Royal Ascot Bets of the Day: Friday's top tips from our tipster trio
It's day four of the finest five days in Flat racing and the Bets of the Day team are eager to fire up their Friday with some winners. Read what Alan Dudman, Nick Shiambouros and Alan Thompson have to say about today's races and follow them tomorrow too..
Alan Dudman - Godolphin filly out to impress in opener
14:30 Albany Stakes - Back La Pelosa @ [12.0]
It's a fairly tricky punting day - but the double-figure price on La Pelosa has sucked me in, and she is the one to back in the Group 3 Albany.
In a field stacked full of improving fillies it is undoubtedly a hard race to call, but the 11/1 price more than compensates for a filly from the top Charlie Appleby operation.
She won on debut at Kempton in taking fashion. From a wide draw she broke into stride quickly and found a big kick at the end of the race again, despite drifting to the stand-side. The runner-up subsequently went on to win very easily.
La Pelosa looked all power in build so it wasn't a surprise that her breeze-up cost at the Tatts April Sale rose to 280,000 guineas.
With speed and power and the chance to run on fast ground, she gets the nod in the opener.
Gosden and Dettori to sparkle again
15:05 King Edward VII Stakes - Back Raa Atoll @ [6.20]
Once again it's the potential angle here - and I am rolling with Raa Atoll.
The son of Sea The Stars has plenty to find on form against the likes of Delano Roosevelt and Rostropovich, but he has looked very exciting with two victories at Nottingham and Leicester this season.
He also finished second on debut in a warm Newmarket race at the start of the campaign.
Raa Atoll held an entry in the Queen's Vase at one stage (and he is bred to stay well), but he looks to have a bit of pace for a stayer with the way he has smoothly travelled in both victories.
With trainer John Gosden and Frankie Dettori teaming up again, hopefully they can continue their stellar week.
Nick Shiambouros - Alpha for Coronation glory
16:20 Coronation Stakes - Back Alpha Centauri at [4.9]
Alpha Centauri looks like the horse to beat in this prestigious Group 1.
This well related filly beat Could It Be Love in the Irish 1,000GNS at the Curragh last month. She took the lead well inside the final furlong and won going away. This was a fantastic effort from this smart filly ,and thoroughly deserved the victory. She loves fast ground, and has a turn of foot. I think she is still improving, and can give trainer Jessica Harrington a historic victory.
Clemmie is the second choice at [5.2] on the exchange. She has some strong two-year-old form, but finished behind the selection at the Curragh. If she bounces back to form, she will be a danger to all.
Tug to rise to the Top
Top Tug could run well at a big price in this ultra competitive handicap.
This gelding finished and excellent second to Platitude on his seasonal reappearance at Goodwood last month. He ran on well for pressure inside the final furlong, and was gaining on the winner close home. He finished fourth in this race last year, and runs off the same mark. The race should be run at a decent clip and will be delivered late.
Each-Way Edge (5 places) at 11/1 is great value.
Thundering Blue is well worth a mention. He won a competitive handicap at York last month and comes in to this race in good order. Dettori has the riding assignment and it is no surprise to see him trading at 13/2.
Alan Thompson - Equilateral could be something special
Charles Hills three-year-old colt Equilateral looks to have the potential to be something special, Khalid Bin Abdullah silks have been on board some excellent horses in the past, Dancing Brave, Enable, Frankel, Arrogate to name but a few and he could have another quality colt on his hands here.
He left his two-year-old form well and truly behind with a very eye-catching performance on return from a long absence, beating a field he had to concede weight to by eight lengths at Doncaster last time out. I expect him to handle this this step up in grade no problem, he's completely unexposed with just three starts and is certainly one to stay on the right side of for the future
This is not an easy race to win with 22 of the speediest and classiest three-year-olds and their are plenty of possible stars in the mix but the biggest threat to the selection in my opinion may come in the shape of last year's Norfolk winner Sioux Nation, who will relish this test but I think Equilateral could be anything and I expect him to claim this Group 1 and his third career victory.
Broadway will show them the way home
Aidan O'Brien charge Broadway is certainly a well bred filly, she is a Galileo half-sister to Arc winner Danedream and has started to live up to that pedigree on her last two runs. She got rid of her maiden tag at the fourth attempt when landing 14 runner maiden at Naas 33 days ago on quick ground and was only a length behind Irish 1000 Guineas fifth Lightening Quick the time before that.
She goes handicapping for the first time today in this wide open contest but I think she is worth siding with at 15/2 with seven places available with the Sportsbook Each Way edge, she could be thrown in off just 99.
Alan Dudman says: Back La Pelosa @ [12.0] in the 14:30 at Ascot
Alan Dudman says: Back Raa Atoll @ [6.20] in the 15:05 at Ascot
Nick Shiambouros says: Back Alpha Centauri at [4.9] in the 16:20
Nick Shiambouros says: Back Top Tug Each-Way Edge (5 places) at 11/1 in the 17:35
Alan Thompson says: Back Equilateral @ 9/2 in the 15:40
Alan Thompson says: Back Broadway @ 15/2 EW Edge (7 places) in the 17:00