Mick Fitzgerald’s best bets for day one of Royal Ascot

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

It will be fantastic having a capacity crowd back again for the five-day Royal meeting this week where a feast of top-class action awaits and it really kicks off with a bang on Tuesday’s opening day.

An obvious one to start with and the unbeaten baaeed will be a long odds-on favorite and form the first legs of many multiples. It’s very hard to get away from his star quality. He has quite a lot in hand of some of the others and it is a case of trying to find something to finish second to him in Paddy’s betting without market. Ballydoyle’s Order of Australia didn’t finish too far behind Baaeed at Longchamp and a price is a good selection to be second to the wonder horse.


The 6f Group 2 is a tough race to get a handle on. Persian Force won the Brocklesby Stakes on the opening day at Doncaster and backed that up with a comfortable success at Newbury in a three-runner race. However, blackbeard has improved with every run for Aidan O’Brien and the step up in trip to 6f saw him put up his most impressive run to date. Scholarship is one for the places each-way as I thought he looked an improver at Haydock.

The Group 1 King’s Stands Stakes over 5f is a real international affair with top sprinters from Ireland, the USA and Australia taking on the best of the British.

Man of Promise was disappointing when the market leader on World Cup night in Dubai. The fact this horse stays really well will be important with the Australian speedsters Nature Strip and US challenger Golden Pal likely to bolt off at a hectic pace. It could turn into a battle at the end and Man of Promise is a bit of value in a really open contest.

I loved the way this son of Dubawi went through race to win the 2,000 Guineas with blistering acceleration. coroebus has done well since Newmarket according to reports race and sets the standard. Again, that is reflected in his price and the one who could be a bit of a value is Lusail in the betting without coroebus market. Richard Hannon’s charge had no luck in the 2,000 Guineas and will be suited to this contest over the stiff mile at Ascot and can hit the places.


Ryan Moore and Willie Mullins are a team to be feared at Ascot.

Bring on the Night used to be trained in France by Andre Fabre and finished a distant fourth at Cheltenham in the Supreme Novice Hurdle to Constitution Hill, but just 10 lengths off Jonbon. His biggest competition will come from fellow Irish trainer Gordon Elliott’s Pied Piper. He dead heated in the Grade One at Aintree but was demoted in the stewards room. His hurdle form is arguably better than Bring on the Night but it’s hard to get away from the deadly duo in these races at Ascot.

Tasman Bay has some rock solid form but the obvious concern is fitness as he makes his seasonal debut. There’s no star in the field and Tasman Bay ran in some good races last year without winning. He has since been gelded and is a sporting choice in this at a double-digit price.



JP McManus would love to have a Royal Ascot winner and the Joseph O’Brien-trained benaud ran well at the meeting last year when fourth to Kemari in the Group 2 Queens Vase over this trip. This handicap could set up lovely for him as Juan de Montalban was hit with a 9lb rise for winning at the track last time. The Chester Cup winner – and likely favorite – Cleveland is of more concern. That was an amazing training performance by Aidan O’Brien to win that on just his second run after two years off the track and he is the big danger.

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