AscotOur top man, Daryl Carter goes all-in on the final day of Royal Ascot, with eight selections on the card, plus a couple of runners at Redcar and Lingfield too! Check out his ten tips below, along with an excellent sign-up bonus of Up to £100 in free bets with 888sport!


GREAT MAX - (2.30 Ascot, 1pts win - 16/1)

I think this is more open than the market suggests, and GREAT MAX left a deep impression when winning in the style of a good horse at Newbury on debut. He recorded the joint highest RPR in that race since it's running along with Expert Eye, who turned out to be a useful type.

The step-up in trip is certainly in his favour, and there is plenty more to come from him at a track that should suit.


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WITHERING - (2:30pm Ascot, 1pt each-way - 33/1)

WITHERING has seen plenty of support since the 40/1 mentioned on the GG Weekend Watch, but I still want to take a chance at 20/1 or bigger. Picked up by powerful connections after a useful performance on debut in which he would have learned plenty, he clocked some scorching final furlong sectionals.

He really caught the eye with a powerful finishing effort off a slow pace. A chance is taken.


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YOUNG FIRE - (3.00 Redcar, 2pts win - 3/1)

YOUNG FIRE was a course winner here at Redcar last term after catching the eye at York off this handicap mark and can repeat the dose after catching the eye at Haydock. This is one of the weakest races he has contested this season, and he would have won granted a clear passage at Haydock last time.

Any rain that is due will certainly enhance his chances, and he is weighted to go well and holds the strongest form in the race, so is the only one to back in this contest.


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CREATIVE FORCE - (3.05 Ascot, 1pt win - 11/2)

The ground is a slight question mark should it get very soft, but I can't abandon a horse I think is Group 1 material. This looks competitive, but the way he rounded the field at Newbury and scored going away marked him down as a potential top-notcher. T

his step-up in trip should see him improve further, given the way he travels through his races. There are a few things against him today, though, the draw, William Buick choosing Naval Crown and perhaps the ground, but it would break my heart if he won and I wasn't on. This is one tip I don't mind you bailing out on but I have to stick by him - unprofessional, perhaps.


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STORM DAMAGE - (3:05pm Ascot, 1pt wach-way - 16/1)

STORM DAMAGE blew me away at Kempton with his impressive debut performance from the widest draw of all in stall 13. He looks a very strong stayer over this trip, and the ground could level this playing field slightly.

He has tonnes to find with the principles make no mistake about it, but he is over-priced in comparison with a few of these rivals and could spring a surprise.


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TIGER MOTH - (3.40 Ascot, 1pt win - 22/1)

I am surprised that TIGER MOTH is so big in the market. He has very few negatives if forgiving his last run in which he was reported to have gargled. That is a concern but also an excuse for a below-par run.

Previous to that, he was an excellent second from a wide draw in the Melbourne Cup and second in the Irish Derby. That's one of the strongest form lines in the race, and the recent rain will turn this into a gruelling test, one that he will relish.


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DREAM OF DREAMS - (4.20 Ascot, 1pt win - 10/3)

The rain is likely to scupper the chances of Starman, and DREAM OF DREAMS looks the one to benefit. A head second in this race in 2020 and 2019 with the latter a strong piece of form.

This is a below-par renewal, and he showed he retained all of his ability when a good winner at Windsor on seasonal return. He is best earlier in the season and has an excellent record second time up, so he gets a strong vote of confidence.


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KINGS LYNN - (5.00 Ascot, 2pts win - 9/2)

KINGS LYNN ran a belter for us in the 5f Kings Stand earlier in the week and is turned out quickly here over 6f. This looks a fantastic bit of placing by connections as he gets in off a handicap mark of 100 - 7lbs officially well in. If granted a clear run midweek, he would have easily finished in the first three and, as a consequence, would have been rated at least 112.

That puts him extremely well-in here, and if he doesn't get his head in front today, connections will feel extremely hard done by, so it is impossible to side against.


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ALFADHEL - (5.35 Ascot, 2pts win - 5/1)

The ground shouldn't be a problem for ALFADHEL, who has looked right out of the top draw in his two starts this season. He easily picked up Sir Rumi at Lingfield off a slow pace and will surely be leaving this opening handicap mark of 98 behind him in time on that evidence.

He hasn't been suited by both tracks this term (Lingfield and Chester), and a big galloping track such as this will certainly suit - he is one to be very excited by.


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CANOODLED - (8.50 Lingfield, 1pt win - 3/1)

CANOODLED was frustrating for us last time at Leicester when given far too much to do by David Egan in a race where it paid to be on the pace. This day, all the winners made the running or were ridden prominently, and she was the only horse to come from the rear to make a challenge.

On that evidence, she looks well handicapped, left on the same mark, and Saffie Osborne claims 5lbs. She has been unlucky on a couple of occasions at this Lingfield track, and in the hope that she gets a more prominent ride this time around, she can't go unbacked.


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Daryl Carter's Best Bets!

GREAT MAX - (2.30 Ascot, 1pts win - 16/1)

WITHERING - (2:30pm Ascot, 1pt each-way - 33/1)

YOUNG FIRE - (3.00 Redcar, 2pts win - 3/1)

CREATIVE FORCE - (3.05 Ascot, 1pt win - 11/2)

STORM DAMAGE - (3:05pm Ascot, 1pt wach-way - 16/1)

TIGER MOTH - (3.40 Ascot, 1pt win - 22/1)

DREAM OF DREAMS - (4.20 Ascot, 1pt win - 10/3)

KINGS LYNN - (5.00 Ascot, 2pts win - 9/2)

ALFADHEL - (5.35 Ascot, 2pts win - 5/1)

CANOODLED - (8.50 Lingfield, 1pt win - 3/1)


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