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Matt Chapman exclusive: For once I’m on Paddy’s side as we power into the final day of Royal Ascot

What a finale to end the festival and I'm getting ready to go Yeeehaaa! crazy if we bang in a few winners.

by Matt Chapman | June 20, 2014

It’s not been a bad week on the tipping front with a few winners and a few running into places. But I still want to hit the jackpot and I’m putting in an extra effort on Saturday. You hear me Paddy?

Chesham Stakes 2.30pm

There’s plenty of guesswork involved here, but JUSTICE WELL looked as though he would improve plenty for a debut success at Newmarket when stepped up to 7f and now he has his chance. David Elsworth has had a few juvenile winners over the years at the big meeting so let’s hope this is another. An each-way chance at a double digit price.

Duke of Edinburgh H’cap (3.05pm)

Only a stone between top and bottom weight here and perfectly possible the top-weight Arab Spring will overcome an 8lb rise for a fine effort at York last time. However, I am hoping HAVANA COOLER is fit for the seasonal debut, and if he is I think he will go close. This selection stays strong, as he showed in the Melrose, and Luca Cumani is good with these types. Fingers crossed the horse is ready.


Hardwicke Stakes 3.45pm

HILLSTAR has disappointed since finishing third behind Novellist in the King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes last season and Ryan Moore has ditched him However, that just means we get a better price and I think if her’s anywhere near right he will be hard to keep out the frame. The second to Brown Panther was not a bad run, and he might like having Frankie Dettori on his back.

Diamond Jubilee 4.25pm

I am backing two here. Paddy’s already won with Sole Power, so we have to have a few quid on stablemate SLADE POWER who is top rated and looked better than ever on Irish 2000 Guineas day. I will also have a few quid each-way on ALJAMAAHEER, who is a Group 1 miler going sprinting. The blinkers first time are very interesting and runs for a class trainer in Roger Varian who won with Cursory Glance on Friday.


Wokingham Stakes 5pm

I will also have two in this at monster prices as Paddy’s paying the first 6 home.

SIRIUS PROSPECT has some top class Ascot form over 6f and he could well run a big one if producing his best. This is a compressed handicap and a mark of 105 – that’s not impossible. I will also be on DON’T BOTHER ME, who was once rated 105 but races here off 98.

He finished seventh in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes last season so acts on the course, and he could be well drawn. This might suit him.

Queen Alexandra (5.35pm)

Here we go. The finale. On ratings TIGER CLIFF is the one to beat. I can’t be 100 per cent sure about his stamina, his class may be enough to pull him through. He just about got 2m2f in the Cesarewitch. Royal Irish Hussar is interesting as well.

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