HYDRANGEA (3.40) looks the right favourite for the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes, with four-year-olds having won this Group 2 contest nine times in a row.

The Ballydoyle filly chased home very smart stablemates Winter and Roly Poly in the Coronation Stakes last year and although slightly disappointing when beaten by Opal Tiara at the Curragh last month, Hydrangea remains the one to beat. French challengers have won the last two renewals (Qemah and Usherette) but there are no Gallic challengers to complicate matters this year.

Aidan O’Brien saddles three in the Queen’s Vase and NELSON (3.05) may emerge best of the trio.

He was below par behind Hazapour in the Derby Trial at Leopardstown but had earlier dished out a beating to stablemate Delano Roosevelt and The Pentagon on much softer ground. Nelson also beat Kew Gardens three lengths as a juvenile and his neck second to Roaring Lion in the Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket last September sets the bar pretty high.

Of the home contingent, John Gosden’s Stream Of Stars mopped up his maiden here last month on fast ground and remains unexposed.

It’s hard to weigh-up CHELSEA CLOISTERS (2.30) in the Queen Mary Stakes as Wesley ward’s filly won on the dirt at Keeneland on her sole start. This is an entirely different test but the trainer excels with these types at the royal meeting. She wears blinkers for the first time in public and Frankie Dettori rides.

EMARAATY (5.35) is 10lb better off for his short head defeat at the hands of Society Power at Goodwood and should be prominent in the Jersey Stakes. Purser and James Garfield were also on the shortlist.

The draw always plays a significant part in the Royal Hunt Cup and ZHUI FENG (5.00) got lucky last year when winning from stall 26, with the next two horses berthed 22 and 18. Big fields and fast ground on a straight course bring out the best in Zhui Feng as he loves to bowl along at the head of affairs.

The five-year-old is up 8lb this time round but proved his well-being with another excellent effort back at Ascot last month, running Ripp Orf to a neck in the Victoria Cup on his first start in 281 days. Stall two is an unknown but there will be worse each-way bets, especially with many firms offering up to six places.

Last year’s Britannia Stakes winner Bless Him flopped in the mud at Nottingham at the end of May but could well bounce back on this quick ground.

CRACKSMAN (4.20) should land the odds in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. He will be far happier back at Ascot following a laboured performance at Epsom on sticky ground.

Recommended bets

Johnb's Royal Ascot Tips

  • 2.30 KODYANNA 25-1 paddy power ew 1/5 odds 4 places
  • 3.05 STREAM OF STARS 4/1 ladbrokes
  • 3.40 URBAN FOX 11-1 bet365 ew 1/4 odds 3 places
  • 4.20 CRACKSMAN 4-6 paddy power
  • 5.0 GABRIAL 25-1 skybet ew 1/5 odds 7 places
  • 5.35 PURSER 14-1 paddy power 1/5 odds 4 places
  1. Johnb 3 months ago

    Wednesdays Royal Ascot Tips

    KODYANNA 25/1 paddy power eachway 1/5 odds 4 places

    STREAM OF STARS 4/1 ladbrokes

    URBAN FOX 11/1 bet365 eachway 1/4 odds 3 places

    CRACKSMAN 4/6 paddy power

    GABRIAL 25/1 skybet eachway 1/5 odds 7 places

    PURSER 14/1 paddy power eachway 1/5 odds 4 places

    • chuckbass 3 months ago

      John b what do you think of tribute act for tomorrow?

      • Johnb 3 months ago

        Still like Tribute Act and she was only beaten a neck by Urban Fox last time but Urban Fox is 7lb better off this time

  2. peter b 3 months ago

    Wed Night

    Glentoran Women
    Draw no bet 11/8
    10pts Nap

    Glentoran 13/8

    Glentoran HT/FT

    Linfield Ladies -5 1/1
    Glentoran 13/8
    2pts double

  3. jimron12 3 months ago

    2.30 Chelsea Cloisters Come On Leicester ew

    3.05 Southern France nb

    3.40 Hydrangea

    4.20 Cracksman

    5.00 Saltonstall ew

    5.35 Emaaraty nap

  4. Johnb 3 months ago

    Got to put a big shout out to Senegal & Japan supporters for cleaning up their section before leaving the stadium, I hope this gets reported by our sports shows


  5. double carpet 3 months ago

    3.05 Stream of Stars 4/1
    3.40 Aljazzi 9/2
    5.00 Gabriel 25/1 ew

    Well done if you managed a win yesterday


  6. theplug 3 months ago

    had a few nice winners yesterday but not the ones I posted
    for today I’m going to my local track in wexford.
    antimatter 13/2
    ornua 5/2 nap/nb
    naughty molly 12/1
    sweet flight 6/4
    lucky 15
    one for ascot in the first Chelsea cloisters 9/4

  7. the notorious 3 months ago

    John after giving Russia a very positive preview antepost, you must be disappointed you didnt back them ew?

  8. jackb 3 months ago

    Hi @johnb hope you’re well !

