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This best week of flat racing is amongst us and we've got some great racing this week. This is Frankie's last Royal Ascot unless he decides to do a U-turn and stay for another year, so he'll be out looking for plenty of winners. Aidan O'Brien is aiming for Sir Michael Stoute's most wins at Royal Ascot, and it's only a matter of time before that happens, and it wouldn't surprise anyone if he did it on Day 1. As always, just because it's Royal Ascot, it doesn't mean your betting bank and system goes out of the window, stick to it and play the long game!

Ascot 2:30 – Modern Games 9/4 (1pt PaddyPower/WilliamHill)

What a race to kickstart Royal Ascot, this is the Queen Anne Stakes Group 1 which is run over the straight mile and it has every horse you'd want to be in it. I think you should be looking towards the head of the market for the winner, and I've opted for Modern Games to win back-to-back Group 1's after recently landing the Lockinge at Newbury.

I do think Ascot is a better-suited track for Modern Games these days, he is a miler, there's no denying it but he does his best work late in his races so a stiff track will play to his advantage. He stays the mile out very strongly, hence why they tried him in the French Derby last year over 12f, but that's not his bag. Last time out he managed to sit off a good pace set by Mutasaabeq and run them down late in the race, pulling clear at the line, and not much got close to him even though the winning margins would suggest otherwise. That was a career-best performance and Charlie Appleby's yard is finding their feet again after a very small blip. Mutasaabeq will more than likely lead the line, as that's what has been successful for him in recent times with the blinkers, but Pogo will hopefully keep him honest and ensure a decent gallop is set as he is a horse who likes to front run or sit close to the pace, so I think Modern Games will have a good pace to aim at.

Inspiral is the other one heading the market, and I can see why. She is a very talented filly on her day, but she has a habit of starting very slowly when she is running on the back of a break. She did it on seasonal reappearance last year, which didn't make a difference as she was in a league of her own, but her very slow start was a big problem on Champions' day at Ascot. With this being her first start of the year, I'd be worried that it might happen again, it might be a coincidence that it's happened in the past, but sometimes you've got to look at things and think it's happened too frequently to be a coincidence. She has to prove her fitness, but I'd imagine she will be revved up for it, especially with it being Frankie's final goodbye for Royal Ascot. But, she only managed to beat Light Infantry by a small margin in France last year, and he was firmly put in his place by Modern Games, so out of the two I've decided on the Godolphin colt. I do think Light Infantry is a dark horse, he is a horse who does need a furlong further, so if they do go off at a ridiculous pace, Jamie Spencer will be purring, so if each-way betting is more your thing, this might be the one for you.

Ascot 3:05 – Asadna 11/4 (1pt Bet365)

I wouldn't be wanting to be putting too much money on this race, with it being the first 2yo race of the festival, but also because it looks very complicated. However, if Asadna can progress again from his debut run, my gosh he could be a superstar sprinter for this year.

To see a horse run to a rating of 106 on debut as a 2yo is some doing, but that's what the handicappers at the Racing Post believe he ran too, and to be fair, you can't argue with them as he was breathtaking at Ripon. He might've beaten a couple of duds in that race, but sometimes you've got to go with your eyes and back what you believe could be a superstar, and that's the impression I get from Asadna. He is built for this race, he is by Mehmas who was second in this race in 2016, and he has become a very reliable sire, especially with 2yos and this could be the best he's produced if he does progress further, which should be likely as there's not a chance I think he has peeked already. Persian Force, another good 2yo starter for Mehmas was second in this race last year having run to RPRs of 99 and 100 in the two races leading up to it, so based on that, Asadna has a great chance if he can handle the occasion and get a clear run through the pack, and the rain stays away.

I don't think this will be a walk in the park by any means, you've got some big guns in here from the Irish stables like River Tiber who has run to RPRs in the 100s as well. He is the favourite, which doesn't surprise me as he is from the Aidan O'Brien stable, and he does look ready to step up to 6f, but his price is too short and I think he should be taken on.

