Royal Ascot Day Five Tips: Music set to Master his Diamond Jubilee rivals

Henry Candy, trainer of Tony's Diamond Jubilee fancy Music Master
Henry Candy, trainer of Tony's Diamond Jubilee fancy Music Master

Our big price tipster Tony Calvin has been in superb form in June, supplying double-figure price winners (and one famous triple-figure winner) with regularity. Here our man aims to exit Royal Ascot on a high with three selections for day five of the Royal meeting...

"His jockey went too soon on the near side when fourth in this race last year, and more patient tactics will see him very competitive here."

Back Music Master @ 28.027/1 in the 16:20

Henry Candy has the most impressive eyebrows in racing - he would have given Dennis Healey, in his unkempt prime, a run for his money in the hirsute stakes - and I reckon that he will be raising his pair of beauties knowingly after Music Master has won the Diamond Jubilee at 16:20.

Back him at odds of 28.027/1 in the win and 6.05/1 or bigger in the place market.

Clearly, Aussie sprinter Brazen Beau and Mustajeeb are worthy market leaders but I can't believe how under-rated Music Master is in the betting.

He is a proper Group 1 sprinter on his day, as he showed when fourth in this race and then third at Haydock last year, and I think everything is primed for him to run a huge race, on a track which he always goes well at.

He is 25-1+ because of his poor run at Haydock last time, when he was stone cold last. But Candy explained the reason for that disappointment was that they tried him in a new bit that day, and he couldn't breathe in it.

Presumably, that won't be happening again today and I expect this strong traveller to deliver his telling turn of foot in the last 100 yards, just as he did at Newbury last season. His jockey went too soon on the near side when fourth in this race last year, and more patient tactics will see him very competitive here.

I will be having a good each-way bet on him at those odds.


Huntsman Close has been backed into favouritism in the The Wokingham at 17:00 in the last 24 hours and it is easy to see why, as he has a lot going for him.

But I am going to take him on with Zarwaan at 17.5, fifth in the Britannia here last season.

This horse has put in solid efforts in the Lincoln and the Victoria Cup of late, but I think the step down to 6f - for the first time since winning his 2yo maiden - in a helter-skelter race could be the making of him. It'll need to, as he is not obviously well-handicapped.


Eagle Top looks the one to take on last year's seven-length winner Telescope in the Hardwicke at 15:40, and he rates a fair bet at 4.84/1.

The favourite has to be respected after his romp in this race last year and his subsequent exploits in Group 1 company, but he has precious little in hand of this field on official ratings - indeed he is only rated 1lb higher than the selection - and looks too short at around the 11-8 mark.

Eagle Top has the potential to improve past him, and by some distance. He looked a potential superstar when winning the King Edward VII Stakes at this meeting last year and there are excuses for his subsequent defeats.

There was nothing wrong with his fourth in the King George at all, but I heard a rumour that he had a minor setback prior to the race, so he may not have been cherry ripe there. And his trainer made no secret of the fact that he needed the run badly, over an inadequate trip, when fourth in the Brigadier Gerard on his return.

With only five runs under his belt, I think that we will see him take a big step forward here on his return to 1m4f, before moving back up to Group 1 company.


John Gosden also has a great chance with Mahsoob in the Wolferton at 15:05, a race he has won twice in recent seasons. He could still be far better than his mark of 106, but the problem is his price at around 2-1. That is not floating this particular boat.

The problem is trying to find one to take him on with. I toyed with putting up stablemate Dick Doughtywylie, fresh from his spin at Epsom's Breakfast With The Stars, and Fattsota. But I won't be having a bet in the race as it stands, so I can hardly tip one up.

The number one rule of this column is that if you lose, then I do, too. And we celebrate together when we get lucky.


I can't get excited by anything in the Chesham at 14:30. Juvenile races at this meeting involve a lot of guesswork at the best of times, but particularly so in this race.

Gosden throws newcomer Cymric straight into the Ascot mix, while the early betting suggests Ballydoyle and Tonkinese will be heading the market.

If pressed I would probably give Sixth Sense a chance at big odds, as he is bred to be suited by this step up to 7f, but I will sit the opener out.

I'm happy to supply my regular Wesley-Ward update about his Chesham runner Luck The Kitten, though - make of it what you will.

He says: "She's all turf. "If you were to visually see her breezes on the grass you would bet on her. I think she wants all the seven-eighths of a mile. I'm looking for a big race from her."


All eyes will be on Wicklow Brave in the Queen Alexandra at 17:35 as Clondaw Warrior earlier in the week showed us again what a force the Willie Mullins-Ryan Moore combo is in these staying races.

And, as I tipped this horse at 33-1 when he won the County Hurdle by eight lengths at Cheltenham in March, he is a particular favourite of mine.

I suspect that he wins, but he won't be carrying any of my cash at his current odds.

Hope you have enjoyed the columns this week. Be lucky.

Recommended Bets

Back Eagle Top at 4.84/1 in the 15:40
Back Music Master @ 28.027/1 in the 16:20
Back Music Master to Place @ 6.05/1 in the 16:20
Back Zarwaan at 17.5 in the 17:00

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