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Royal Ascot 2016 – Friday Tips

A 13/2 winning tip at Royal Ascot yesterday, plus 5/1 and 12/1 placed selections.

These add to 13/2 and 9/1 winning tips, plus 7/1, 16/1, 20/1, 28/1 and 40/1 placed selections, earlier in the week.

Albany Stakes     CH4

The two year old fillies kick off day four in the Albany Stakes. Favourite Cuff looks to have very solid claims for the Coolmore operation, but a horse she has beaten twice, OH GRACE, shouldn’t be dismissed and looks the potential value.

Jim Bolger’s representative was ahead of Cuff when they first encountered each other, before coming home behind her in two contests at Naas. Since then Oh Grace has hacked up over 7f so she should have the stamina to cope with the rain softened ground and she is clearly going the right way.

There are plenty of dangers including the Frankel filly Queen Kindly, Romantic View and KILMAH. The latter has plenty of stamina in her pedigree and is narrowly preferred as she won well on debut despite dwelling when exiting the stalls.

Oh Grace (ew)2.30 Ascot25/1Bet365
Kilmah (ew)2.30 Ascot12/1Bet365

King Edward VII Stakes     CH4

Royal Ascot’s equivalent of the Derby is the King Edward VII Stakes.

John Gosden has two strong contenders in MUNTAHAA and Linguistic and although the latter has stronger form claims we think Muntahaa is open to more improvement and he won impressively when stepped up to this trip at Kempton recently.

The second selection was a toss-up between Lustrous Light and CHOREOGRAPHER. Both have only run twice and so are unknown quantities to some extent. Slight preference is for Choreographer, who got no sort of run when pitched in at the deep end in the Dante last time out.

Muntahaa (ew)3.05 Ascot10/1Bet365
Choreographer (ew)3.05 Ascot6/1Bet365

Commonwealth Cup     CH4

The Commonwealth Cup has become a welcome addition to the Royal Ascot card and we think French raider CHEIKELJACK has strong claims in this second renewal of the race. He loves soft ground and stays 7 furlongs, which must be a plus given the conditions.

DONJAUN TRIUMPHANT has a similar profile and looks the danger. He wasn’t beaten far behind the favourite, Quiet Reflection, at Haydock last time out and has a chance of reversing that form on this stiffer track with a pull in the weights.

Cheikeljack (ew)3.40 Ascot8/1Bet365
Donjaun Triumphant (ew)3.40 Ascot6/1Bet365

Coronation Stakes     CH4

Jet Setting will be all the rage for the Coronation with the ground having come right for her. The only downside is the price and there could be a fly in the ointment in the shape of NEMORALIA, provided she handles conditions. She was a good third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last season and showed she had trained on nicely when cruising clear of a decent field on her return at York recently. Jeremy Noseda is a man to be respected when he has runners here and this filly may just be top class.

Nathra is a solid option too given her consistent form and the fact she handles cut, but at a bigger price FIREGLOW might be worth a few quid each way as she too likes soft ground. She ran well in an Oaks trial last time out so the stiff mile will hold no fears.

Nemoralia (ew)4.20 Ascot11/2Bet365
Fireglow (ew)4.20 Ascot20/1Bet365

There are two big field, staying contests to close out the card.

Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes     CH4

In the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes it is hard to ignore IVAN GROZNY as any Willie Mullins runner on the flat has to be feared. He really got his act together over hurdles towards the end of the season and he’ll love the ground. He is a strong travelling sort who looks ready made for a return to the level.

CYMRO would have been a confident back up selection had it not been for his terrible draw. Hopefully, he can overcome it as he is clearly very talented and suited by the conditions of the race. He showed up well in a Derby trial at Chester last time out and so should enjoy stepping down in grade slightly here.

Others to note are Top Tug who has started to thrive since his move to Alan King and First Sitting, who created a very positive impression when smoothly winning over 11f at Windsor last time out. He wants give underfoot and his yard couldn’t be in better form.

However, at a big price we like A SOLDIERS LIFE as he has also switched yards and been gelded since his last run last season. He may improve as a result, as Charlie Appleby has a habit of improving this sort of horse and he is well in based on the pick of his old form. Sky Bet are offering 5 places for each-way bets.

Ivan Grozny (ew)5.00 Ascot14/1Bet365
Cymro (ew)5.00 Ascot11/1Sky Bet
A Soldiers Life (ew)5.00 Ascot40/1Sky Bet

Queen’s Vase     CH4

In the finale, over the marathon trip of 2m, the two we like are ORMITO and THE TARTAN SPARTAN.

Ormito (ew)5.35 Ascot11/2Bet365
The Spartan Tartan (ew)5.35 Ascot33/1Bet365