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Tuesday is the start of the best flat meeting on the planet, Royal Ascot. I have three selections from that meeting today, with a couple of outsiders for the each way punters.
For once in a very long time, Battaash is actually very appealing odds, currently around 2/1 at the time of writing, and I would not put anyone off from backing him at those odds, but I will have an EW play in this race, with KING'S LYNN.
I previously tipped Kings Lynn up in the recent Listed sprint race at Haydock which he won for us at odds of 13/2. That form isn't good enough to be winning a race of this nature, but I do think that there is more to come from this lightly raced 4yo. He recent won was easily the best run of his career, and he showed good characteristics to win that race. He was bumped about, was headed, and he fought back to win, and he kept on well. He beat Moss Gill, and the front two were clear of the rest. Moss Gill is a respectable sprinter, shown by finishing 3rd in last years Nunthorpe behind Battaash.
This race will be a very quick 5f, and on a track like Ascot which is a stiff 5f, I think it will suit Kings Lynn who stays this trip very well, and I think he'll be staying on late in the race. I'm not saying he'll beat Battaash, but if that horse is vulnerable to losing, it is on this track, to horses who stay better than him, as we've seen when Blue Point beat him twice at Royal Ascot. I do think that Kings Lynn is overpriced and could be a player for the places, and maybe more.
Advised: Each Way (4 places)
Another big priced selection I like the look of is, LA BARROSA.
I definitely think he is being massively overlooked due to the poor effort of last time out in the Irish 2000 Guineas. If he was coming into this race on the back of finishing 2nd to Master Of The Seas, then I think he'd be around 8/1 as that form alone is very good, with that horse finishing runner-up to Poetic Flare in the 2000 Guineas.
The reason for the poor run at the Curragh is probably down to the ground. It is quite apparent that La Barrosa needs quick ground, as both times he's encountered soft ground, he's under performed, whereas his form on quick ground is 1-1-2.
His form of his 2yo season was not too shabby either, as he beat Enable's half brother, Derab. That horse has proven to be useful, as he went off around 6/1 for the French Derby a couple of weeks ago, as well as recording a visually impressive run at Newmarket the time before.
He's got a decent enough stall, drawn in 5, which should allow him to get a good enough position so he's not struggling for room when turning for home. With WilliamHill paying 5 places, I think he is definitely worth a shot, especially at odds of 16/1.
When Ryan Moore and Willie Mullins team up in this race it something to take note of, which is why I'm siding with M C MULDOON.
This jockey and trainer combination have won this race 3x, which is probably why the bookies aren't taking any chances, as the odds are around 4/1 at the time of writing. Though this horse hasn't proven that he stays anywhere near this trip on the flat, you'd have to think that he will, as Willie Mullins rarely gets this wrong.
Before he was trained by Willie, he was a decent flat horse for Peter Chapple-Hyam, being as highly rated as 100, and he finished second in a Class 1 Listed race in France over 1m. Since then, he has been running over hurdles for Willie, and he has ran some respectable races, but connections must think he has a big pot in him on the flat. He'll be race-fit, as he's raced twice over hurdles this season, and he looked like he was staying on quite well over 2m, which gives me confidence that he will get this marathon trip.
This race is obviously going to be competitive, and I wouldn't put anyone off from backing a horse at an EW price, to take advantage of some of the extra places which is on offer.