ITV Racing Selections – Tips For All Seven Races On Day Four Of Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot 2022 Day Three Selections: Alcohol Free powered through the mud to land last year's Coronation Stakes.Royal Ascot 2022 Day Three Selections: Alcohol Free powered through the mud to land last year's Coronation Stakes.

Royal Ascot Day 4: Selections Through the Card

Royal Ascot is now incredibly more than halfway through and the action rolls onto Friday with another excellent seven-race card that centres around the Group 1 Coronation Stakes. Check out our horse racing expert’s selections through the card on the fourth day of the Royal Meeting.

Queen Olly (2.30 Ascot) 8/1

Aidan O’Brien’s Meditate has looked impressive in two starts to date and deservedly carries favouritism for Friday’s opening Albany Stakes. At a bigger price, however, it can pay to oppose the jolly with Amo Racing’s exciting juvenile QUEEN OLLY.

Always very highly thought of by trainer David Loughnane, this No Nay Never filly was sent off the 11/4F for a York maiden on debut last month and her backers didn’t have a moments concern as she travelled powerfully throughout her race before easing clear for an impressive three and a half-length success.

Tuesday’s St James’s Palace runner-up Lusail had taken that contest 12 months previously, so it can produce a good one, and the manner in which Queen Olly pulled clear after a few taps of the whip suggests that she is a filly of pattern class.

She is the value play in what looks like an informative Albany Stakes.

Royal Ascot Day Four Tips. Rossa Ryan can land the Albany Stakes with the exciting Queen Olly.

Royal Ascot Day Four Tips. Rossa Ryan can land the Albany Stakes with the exciting Queen Olly.

Ehraz (3.05 Ascot) 13/2

Plenty in with chances for this year’s Commonwealth Cup and Go Bears Go, in particular, is respected having stumbled badly leaving the stalls in last month’s Sandy Lane Stakes and doing well to finish fourth in the circumstances.

Even a bigger eyecatcher, however, was EHRAZ in the Listed Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury a week previously.

Richard Hannon’s charge appreciated the switch to hold-up tactics there coming with a strong late run to only narrowly fail to run down leader Tiber Flow. Ehraz was in front just yards after the line that day, so it was a performance worth upgrading.

Having survived last year’s huge Shadwell cull, connections clearly feel that Ehraz has the potential to become a smart sprinter at 3, just like Muhaarar and Eqtidaar who were both previous winners of this race for the same operation.

Ehraz appears to hold a greater scope for improvement than most of his rivals in Friday’s race, particularly as a hold-up performer, and if they expectedly go hard from the off here he should be finishing stronger than most late on.

Candleford (3.40 Ascot) 15/2

If there is the potential for one of the runners in Friday’s Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes to be a fair way ahead of their mark then it is surely CANDLEFORD, who produced some eye-catching form for these connections last year.

A respectable third in the ultra-competitive Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket, last autumn, the winner that day, Siskany, is now rated 11lb higher, whilst the second Farhan is 10lb higher. Candleford occupied that same finishing position at Kempton next time, behind rivals now rated 10lb and 8lb higher, before deservedly ending his campaign with victory back at Kempton in November.

Candleford has been raised 6lb for that success, but he was 3l clear of the chasing pack at the line and the second that day, Coltrane, franked the form with a win in the Ascot Stakes here on Tuesday, whilst the third (now 9lb higher) has also done his bit for the form.

Candleford hasn’t been seen since that November win, but that might have been the plan given that he’s clearly well ahead of his 91 rating.

It seemed like connections were in a little bit of a rush with Candleford last season after the gelding made his handicap debut as late as early September, and therefore a decent break should have done Barnane Stud’s charge plenty of good both physically and mentally.

Royal Ascot Day Four Tips. Candleford looks well handicapped in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes.

Royal Ascot Day Four Tips. Candleford looks well handicapped in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes.

Discoveries (4.20 Ascot) 8/1

Inspiral is obviously respected in the feature Coronation Stakes with her juvenile form working out exceptionally well. If she’s trained on sufficiently she’s surely going to be tough to stop here, but this is a big ask on her first start since October having clearly had an interrupted campaign so far.

