Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot Day Four Tips: Over to you Ryan

Ryan Moore
Friday at Royal Ascot promises to be a good day for Ryan Moore

"He was a most progressive 3yo last term in some really good handicaps - including finishing runner-up in the King George V Handicap at the meeting last year."

Back Corgi @ 5/1 Sportsbook price in the Duke Of Edinburgh (17:35)

A tremendous day yesterday for Frankie Dettori and a good day for the Bets of the Day team, and the guys believe it's Ryan Moore's turn to have a few winners on Friday...

Alan Thompson

Ten Sovreigns will relish the drop back to six furlongs

Back Ten Sovereigns in the Commonwealth Cup @ 6/5 (15:40)

It's hard to oppose Ten Sovereigns in this, he was unbeaten in three runs over this trip as a two-year-old, including winning the Middle Park and was probably the pick of the Ballydoyle juveniles. The Colt's only outing to date as a three-year-old was over a mile in the 2000 Guineas and he was far from disgraced finishing fifth. He simply didn't get the trip that day and now returning to sprinting he will show the class that he clearly possesses, he should have no problem handling the softer ground and as a result I think he will have far too much for this field.

The one according to the odds that should give him the most to do is Jash, who finished just half a length behind him in the Middle Park. Despite finishing relatively close that day he always looked held and I don't see him getting the better of Ten Sovereigns over this trip. One I think that could run a big race at a bigger price is Advertise with the "red hot" Frankie Dettori in the plate. He was second in last year's course and distance Coventry Stakes and ended his juvenile campaign with a second in the Dewhurst. He failed to make any impact in the 2000 Guineas, but like the selection should be happier dropped back in distance with the first time blinkers on.

Pondus is a colt who isn't out of his depth

Back Pondus @ 11/2 in the King Edward VII Stakes (15:05)

Japan for the Aidan O'Brien yard is obviously going to take some beating in this, he came on plenty for his reappearance in the Dante at York when he finished third in the Derby at Epsom three weeks ago. I am sure there is still plenty more improvement to come and he will prove tough to beat but I want to take him on at the prices with Pondus.

James Fanshawe's charge arrives here on the back of successive wins at Nottingham and Sandown respectively. Of course this is by far his toughest assignment to date, but he still looks completely unexposed, he is improving with every run and unlike many in this line-up, he is proven on various ground conditions. It's a big ask to beat Japan but if anything can do it then I think Pondus looks the best candidate.

Nick Shiambouros

Jackson the boss

Albany Stakes (14:30) - Back Jm Jackson Each-Way

Jm Jackson looks a decent Each-Way proposition in this wide open contest.

This No Nay Never filly has finished second on both starts, but has run with distinct promise. On debut she was narrowly beaten by Ventura Rebel who finished second in the Norfolk yesterday. On her next start she chased home Flippa The Strippa in a Listed event at Sandown. I think the extra yardage will suit and this promising individual is attractively priced at 16.015/1 in the Each-Way market.

Daahyeh is the current favourite at 5.95/1 on the exchange. She beat Queen Mary winner Raffle Prize at HQ on debut and deserves her position at the top of the market. At present she is trading at 5.95/1 on the exchange.

Hermosa to shine again

Coronation Stakes (16:20) - Back Hermosa

Hermosa should prove difficult to beat in this Group 1 contest. This season she has won both the English and Irish Guineas in great style. She made all the running on both occasions, and will likely employ similar tactics today. She is the clear form pick and I will be surprised if she is beaten. At present she is trading at 2.01/1 on the exchange.

Jubiloso is unbeaten in two starts and was a wide margin winner of a novice stakes on her latest start at Newbury. This is a huge step up in class, but looks a useful prospect. At present she is trading at 8.07/1 on the exchange.

Alan Dudman

Take a punt on Spencer's big outsider

Sandringham Stakes (17:00) - Back Stay Classy each-way @ 40/1

Backing Richard Spencer's Stay Classy takes a bit of a leap of faith considering she's a 40/1 shot, but I feel she's been written off completely after just one run this season.

That was in The Fred Darling at Newbury, and she performed poorly. However, it was her first run back and it's likely we just have to put a line through that as a comeback run. She does hold a rating of 98, so she isn't a complete no-hoper.

She won a Nursery at Doncaster last term in tidy fashion. Stay Classy had a nice way of travelling and quickened up smartly on that occasion. That was over a shorter trip than the 1m she'll face today, but you need to stay well at Donny as it's a long straight and they tend to get racing there some way out.

Add to that a decent run at Newmarket and a second in a Group 3 at Maison-Laffitte (in testing conditions), she looks overpriced to me and you can play up to 8 Places at 22/1 using the Edge on the Sportsbook.

Expect Corgi to build on Knavesmire run

Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (17:35) - Back Corgi @ 5/1 Sportsbook price

We're playing towards the top of the market for the final race of the day, and Hughie Morrison's Corgi is the nominated bet for the Duke Of Edinburgh.

He was a most progressive 3yo last term in some really good handicaps - including finishing runner-up in the King George V Handicap at the meeting last year.

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I liked his run in the Melrose, where he came from a long way back and was clearly disadvantaged in doing so given how the race panned out.

A comeback run at York last time should have put him spot on for this. He finished third in a hot race, and from off the pace again, he made a huge move to get into contention to the near-side. That was probably the wrong place to be, but it was a fine run nonetheless. I expect him to be more prominently ridden on Friday.

The York outing was also his first since being gelded, wind surgery and a break of 263 days. He was backed on the Sportsbook last night too, from 8/1. I can see him running a big race as he stays well and is quite a tenacious horse.

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