Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot Saturday lays: Leave Call alone in the last

Royal Ascot
Patrick expects Younevercall to miss out on place money

"Uttoxeter, Huntingdon and Southwell are not tracks associated with Royal Ascot runners, let alone placed horses."

Patrick Weaver previews the final day of Royal Ascot, where his lay of the day comes in the last race of the meeting...

On a tricky card for win and place lays, make sure you cash in on Younevercall in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at 17:35.

Kim Bailey's eight-year-old has never raced on the Flat before, and started out winning at Uttoxeter, Huntingdon and Southwell four years ago.

These are not tracks associated with Royal Ascot runners, let alone placed horses.

In the deep end

Younevercall has progressed steadily but, when thrown in the deep end here last December in the Grade One Long Walk Hurdle, he struggled hopelessly in the closing stages and was beaten 20 lengths.

On his return to the Berkshire track, he is up against Max Dynamite, placed in two Melbourne Cups, Pallasator, who won this race last June, Cayirli, who has finished second in it, and Lucky Deal, who ran a career-best at Haydock last time.

I am not a fan of Corelli, as he has yet to race beyond 12 furlongs and may not stay, but I would be surprised if Frankie Dettori's mount doesn't finish in front of a hurdler twice his age.

Younevercall is possibly only running to give the owners a day out at Royal Ascot. He should never be 13-2 and is a lay up to 3.55/2 on his belated Flat debut in the place market for the Queen Alexandra Stakes.

The £600,000 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at 16:20 has attracted some of the top six-furlong horses in Europe. Six of them are rated 115 or over: Blue Point 2-1, Sands Of Mali 12-1, The Tin Man 12-1, Tip Two Win 40-1, Bound For Nowhere 12-1 and Invincible Army 9-2.

Will need everything to go right for him

City Light 98/1 is one of three in the race rated 114, so he will need everything to go right for him if he is to make the first three.

He was in cracking form going into last year's race when he lost out by a short-head to Merchant Navy. He had won at Chantilly, Lingfield and Longchamp.

That is not the case this time and he will need to improve on his recent defeat in a Listed race at Maisons-Laffitte if he is to be placed in this Group One.

Lay City Light up to 3.412/5 in the place market for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.


The betting for the opening two-year-old race, The Albany at 14:30, is dominated by Lope Y Fernandez 11-10 and Epsom winner Pinatubo 7-2. It is 9-1 bar two. I would not recommend laying the favourite, as he is one of only two in the line-up that has won over seven furlongs. He is too risky for a win lay. Pinatubo has the best six-furlong form and would be a risky place lay in his first race over seven.

For my third lay, I will take on Urban Icon in the Jersey Stakes at 15:05.

Not won over the trip

On official ratings he is one of seven rated 108 or higher but among the four that have not won over the trip of seven furlongs. He was within a neck of doing so at Epsom last time, but could not get past Space Blues, the 11-4 favourite for today's race on the strength of that success.

The only time Urban Icon 9.89/1 has finished out of the first three was when down the field in the 2,000 Guineas. He was out of his depth that day and this race is more his level. However, at the weights there is a good chance he won't finish in front of Space Blues 3.814/5, So Perfect 7.413/2, Happy Power 7.413/2, Angel's Hideaway 1413/1 or Bye Bye Hong Kong 15.5.

I suggest laying Urban Icon at 32/1 in the place market for the Jersey Stakes..

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