Royal Ascot Bets of the Day: Six to follow on the final day in Berkshire

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Our resident tipsters hope to end the final day of Royal Ascot with a few decent priced winners...

Alan Dudman

NAP 17:00 Ascot - Back Eastern Impact @ 16/1 each way (Sportsbook promo race)

Time to have another crack at a big handicap as we head for the 28 runner Wokingham. The draw has obviously played its part this week; and I felt my selection in the Britannia (Afaak) ran really well - unfortunately he ended up in the stands' side group. Whether the bias gets evened out for Saturday I have no idea, but I am going to stick with a low number draw over the far side.

Therefore the 16/1 on offer for Eastern Impact gets the vote. Back him each-way.

He was one of those horses that progressed nicely from handicaps into Group company in the past, and has got Group 3 winning form at Ascot over today's trip - but that was his last victory back in 2015.

In his CV there are a couple of decent runs in the Group 1 July Cup, but he hasn't quite cut it at top level, but there's no shame in it.

From his peak he operated at around 112 - so from a mark of 104 he has a chance. He ran behind stablemate Mr Lupton recently at Newmarket - and he's a similar sort of horse to him.

Trained by Richard Fahey, he's tough and genuine and likes to track the pace. He'll enjoy the quick ground too in the hustle and bustle of this race.


NB 17:35 Ascot - Back Vent De Force @ 18/1 each-way (Sportsbook promo race)

Vent De Force was a very handy stayer a couple of years ago. However, that was then and this is now, and following just two starts in 2016 following a gelding operation, he probably has a question mark whether he is quite the same horse these days.

It's worth touching on his efforts in 2015. He landed a Group 3, finished second in Ascot's Sagaro behind Mizzou and subsequently competed in the Gold Cup itself. He was a very talented stayer.

One thing he does do is stay well, so I have no fears about the stamina over today's marathon of 2m6f.

His recent comeback outing at Sandown in the Group 3 Henry II behind Big Orange was a fair enough run considering he shaped like he'll come on plenty for the effort. Armed with fitness and a drop in class - he can be a player.

Vent De Force has made the running before and his jockey James Doyle has already succeeded with a staying prize from the front this week.


Alan Thompson

NAP: 15:05 Ascot - Back Pacify each-way @ 11/1

Pacify who is owned by the Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwal produced a career best effort when second at York in a competitive handicap over this distance last may. The five-year-old returned this season after a 308 day break but was sent over far to short a distance, just to stretch his legs I assume as he would have needed that run and will strip fitter for it today.

The handicapper has only seen the need to raise him 1lb after that impressive York run. He has clearly had training issues but he could be off a very favourable handicap mark and if back to his best with ideal conditions could be tough to beat let alone make the frame and at 11/1 with Pat Smullen in the plate for Ralph Beckett, I am prepared to give him another chance.


NB: 15:40 Ascot - Back Dartmouth @ 9/4

Sir Michael Stoute has an excellent record in this race taking seven of the last eleven renewals, including with the Queen's Dartmouth last year, where he out battled the fantastic Highland Reel in that thrilling finish. He returns this year to defend his crown and I think he has a good chance of achieving that goal.

He is joint top-rated in the field with Wings Of Desire and while his win in this race last year was undoubtedly the highlight of his season, he won impressively on his seasonal reappearance at York 36 days ago under today's jockey Ryan Moore.

The drop back in trip will be very much in his favour today and while conditions aren't ideal for him, he would be even shorter if they were, he has some decent pieces of form on this ground and has shown more than enough on this going to suggest he can win again.


Nick Shiambouros

NB - Ascot 15:40 - Back Wings Of Desire @ 8.415/2

Wings Of Desire should go close in this high class event.

This colt finished an excellent second to Highland Reel in the King George at Ascot last July. He ran his heart out, but the winner pulled out more and had to settle for a place. He has not been seen since finishing down the field in the International Stakes at York. Trainer John Gosden has been patient with this lightly raced individual, and is bound to have him ready to do himself justice. I think he is capable of winning a race of this stature, and is fairly priced at 8.415/2 on the exchange.

Dartmouth is the current favourite at 3.39/4. He won this race last year, and gained a narrow victory in the Yorkshire Cup on this seasonal reappearance. He sets a fair standard but his price is a little thin to say the least.


NAP - Ascot 16:20 - Back Limato @ 3.55

Limato is my best bet of the day.

This gelding finished down the field in the Al Quoz sprint at Meydan in March. He never travelled with any fluency on the soft ground, and failed to land a blow. He is best judged on his superb victory in the July Cup last year on his favoured fast ground. There is little doubt in my mind that if he puts his best foot forward he will be difficult to beat. He is the clear form choice, and have backed him at his current price of 3.55.

Suedois is worth mentioning. He has some decent form in the book including a second place finish in the July Cup last year. He has been a little disappointing this term, but could run well at a big price if he can recapture his old spark. At present he is trading at 27.026/1 on the exchange.

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