Royal Ascot Placepot dividends are famously lucrative. Here is Timeform's recommended perm on day one.
"With four realistic challengers vying for three places, a surface reading of the Queen Anne would suggest a banker."
14:30 - With four realistic challengers vying for three places, a surface reading of the Queen Anne would suggest a banker. It's a hard line to justify, though, when outsider-of-the-four Toormore is the one you really want in. He's the one most likely to give his running and will carry less of the pool than he deserves. On the down side, he's arguably the least able, so pair him up with the most able, top-rated Able Friend, who may keep Toomore out of the places if he runs to form but allow him in if he doesn't.
15:05 - The listed Marble Hill Stakes will be our best friend in this Placepot bid. In reference to the Coventry, it shows us how Round Two can blast his way to victory, his stamina for six furlongs having been more or less proved the time before. With his uncomplicated running style and trainer Jim Bolger's ability to get a two-year-old ready for Royal Ascot amply proven down the years, we can make him a banker.
15:40 - We're taking another favourite here, as it's just so difficult to justify a perm that doesn't include Sole Power in the King's Stand. Still, we'll add G Force to the mix in an attempt to get a more juicy return. He's a bone fide Group 1 sprinter and will more than likely be effective at a stiff five furlongs, finishing strongly like Sole Power.
16:20 - Both Placepot protocol and projected tactics suggest Make Believe should be our banker in the St James's Palace. He'll either lead or shadow Latharnach in what could well prove a tactical race, while it's likely that in this field only Gleneagles would have enough to beat him, all other things being equal.
17:00 - You fancy that day one of Royal Ascot is circled on Nicky Henderson's calendar. He puts on his top hat and tails and, quite often, sends out one with a live chance in the Ascot Stakes. He looks to hold the key this year, with his pair of Broxbourne and Hurricane Higgins fancied to go well. Both arrive on the back of sound efforts over hurdles and showed the ability to go well in a race of this nature in their time with Mark Johnston.
17:35 - We return to the Marble Hill when discussing the Windsor Castle. Winner Round Two and runner-up Washington DC both ran equally strong trials for what has ended up as their respective Ascot targets. For Round Two, it was his stamina and class; for Washington DC it was speed and only a little less sparkle. He looked Round Two's equal for much of the race and something similar, with a slightly stronger finish, would see him easily within the first three.
14:30 - 1, 7
15:05 - 14
15:40 - 1, 12
16:20 - 6
17:00 - 1, 13
17:35 - 21
= 8 lines