Paul Ferguson has two tips at Royal Ascot today; Excelebration in the 2.30 and Most Improved in the 3.45. Compare odds and bet.
All eyes will be on the mighty Frankel on the opening day at Royal Ascot, as Sir Henry Cecil’s special colt goes in search of his 11th straight victory in the opening Queen Anne Stakes.
From a purist’s point of view, it is hoped the son of Galileo delivers another explosive performance, whereas from a punting angle the way to approach the race is to back Excelebration (2:30) in the market without the favourite.
Aidan O’Brien’s four-year-old has chased home racing’s “superstar” on four occasions, three times finishing second and he was third behind him at last year’s meeting in the St James’s Palace Stakes.
With the ground on the easy side, he will be much more at home than Strong Suit and can once again follow home Frankel. Hills offer 11/10 about this bet this morning.
Later on the card, this year’s St James’s Palace Stakes looks a very competitive contest with both the French and Irish 2,000 Guineas winners lining up.
At the prices, a chance is taken on Most Improved (3:45) who should be backed each-way for Brian Meehan and Kieren Fallon. Considering he was trading at 4/1 to beat Camelot in the build up to the 2,000 Guineas, he has to be worth chancing at 9/1 today, despite the fact he appeared to flop on his return in France recently.
The Prix Du Jockey Club was a very rough race this year, however, and the Lawman colt didn’t enjoy any sort of clear passage in the home straight. His sole victory as a juvenile came on good-to-soft ground and, if the gallops reports were to be believed during the spring, he was working like a serious Classic contender.
Elsewhere on the card, the Ascot Stakes is usually one of my favourite races of the meeting, but I’m not quite sure this year’s renewal is up to scratch. With that in mind, last year’s winner Veiled has to be considered despite a 7lb rise, while Tuscan Gold looks potentially over-priced at 50/1 on his debut for Laura Mongan, having failed to shine over hurdles for Alan King.
2:30 Royal Ascot Excelebration (without Frankel 11/10 Hills)
3:45 Royal Ascot Most Improved
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