Ascot 3:40 – Highfield Princess 5/2 (2pt PaddyPower)

This is an interesting King's Stand Stakes as you've got Irish, Australian and American contenders and the up-and-coming 3yo Dramatised who could potentially put it up to the older horses, but if there's a real class act in this race it's Highfield Princess.

What this mare did last year was nothing short of sensational, she has been transformed into a Group 1 sprinter in the matter of one season and full credit has to go to John Quinn who has done a tremendous job with her. She went from being a handicapper over further to dropping back to 5f and 6f and turning into a sprinting machine, and if she turns up in the same form as last year, she should be tough to beat, even though there are new challenges against her today.

I think she made a very encouraging return to the track at York in the Group 2 when finishing 2nd to Azur Blue. Finishing second to the progressive mare wasn't anything to be ashamed of, as the winner has been on an upward spiral and had a fitness edge on Highfield Princess, plus, HP was carrying a Group 1 penalty and shouldering 9st 12lbs. Based on that, she looks like the same mare as last year and the price on offer seems fair. It's difficult to see what distance suits her better, I think a fast 5f on a stiff track is ideal as she has the stamina for further, but also has the cruising speed to glide through the race and then the stamina kicks in as she can power away in the final furlongs.

Ascot 4:20 – Chaldean 9/4 (1pt Bet365/WilliamHill)

It might seem boring going for another short-priced horse, but I think the winning chances of Chaldean is there for all to see, that's as long as Frankie Dettori stays on board 😆

Though I think Chaldean has the best chance of winning this race, I think it all depends on whether Frankie gets a good start from the gates as he is in stall 1. If he breaks well, I think he might decide to lead and get the best position at the front and try and dictate the race the way he wants to and avoid all trouble, but if he gets a slow breakaway, it could be curtains before the race has really begun. I'll take the risk and hope he breaks well, as he did manage to in the 2000 Guineas which allowed him to sit prominently that day.

You've got to be impressed by his win in the 2000 Guineas, he was lengthening clear at the line and looked like a top prospect for this season and the next at the very least. His prep for the Guineas was far from ideal with Frankie being unseated at the stalls, so you'd probably say that he would've come on for the Guineas run, and if that's the case, he could be lethal. His best form has come with cut in the ground, so he'll have to answer questions as to whether he's as good on faster ground, but he has shown he handles it as when winning at Newmarket on good ground when beating Royal Scotsman over 7f last year.

This is a mega race and there will be Group 1 winners coming out of like last year, my fingers are crossed Frankie does the business.

Ascot 5:00 – Law Of The Sea 8/1 (0.5pt EW B365 6pl)

Going against the master trainer that is Willie Mullins could be a terrible idea, and though I was close to putting up Bring On The Night who is the favourite for this I've decided to leave him and go for Law Of The Sea who is too tempting at odds of 8/1 or around that.

There will be a few in this race who are deemed to be well-handicapped, with the favourite clearly being one of them having finished second in this race last year behind Coltrane who looks to be a big player in all of the staying races this year and is now rated in the high 110s. However, I do think Law Of The Sea is also on a very good handicap mark and things haven't gone right for him the last two times, and there is a strong possibility it might happen again for him in this race with there being 20 runners. He got no run in the Chester Cup, he was tucked away in midfield turning for home, cantering all over the ones ahead of him, didn't get a gap until late on and when he was putting in his effort, the door was shut in his face and David Egan had to sit there with a double handful. They then went to Haydock over 2f shorter (2m) on faster ground and there was no pace in the race whatsoever, which saw him tapped for a bit of speed but he was doing his best work late on, and an extra 50 yards and he would've gotten up. I think this real stamina test is what he wants and if David Egan can avoid trouble, which will be tough, especially from a wide stall, he is a big EW player.

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Horse Racing Tips
Modern Games
Ascot - 2:30 pm

9/4 @ William Hill

Ascot - 3:05 pm

11/4 @ Bet365

Highfield Princess
Ascot - 3:40 pm

5/2 @ PaddyPower

Ascot - 4:20 pm

9/4 @ Bet365

Law Of The Sea
Ascot - 5:00 pm

8/1 @ Bet365

  1. spurs55 11 months ago

    start my RA with CASH number 3

    bol tomorrow

  2. spurs55 11 months ago

    pp are offering a free fiver on RA

    it’s free !!

