Renowned Racing Post tipster Tom Segal better known as Pricewise joins Paddy Power for all five days of the Royal Ascot Festival.
2.30 pm Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)
Aidan O’Brien can’t be ignored given the form he’s in and Coach House will start favourite on the back of his latest Listed win at the Curragh while David Brown has Jamie Spencer booked for Sandown winner Wind Fire who could be a player at a big price.
3.05 pm Ribblesdale Stakes (Fillies Group 2)
I’m taking on The Lark who finished third in the Oaks with John Gosden’s Winsili. She won the Oaks trial at Newbury – beating The Lark into third place and the second that day Cruck Realta has since won a Listed race over 10f at Newbury so the form looks solid. Alive Alive Oh for the Tommy Stack stable was a very impressive winner at Navan is on the upgrade and could be anything.
3.45 Gold Cup (Group 1)
I’m really sweet on Simenon for Irish champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins – who won twice at Royal Ascot last year – winning by six and seven lengths respectively. I put him up at 16/1 for this before his unlucky fourth in the Chester Cup and should be spot on for what is a very close competitive looking race. Estimate runs in the Royal colours and won the Queens Vase last year. Ryan Moore – who switches to Estimate – rode Simenon last year so Johnny Murtagh does the steering today. Biographer looks too big at 25/1.
4.25 Britannia Stakes (Handicap)
Probably five or six potential Group horses in the line up but that doesn’t make finding the winner any easier. The vibes are strong for Richard Hannon’s Wentworth and Mark Johnston’s Maputo but my two against the field are Queensberry Rules for last year’s winning combo of William Haggas and Ryan Moore who scored with Fast and Free and Charlie Hills’ Market Town in a race where Paddy Power is paying the first 6 home.
5.00 Tercentenary Stakes (Group 3)
John Gosden’s Remote won well at Doncaster beating Baltic Knight by six lengths and the form was franked when the Hannon horse won a Listed contest at York last weekend. But Mark Johnston’s Dante fifth Windhoek was never happy at York and could bounce back in this as he could get his own way in front and gallop them into the ground.
German raider Chopin didn’t stay the Derby trip while Indian Chief was third in the Dante and Van Der Neer is being upped in distance and was third in the Newmarket 2,000 Guinea. This looks one of the best three-year-old races of the season so far and is a Group 3 in name only.
5.35 King George V Stakes (Handicap)
Take note of Maputo’s run in the 4.25 because Number One London was second to him the last time at Newmarket. Has yet to win a race but looks well handicapped now. Mark Johnston has four tasty-priced runners in the field and I’m giving Greeleys Love another chance based on his Epsom run a couple of starts back with Jamie Spencer doing the steering.
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