    Will you be advising/having a bet on Clemmie in the coronation?
    & Have you seen her since the Irish 1000?



  9. Johnb 3 months ago

    Keep hearing people say on Twitter & Facebook that VAR is the reason why we could see a record number of penalties at this World Cup but the truth is that even if VAR hadn’t been at this World Cup we would still be well on track for a record number of pens.

    So far at the World Cup three penalties have been awarded by VAR although I am pretty confident that if VAR hadn’t been at this World Cup then one of those three would have been given and the ref only played on because he knew he had VAR to fall back on, the penalty I am talking about was the Sweden penalty v South Korea, the other two that have been awarded by VAR were the France penalty v Australia and the Egypt penalty v Russia after the free kick was changed to a penalty.

    In total so far there has been 10 penalties meaning 7 have been awarded without the use of VAR and none have been overturned

    Russia 2018 with VAR
    10 pens from 17 games is a pen in 58.82% of games
    2 of 10 have been missed

    Russia 2018 without VAR
    7 pens from 17 games is a pen in 41.18% of games

    Stats Since moving to 32 teams & 64 games in 1998

    France 1998
    10 pens, 64 games = 15.63%
    No pens were missed

    Japan/Korea 2002
    18 pens, 64 games = 28.13%
    5 of 18 were missed

    Germany 2006
    17 pens, 64 games = 26.56%
    4 of 17 were missed

    South Africa 2010
    15 pens, 64 games = 23.44%
    6 of 15 were missed

    Brazil 2014
    13 pens, 64 games = 20.31%
    1 of 13 were missed

    There is a reason out there why more have been awarded so far but who knows what the reason is, is it VAR or is it the way teams play
    People get too carried away with the VAR opinion because it’s easy and lazy to think that and not explore more options

    You have to remember that yes VAR can give a penalty when the referee doesn’t but you also have to remember that VAR can just as easily take a penalty away after the referee has given one

    • gengar1989 3 months ago

      I don’t think VAR has got any decision wrong yet only thing that baffles me is how an earth England wernt awarded 2 oh well wins a win I guess. It’s much better for the game it’s been a good WC so far hopefully it continues

      • Johnb 3 months ago

        VAR is said to have got 99% of decisions correct when the system was reviewed
        As for the England decisions, both have been reviewed further and it has been decided that none of the England claims for penalties should have been given, the first one Stones pushed a Tunisia player which meant the foul on Kane couldn’t be a penalty and the second one Kane was also holding the arm of the Tunisia player which also meant he couldn’t get a penalty
        I have since seen both incidents several time and I have to agree with the decisions

  10. ew thief 3 months ago

    Morning all well done winners yesterday
    Mrs burbidge 2.20u 10/1
    Red balloons 2.30a 40/1
    Lynwood gold 3.05a 12/1
    Tribute act 3.40a 14/1
    Amy Blair 4.35h 16/1
    Cape Byron 5.00a 14/1
    Brother bear 5.35a 18/1
    Ew singles & ew super Heinz ☘️Gl all

  11. gengar1989 3 months ago

    Small 4x Acca for me today

    2:30 chelsea c 100/30
    2:30 shades of blue w/o 3/1
    3:20 hydrena 6/4
    3:20 urban fox w/o 5/1
    4:20 Cracksman 8/11
    Spain -1 5/6
    Uruguay -1 8/11

    Best of luck everyone

  12. 3 months ago

    Morning all . Well done yesterdays winners.


    16.05. .BLAGAPAR

    16.45. .BARTON KNOLL.

    17.50. .PETITE GANACHE.

    gl all

  13. ediddem 3 months ago

    Inplay Abirex Nigata vs kofu, BTTS

  14. azzthewigan 3 months ago

    second generation 2.30 ew ….gi jayne 2.20 llewin geez 2.55 Barton knoll 4.45 admiral rookie 3.55 well done all winners yesterday

  15. theplug 3 months ago

    Frankie didn’t do me any favours in the first but had expert eye at 14/1 afaak 16/1. Two ew singles x ew double happy with that now hopefully Wexford picks can also do me a favour

    • database 3 months ago

      Like to see a nao run like thst, only ever 1 horse in the rave, a little nervous he wanted to press & press but cheers, nice 10/1 place too, BOL with last 2.

  16. database 3 months ago

    Billy Lee had a treble a couple of nights over at Naas, 1 winner for McCreery. Lee also had a Royal Ascot 20/1 winner, which I am kicking myself for not backing. Anyway Lee and McCreery have 1 st 1940 cfc, 5/1 in a tight race but I will be following.

    • database 3 months ago

      My oick beaten by a horse Ivebacked before snd had a 2nd thought about, happens ALL THE TIME, and to top it off, lumped on fsbulous red, PADDY MATHERS just lost in a ferrari to a bicycle.. unreal.

  17. azzthewigan 3 months ago

    da baba elephant 8.00

  18. cobretti 3 months ago

    Nice Nap Plug

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