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Ascot tips of the day from Ruby Walsh, Pricewise and more

by Josh Powell | June 19, 2012

Don the pompous hats and get the pink champagne on ice because the five-day Royal Ascot festival begins today.

Expect silly outfits, plenty of caviar and a large number of chavs pretending they’re posh.

From a racing perspective the action gets off to a flyer as the ‘Freak’ Frankel looks to keep his unbeaten streak going in the Queen Anne Stakes.

With six top races on day one, including three highly competitive Group 1 cards, we’ve collated the best tips for you to get the festival off to a winning start.

Ruby Walsh – Paddy Power Blog exclusive

‘With the exception of Camelot the three-year-olds don’t look like superstars so I’m opposing Power.

Joseph O’Brien gave him a brilliant ride to win the Irish 2000 Guineas and timed it brilliantly but Lucayan, the French horse can win this one. Stephane Pasquier did very well on him in France and this one will run a big race.’

Lucayan Ascot 3.45

Tom Segal ‘Pricewise’ – Racing Post

‘The way The Nile has been working in recent weeks suggests he’s definitely no forlorn hope at this grade. He’s shown good form on Polytrack, a surface whose form works out well at Ascot, and there was an awful lot to like about his second in a Listed race at Newmarket last time out.

Another John Gosden runner, Fencing is over priced because he ran really well in the 2000 Guineas despite an interrupted preparation and on ground too soft for him. Frankie Dettori rides Ascot better than anyone’.

Given her easy success at Chantilly last time the French filly Wizz Kid is going to go well. She ran a blinder to be second to Deacon Blues over six furlongs at this track on Champions Day and five furlongs with give underfoot is ideal.’

The Nile Ascot 3.45
Fencing Ascot 3.45
Wizz Kid Ascot 3.05 

Mark Winstanley ‘The Couch’ – The Irish Daily Star

‘Aidan O’Brien has captured the St James’s Palace Stakes six times over the years, so he knows how to produce a three-year-old colt in his prime.

Power was unsuited by the very soft terrain in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket but looked a different proposition when coming from way off the pace to land the Irish equivalent at the Curragh.

Jim Bolger doesn’t send his two-year-olds over unless they have a great chance so the unbeaten Dawn Approach is a confident choice. Drawn in stall 13 Kevin Manning can go whatever side he likes, and it’s going to take a tough sort to lower his colours.’

Power Ascot 3.45
Dawn Approach Ascot 4.25  

Chris McGrath – Irish Independent

Wizz Kid handles cut underfoot and performed exceptionally against older rivals last season, when still immature. The turn of foot she showed last time suggests a new peak is imminent.

Fencing is ridden by one of the great Ascot masters in Frankie Dettori. The physically striking, superbly-bred colt looks good value. He did not stay 10 furlongs in the Dante, and had previously done well to finish sixth in the 2000 Guineas after missing his trial with a setback.’

Wizz Kid Ascot 3.05
Fencing Ascot 3.45 

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