Horse Racing Tips: Mick Fitzgerald’s best bets for day one of Royal Ascot

A seven-race card on ITV Racing for Tuesday and top tv pundit Mick Fitzgerald is all over it.

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It will be fantastic having a capacity crowd back again for the five-day Royal meeting this week where a feast of top-class action awaits and it really kicks off with a bang on Tuesday’s opening day.

Royal Ascot 2.30pm – Baaeed

An obvious one to start with and the unbeaten Baaeed will be a long odds-on favourite and form the first legs of many multiples. It is very hard to get away from his star quality. He has quite a lot in hand of some of the others and it is a case of trying to find something to finish second to him in Paddy’s betting without market. Ballydoyle’s Order of Australia didn’t finish too far behind Baaeed at Longchamp and a price is a good selection to be second to the wonder horse.

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Royal Ascot 3.05pm – Blackbeard

The 6f Group 2 is is a tough race to get a handle on. Persian Force won the Brocklesby Stakes on the opening day at Doncaster and backed that up with a comfortable success at Newbury in a three- runner race. However, Blackbeard has improved with every run for Aidan O’Brien and the step up in trip to 6f saw him put up his most impressive run to date.  Scholarship is one for the places each-way  as I thought he looked an improver at Haydock.

Royal Ascot 3.40pm – Man of Promise (each-way)

The Group 1 King’s Stands Stakes over 5f is a real international affair with top sprinters from Ireland, the USA and Australia taking on the best of the British.

Man of Promise was disappointing when the market leader on World Cup night in Dubai.  The fact this horse stays really well will be important with the Australian speedsters Nature Strip and US challenger Golden Pal likely to bolt off at a hectic pace. It could turn into a battle at the end and Man of Promise is a bit of value in a really open contest.

Royal Ascot 4.20pm – Coroebus

I loved the way this son of Dubawi went through race to win the 2,000 Guineas with blistering acceleration. Coroebus has done well since Newmarket according to reports and sets the standard. Again, that is reflected in his price and the one who could be a bit of a value is Lusail in the betting without Coroebus market. Richard Hannon’s charge had no luck in the 2,000 Guineas and will be suited to this contest over the stiff mile at Ascot and can hit the places.

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Royal Ascot 5pm – Bring on the Night

Ryan Moore and Willie Mullins are a team to be feared at Ascot.

Bring on the Night used to be trained in France by Andre Fabre and finished a distant fourth at Cheltenham in the Supreme Novice Hurdle to Constitution Hill, but just 10 lengths off Jonbon. His biggest competition will come from fellow Irish trainer Gordon Elliott’s Pied Piper. He dead-heated in the Grade One at Aintree but was demoted in the stewards room. His hurdle form is arguably better than Bring on the Night but it’s hard to get away from the deadly duo in these races at Ascot.

Royal Ascot 5.35pm – Tasman Bay

Tasman Bay has some rock solid form but the obvious concern is fitness as he makes his seasonal debut. There’s no star in the field and Tasman Bay ran in some good races last year without winning. He has since been gelded and is a sporting choice in this at a double-digit price.

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Royal Ascot 6.10pm – Cleveland (Benaud now a non-runner)

My original each-way fancy Benaud is a non runner and that could make the task of Cleveland even easier after his Chester Cup win. Juan de Montalban was hit with a 9lb rise for winning at the track last time. It was an amazing training performance by Aidan O’Brien to win the Chester feature with Cleveland on just his second run after two years off the track and he can follow up now.

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