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Royal Ascot Thursday Tips : Ladies Day Selections

A successful day yesterday, particularly two winners in Free Eagle at 3/1 and GM Hopkins at 10/1, we’re hoping for more of the same on Ladies Day on Ascot Thursday.

The opening Norfolk Stakes (2:30) looks a straight match between the two market leaders, both from the Richard Hannon yard.

Both Log Out Island and KING OF ROOKS are top class sprinters in the making but the vote has to go to the latter, ridden by Frankie Dettori, who will be in fine mood after nicking the last race on Wednesday with Osalia for the same yard.

King Of Rooks looked a bit of a machine at Sandown last time out, readily disposing the subsequent Coventry winner Buratino by a good five lengths and there weren’t that many excuses that day for Buratino.

The selection won fair and square. Backing even money shots isn’t going to make us Bill Gates in the long run but this one should take all the beating and taking a short price is advised.

Dettori could be on for quickfire double if my maths is right as he looks to have a brilliant chance aboard TIME TEST in the Tercentenary Stakes (3:05). The 9/4 shot looked a horse set for Group One races when absolutely hacking up in the London Gold Cup at Newbury.

Travelling well-off the pace, he quickened through a classy field like a knife through butter and put the race to bed in a matter of strides.

It’s not often you see a horse win a top class handicap in that manner and the form is working out well.

He looks well capable of making up into a Group One horse on this kind of ground, therefore this Group Three should be well within his capabilities.

The 1000 Guineas form has got more holes in it than Wentworth which suggests those taking a short price about Pleascach could end up out of pocket by the end of the Ribblesdale Stakes (3:40).

Jim Bolger’s filly is trading at odds-on for this race and is best left along as the market has a very tasty each-way look about it. John Gosden has had horses priced at 16/1 twice hit the frame in the last five years and it’s a race he always likes to target.

He runs three this year and it’s worth having an each-way play on both GRETCHEN at 8/1 and ZAMOURA at 33/1. Gretchen has more class and is an unexposed filly with a gorgeous pedigree whilst Zamoura is a tough customer whose gutsy attitude on ground she’ll like may see her trouble the market principles.

Willie Mullins has already had one winner this week at Royal Ascot and SIMENON is worth backing in the Gold Cup (4:20) for the master jumps trainer. He has finished second and fourth in this race in the past and can feature in what looks a below-par renewal.

The closing two handicaps looks a tricky way to finish the day but we’re going to throw two selections in each race at them. RESONANT, a 25/1 shot, ran too bad to be true last time out at Epsom and should improve significantly in the Britannia Handicap (5:00) on that while UDODODONTU’s win at York is working out very well and he should stay the mile no problem. Snap up the 18/1 there.

The King George V Stakes (5:35) looks a tough one too but DISSOULTION at 6/1 and SCOTTISH at 10/1 both have plenty in their favour.


2:30 King Of Rooks 11/10

3:05 Time Test 9/4

3:40 Gretchen 8/1 & Zamoura 33/1 EW

4:20 Simenon 10/1 EW

5:00 Resonant 25/1 & Udododontu 18/1

5:35 Dissoultion 6/1 & Scottish 10/1 EW

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