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Tuesday's racing tips - 6/1 NAP Khan squash rivals in Ascot Stakes

Jonathan Vine 17 Jun 2019
Ascot Stakes.

Our expert takes a look through every race on day one at Royal Ascot and picks out a strong contender in the Ascot Stakes as his NAP of the day with Coral on Tuesday 18th June

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5:00pm Ascot Stakes (A Handicap) 2m4f


16 of the past 18 winners of the Ascot Stakes came from National Hunt, or dual-purpose yards, so backing a trainer from the world of jumps racing is clearly the way to go. Buildmeupbuttercup will be out to try and hand Willie Mullins his fifth triumph in the past eight years and the booking of Ryan Moore looks significant. On this occasion though, I would rather side with his Irish rival Gordon Elliott, as MENGLI KHAN (6/1 Coral) is clearly the class-act in the field.

Mengli Khan was already rated 96 on the flat by the time he moved over to Ireland, having secured some impressive wins during his time with Hugo Palmer. Since then, the six-year-old son of Lope De Vega has claimed Grade One glory over hurdles, before stepping up to chasing last term, placing in prestigious novice contest at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals.

The old Mick Fitzgerald adage goes, you take 45 pounds off a jumper’s rating to find their mark on the flat. Rated 150 over hurdles, Mengli Khan should carry a mark of 105 to post if you go by that logic, so he would be nine-pounds well-in if he runs off his old flat rating of 96. 6/1 looks like a cracking price to me.


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Tuesday's racing tips - 6/1 NAP Khan squash rivals in Ascot Stakes

Our expert takes a look through every race on day one at Royal Ascot and picks out a strong contender in the Ascot Stakes as his NAP of the day with Coral on Tuesday 18th June

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