Ruby Walsh – Paddy Power Blog exclusive
“I fancy The Fugue (3.05) to win. I thought she’s win the Oaks but got hampered at the top of the hill before finishing fast to nab third behind Ballydoye’s winner Was. People say Royal Ascot doesn’t favour an Oaks runner but she’s had a week later to get over her exertions this year.
“Fame and Glory (3.45) is a good thing for this and his biggest danger is Saddler’s Rock for John Oxx and Johnny Murtagh. He’s a Group One winner over 1m 4f who happens to stay 2m 4f. He’s the best bet of the day and Saddler’s Rock 3.45 at an each-way price is the second best bet of the day.
Pricewise – The Racing Post
Given Aidan O’Brien’s hot streak at the metting Pricewise has gone for Ballydoyle’s Gale Force Ten (2.30) to get punters aoff to a winning start on Thursday after some long-priced winners yesterday.
The Ribblesdale Stakes is a cracking contest and the Post’s top tipster has plumped for the Godolphin filly Kailani (3.05). On another cracking day’s racing at Royal the best tipster in the business can’t split Trader Jack (4.25) and Frog Hollow (4.25), while Rewarded (5.00) and Gabrial the Great (5.35 ) are all tasty prices in the closing races.
Mark ‘The Couch’ Winstanley – Irish Daily Star
Frog Hollow (4.25) also finds favour with the Couch in the 30-runner Britannia Handicap while Fame and Glory (3.45) is put up in the day’s feature the Ascot Gold Cup. Handsome Man (5.15) completes his picks on Ladies Day at the Berkshire course.
Richard Forristal – Irish Independent
A few of the Irish tipsters put up Duntle to win the last at 4/1 yesterday and there is a distinctly Irish flavour to the Indo’s tipping today with Gale Force Ten (2.30), Princess Highway (3.05), Fame and Glory (3.45), Piri Wango (4.25) representing Aidan O’Brien, Dermot Weld and Ger Lyons respectively. Michael Stoute’s dark horse Tales of Grimm (5.00) and Richard Hannon’s Pilgrims Rest (5.35) complete the selections.