  3. double carpet 11 months ago

    Really looking forward to this. The Flat doesn’t really do it for me but RA is a great week of racing.
    Things are a bit unsure with regards to the weather with some saying 2-3mm falling and other places saying as much as 10mm so it could play a part. My Day 1 bets are already done so I’m going along the lines the ground will be good at worst.
    There’s also the Frankie factor as its his last one he will be popular with the casual punter.
    His mounts have all been slashed by the bookies as they run scared so I would recommend if you are backing his horses to wait until opening show as they will drift right out as they are ridiculously short at present..

    2.30 Inspiral 2/1 win………Triple Time 33/1 ew (now 28/1)

    Inspiral is best when fresh. She won the
    Coronation easily last year on reappearance so is also proven at the track. She’s rated 120 and gets the fillies allowance so has 2lbs in hand on Modern Games who will be the danger.
    But I’m a bit of a stat/trend guy and as Dubawi is yet to Sire a winner of the race I stuck to Inspiral.

    I’ve also had a small ew on Triple Time with 4 places on offer.
    Yes it’s a risk but he came out and won fto last Sept having been off the track for a year then ran in a group 2 in France but would have hated the soft ground there and finished 7th.
    He will be much happier on a sounder surface and could hit the frame.

    • kirantotti365 11 months ago

      brilliant tipping mate
      Triple Time winner :P :P :P :P :P :P

    • double carpet 11 months ago

      Pays for the day 👍

    • Wildhorse 11 months ago


      Perfect start well done ^^

      Cheers !!

  4. double carpet 11 months ago

    3.05 River Tiber 15/8

    The top 3 in the betting are clear of the rest of the field and while I think the winner will come from there I also don’t think they are that far ahead of the rest.
    RT has won both starts pretty comfortably but it’s the fact he’s had 2 runs I think gives him a big advantage as he has more experience than most.
    I also think the step up to 6f will bring out more from him.
    Asadna did clock a very good time when winning by 12L on debut but I have to question the race. The runner up that day was also beaten 10L nto by Bobsleigh whose 20/1 for this race and I’m not belittling Ripon but I’d be very surprised if a Coventry winner came from that track but you never know.
    3rd fav Givemethebeatboys has had a few tipsters giving him a shout,but I think his price is as short as it is because of Frankie. He’s won both starts so knows where the finishing line is and I rate him the main danger to RT.

    • kirantotti365 11 months ago

      what you think about fandom horse

    • double carpet 11 months ago

      Don’t know much about him tbh. Happy to stay of River Tiber but you never know with these U.s. sprinters

  5. double carpet 11 months ago

    3.40 Mithaaby 12/1 ew 4 places

    Not gone in to heavy on this race as I just don’t know how good the aussie sprinters are but I will assume they won’t be too far away bred on history.
    I’ve just had a small ew on the above as he was drawn on the wrong side when 5th behind Dramitised lto but did finish in first on his side of the track. Good ground will see him at his best.
    Manaccan has been slashed in the market once again as he’s the mount of Frankie. He’s by Exceen and Excel who has yet to Sire the winner of this race after 11 attempts.
    On all known form Highfield Princess is the one to beat. She is well clear on ratings and unless the aussies are superior once again she should win.

  6. spurs55 11 months ago

    Using my pp £5
    And Doing rizzle’s in a L31 👍

  7. double carpet 11 months ago

    4.20 Isaac Shelby 9/1 ew 3 places

    I just think the Guineas form is worth taking on.
    Chaldean has done nothing wrong so far but his main rivals in the guineas were the AOB horses who bombed put both put it right nto.
    Paddington was a handicapper at first which would not be the normal prep for an AOB classic winner. I also think he needs further to see him at his best.
    I thought IS was a bit unlucky in the French equivalent finishing 2nd but ran a cracking race and I just think 9/1 ew is value.
    I also like the Gosden runner Mostabshir who was very impressive lto but it’s a big step up in class which made me choose IS as he already has Group 1 experience.

