16:25 Royal Ascot: Charles Hills chasing first Royal Ascot success

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With a full quota of 30 runners spread right across the course, the thought of having to try and pick a winner in the Britannia Stakes is a daunting enough prospect. So with this in mind, luck in-running is often paramount.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the race, it may be worth looking for something at a bigger price to contest for the places, and perhaps even end up back in the winner’s enclosure itself.

The fact that three of the last six winners have been priced at 20/1, 28/1 and 33/1 certainly brings Charles Hills’ Market Town into consideration.

Unsurprisingly, considering he has been training for less than two years, a Royal Ascot winner has yet to materialise for Hills. But with his charge here being backed from 25/1 into 16/1, that could change sooner rather than later.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned colt has a lot going for him in this big handicap. Over the years, and indeed so far at Royal Ascot this year, it has been wise to pay attention to those drawn high, close to the stand side. Set to emerge from stall 25, the three year-old is well placed to pounce.

Factor in the added noise and atmosphere at Ascot and it could be better to look for a horse that has experienced the hustle and bustle of a large field previously. Market Town ran a credible third in an 18-runner maiden last season and should hopefully feel right at home amongst the cavalry charge.

He was beaten a neck into second by fellow entrant Haafaguinea (16/1) last time out, but is now 1lb better at the weights, so could easily reverse that form.

Favourite for the race, Wentworth (4/1), was desperately unlucky last time out when getting no sort of run, before plugging on for third over six furlongs. But with the difference in prices and the competitive nature of the race, Market Town could be worth taking a chance on.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.