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

It’s finally here!

Five days of fantastic racing awaits at Royal Ascot, and ITV are showing EVERY SINGLE RACE! Here, we give our picks for all seven races on Day One

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BAAEED (Queen Anne Stakes – 2:30pm)


Short and simple – Baaeed wins the Queen Anne Stakes!

We’ll start things off nice and easy – BAAEED wins this comfortably. William Haggas’ unbeaten superstar has looked every inch the real deal since making his debut last season, and has won all seven of his races so far, including three Group 1’s.

He reappeared in impressive fashion, running out a cosy winner of the Lockinge Stakes, beating Real World, Chindit and Sir Busker with ease. Those rivals are set to line up against him again in this, and considering how comfortably he beat them last time, there’s no reason for that form to reverse here.

He’s extremely short in the betting however, so the value in the race could be to back Real World E/W, but for win purposes this is all about Baaeed. Dare we say it – he’s starting to have the same feel to him as a certain Frankel!

ROUSING ENCORE (Coventry Stakes – 3:05pm)

Richard Fahey

Trainer Richard Fahey has a lively chance with Rousing Encore in the Coventry Stakes.

We gave a short odds pick in the opener, so we’re giving one at BIG ODDS in this to make up for it. Richard Fahey’s ROUSING ENCORE may have only finished third on debut, but the two that beat him that day already had a race under their belt and he hasn’t looked back since.

Following his debut, he ran out a cosy winner at Beverley, and the form of that race hasn’t worked out too bad at all. Third-placed Zuffolo came out and won next time out, and sixth-placed Brave Emperor went out and won his next two races. He then won a Class 2 race at Pontefract, giving a beating to two horses who won their previous races.

He may have a much tougher assignment here up against the likes of Blackbeard and Bradsell, but at the price on offer he looks excellent E/W value and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him win!

NATURE STRIP (King’s Stand Stakes – 3:40pm)

Trainer Chris Waller

Chris Waller’s (right) Nature Strip should take the world of beating in the King’s Stand Stakes.

This should be a cracker of a race, and we’re siding with the top-rated sprinter in the world – NATURE STRIP.

Chris Waller has sent two horses over for Royal Ascot (the other being Home Affairs) and both have excellent chances, but Nature Strip looks in a class of his own and with doubts around Golden Pal when travelling abroad, it would be foolish to try and take on the Australian runner here from our perspective!

He could hardly have been more impressive on his last start when winning the Group 1 T J Smith Stakes and if arriving in the same form here, there really shouldn’t be another horse in the race that can come close to him.

His closest market rival Golden Pal hasn’t impressed in his two previous visits to the UK, losing out to The Lir Jet in the Norfolk Stakes in 2020, before a disappointing seventh in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

COROEBUS (St James’s Palace Stakes – 4:20pm)

William Buick riding Coroebus on their way to winning the Emirates Autumn Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture date: Friday October 8, 2021.

Coroebus should take all the beating in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

Another short-priced favourite here, and deservedly so. We can’t see anything other than a win for COROEBUS here.

Charlie Appleby’s colt has only lost one race so far in his career, and that was going down by a neck to Royal Patronage in the Royal Lodge Stakes last year. He finished the season by winning the Group 3 Autumn Stakes in comfortable fashion and looks to have trained on over the winter.

His reappearance run in the 2000 Guineas oozed class, getting the better of stablemate Native Trail in the process (Native Trail has since gone out and won the Irish 2,000 Guineas). There’s nothing like the quality of Native Trail in this race to challenge him and he should really be winning his second Group 1 of the season here.

ARCADIAN SUNRISE (Ascot Stakes – 5:00pm)

Arcadian Sunrise

Arcadian Sunrise can land the Ascot Stakes with in-form jockey Harry Davies on board.

Young jockey Harry Davies is in excellent form and he can ride his first Royal Ascot winner with ARCADIAN SUNRISE.

John Queally’s runner has a flat record of 2313194, with the ninth-placed finish being on unsuitably heavy ground. He stayed on well when finishing fourth behind the impressive Cleveland on his first run of the season last month – he should strip fitter for that and will undoubtedly go close in this.

As already mentioned, Harry Davies has been riding plenty of winners lately and looks destined for the big time. He claims a valuable 5lb in this, meaning only four horses have a smaller weight in this, and he can use that to full advantage.

CERTAIN LAD (Wolferton Stakes – 5:35pm)

Certain Lad ridden by Hollie Doyle (left) wins The Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes during day four of the Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York Racecourse.

Certain Lad looks a HUGE price in the Wolferton Stakes.

This is a bit of a speculative punt, but CERTAIN LAD looks a huge price in this and we can’t ignore it!

He had been off the track for almost 18 months before returning in the Huxley Stakes, finishing second behind Solid Stone. He beat Megallan by nine lengths that day and he’s since come out and won the Group 3 Diomed Stakes. He also had Majestic Dawn (reopposes in this) a further five lengths behind Megallan, and he won next time out in Listed company. So that form has worked out pretty well!

He will surely strip fitter for that run and he looks a crazy price for this. Hollie Doyle was on board for his last win and she’s booked again for the ride.

STOWELL (Copper Horse Stakes – 6:10pm)

Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori can ride a Royal Ascot winner with Stowell.

Cleveland will be a tough nut to crack in the finale, but we’re taking him on with STOWELL. His best effort came over this trip last year in the Queen’s Vase, finishing third behind Kemari and Wordsworth, and would’ve finished closer had he not raced so wide on the home turn. The hope is that stepping back up in trip will see him back in the winners enclosure.

He had his first run of the season in John Porter Stakes, finishing third again. He beat Ilaraab that day, who won a Group 3 next time out. The next run wasn’t his best performance, finishing fourth in the Listed Buckhounds Stakes, but run may have just come a bit too soon.

He’s had almost six weeks off now so should be primed for this. Frankie Dettori is booked again for the ride and he can steer him to victory in the Copper Horse Handicap.

*Odds Correct At Time Of Writing – 2pm Monday 13th June*

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