Royal Ascot Tips: Five fancies to make it a winning Wednesday

William Haggas trains Hunt Cup hopeful Queensbury Rules
William Haggas trains Hunt Cup hopeful Queensberry Rules

Our value seeker Tony Calvin is in extremely optimistic mood ahead of day two of Royal Ascot and here he highlights five well-reasoned selections for you to consider on a very competitive day of racing...

Recommended Bets

Back Brazos @ 36.035/1 in the 14:30

Back Alexander Anthem @ 5.04/1 in the 15:05

Back Burano @ 34.033/1 in the 17:00

Back Queensberry Rules @ 15.014/1 in the 17:00

Back Psychometry @ 10.09/1 in the 17:35

Wednesday looks like being the big punting day at Royal Ascot for me - well, until Thursday anyway - so I will take you through the races in chronological order. Hold on to your top hat, it could be a rollercoaster ride.


Royal Ascot 14:30 - Brazos

I hope to get off to a flier though, because my biggest-price fancy of the day goes in the opener. Back Brazos at odds of 36.035/1 or bigger in the Jersey.

The race initially looked far too trappy for me to get involved with any confidence.

The most likely winner is clearly Muwaary, who steps down in class after finishing an excellent fourth in the French 2,000 Guineas last time. The drop back in trip wouldn't concern me - he showed a lot of pace when winning over 7f at Newbury previously - and he does have a lot going for him.

But he doesn't have that much in hand on form - in fact, Giovanni Boldini is the best horse in this race on his Group 1 juvenile exploits - he may not be ideally drawn in four, and you'll need all the luck in running in here, as there is the slight matter of 22 rivals.

In short, I can let him win unbacked at around 5.59/2, and I was originally going to give the race a swerve until I stumbled across Brazos.

Everyone loves proven track form when punting at Ascot and I thought Brazos was tremendously impressive in winning a handicap off a mark of 95 over course and distance last time, and the runner-up franked the form when winning a valuable handicap at Goodwood next time.

He was giving Muwaary 13lb when beaten four lengths by that horse at Newbury in April, so is strictly weighted to reverse the form with the favourite, and I thought the selection travelled and won like a much-improved horse here last time.

He is no 36.035/1+ poke - he was 40.039/1 in places this morning - so I advise you to get involved.


Royal Ascot 15:05 - Anthem Alexander

Now everyone knows that I am not usually a favourite backer, but I am more than happy to unload at short prices when the situation demands, and that is the case with Anthem Alexander - available to back at around 5.04/1 - in the Queen Mary.

The case for her is as compelling as it is simple. She recorded a superb time in winning by seven lengths at Tipperary - despite apparently being found in season before the race - and that makes her the clear form choice in my book ahead of National Stakes winner Tiggy Wiggy.

Of course, the American filly Spanish Pipedream is the big unknown but she will have to be a very smart filly indeed to beat Anthem Alexander.


Royal Ascot 15:45

I can't see much of an edge in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at 15:45, but one thing is for sure. I wouldn't be any rush to take odds of around 1.674/6 about Treve.

She does has questions to answer after her reappearance defeat and she wouldn't be the first horse to lose her superstar status as a 4yo, and she meets four genuine Group 1 horses here. Choosing between that quarter is not easy though.


Royal Ascot 16:25

There is a lot of stable confidence behind Integral in the Duke Of Cambridge, and I think she will go off favourite ahead of Sky Lantern and just about win.

The problem is that odds of around 4.03/1 are just a little short for me to get involved in such a competitive race, though I couldn't put anyone off her, and I will back her if, as appears unlikely, she does drift to 5.04/1 or bigger. She has been trained for this race, and I think a career-best is anticipated from her connections.


Royal Ascot 17:00 - Burano & Queensberry Rules

I am going in double-handed in the Hunt Cup though and regular readers will not be surprised to hear that my old mate Burano is one of those duo. Back him at odds of 34.033/1 or bigger.

This horse found all the trouble in running going in his first two starts this season - if I didn't know better, you may have thought the jockey was looking for it - but on the plus side he has been dropped 3lb anyway, and a strongly-run 1m is likely to bring out the best in this horse. After all, he stays 1m2f.

Hopefully, this race has been the plan all season, and it is good to see that his stable has hit a little bit of form in the past fortnight.

I have to have a saver on a horse that I also backed on a few occasions last season, and Queensberry Rules is a decent price at 15.014/1.

He was a bit of an in-and-out performer last term, but as a result the vets have been in and whipped them out, and hopefully a gelding operation has improved him.

Third in the Britannia last season, we know that he likes this track and trip, I like his high draw, and suspect master-placer William Haggas has laid him out for this.


Royal Ascot 17:35 - Psychometry

I know a few people were backing Psychometry for the Oaks at big odds at the start of the season - in fact, one well-known PR rep was tipping it up in the press room back in May - but that proved well wide of the mark.

But she certainly hasn't run badly in Oaks trials at Chester and Goodwood - the latter form is working out well - and the key to her performing better on Wednesday afternoon is faster ground, as she travelled well in those races before finding little when asked for her effort. The testing conditions were thought to be to blame.

Obviously, just as bigger a pointer to her chances is that she switches to handicap company off a mark of just 88, and I have a feeling that she could prove to be the best treated horse in here by some way, though being drawn 1 of 25 does concern me.

But at odds of 10.09/1 or better in the 17:35 I'll take my chances, thanks. And I think you should, too.

Buckle up, and get stuck in.


Recommended Bets

Back Brazos @ 36.035/1 in the 14:30
Back Alexander Anthem @ 5.04/1 in the 15:05
Back Burano @ 34.033/1 in the 17:00
Back Queensberry Rules @ 15.014/1 in the 17:00
Back Psychometry @ 10.09/1 in the 17:35


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