Man On The Spot marks your card for day four of Royal Ascot while we highlight Sky Bet’s top offers including another first-race special!
Sporting Life Price Boost Double
The team at Sky Bet are boosting two popular horses in a double for each day of Royal Ascot at our request! For Friday's action we’ve gone for Alpha Centauri and Winter and the popular duo are boosted to 9/2 (from 4/1).
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Royal Ascot 2:30 - Albany Stakes
ALPHA CENTAURI has won both of her assignments so far with consummate ease and beat the Ballydoyle hopeful, Actress, on both occasions. Jessica Harrington's highly-rated filly will take some stopping here. Fairyland and Princess Peggy are interesting American raiders for Wesley Ward's yard and it remains to be seen how well they will adapt to the Turf while Clemmie is probably the pick of the Aidan O’Brien contingent. But she will need to step up significantly from her debut to make an impact here while the unbeaten Natural faces very different underfoot conditions from those she enjoyed when winning at Doncaster. Black Sails was an easy winner of an interesting race at the Curragh and has the potential to be involved at the finish, as does Madeline, who stepped up notably on her debut performance when winning at Goodwood. Jeremy Noseda has a good record in this race and Take Me With You is also one to watch while the selection's stablemate Whitefountainfairy was running on strikingly when winning her maiden and can’t be dismissed.
Royal Ascot 3:05 - King Edward VII Stakes
Enhanced Place terms depend on 10 or more runners
Best Solution looks the pick of those who featured in the Derby. He was running on well that day although the track didn’t seem to suit and he could be in contention here. Permian will be having his sixth race of the season and the way he tailed off at Epsom was worrying, while the other Classic runners Salouen, Khalidi and Glencadam Glory look short of the required class. Royal Lodge winner Best Of Days was a high class two-year-old, though it may be asking too much of him to take this on his seasonal debut, so preference is for CRYSTAL OCEAN (NAP). His third in the Dante is solid form and having skipped the Derby, Sir Michael Stoute has been bringing him quietly along and he should be at his peak for this. The one-time Derby favourite Sir John Lavery flopped in the Lingfield Derby Trial but has to be respected as the sole Aidan O’Brien entrant while the consistent Raheen House is capable of making the frame.
Royal Ascot 3:40 - Commonwealth Cup
It is likely to take something special to overcome the unbeaten Group 1 winner Caravaggio, who began his three-year-old career by demolishing the field in a decent race at Naas. But he is up against better rivals today. Harry Angel was an impressive winner at Haydock and if he settles, can push the likely favourite close, as can Blue Point, who had Harry Angel behind him in second when winning his seasonal debut over course and distance. But BOUND FOR NOWHERE could be the type to spring a surprise given Wesley Ward's charge stormed home on fast ground in a prep-race at Keeneland in April and his trainer’s Ascot record demands respect. Visionary won a Listed race at Newbury but would have to improve considerably to feature here while Tis Marvellous has plenty of ability but has not built on his French Group 2 win last year and Yalta has looked short of this class so far.
Royal Ascot 4:20 - Coronation Stakes
WINTER is bidding to emulate Attraction by winning this race and both the 1000 Guineas and the Irish equivalent in the same season. Her performances so far suggest there is more improvement to come and it’s hard to see anything standing in the way of the Ballydoyle filly here. French 1000 Guineas winner Precieuse, who was impressive on her step up to a mile, would appear to be the main danger, while the lightly-raced Dabyah, who won the Fred Darling at Newbury on her seasonal reappearance also has the ability to push the favourite close. Tomyris has shaped with some promise in both wins this season though the form of those races leaves her some way short of the required class while Aidan O’Brien's others runners,Roly Poly and Hydrangea, were brushed aside by Winter in the Irish 1000 Guineas and won’t be reversing the form here on that evidence. American raider La Coronel is a Grade 3 winner back home but also has plenty to find in this company.
Royal Ascot 5:00 - Queen's Vase
Enhanced Place terms depend on 10 or more runners
Aidan O’Brien has won three of the last four renewals of this race so his main hope Belgravia has to command respect but was disappointing when beaten at Navan last time and his stamina for this trip is not proven. The other Ballydoyle entrant, Wisconsin, also has stamina questions to answer judged on his narrow victory in a Tipperary maiden and preference is for Mark Johnston’s TIME TO STUDY. He showed plenty of grit when digging in to win a valuable handicap at Musselburgh over this trip and is likely to improve further for a yard that has won this race seven times before. Desert Skyline was staying on stoutly over 1m2f furlongs at Epsom and can be involved at the finish while the lightly raced Count Octave, who ran poorly in the Chester Vase, is worth another chance at this more conventional track. Dermot Weld’s Haripour is also respected after his impressive performance in a Navan maiden and has each way claims while William Buick prefers Goodwood runner-up Secret Advisor to stablemate Alqamar. John Gosden’s Stradivarius is not certain to get the trip and Mister Manduro was due to run here yesterday.
Royal Ascot 5:35 - Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes
Enhanced Place terms depend on 16 or more runners
Mainstream caught the eye finishing strongly in a Newmarket handicap but isn’t one to rely on while Appeared was an impressive winner of a course and distance handicap last month but may struggle to follow up off a significantly higher mark.In a fiercely competitive race, preference is for the latter's lightly-raced and unbeaten stable companion WADIGOR. He took a modest looking Kempton handicap with ease on his seasonal return and has plenty of improvement to come. Sixties Groove ran well at Epsom over a trip that was short of his best and also has strong claims and it would be no surprise to see Top Tug make the frame. Both Star Storm and Knights Table ran well in a Listed event over course and distance and have solid place claims while Soldier In Action and Eddystone Rock are in form but look short of this class. Desert God is a reserve but disappointed in Dubai in January and has questions to answer on his return if making the line-up.
Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bets on day four of Royal Ascot and he has two selections on Coronation Stakes day.
Top commentator Simon Holt believes a plan can come together in the King Edward VII Stakes on Friday for Sir Michael Stoute.
Man On The Spot marks your card for day four of Royal Ascot while we highlight Sky Bet’s top offers.