Royal Ascot Day One – Back Our 21/1 Banker ACCA
The entries for day one at Royal Ascot have reached the six day stage. As we get closer to knowing the final fields, the markets have begun to take shape. Racing Tips have a 21/1 Banker ACCA for you to get stuck into, with four favourites from the first four races.
Baaeed (Queen Anne Stakes) 2/7
Only ten remain in the Queen Anne and that owes mostly to the sheer terror of facing up to the unbeaten BAAEED.
William Haggas’ superstar’s rise to his current stature has been well-documented. A late bloomer, he only made his debut as a three-year-old in midsummer last year, before working his way successfully through novice, Listed and Group company.
His first Group success came in slightly more workmanlike fashion when beating Order Of Australia in the Prix Du Moulin last September. He was far flashier, albeit winning by a shorter margin, when defeating champion miler Palace Pier in last autumn’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day over course and distance.
More than six months past before he returned, but it was worth the wait. While he had to battle for his first pair of Group 1s, he simply coasted past a decent field in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month. 3¼ lengths between him and the runner-up Real World, ambitiously set to repose, did not do justice to Baaeed’s dominance.
He is a very short price for a single bet, but as a first leg for a banker accumulator on day one, he is absolutely ideal.
Noble Style (Coventry Stakes) 3/1
Many top juveniles look set to contest the Coventry after winning debuts. However, there will be few who represent connections as reliable as Charlie Appleby, William Buick and Godolphin.
NOBLE STYLE was an expensive 525,000gns purchase as a yearling, with his dam a Listed two-year-old winner providing extra speed to the power of Kingman as his sire. That combination promises a forward and exciting juvenile and Noble Style did not disappoint on his first racecourse outing.
He simply dwarfed the runner-up, a horse who has won by seven lengths since, when ultimately powering past him in the closing stages of a 5f Ascot maiden. He seemed to take a while to get used to his size, as he is a relative brute for his age.
The step up to 6f could not come sooner for him. With all the visual and form boxes ticked, he is a worthy favourite.
Golden Pal (King’s Stand Stakes) 15/8
We have been here before with GOLDEN PAL, who finally landed a Group 1 at the Breeders’ Cup back in November.
His record in America now reads 2111111. Six wins from seven starts, with his extraordinary ability from the gates ensuring his opposition are consistently on the back foot. He recorded his widest ever winning margin most recently, when scoring by 4¾ lengths at Keeneland in Group 2 company.
However, his two ventures over to the UK have resulted in a flight home with his tail between his legs. Admittedly, he was unlucky to be caught late on when running at Royal Ascot for the first time two years ago, but he was only seventh in the Nunthorpe last August.
Wesley Ward insists that the real Golden Pal is only just flourishing and a decent surface at Ascot might suit him perfectly. His run at York last year was more than a stone worse than anything he has delivered in the US since. If he can finally bring his home form to the UK, his opponents may not see which way he went.
Coroebus (St James’s Palace Stakes) 1/2
With stablemate Native Trail now definitively out of the question, COROEBUS clearly heads the market for the St James’s Palace Stakes.
The 2000 Guineas winner was superb under James Doyle at Newmarket, making his run at the perfect time to deny Native Trail and pull nicely clear of the rest of the field. Given that was his first start for well over six months, it is frightening to think what more he could be capable of now.
He was also a very successful juvenile, so the form is there to see throughout his career so far. His turn-of-foot last time, coupled with his more athletic frame, ensure he looks an out-and-out miler, with that trip likely to be his for the rest of the season.
Two colts of the in-form William Haggas yard look set to line up against him, but Coroebus easily holds the highest quality of form in the race. Clashes against his elders await later in the season.