's Royal Ascot placepot.

Our placepot attempt on Thursday sadly fell at the first hurdle as neither Kinks or Vintage Brut were able to land a blow in the Norfolk Stakes.

Undaunted though, we turn our attentions to Friday’s pot as we try to land a share of another potentially big dividend. Thursday’s pot returned £482.50 to £1, and Friday’s pot could yield a bigger payout.

Leg 1 - 2:30 Albany Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f ITV4

(5) FAIRYLAND is one of two runners in the race for Aidan O’Brien, and the unbeaten Kodiac colt can run a big race in defence of his record.

A debut winner at Naas, he struck impressively at the Curragh when taking a Listed contest last month, and with the potential to improve further he ought to be in the mix.

(9) LA PELOSA looked a potentially smart recruit when readily landing the odds at Kempton on his debut last month; Charlie Appleby’s runners are in good form, and with the yard already having tasted success at the meeting there could be another big run to come from the Dandy Man filly with further improvement anticipated.

Charlie Appleby saddles La Pelosa in Friday's opening race.

Leg 2 - 3:05 King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m4f ITV4

(7) RAA ATOLL has looked a useful prospect in his three runs to date, building on a solid runner-up effort at Newmarket to win his next two outings at Nottingham and Leicester.

John Gosden’s charge ran out an easy winner last time, and there ought to be more to come from him so a big showing could be on the cards as he steps up in class.

(9) WELLS FARHH GO wasn’t disgraced when making his return in the Dante Stakes at York last month, finishing sixth, and the dual-winning juvenile can step up for that run to post an improved effort.

Tim Easterby’s charge won a Group Three last term, beating James Garfield, and on breeding there is reason to think he’ll improve for this stiffer test of stamina.

Leg 3 - 3:40 Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo) 6f ITV

(11) INVINCIBLE ARMY is yet to run a bad race, and James Tate’s consistent sort should be in the mix again.

The Invincible Spirit colt won twice last term, including a Group Three at Kempton, and he performed with credit in defeat behind the likes of Sands Of Mali and James Garfield.

The Pavilion Stakes winner found only the reopposing Sands Of Mali too strong again last time, losing out by a nose at Haydock, and he should remain competitive.

(14) SANDS OF MALI is 2-2 this term, getting the better of the reopposing Invincible Army when winning the Sandy Lane Stakes.

Last season’s Gimcrack winner, he had excuses in later outings; but Richard Fahey’s charge has looked to improve markedly this term, and he ought to give another good account.

Invincible Army can run a big race at Ascot.

Leg 4 - 4:20 Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo) 1m ITV

(7) CLEMMIE was hugely progressive last term, reeling off a hat-trick of wins which include in the Cheveley Park Stakes, and having met with an early-season setback Aidan O’Brien’s charge looked in need of the run when finishing ninth behind Alpha Centauri in the Irish 1000 Guineas.

Not given a hard time, the Galileo filly ought to strip much fitter for that return, and it would be no surprise if she were to turn in a much improved effort now with the run under her belt.

Leg 5 - 5:00 Sandringham Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m ITV

(4) DATHANNA has really got her act together, winning twice towards the latter part of last season prior to finding only one too good at Pontefract; Charlie Appleby’s charge has since won both starts in 2018, including over course and distance latest when beating the reopposing Agrotera.

The Dubawi filly has shown all her form on softer ground, and she appears high enough in the weights back in a handicap so probably needs to improve. But she looks progressive, and she can continue to give a good account.

(10) QAZYNA won well on her return at Newmarket in April, readily outpointing Feline Groovy to score by three lengths; Roger Varian’s charge subsequently looked a non-stayer over ten furlongs next time out in the Pretty Polly, finishing thrd to Lah Ti Dar.

Still unexposed, she could benefit from this return to one mile, and the Frankel filly looks fairly treated making her first start in a handicap.

Progressive Dathanna can run well in the Sandringham.

Leg 6 - 5:35 Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m4f ITV 

(8) THUNDERING BLUE wasn’t beaten far at Epsom on his return to action, finishing fifth but beaten only three lengths; David Menuisier’s charge subsequently struck at York last month, beating Banditry by just over one length.

The Exchange Rate gelding isn’t certain to be suited by a further step up in trip, but he looked to finish with plenty of running left last time out and he is worth a crack at the longer distance. If he stays he can get involved.

(17) SIR CHAUVELIN will need to produce a career-best effort, but Jim Goldie’s admirable Authorized gelding caught the eye with his finishing effort in the Zetland Gold Cup last month.

Beaten just over two lengths, the combination of a big field and a return to this trip could see the Scottish raider post a big run having struck at Newcastle last term, as well as post a win over hurdles.

He isn’t readily discounted despite his big odds, and he can get competitive.

(20) COUNT CALABASH arrives on a hat-trick having struck already this term at Kempton and over course and distance when beating Koeman by two lengths last month.

Eve Johnson Houghton’s charge has been raised 6lbs in the weights as a consequence, but with the yard already having had a winner at the meeting, there could be more to come from the Big Bad Bob gelding who should give another good account.


Leg 1 - (5) Fairyland, (9) La Pelosa

Leg 2 - (7) Raa Atoll,  (9) Wells Farhh Go

Leg 3 - (11) Invincible Army, (14) Sands Of Mali

Leg 4 - (7) Clemmie

Leg 5 - (4) Dathanna, (10) Qazyna

Leg 6 - (8) Thundering Blue, (17) Sir Chauvelin, (20) Count Calabash

Permutation 2x2x2x1x2x3 = 48 Bets

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2018 Royal Ascot placepot tips - Selections and permutation for day four of the Royal Meeting

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