Matt Chapman | Royal Ascot Betting day five
So this is it – an emotional day for me as I have been at Royal Ascot when news reporting at the Racing Post and for the first time this week on telly, but today will be my last ever day working at the meeting. Yes, it’s day five of Royal Ascot 2013 and it’s time to find a winner or two.
In the first I have had a big word for Bunker (2.30pm) from a good source and I fully expect him to win the Chesham for Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes. He’s bred to stay well, and won in fine style on his debut at Haydock. It’s interesting that the Qatar owners are now involved and I would guess that’s because Hannon thinks this colt is good.
Paul Hanagan was out of luck in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes despite a great front-running ride, and I think he will go one better wit my nap Ektihaam (3.05pm) in the Hardwicke Stakes.
Ektihaam beat the re-opposing Thomas Chippendale last time, and the latter had previously given Al Kazeem a tough race so that now looks top-class form. I am hoping Ektihaam will make all the running for the excellent trainer Roger Varian.
Black Caviar landed the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee sprint over 6f in dramatic style 12 months ago. There is no superstar in the field this time, but it’s competitive and is also wide open.
I am going for one of the bigger priced runners, Krypton Factor (3.45pm), who is massively over-priced at 22/1 with Paddy Power.
My selection was staying on well just one place and less than a length behind Society Rock, yet the latter is favourite today and Krypton Factor is a huge double-figure price. Yes, Kieren Fallon could have ridden him, and yes, Society Rock fluffed the start in 2012.
But Fallon was never going to get off Society Rock after winning on him last time at York. Krypton Factor is a proven international Group 1 performer and fast ground will suit him. Get on at a decent price. Yeeehaaa!
Finally, have a few quid each way on Glass Office (4.25pm) in one of the biggest betting heats of the season the Wokingham Handicap where Paddy is paying 5 places. The form is not too bad and the odds of 25/1 are generous. So that’s it…hope you have made a few quid over the week and Paddy is poorer than when he started.
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