We’ve rounded up our traders to bring you their NAP of the day for Wednesday’s races at Royal Ascot.
I think Ouzo is one of the bets of the week. Ryan Moore got it wrong at Newmarket last time out and he held his hands up after the race. If the handicapper had time to reassess him he could be 5/6lbs higher than what he is here. I think he is one of only a handful in the race that could have a lot of lbs in hand and could go off quite short. He’s drawn high and there is a lot of pace around him. It could be the perfect set up for him.
Kipps comes here off the perfect prep having escaped a penalty after losing out by a nose on his seasonal reappearance. He’s due to go up 5lbs for future engagements after that hugely promising run and is likely to improve significantly for the extra two furlongs. It wouldn’t be a great surprise if he ends up being rated close to 100 by the end of the year so he should go extremely close off 83 here.
Jim Crowley couldn’t have asked for a much better first day, riding 3 winners and I think he could be in the winners enclosure again today. Hukum beat the now 97-rated Laser Show on his latest start at Kempton but it was the manner of that victory which was most impressive. He took a fair bit of rousting along but once he got into full stride he managed to bridge a massive gap between himself and the leader to win a shade cosily.
It looked like the mile trip was too short for him even then and stepping up to a mile and a half here should bring about significant improvement. Running here off a rating of 90 it would be disappointing if he is not a good deal better than that and it would be disappointing if he doesn’t give you a good run for your money here with Paddy Power paying 5 places.
Montatham won on 2000 Guineas day impressively though a deeper look at the time would tell you that he could be still chucked in off his mark of 97. He won that race in a time that compared extremely well with the 2000 Guineas, being marginally slower overall, though with a faster closing sectional. He seems to be ground versatile so the ease in the ground is of no real concern, and provided the draw isn’t a negative (may be given Tuesday’s 7f race), I can’t see how he doesn’t go close here.
We have only seen this 6yo six times on the racetrack suggesting he’s been difficult to train down through the years but what we have seen of him he should be really competitive off a mark of 99. Fujaira Prince closed all the way to the line over 1m4f at this meeting last year so the extra couple of furlongs he faces here shouldn’t be an issue. It doesn’t look the strongest of handicaps and he should take all the beating.
Our Trader’s NAPS for Day Two of Royal Ascot
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- Ascot Results: How Day One Of The Royal Ascot Festival Unfolded
- Horse Racing Tips: Our Top Pundits’ Cheat Sheet For Day 2 Of Royal Ascot
- Ascot Tips: Watch Paddy’s Panel Of Experts Debate Wednesday’s Best Bets