Therefore, the better bet at the prices appears to be Jessica Harrington’s DISCOVERIES, who was a very talented juvenile herself, beating subsequent Oaks winner Tuesday in a Curragh maiden before going on to land the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes later that season.

Only seventh in the 1000 Guineas on seasonal reappearance, Discoveries raced keenly there towards the head of affairs and became a little unbalanced in the Newmarket dip, so it might be a run best forgiven.

It’s also worth noting that the Jessica Harrington stable was going through a real cold spell at the time, and is now in significantly better form. They certainly know what it takes to land this contest, having landed two of the last four renewals, those victories coming with Discoveries’ half and full sisters, so she’s certainly bred to be effective here.

This fast surface looks perfect for Shane Foley’s mount, and a return to somewhere near her peak juvenile form will put her bang in the mix here.

Invigilate (5.00 Ascot) 20/1

A devilishly tricky handicap in prospect in the form of the Sandringham Stakes. There’s been a trend forming favouring those carrying lighter weights in this in recent years, with four of the last six winners carrying 8st 9lb or less, and an interesting contender here sitting towards the foot of the weights is the Sir Michael Stoute trained INVIGILATE.

This filly carries just 8st 6lb here, and she’s from a Juddmonte family that the yard knows well, being a full sister to their former Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Expert Eye, also the winner of the Jersey Stakes at this meeting in 2018.

Invigilate has failed to live up to that smart pedigree so far, yet she came good on her third juvenile outing when landing a Leicester novice and looked a little unfortunate on seasonal/handicap debut at Nottingham last month when runner-up to the reopposing Washraa.

Having looked likely to fall out of the back of the TV at one stage Invigilate stayed on really well for second and it was the performance of a filly still very much learning on the job. She runs off the same mark of 82 here, which appears well within her grasp, and although this obviously represents a step up from that Nottingham run, she strikes as the type who could be better in a better race.

Royal Ascot Day Four Tips. Invigilate can provide Sir Michael Stoute with yet another Royal Ascot winner.

Royal Ascot Day Four Tips. Invigilate can provide Sir Michael Stoute with yet another Royal Ascot winner.

Changingoftheguard (5.35 Ascot) 15/8

The Derby form is put to the test in the King Edward VII Stakes courtesy of CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD, who was fifth at Epsom.

Aidan O’Brien’s colt performed front running duties for most of that race and considering that the four directly in front of him had RP in-running comments of midfield, in rear, midfield, held up in rear, it was a performance worth upgrading.

A wide-margin winner of the Chester Vase on his start prior to that, Changingoftheguard appears to have the beating of a number of these rivals on formlines through that race.

It is admittedly a slight concern that this will be the fastest ground that Changingoftheguard is likely to have encountered, yet his 3yo form is head and shoulders above anything achieved by these rivals and his main market rivals would have their own concerns if the ground got too quick.

Expected to be allowed an easy time of things up top here under Ryan Moore, Changingofthguard should prove a level above these opponents.

Loves Me Likearock (6.10 Ascot) 16/1

Wesley Ward’s Ruthin is a fascinating contender for this year’s Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes and her victory would provide some light relief for her jockey Irad Ortiz Jr, who is enduring an Ascot to forget so far.

She is a little low on experience for a test such as this, however, and has a hefty weight to carry, so it might instead pay to chance LOVES ME LIKEAROCK.

Charles Hills filly looked unlucky not to make a winning 3yo debut at Newmarket in April and although only fourth back at HQ next time, that form has worked out well since with the second winning his next two starts including a valuable 3yo handicap at York last weekend.

Loves Me Likearock raced a little more towards the stands side than her main market rivals that day, so the effort can be upgraded slightly, and the manner in which she travelled through her race suggests that she won’t be inconvenienced by dropping back to the minimum trip here, something supported by the fact that she is currently 1-1 over the distance.

ITV Racing Tips. Charlie Hills' Love Me Likearock looks worth supporting in Wednesday's 6f 3yos handicap.

Royal Ascot Day Four Tips. Charlie Hills’ Love Me Likearock looks worth supporting in the concluding Palace Of Holyroodhouse handicap.