Royal Ascot Tips | 23rd June 2018
All eyes are on Royal Ascot this week and racing tipster Graeme Johnston offers his thoughts on day five after his 12/1 winner yesterday!
The Chesham is the first big 7 furlong 2 year old race of the season and as ever it’s attracted a mixed bag of horses. Some have solid winning
form while others are crying out for the additional distance here, and I’m siding with one who was impressive on debut.
Mark Johnston has had a really good meeting so far and he seems to have a good batch of juveniles on his hands this year. Of all his debut winners thus far Natalies Joy has been the most impressive, winning a Goodwood maiden by an eased down 6 lenghts.
The form is questionable as nothing has come out to frank the form, however the time was good and she was visually stunning. In a race where there isn’t a great deal of form to go on he looks the standout horse in the field and despite being a short price she looks the one to be on here.
The Hardwicke stakes is the main 12 furlongs race for older horses and is normally one of the best races of the week. However this year there is only a field of 5 lining up and there is a short priced favourite so it’s a tricky race for punters.
Crystal Ocean should win this, he’s progressive, his stable is flying and he’s the highest rated runner in the field. However in a 5 runner race I’m going to take him on with an each way alternative.
Idaho won this race last year and has plenty of group one form to his name. He loves quick ground and stays well so he has everything in his favour today. Ryan Moore has deserted him for the favourite, however if he races prominently he is the most likely benefactor if the favourite doesn’t perform.
The Windsor Castle over 5 furlongs sees 25 juveniles line up and with doubts about where the best place to be drawn is this week it’s a race for low stakes in my opinion. However there is one in here I’m very sweet on.
Van Beethoven was beaten at odds on last time out however that was quite some race. The winner was an unlucky third in the Albany Stakes yesterday and the third was a creditable third in the Norfolk stakes. Those races are generally a higher standard than this so I see this as a drop in grade for Van Beethoven.
He drops in trip here which may not be ideal, however this is a really stiff 5 furlongs and with a big field and a fierce pace to chase there will be nothing finishing better than him and I make him a solid each way selection at surprisingly big odds.
The Diamond Jubilee is the race of the day and this looks a really good renewal. Horses from all over the world line up with 3 continents represented but I’m backing one from the home team.
The Tin Man is in my opinion the most underrated sprinter in training. He won this race last year and and loves quick ground, so why is he such a big price?
Though this is a very good race he only has a couple of pounds to find with them and has less questions to answer than most. His stable are going well and this is his target. At the odds available he is well over priced and well worth an each way investment.