The going remains soft for the fourth day of Royal Ascot on Friday with the action due to get under way at 2.30.
Cuff can get punters off to a flying start at Royal Ascot
The opening race is the Group 3 Albany Stakes for two-year-old fillies over six furlongs. Aidan O’Brien saddles two runners with Ryan Moore aboard Cuff, a three lengths winner of a Listed race at Naas last month. Her future entries include the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and Moyglare Stud Stakes so she is obviously held in high regard.
Wesley Ward bids for a second juvenile success of the week with Create A Dream, a course winner over five furlongs in April. She handled the good to soft ground well that day but has an extra furlong to travel in more testing conditions on Friday.
The Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at 3.05 is known as the Ascot Derby. Humphrey Bogart finished a creditable fifth at Epsom with Across The Stars back in tenth place. Beacon Rock made all to win a Group 3 at the Curragh last time out and holds stable companion Housesofparliament on that running. Carntop was beaten only half a length by Humphrey Bogart at Lingfield and races in the colours of the Prince Of Wales and Duchess Of Cornwall.
Humphrey Bogart is set to renew rivalry with Carntop (far side) at Royal Ascot
Quiet Reflection the day’s best bet at Royal Ascot
We have previewed the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup here and fancy Quiet Reflection to follow up her impressive Haydock success. Karl Burke’s filly showed a fine turn of foot to beat Donjuan Triumphant and should not be inconvenienced by the softer ground at Ascot.
The Group 1 Coronation Stakes at 4.20 sees the reappearance of Irish 1000 Guineas winner Jet Setting. She bravely held off Newmarket Guineas and subsequent Oaks winner Minding and has an obvious chance on that form. She did have a very hard race that day and it may be worth siding with French Guineas runner-up Nathra who will like the cut in the ground.
The Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at 5.00 is one of the most competitive handicaps of the week. Ajman Bridge was second in this race last year and is now 4lbs higher in the weights. Top weight Elite Army overcame an absence of over a year to win last time out but the ground may have gone against him. It may be worth taking a chance with Ivan Grozny who reverts to the flat for Willie Mullins. He was an easy winner at Aintree in soft ground in the spring and should go well for Martin Harley.
The final race at Royal Ascot on Friday is the Queen’s Vase over two miles at 5.35. The Derby winning team of Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen have a leading chance here with Ebediyin who still holds an Irish Derby entry.
Royal Ascot Betting Tips 17/06/2016
2.30 Albany Stakes
Cuff @11-4 Betfair
3.05 King Edward VII Stakes
Beacon Rock @7-2 Paddy Power
Humphrey Bogart (each-way) @9-1 Betway
3.40 Commonwealth Cup
Quiet Reflection (NAP) @9-4 Betway
4.20 Coronation Stakes
Nathra (each-way) @7-1 William Hill
Alice Springs (each-way) @12-1 Betfair
5.00 Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes
Ivan Grozny (each-way) @14-1 BetVictor
5.35 Queen’s Vase
Ebediyin (nb) @5-1 Totesport