  8. double carpet 11 months ago

    5.00 Bring on the Night 11/4 doubled with Vauban 9/4 put up earlier on.

    It’s always a risk backing a horse that’s been off for a year but we also know how Willie Mullins operates and I’m sure he’ll have BOTN ready for this.
    2nd to Coltrane beaten 1/2L he won’t meat his calibre here.
    But incase he bombs I’ve also backed Law of the Sea earlier at 11/1 ew. Ian Williams has won this race twice before so will have his primed for this.

  9. double carpet 11 months ago

    5.35 Buckaroo 6/1

    Think it’s between Buckaroo and Francesco Clemente but went for JOB’S horse as he wasn’t beaten far in a Group 1 lto and drops to Listed class here.
    I also think FC is a group horse and I might still have a saver on him

  10. double carpet 11 months ago

    6.10 Vauban 9/4 (doubled with BOTN as above)
    Just can’t see anything beating him. He’s just too well h’capped.
    But I’ve also backed Raymond Tusk 33/1 ew 5 places who was 4th in the race last year and is 4lb lower this year.


  11. elvis parsley 11 months ago

    2-30 chindit
    14-1 ew 4 places bet365
    10-11 top 5 finish.

    Been following baaeed quite a few times including when 4th in this last year.
    3 of his 7 wins been at Ascot.
    Good 2nd last time behind modern games and even tried to bite that one which was strange to see 🙈
    Haatem 28-1 ew 5 places bet365

    Hannon/Dobbs again like race 1.
    Bradsell 20-1 bet365 ew extra 8 places

    Won the Coventry here last year.
    Chaldean 2-1

    Could be best of an average crop of 3 year old milers this year.
    No Frankel’s in this race.
    Calling the wind 12-1 ew 6 places bet365

    Placed in the queen Alexandra at this meeting last 2 years (2 mile 5) behind stratum and won here in a class 3 in July 2020.
    Likes the course and stays the distance and billy loughnane takes 3lb off.

    • elvis parsley 11 months ago

      Highland avenue
      20-1 ew 5 places SKYBET
      20-1 bet365 ew extra 8 places

    • double carpet 11 months ago

      Cracking shout with Bradsell Elvis 👏

    • elvis parsley 11 months ago

      Cheers DC, was 33-1 straight sp last night, 20-1 keeps the bailiffs away for another day though 🤣
      That’s a Coventry and a king’s stand for this horse 👍

  12. ew thief 11 months ago

    Morning all day 1
    Triple time 2.30 28-1
    Bobsleigh 3.05 12-1
    Equilateral 3.40 40-1
    Isaac Shelby 4.20 15-2
    Calling the wind 5.00 8-1
    Solid stone 5.35 22-1
    Berkshire Rocco 6.10 18-1
    Ew singles & ew super hienz ☘️☘️☘️gl all

    • spurs55 11 months ago

      Yeah had a bit on that as well ewt 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

      Only because it’s what I call a double ⬆️

      11 the horse and 11 the draw.
      I think it’s some kind of marker sometimes

      We will see.. good luck

    • double carpet 11 months ago

      Triple Time Thief 👍👍

  13. postman 11 months ago

    Royal Ascot has a guaranteed £500,000 Placepot today.
    2.30 – 7 Modern Games & 12 Inspiral
    3.05 – 3 Asadna & 17 River Tiber
    3.40 – 10 Coolangatta & 12 Highfield Princess
    4.20 – 8 Paddington & 9 Royal Scotsman
    5.00 – 5 Bring On The Night & 17 Law Of The Sea
    5.35 – 1 Buckaroo & 9 Francesco Clemente

    64 line(s) at £ 0.10 each
    Total Stake for Bet: £6.40

    B’ Lucky 😉

    • postman 11 months ago

      5:00 race. 19 runners and the tote only paid out on the first three 😔 scandalous.

