Top tipster Andrew Mount has six bets on Thursday, including a 40/1 shot in the opener at Royal Ascot. Check out his thoughts below, with all selections backable via the Tote who currently have an offer in place which provides new customers with a £10 welcome offer.
KING OF SPEED – (2.30 Ascot, 0.5pt each-way 50/1)
Robert Cowell’s KING OF SPEED, like most of the yard’s juveniles, needed his debut effort when third to Barging Thru at Chelmsford in April. He reversed the form with the winner at Redcar next time, despite racing on the slowest part of the track on a day the bias to low draws was stronger than ever. The time was nothing special but he’s going to come on again for that run and probably shouldn’t be as big as 50/1 with Hollie Doyle up.
HARD SOLUTION - (3.25 Ripon, 2pt win 9/2)
HARD SOLUTION goes best after a very recent outing, winning six of his 17 starts when retuned to the track within ten days for a profit of £45.50 to a £1 level stake at SP. In high summer (June to August) those figures improve to 137151411 (5-9) and he can complete his hat-trick here.
GULLANE ONE - (3.25 Ripon, 1pt win 8/1)
GULLANE ONE did well to finish fourth behind Mr Wagyu (winner again since) at Pontefract last time, as he used up plenty of petrol to lead up from his wide draw. He also goes well in high summer, winning five from 15 from June to August (+£56.00 to £1). Stall 1 could be tricky – he’s basically got to head far side and hope it’s no slower over there – but he’s worth a saver.
KONDO ISAMI – (5.35 Ascot, 2pt win 14/1)
Mark Johnston’s KONDO ISAMI ran a huge race against the pace bias at Doncaster last time, going down by a neck in second place after racing on the front end throughout. The winner (‘midfield’), third (‘midfield’). fourth (‘steadied start, held up in rear’) and fifth (‘held up in rear’) all came from off the pace and the other two prominent racers finished last and second last of the seven runners.
His record away from Newcastle now reads 112 (2-3) and his trainer does well in this race – since the beginning of this century he’s five from 58 (expected wins 2.89) and those who finished first or second in their prep race were five from 28 for a profit of £21.50 to a £1 level stake at SP.
SOAPY STEVENS - (5.35 Ascot, 0.5pt each-way 25/1)
I also want to side with Kondo Isami’s stablemate SOAPY STEVENS, who has also run a blinder against the pace bias at Doncaster this season, going down by a head in second on his reappearance in April. Since then he’s finished fourth against a strong draw bias at Salisbury and won at Chester and Haydock.
SILKEN PETALS – (6.05 Lingfield, 2pt win 15/8)
SILKEN PETALS was only third when a 5-2 joint-favourite at Redcar last time but had a poor draw in stall 11 (16-1 winner drawn in stall 2) and she was always on the slowest part of the track. Her earlier Kempton second reads well and she looks a solid bet now back on Polytrack.
Today’s Best Bets
KING OF SPEED – 0.5pt each-way – 2.30 Ascot (50-1 Boylesports, 40-1 generally)
HARD SOLUTION – 2pts win – 3.25 Ripon (9-2 William Hill)
GULLANE ONE – 1pt win – 3.25 Ripon (8-1 bet365)
KONDO ISAMI – 2pts win, 1pt place – 5.35 Ascot (14-1 generally)
SOAPY STEVENS – 0.5pt each-way – 5.35 Ascot (25-1 Boylespots, betVictor, 22-1 generally)
SILKEN PETALS – 2pts win – 6.05 Lingfield (15-8 bet365 is the only offer so far)
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