The big two we are seeing backing for are Benbatl at 9/2 and Lightning Spear at 9/1. However, there are worse 16/1 shots for an each-way gamble than Deauville, who was an excellent third in this last year and has had much better prep than he had for the Lockinge Stakes (where he finished fifth). Limato was another one who is spoken about positively, with plenty believing he rates a decent each-way bet as well.
24 runner two-year-old races are normally not the easiest to find the winner of, though this looks an excellent renewal with Calyx and Sergei Prokofiev looking potentially top class. As it stands Sergei Prokofiev is at 11/4, while sits Calyx on 5/2. For an each-way wager, Indigo Balance is one we like and is available at fine price of 11/1, he looks a decent bet.
This has the potential to be our biggest race of the day. We much prefer Lady Aurelia here and believe the 13/8 punt is well worth taking. We’re against Battaash at 11/4 because we feel he’s less likely to run to his best than Lady Aurelia, who always saves her best for Ascot.
Two we like against the field are Us Navy Flag (5/1) and Wooton (6/1), who look the best value at the moment. We’re a bit neutral on Without Parole, who you can be placed in the “could be anything” bracket.
This is a very difficult handicap, with Willie Mullins potentially holding the key. The two we like at prices are Cayirli at a massive price and Dubawi Fifty (9/1).
We’re very keen on Mirage Dancer for Micheal Stoute here, who does so well with this type of horse. He has definitely taken a step forward this year and has some excellent course form to his name. Of the others, we like Yucatan for Aidan O Brien, who has nothing to find on his best with most of these and looks to finally have everything in his favour here.
* All odds correct at time of posting.