Royal Ascot hangs up its top hat and tails for another year, which gives some of the font-runners in the tipping stakes time to big themselves up even more – yes Tom, you had a few winners, we know – and some of the also-rans a chance to salvage some pride. We’re looking at you here, Paddy.
There’s about as much unity as you’ll find in the Swedish dressing room right about now about what wins on Saturday – but it’s still all to play for.
Twilight Son gets 50 per cent of the vote in the 4.20pm, while Churchill and Cunco could be reverse forecast material in the opener. Other than that, you pays your money and takes your chance on who’ll have the champagne corks popping as the curtain comes down on Royal Ascot & Mighty Matt Chapman’s time at Paddy Power this weekend.