Royal Ascot day four tips – Selections through the card for Thursday’s top-class fixture
2021 Royal Ascot racing tips – Best bets on day four of the top-class fixture
There is no let up in the classy horse racing action on Friday as we enter the fourth day of racing at the 2021 Royal Ascot Festival which features two Group One races on the agenda. The ITV Racing cameras will be in attendance again and we’ve picked out our Royal Ascot day four tips through the card.
Another classy horse racing fixture awaits punters on Friday with the fourth day of Royal Ascot going to post where another seven races will unfold on the Berkshire track and dominated by two Group One races.
The ITV Racing cameras will be in attendance as usual to capture all the Royal Ascot action live where Ed Chamberlain and the team will have their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis and we’ve picked out our Royal Ascot day four tips through the card on Friday.
ROYAL ASCOT DAY FOUR TIPS – SELECTIONS THROUGH THE CARD ON FRIDAY
2:30 Ascot – Albany Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
OSCULA took another forward step when running out a clear-cut winner of the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom earlier in the month and George Boughey’s charge can continue on his upward curve to strike again.
The Galileo Gold filly has built on the promise she had shown when finishing third on debut to strike wins at Brighton and Epsom latterly where she ran out a three lengths’ victor over Flaming Rib, helping to force a strong pace and keeping on strongly to the line for an impressive victory.
This is tougher as she takes in a Group Three race now, but George Boughey’s two-year olds have been flying this season and further improvement will put her in the mix so she’s worth chancing to find another chunk of progress here.
3:05 Ascot – King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m4f
ALENQUER had the subsequent Epsom Derby winner Adayar in arrears when making a winning return to action in the Sandown Classic Trial back in April and William Haggas’ charge can continue to improve having had just three starts.
The Adlerflug colt was a winner on debut at Newbury last August, beating Tasfeeq by three lengths and he subsequently lost no caste in defeat when denied by Fancy Man in Listed company next time at Haydock.
The step up to ten furlongs seemed to suit him on his return and he’ll be sharper for that first run in eight months while the form has certainly taken a big boost not only from the runner-up but the fourth and eighth horses home who have both won since in Listed company.
There’s surely more to come from him and he looks the one to beat in this Group Two prize with the further step up in distance a potential source of further improvement.
3:40 Ascot – Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Colts & Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 6f
It could be worth giving another chance to SACRED who shaped as if the 1000 Guineas trip stretched her stamina and William Haggas’ charge could do better back at six furlongs here.
A debut winner last June she found only one too good in each of her next three starts which included being beaten less than one length by Campanelle at this meeting in the Queen Mary Stakes.
The run may have come too soon for her when failing to beat a rival in the Cheveley Park Stakes on her final start but she returned to Newmarket to win the Nell Gwyn Stakes in April before tackling the fillies’ Classic where she faded on the climb to the line.
A strongly-run six furlongs here will suit and she can do better back at this distance where her high draw could prove an advantage and she can go close.
4:20 Ascot – Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m
Aidan O’Brien turns out both his 1000 Guineas and Irish 1000 Guineas winners in this contest but it could be worth chancing German 1000 Guineas winner NOVEMBA to make the trip worthwhile and take this Group One prize back to Germany.
Peter Shiergen’s charge took a massive step forward from previous form to romp to an impressive all-the-way victory at Dusseldorf last month, earning herself a crack at this prize and there could be more to come from the daughter of Gleneagles for all the form of that German Classic might not be as strong as some of these.
However the handicapper has handed her a mark of 115 which is the highest in this field even given the presence of both Mother Earth and Empress Josephine in opposition so there’s clearly something about her and she could post a big run here despite probably needing to find a bit more on balance.
5:00 Ascot – Sandringham Stakes (Handicap) (Fillies) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m
CAMDEBOO was an impressive winner of her seasonal debut when scoring by three lengths at Cork in April and Joseph O’Brien’s charge was probably unsuited by the shorter trip back there latest when tacking a Listed contest.
The Muhaarar filly finished fourth on that occasion behind Measure Of Magic, keeping on at one pace and the form of that run looks solid enough given the runner-up and third have both acquitted themselves well in subsequent runs.
She goes back up in trip today with this one mile distance likely to suit and it is interesting that Ben Curtis has been booked for the ride. Further improvement upped in trip looks likely while an opening 93 rating on her handicap debut looks very fair so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise.
5:35 Ascot – Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m4f
QUICKTHORN doesn’t have many miles on the clock and the Nathaniel gelding can follow up his latest victory with another success here.
Hughie Morrison’s charge struggled to get competitive in a couple of soft ground maidens during the 2019 campaign, but he improved last term to win and place at Kempton in two starts on polytrack before making a successful return to action following another ten months’ absence at Haydock last month.
He was visually impressive that day, travelling strongly into the race before asserting easily to win by the thick end of ten lengths and there’s likely more to come despite the handicapper having taken a dim view of that run and hitting him with 13lbs rise in the weights.
That bare form leaves him with a little bit of improvement still to find but the likelihood of a strong pace here will help and he can produce another big run here.
6:10 Ascot – Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 5f
WARRIOR BRAVE is turned out just six days on from running a blinder in a Listed contest at Sandown, finding only a progressive rival too strong and the Twilight Son can get back on the winning trail here.
Michael Appleby’s charge had won the time before at Goodwood, scoring by a half-length over Cahors where the headgear seemed to have a positive effect although blinkers now replace cheekpieces and the harsher equipment may bring about another jolt of improvement.
He’s back in a handicap here where he’s 7lbs well in at the weights given he can contest from the same mark as last weekend before his new rating kicks in and he could take advantage assuming this doesn’t come too soon after those exertions.