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

Brian Healy 21 Jun 2018
Get our selections and permutation for Thursday's Royal Ascot placepot.

Brian Healy gives his selections and permutation to land a share of the Thursday Royal Ascot Placepot.

It was a close miss on Wednesday, with only leg three denying a share of the day two Placepot which would have returned £150.90 to £1 had either of our selections managed to make the frame.

But we try again with Thursday’s selections and permutation in the hope of scooping part of what is sure to be another big pot, and we’re looking to land a piece of the dividend.

Leg 1: 2:30 Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 5f ITV4

(3) KINKS was denied in his hat-trick bid when meeting all sorts of trouble in the National Stakes at Sandown behind the reopposing Vintage Brut, but Mick Channon’s charge had looked potentially smart prior to that run.

The Sixties Icon colt won minor events at Bath and Ripon, the latter impressively from Broken Spear, but despite his Sandown disappointment he caught the eye with the way he travelled although Charles Bishop had nowhere to go on him.

If avoiding trouble in running this time around, he could prove overprices, and it would be no surprise to see him posting a big run.

(9) VINTAGE BRUT is 2-2 having struck on debut prior to landing a Listed race latest, and Tim Easterby’s charge looks one to follow. 

Subsequently bought for a big sum following his win in the National Stakes, the Dick Turpin colt can continue to find improvement, and he ought to go close in his hat-trick bid.

Mick Channon's Kinks can run a big race in the Thursday opener.

Leg 2: 3:05 Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2f ITV4

(4) HUNTING HORN has improved with every run, getting off the mark on his return at Naas back in April and then posting solid efforts in defeat at this level at Sandown behind Sevenna Star, and in the Chester Vase behind Young Rascal.

Aidan O’Brien’s Camelot colt was far from disgraced when finishing sixth in a big field in the French Derby, beaten just over two lengths, and dropping back in class he ought to post a big run with Ryan Moore up. 

The form of his Chester run had proven strong with the runner-up since going close in the Epsom Derby, whilst the winner ran better than the bare result having failed to act on the track. The fourth home also ran well next time in the Prix Du Lys, and still with the potential to improve further he can go close.

(7) MASAARR looked a potentially smart sort as a juvenile,scoring at Lingfield having chased home the reopposing Key Victory on debut at Newmarket.

Roger Varian’s charge looked rusty in defeat when failing to land the odds on his return at Wolverhampton, but he stepped up for the run next time scoring at Doncaster in May, and there wasn’t much wrong with his subsequent fourth to Communique at Newbury where he wasn’t seen to best effect.

Open to further improvement, he can give a good account upped in grade for all he needs to find a jolt of progress against some smart rivals.

Leg 3: 3:40 Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m4f ITV4

(7) PERFECT CLARITY looked smart when winning her first two starts, including the Lingfield Oaks trial; but Clive Cox’s charge never got competitive in the Epsom Classic after the ground went against her, and she trailed in a distant seventh.

Her earlier Lingfield success came under similar conditions to today’s, and it was all the more noteworthy given her rider dropped his whip in the closing stages. She had enough in reserve though to hold off Ceccini, and she can bounce back returned to a better surface.

(10) SUN MAIDEN showed plenty to work on when finishing fourth on her sole juvenile start at Wolverhampton back in December; that was over seven furlongs though, and the Frankel filly stepped up markedly on that form when returning to action at Salisbury last month.

There Sir Michael Stoute’s charge ran out an impressive wide-margin victor of a Salisbury maiden, and while that form is only ordinary she could step up for this longer trip. 

This is obviously tougher, but she boasts an excellent pedigree and is in top hands so it would come as no surprise if she were to find improvement, and she is worth her place in this line-up.

Leg 4: 4:20 Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f ITV4

(5) VAZIRABAD is all class, and Alain De Royer-Dupre’s Manduro gelding can post a big effort on his first run in the UK.

The top-class stayer has only once finished outside the top two, and he arrives here having already claimed wins in the Group One Dubai Gold Cup, and the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier, beating subsequent winner Marmelo.

This trip will hold no fears, with him having already won at the trip when beating Mille Et Mille in the Prix Du Cadran last term, and with all ground conditions coming alike to the crack French stayer it isn’t hard to envisage him being firmly in the mix given the race is likely to be run to suit his hold-up style.

Crack French stayer Vazirabad arrives at Ascot with an eye on the Gold Cup.

Leg 5: 5:00 Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Colts & Geldings) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m ITV4

(2) IL PRIMO SOLE looked a very useful prospect as a juvenile, scoring at Yarmouth on debut and acquitting himself well in defeat in two subsequent outings.

John Gosden’s charge shaped well back from a break when resuming winning ways at Kempton in April, and he ran better than the bare result when outclassed in the French 2000 Guineas behind Olmedo, where he crossed the line five lengths’ eighth.

This is more realistic making his handicap debut, and he may have been handed a workable opening mark. John Gosden has won this race four times, and the  Raven’s Pass colt remains unexposed so could well have better to come.

(11) A big-field contest could go to COMPLETION who struck at Newcastle on just his second career start last term, and William Haggas’ charge has shown good form this season.

A winner at Redcar, beating Poet’s Prince, the Arch gelding found only the reopposing Crack On Crack On too strong at Haydock last month where he was caught and passed late in the day having led into the final furlong of the race.

The pair were clear of the rest, which included the useful Finniston Farm, and with a 3lbs pull at the weights the Haggas runner could turn the tables from his useful draw.

(27) CORROSIVE arrives on a four-timer having rounded off last campaign with an all-weather win at Kempton; and continuing the winning trend with successes at Yarmouth, and latterly over course and distance where the  Uncle Mo colt saw off Al Jellaby in good style.

Hugo Palmer’s charge is 3-3 under Josephine Gordon who is in the saddle again, and drawn high with ground no issue he can continue his upward curve to give another good account for all he probably needs another jolt of improvement.

Josephine Gordon is 3-3 on Hugo Palmer's Corrosive, and the pair can run a big race in the Britannia Stakes.

Leg 6: 5:35 King George V Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m4f ITV4

(4) COMMUNIQUE looks a progressive sort, bettering each prior run this term and posting a good effort to get off the mark at Newbury last month when beating Poet’s Prince by two lengths.

Mark Johnston’s charge overcame a slow start and drifting across the track late on to win convincingly, pulling away again from the runner-up having raced keenly.

Bred to appreciate this trip, he is a scopey sort who could easily find more for the additional test, and he can post another big effort under Sylvestre De Sousa.  

(12) BAGHDAD has improved for being stepped up in trip by Mark Johnston having come up short over less testing distances in runs for Charlie Fellowes; the Frankel colt has won two of his four starts for his current handler, and he looks set for another big run here.

Not disgraced over one mile on his first start for this yard at Nottingham, he stepped up for the additional yardage to win cosily at Chelmsford in November, and he possibly just needed his return at Wolverhampton in April.

He showed the benefit of that outing when tenaciously holding off Making Miracles - who has won since and reopposes - to score by a short-head despite hanging badly left; now 1lb better at the weights with that rival, he can confirm the form, and still unexposed he could have more to offer despite a 10lbs rise in the weights for that latest success.


Leg 1: (3) Kinks, (9) Vintage Brut

Leg 2: (4) Hunting Horn, (7) Masaarr

Leg 3: (7) Perfect Clarity, (10) Sun Maiden

Leg 4: (5) Vazirabad

Leg 5: (2) Il Primo Sole, (11) Completion, (27) Corrosive

Leg 6: (4) Communique, (12) Baghdad

Permutation: 2x2x2x1x3x2 = 48 bets

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

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