  14. recoba 11 months ago

    Nothing much different from muse that’s not mentioned. Put this up on yesterday thread at 18/1, still round about that I’m sure but can’t get on betting sites with work phone/PC. Mrfixit DIY tips this is! 😋
    Twilight Gleaming…3.40 Ew 6 places Skybet
    Reasoning up yesterday and it was he has Ascot firm being 2nd in 2021 then won Juvenile Sprint at Breeders Cup.
    To add it was 5F in just over 58 seconds I think round a bend ,clearly has issues for 9 month but back and broke Stakes record warming up 66 days ago over 5f 70 yards easing at line for 1.00.08 and I can’t get times for others bar Highland Princess and he hasn’t hit that ever?
    Wesley Ward and as I said it’s not USA” blinkers on I hope as Ward of course train his horses for straight races obviously for these.
    Irad Ortiz Jnr must be in a mission after embarrassing last year on Golden Pal. 🤦‍♂️

    GL all today

    • recoba 11 months ago

      Of course the US horses love to swing round a bend an fly home it’s a bit bamboozling but Wesley Ward if anyone knows the score.

      GL all

  15. azzthewigan 11 months ago

    light infantry 2.30 ew haatem 3.05 ew Highfield princess 3.40 ciceros gift 4.20 zinc white 5.00 ew

  16. azzthewigan 11 months ago

    angel bleu 2.30 ew

  17. azzthewigan 11 months ago

    king of conquest 5.35 alright sunshine 6.10 ew also on buicks rides for a placepot well done all winners yesterday

  18. spurs55 11 months ago

    Thanks number 11


    Lovely jubbly

    • spurs55 11 months ago

      Could be a millionaire by tonight ewt 💰

      Could not wish for a better start matey

  19. Wildhorse 11 months ago

    Hello All

    Ascot Day 1


    R. 7 – Vauban

    R. 3 – Highfield Princess

    Each Way

    R. 4 – Isaac Shelby

    R. 6 – Highland Avenue

    To be placed

    R. 5 – Calling the Win ( 5 – 6 Places )

    Wish all a nice Ascot & BOL , see you at Day 2 !!

  20. double carpet 11 months ago

    So just recapping on stats I put up earlier in the week.
    I said Modern Games was by Dubawi who had yet to sire the winner of the race and that’s still the case.
    I said to back Jamie Spencer in races up to a mile and you will make a profit and he finishes 3rd and sp’s 14s.
    (Didn’t back him myself but I won’t complain)

  21. spurs55 11 months ago

    4 – Bobsleigh @ 11/1
    15.05 Royal Ascot: Coventry Stakes – Paying 6 Places instead of 3

    • spurs55 11 months ago

      I really did see that ewt had done bobsleigh as well.


      Perhaps it’s an omen 🤷‍♂️🙏

  22. double carpet 11 months ago

    Just had an ew on
    Bucanero Fuerte 12/1 5 places as a saver

  23. double carpet 11 months ago

    River Tiber wins and Bucanero Fuerte finishes 3rd sp q6/1.
    Good day so far 👍

  24. elvis parsley 11 months ago

    Haatem in the money 28-1 ew.
    Bradsell wins ew extra 20-1 ( was 33-1 SP last night) .

    That’s probably it for the week now 😁🏇

    • elvis parsley 11 months ago

      Must add well in DC and thief with the 33-1 in the opener.
      Proper bookie bashing 🥊

  25. spurs55 11 months ago

    Royal Scotsman


  26. double carpet 11 months ago

    Very impressive from Paddington. Has to be said.

  27. New123 11 months ago

    Certain Lad 5.35 Ascot 50/1 e/w

  28. spurs55 11 months ago

    8 – The Grand Visir @ 28/1
    17.00 Royal Ascot: Ascot Stakes – Paying

    • spurs55 11 months ago

      Also some pennies on


  29. elvis parsley 11 months ago

    Calling the wind places 2nd 12-1 ew.

    Done by a horse with no name if you please 😁

    • elvis parsley 11 months ago

      Highland avenue 4th at 20-1 ew 😁.

    • elvis parsley 11 months ago

      Scriptwriter 7th.
      20-1 ew extra 😁.

      Been a good day

  30. spurs55 11 months ago

    4 – Point King @ 14/1

    Hopefully a bit of profit to finish the day 🤞

  31. double carpet 11 months ago

    Never in doubt for Vauban.
    Probably stick to the flat especially if CH stays over hurdles.


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