Horse Racing tips: Jason Weaver’s picks for every Royal Ascot race on Saturday

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12:40 Swindler

Looked an absolute machine when winning over course and distance last September and was planted as if defeat was out of the question at headquarters on his return, he never got into it after a slow start behind a front runner and did well to close up later on to finish fifth. It’s been a good week for the owner and he looks to have a group horse in a handicap.

13:15 Dandalla

Karl Burke’s runner was a very comfortable winner on racecourse debut at Newcastle as he was always travelling best and asserted in the closing stages. She won’t mind the underfoot conditions and more importantly, has an ideal high draw in stall 17 close to the standside rail.

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13:50 Admiral Nelson

Looked an absolute monster when winning at the Curragh on debut just eight days ago asserting with authority late on he is a big powerful robust individual and could be right out of the top drawer.

14:25 Quadrilateral

The one-time 1,000 Guineas favourite is going to need to settle better but that shouldn’t prove too much of a problem in a small-but-select field. Unlike the cavalry charge that the Newmarket 1,000 Guineas turned into, jockey Jason Watson can drop her in and get into a nice rhythm with just the seven runners declared. That will be key to her finishing kick and this race looks like hers to lose.

15:00 Pinatubo

Last season’s champion juvenile wasn’t disgraced on his return at Newmarket when finishing third in the 2,000 Guineas. Despite racing towards the centre of the track and committing for home a long way out, he will be much sharper on Saturday for that run. We know that the soft ground holds no fears for him and it looks an ideal opportunity to get that Group One victory on the board as a three-year-old.

15:35 Sceptical

A real rags-to-riches story having been purchased out of Godolphin for just £2.800. He has answered every question connections have asked in comfortable fashion. Trainer Denis Hogan waited the extra few days to let him recover from his Naas exertions over 6f. The Irish challenger could be one of the top sprinters in Ireland after this.


16:10 No Nonsense

A strange one to to work out as his trainer David Elsworth is quoted as saying he is a ‘back-ward type’ but blessed with any amount of natural pace. His one piece of standout form came over this course and distance when chasing home Calix, being beaten just over four lengths. It’s a bit of a guess as to whether he will handle softer ground, but if he does he is massively overpriced in a race where Paddy is paying extra places too.

16:40 Mekong

Jamie Osborne’s runner has any amount of ability and sits well clear on official ratings. Ran fifth in the Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday and if that hasn’t left too much of a mark, he’ll be tough to beat.

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