Ascot tips: Matt Chapman’s 7 picks for Friday at the Royal Festival

ITV's main man takes us through his plays for Friday's action.

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14.30 – Sandrine

Day 4 of Royal Ascot on ITV gets under with the Group 3 Albany Stakes for juvenile fillies over 6f. Andrew Balding has already shown us what he can do with juveniles at Royal Ascot this week and it looks to me like SANDRINE is overpriced for this event. The Bobby’s Kitten offspring won going away on debut at Kempton and had the reopposing Oscula back in third that day. David Probert takes the rides and she has strong each-way claims.

15.05 – Yibir

Now the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes over 1m4f for colts and geldings. I have a feeling we have not seen the best of YIBIR this term and I’ll keep the faith one more time as he goes up a little in trip. The Charlie Appleby runner was not far behind Alenquer at Sandown earlier on this term and his experience since then might allow him to turn the table on that old rival under William Buick.

15.40 – Jumby

Group 1 company here with the Commonwealth Cup for 3yo colts and fillies over 6f. JUMBY has plenty to find on ratings for Eve Johnson Houghton and Charlie Bishop but what he does bring is current progressive good form to the table. The New Bay colt was a much easier winner at Newmarket last time than the distance of victory suggested, and he really does look a progressive sprinter. I’ll have a few quid on each-way. Campanelle was a monster juvenile and if she is ready she’s a serious player.

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16.20 – Snow Lantern

Group 1 Coronation Stakes now for 3yo fillies over 1m. SNOW LANTERN never settled at York last time but she’s surely miles better than that form suggests and has a fabulous draw to work from here. I’m delighted connections have quite rightly kept Sean Levey on board and the daughter of Frankel looked a real star in the making when scoring at Newbury first time this season. Mother Earth would have been my selection but for a bad draw as she looks like the filly’s equivalent of Poetic Flare. But the draw means I will back Snow Lantern each-way.

17.00 – Belief

Handicap time now with the Sandringham Stakes for 3yo fillies over 1m. BELIEF is interesting here for William Haggas and the King’s Stand hero Cieren Fallon. The daughter of Le Havre was a good third in a big field at Nottingham before scoring with ease at Thirsk last time. The handicapper has only given a handicap mark of 88 and she might be miles better than that. A high draw looks a plus.

17.35 – Tritonic

Now it’s the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap over 1m4f. TRITONIC should have each-way claims here for Ryan Moore and trainer Alan King. The useful hurdler was fourth in the Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket off this mark of 99 last season and the soft ground probably just caught him out close home that day. Difficult to know what the ground will be here but has every chance of hitting the frame at the very least.

18.10 – BOOMSHALAA

Day 4 ends with the Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap over 5f. A very hard race to sort out. BOOMSHALAA has to be the sexy horse as he could have gone in the Commonwealth Cup judged by his facile success at Windsor last time. He cost 350,000gns and is surely a Black Type performer in the making for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni. He might just blitz this lot off a BHA rating of 95.

So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?

Matt Chapman’s Royal Ascot Thursday tips

14.30 – Sandrine
15.05 – Yibir
15.40 – Jumby
16.20 – Snow Lantern
17.00 – Belief
17.35 – Tritonic
18.10 – Boomshalaa

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