Royal Ascot day 5: Telescope will rediscover winning formula
There are plenty of star turns primed to pounce on the final day of this year’s Royal Ascot meeting with Telescope our pick to make the headlines as the curtain falls on another enthralling renewal.
Besides the Sir Michael Stoute-trained son of Galileo we’ve picked out two other gems to help keep you in clover and end proceedings on a high.
Check out our three best bets for day five below!
NAP – Telescope – Hardwicke Stakes (15:45)
Two successive defeats to Noble Mission may have blotted the copybook somewhat but we’re backing TELESCOPE to bounce back in the Hardwicke.
Soft ground was a key factor in those near misses and with jockey Ryan Moore resuming riding duties there are plenty of reasons to show your support.
Of course, there are dangers. Stablemate Hillstar won last year’s King Edward VII Stakes here and has a rejuvenated Frankie Dettori on board.
Godolphin’s Sharestan is not to be taken lightly, however drying ground is not in his favour while Eye of the Storm can’t be discounted despite a sub-par effort at Leopardstown last time out.
NB – Due Diligence – Diamond Jubilee Stakes (16:25)
The cream usually rises to the top in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes with each of the last 10 winners previously enjoying a win at Listed level or above (eight had won a group race).
Ticking that box is another charge ridden by Ryan Moore, DUE DILIGENCE, with the progressive Aidan O’Brien-trained mount chasing a hat-trick of wins.
Being drawn in stall 12 is another massive factor behind our selection – six of the last eight renewals have been won by horses drawn between 11 and 15.
Last year’s British Champions Sprint Stakes winner Slade Power enjoys market favouritism while the likes of Jack Dexter and Sprint Cup hero Gordon Lord Byron also merit attention.
Lively Longshot – Sirius Prospect – Wokingham Stakes (17:00)
There’s always plenty of value to be had in the Wokingham and we’ve (hopefully) pulled out another corker.
Course and distance winner SIRIUS PROSPECT has enjoyed plenty of action around this track and is rarely disgraced over this trip.
Abernant Stakes winner Hamza is another handsomely priced runner worth looking out for while the Andrew Balding-trained Absolutely So also makes plenty of appeal, especially with crack apprentice Oisin Murphy’s handy allowance.
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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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