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Thursday's racing tips - 8/1 NAP to hand Johnston seventh victory in Ascot handicap

Jonathan Vine 19 Jun 2019
Sir Ron Priestley (near) hacks up during a recent victory at Haydock.

Our expert takes a look through the betting for every race on day three of Royal Ascot and highlights a strong challenger in the card-closing handicap as his NAP of the day with Coral.

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5:35pm Ascot King George V Stakes (Handicap) 1m4f


Like the Britannia, horses in the bottom half of the weights have tended to prosper in the King Edward. Only two horses have managed to carry more than nine stone into the winners’ enclosure since 2002. Constantinople will be the well-backed favourite for Aidan O’Brien, and for very good reason, but there’s really no value to be gained backing a highly-rated contender sitting on such a short price.

Mark Johnston has claimed this prize six time previously and often saves one of his most progressive three-year-olds for this handicap. His stand-out entrant this term is SIR RON PRIESTLEY (8/1 Coral) and I think he could be a big player in Thursday’s curtain closer.

Johnston’s charge impressed as a two-year-old, despite failing to win on either of his starts. Sir Ron Priestley came up just a neck short of odds-on favourite, Fox Tal on debut, before finish fourth behind Line Of Duty and Pablo Escobar in a hugely competitive Class Two Maiden at Goodwood on his final juvenile outing. 

It’s been plain-sailing for Sir Ron Priestly this season, sauntering to a maiden victory at Ripon before cruising home to win on his handicap debut off a mark of 86. Babbo’s Boy boosted that Ripon victory with a win of his own next time out and Lariat, who finished second to Johnston’s colt at Haydock, finished second again in a hot handicap at Chester last weekend.

Sir Ron Priestley has been thrown up the ratings by eight pounds following that handicap triumph, but that doesn’t seem excessive considering the ease of his triumph and there’s more to come from this imposing son of Australia.


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