Follow The Money: Royal Ascot first day special!

We're opposing Aidan O'Brien's Power - are you?

All today's bets run at Royal Ascot

"Sir Prancealot ticks plenty of boxes and shouldn’t be far away."

Back Sir Prancealot @ 4.57/2 Ascot 16.25

Little Bridge is an interesting contender in this year's ultra-competitive King's Stand Stakes at 15.05 having been sneakily backed in from 20.019/1 to 13.5. The Hong Kong-based six-year-old has a better strike rate than 50% and seems to be on an upward curve judging by his impressive Group 2 success last time out. He is yet to score in a Group 1 and makes his first journey away from Sha Tin racecourse. These are two factors that would worry us if the money hadn't arrived. But it has... so we're not!

Single priced drifters in this afternoon's races are rarer than Mario Balotelli's words of wisdom, so we've been forced to go down the dangerous route of opposing an Aidan O'Brien-trained classic winner. Madness you might say, and you might be right, but there are reasons to heed the market slide on Power 3.9 out to 5.39/2 in the St James's Palace Stakes at 15.45. We've witnessed the colt chucking in an absolute stinker already once this season when trailing in 17th in the 2000 Guineas so that could happen again. The form book also gives some hope as Most Improved was only a head behind the lay in last year's Dewhurst, whilst the merit of his most notable performance, when winning the Irish 2000 Guineas, has a somewhat unreliable look to it.

Sir Prancealot
is the latest star to roll off the Richard Hannon production line and his strength in the market 4.57/2 in from 6.611/2 suggests that he can add to his trainer's never ending story of winners. He looked like a colt with a bright future last time out when slamming reliable yardstick Top Boy by four-and-a-half lengths at Sandown. As you would expect at Royal Ascot, stiff opposition faces him at every angle (not least the other runners from his own stable), but he ticks plenty of boxes and shouldn't be far away.

Recommended Bets
Back Little Bridge @ 14.013/1 Ascot 15.05
Lay Power @ 5.39/2 Ascot 15.45
Back Sir Prancealot @ 4.57/2 Ascot 16.25

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