Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot & Euro 2024 Tips: A 12/1 Racing and Football double for Friday

Johnny Murtagh and Antoine Griezmann
Mike is having a 12/1 double on Friday involving Murtagh and Griezmann

We've reached the penultimate day of Royal Ascot, while we're now deep in to the second round of Group games at Euro 2024, so Mike Norman has again found a selection from each sport to combine in a 12/1 Friday double...

Day Four Royal Ascot 2024 Superboost

Betfair's Royal Ascot Superboosts have been flying so far during the Festival with Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's landing at 1/12.00!

On Friday we are back with another superb Superboost again backing Betfair ambassador Ryan Moore.

He has seven rides across the card today at Royal Ascot and we are boosting him to ride 2+ winners on Friday. If you fancy him to do so you can back that at the superboosted price of 6/42.50 from 10/111.91.

Royal Ascot - 16:25

Back Safecracker to Place (5 5 places market)

The front two Irish-trained market leaders in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes look a tad short to me given what they've achieved to date, though I fully admit that either - especially the lightly-raced 4yo Ethical Diamond from the all-conquering Willie Mullins yard - could easily find the improvement needed to land this valuable prize.

I'd rather take a chance on a horse that could easily go close if the market leaders underperform, but who looks bombproof to give his running and finish in the places.

That horse is another that is over from Ireland in the shape of the Johnny Murtagh-trained Safecracker, who should relish the step back up to 1m4f on a quicker surface.

A winner of a near 100k Premier Handicap over 1m4f on Good to Firm at the Curragh three starts back, Safecracker ran an eyecatching race on his seasonal debut over 10f at the end of May, being held up in last before making late headway to finish a never-nearer fifth having met trouble in running.

It was a race full of promise given that connections before the race said the 6yo would come on for the outing, and with William Buick booked this race looks like it has been the plan for quite a while. The extra two furlongs will definitely help, as will the quicker ground, and I fancy he has a very big chance of finishing in the top five at least.

Netherlands v France - 20:00

Antoine Griezmann to have 2+ shots on target

At the time of writing it hasn't been confirmed that Kylian Mbappe will definitely miss Friday night's game against the Netherlands, but after suffering a broken nose in France's 1-0 win over Austria on Monday night I think we'll all be very surprised if he's involved.

Without him, Les Bleus are a weaker side, but it also means that Antoine Griezmann is likely to play a much more pivotal role. Not that he has to mind you as he had a very good game against Austria, narrowly missing the target with a few goal attempts from his midfield position.

The 33-year-old has enjoyed a very good season in La Liga, scoring 16 goals and registering 34 shots on target at an average of 1.15 per game, and I fancy he can improve on that in this crucial Group D clash.

It could be that Olivier Giroud is a straight replacement for Mbappe on Friday night, but there's a chance that Griezmann could play in attack either from the start of for a decent period of the game, and so I'm happy to chance that he registers at least two shots on target against the Dutch. He's likely to be on penalty duty and highly involved in free-kicks should Mbappe definitely miss out.

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