Speaking with Ruby Walsh and our top trader Frank Hickey on the latest episode of our From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast – which is going daily for the duration of Royal Ascot – Paddy stuck his head above the parapet to deliver his best bets for day one at Royal Ascot.
I’d be tempted to take on the short one, Circus Maximus, in quite a big field. I’m going for an unexposed one each way. Roseman has won on softer ground but I think he might handle the better ground. It’s about a 12/1 shot and I think it’s going to be a couple of the bigger priced ones finishing fast.
I’m a little surprised that Ryan Moore has chosen Passion over Ennistymon. I had Ennistymon in the back of my head to be backing this week at Ascot, and I think I’m going to stick with that. I will presume that Ryan Moore has made a mistake! What does he know about racing?! I’m going to go for Ennistymon, just with the expected Aidan O’Brien improvement, for an each-way bet.
The only way Mogul gets beat is if he’s not fit enough for this and it’s used as a prep run for the Derby. I think he’ll win. Simple as that.
It’s going to be fast ground which is going to suit Battash, but in 5f sprints, even group 1s like this, you do need stuff to happen in your favour. The difference between a Group 1 and a Group 2 is probably less than a second, there’s nothing in it.
If Battash is able to drop right then he should probably win it, but he’s odds on so I think I’ll take a chance on something at a bigger price.
I think Glass Slippers is a really improving sprinter and sprinters do improve a lot with age. I think Glass Slippers is really on the up and could be very good. He’s already a group 1 winner and I think he’s worth a go against the favourite.
Paddy’s best bets for Day One at Royal Ascot
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