Royal Ascot Day 4 betting: Hugo Palmer's under-priced charge can kick-start the Best of Days


Time flies when you're enjoying yourself, something it has been hard not to do at Royal Ascot this week, a year at which we'll look back and marvel at some stunning performances, headline displays from the likes of Ribchester, Barney Roy, Lady Aurelia, Qemah and Highland Reel. 

Be it explosive speed, immense bravery and stamina, or just the consistent excellence like the last name on that list of equine heroes, who lest we forget is a now a six-time Group 1 winner - there's been much to write home about!


Looking ahead to Friday's action, it's some card, featuring a pair of cracking top level contests in the shape of the Commonwealth Cup and Coronation Stakes, as well as the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes (3.05pm).

It is there we'll start, in a mile and a half contest where five of them reappear after flopping in the Epsom Derby, most notably the Dante winner, Permian.     

The money earlier in the week all seemed to be diverted in the direction of an animal who finished third to Permian at York, Sir Michael Stoute's Crystal Ocean, but with his price beginning to appear anything but generous in an open renewal, I'm going to take a chance with an exciting colt making his seasonal debut...Best Of Days.

By Azamour (who won the King George) and out of a High Chaparral mare, this fella is made for middle distances, and left a lovely mark on his juvenile campaign, signing off with a win in the Group 2 Royal Lodge at Newmarket back in September.

So, proven at this level, the wearer of a first-time tongue tie, up in trip which on pedigree is highly likely to bring major improvement, we know he thrives on fast ground, and what's more, Hugo Palmer's three-year-old won first time out last season, zooming clear in his maiden Sandown Park.

At likely double figure odds he looks a tempting each way fancy. 

Later on, just shy of a quarter of a million pounds is on offer to the winner of the Group 1 Coronation Stakes (4.20pm), in which the dual Guineas winner, Winter, is viewed by many as something approaching a penalty-kick. 

Outstanding the last twice, she should win, but at around 1/2 there is an element of unncecessary risk when you factor in the recent record of Irish Guineas winners coming on to run in this: just one of the last five even made the frame!

With that in mind, note the recent multiple French-trained successes in this race, the likes of Imortal Verse, Ervedya and Qemah, and the fact that this year's French Guineas winner, Precieuse, has been supplemented for today.  

She has to be a danger, but so does a more locally-trained filly, in the shape of John Gosden's Dabyah. 

Spared any of the aforementioned skirmishes, she has only been seen once this season, that when hacking up and making all in the Group 3 Fred Darlng at Newbury in April.  

Fast ground will be ideal for her, and it's eye-catching that she has been favourite every time she has run. 

Everyone is talking about Winter and Precieuse, but it's Dabyah who has lesser mileage and greater scope to surprise them. 

Good luck!

 

Friday's best bets with Unibet at Royal Ascot:

3.05 - King Edward VII Stakes - 1 Best Of Days (each way)

4.20 - Coronation Stakes - 1 Dabyah (win)