Follow The Money: Angel to shine on day one of Royal Ascot

Will the sun shine on our Ascot bets?

Today's three Follow the Money bets all run at the long-awaited Royal Ascot meeting...

"Mecca's Angel had a great 2014 winning four of five starts and added to her impressive tally in the Prix de Saint-Georges at Longchamp on reappearance last month. If she can overcome the expected quick ground this smart sprinter could live up to her leading claims."

Back Mecca's Angel at 7.613/2 in the 15:40 King's Stand Stakes at Ascot

We start the day with the 14:30 Queen Anne Stakes Group 1 over the straight mile at Royal Ascot. Richard Hannon's classic winner Night Of Thunder has been backed in to 6.25/1 from 7.613/2. It's true that he's going up against two horses, in Solow and Able Friend, who have been impressive this spring but they have never really been tested with most of their victories coming in small fields against somewhat inferior competition. Night Of Thunder is proven at this level. He was among the best of his generation over a mile last year winning a decent 2000 Guineas in May and chasing home both Kingman (June, St James Palace Stakes) and Charm Spirit (Oct, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes) here over a mile last season. Can Britain's top-rated miler compete against the French and Hong Kong raiders? If the Lockinge is a good indicator for the Queen Anne Stakes, Richard Hannon could add to his impressive 50% strike rate (3-6) here.

We are looking to take on Round Two in the 15:05 Coventry Stakes. In a field of top class two-year-olds, it seems the early prices were a bit too skinny for our backers. Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore team up with Air Force Blue, who has winning form that has been franked since and US Trainer Wesley Ward, who has a great record at the Royal meeting, sends over Finnegan who will relish the fast ground. It was fairly difficult to find our lay-of-the-day today but the Jim Bolger-trained colt has been losing support this morning opening at 3.211/5 he's out to 3.814/5 and still moving. So this is one favourite we're are happy to take on.

We end the day with a selection from the 15:40 King's Stand Stakes Group 1. Mecca's Angel has been backed in to 7.613/2 from 8.88/1. The Michael Dods-trained filly had a great 2014 winning four of five starts and added to her impressive tally in the Prix de Saint-Georges at Longchamp on reappearance last month. If she can overcome the expected quick ground this smart sprinter could live up to her leading claims.


Recommended Bets
Back Night Of Thunder at 6.25/1 in the 14:30 Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot
Lay Round Two at 3.814/5 in the 15:05 Coventry Stakes at Ascot
Back Mecca's Angel at 7.613/2 in the 15:40 King's Stand Stakes at Ascot

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