Andrew Mount has been in good form with his horse racing tips this week. He’s back with his best Royal Ascot hopes and you can claim up to £30 in Royal Ascot free bets
TRITONIC (1.15 Ascot, 1pt win 10/1)
A very low draw can be tricky to overcome in big-field races over the 1m2f trip at Ascot, with those drawn in stall 1, 2 and 3 scoring just once from 57 runners since 2011. Stalls 5, 6 and 7 won 11 of the 19 races and it may pay to side with runners drawn middle to high in the opening Golden Gates Handicap. Alan King had a handicap winner here on Tuesday and TRITONIC (stall 7 of 17) looks interesting under Oisin Murphy on his handicap debut.
GLOBAL STORM (1.15 Ascot, 1pt win 6/1)
In the 1.15 I also want to back **GLOBAL STORM, two from two since gelded, with both wins coming from off the pace on the Rowley Mile, a track that usually favours prominent racers.
VENTURA LIGHTNING (2.25 Ascot, 1pt win 20/1)
VENTURA LIGHTNING got no cover from his stall 1 draw when fifth in a 6f Group 3 contest at Newcastle on his comeback, doing second-best of the prominent racers behind runners drawn 13, 8 and 10 of 13. He kept on again in the closing stages, as he had done when second at York on his final 2yo outing, and he looks ready for the step up to 7f in the Jersey Stakes. Richard Fahey has won this race twice in the past four years.
FLEETING PRINCE (2.25 Ascot, 0.5pts each-way 50/1)
FLEETING PRINCE was a place in front of Ventura Lightning when a 25-1 fourth in that Newcastle race when also poorly drawn (stall 3). He kept on well towards the unfavoured far side after missing the break and could also benefit from the extra furlong. He looks overpriced (50-1 at the time of writing).
SOFIKA (4.40 Ascot, 1pt win 7/1)
The winner of the Listed Sandringham Handicap usually comes from well off the pace and the rare exceptions were very well handicapped, such as Persuasive, described as ‘in touch’ in the early stages when winning this off a mark of 95 in 2016. She ended her career on 118 after beating Ribchester in Group 1 company. Muteela, who made all off a mark of 95 a couple of years earlier, was rated 111 when retired to stud.
The early pace looks to be middle to high – including from Waliyak in stall 18 of 18 – and I’m happy to side with a high-drawn hold-up horse. Sir Michael Stoute’s SOFIKA, a winner at Pontefract on her racecourse debut, did best of the closers when runner-up in a Group 3 at Newmarket next time and the form was franked by Dark Lady, who beat Millisle in a Group 3 at Salisbury shortly after.
HUBOOR (4.40 Ascot, 1pt win 16/1)
HUBOOR could have done with a higher draw than stall 7 but Mark Johnston’s filly did well to score from her stall 2 draw in a hot 7f nursery at Newmarket last September (the runner-up and third raced stands’ side from stalls 11 and 15) and she caught the eye on her comeback when keeping on into fifth against the ‘dead’ rail at Lingfield.
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