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Friday's racing tips - 6/1 NAP to live up to his name at the Royal meeting

Jonathan Vine 20 Jun 2019
Fujaira Prince and First Eleven battle it out in the closing stages of a big handicap at York last month.

Our expert takes a look through the betting for every race on day four of Royal Ascot and selects a prime challenger in the final handicap as his NAP of the day with Coral.

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5:35pm Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) 1m4f


Last year’s King George V Stakes winner, Baghdad has only run twice since last year’s meeting, claiming victory over Corelli and Koeman on 1000 Guineas day at Newmarket. Being a former Festival winner, Baghdad has to be in with a chance. However, I fancy the handicap won by First Eleven may be the strong piece of form to go on and FUJAIRA PRINCE (NAP) who came out second best that day, is worth backing in Friday’s curtain closer.

Roger Varian’s charge was stepping up to a mile-and-a-half for the first time that day, having completed a hat-trick of ten-furlong triumphs on his handicap debut at Doncaster the previous month. First Eleven was my selection that day and I was pleased to see John Gosden’s colt get the win. It was hard, however, not to be impressed by Fujaira Prince’s display, as he pushed First Eleven all the way to the line.

Andrea Atzeni’s mount comfortably beat Corgi and Collide that day and I think a four-pound rise after losing out by just a neck to a classy horse like First Eleven isn’t particularly harsh. There’s clearly more to come from this talented, lightly-raced five-year-old. It might not be the most imaginative selection, but I think the current market leader could be very difficult to beat.


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