ITV Racing Tips: Murphy has bright chances at Royal Ascot, Saturday

 | Friday 21st June 2024, 18:00pm

Friday 21st June 2024, 18:00pm

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It's flown by. Another Royal Ascot week is very nearly done and dusted, and some very familiar faces have dominated, as so often they do. Jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Aidan O'Brien remain at the very pinnacle of the sport, and have reminded us of the fact on several occasions in recent days. It's been difficult in all honesty to nail down the winners, never better illustrated than in Thursday's Hampton Court, and Harry Charlton's luckless King's Gambit.

I had thought beforehand that it would take an Act of Parliament to prevent it from winning, but the following snippet from the Racing Post race-reader tells all; 'ridden and plenty to do over 1f out, ran on well on outer inside final furlong, eyecatcher (op 15/8).' At exactly the same time, England were impersonating a Sunday League team after a very heavy Saturday night in the Euros against Denmark (I remember them well). A character-building early-evening and then some. Onward and upward -  we're made of stern stuff us sports fans. Here's our ITV Racing tips for Day Five at Royal Ascot, kicking off at 14:30 on Saturday June 22. Enjoy!

ITV Racing tips Saturday

Royal Ascot

  • 14:30 - Age Of Gold @ 7/2
  • 15:05 - Middle Earth @ 5/2
  • 15:45 - Mitbaahy @ 13/2
  • 16:25 - River Tiber @ 6/4
  • 17:05 - Dark Trooper each-way @ 9/1
  • 17:40 - Palace Green each-way @ 10/1
  • 18:15 - Queenstown @ 7/2

ITV menu for Saturday June 22

Royal Ascot

14:30 - Chesham Stakes - Listed - 7f
15:05 - Hardwicke Stakes - Group 2 - 1m 4f
15:45 - Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes - Group 1 - 6f
16:25 - Jersey Stakes - Group 3 - 7f
17:05 - Wokingham Handicap - 6f
17:40 - Golden Gates Stakes - Handicap - 1m 2f
18:15 - Queen Alexandra Stakes - 2m 5f

Horse Racing Odds

Rationale;

14:30 - Age Of Gold @ 7/2

We're kicking off proceedings on Royal Ascot's last day for 2024 with a once-raced unbeaten Frankel colt out of a Dark Angel mare, trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by Will Buick.

Age Of Gold took a £22k novice at Yarmouth 31 days ago and the third that day was only beaten 3.5l here in the Coventry. That run at the seaside was over 6f, and he steps up a furlong today.

It looks sure to suit, and the thrill of watching a hugely-promising son of one of Europe's greatest-ever racehorses hurtling up the straight is mouth-watering indeed.

At this point he could be anything. One run, one superb win. I'm hoping it's sky's the limit time.

Age of Gold Royal Ascot 14.30

15:05 - Middle Earth @ 5/2

Middle-distance fare now in the Hardwicke.

My selection Middle Earth has Oisin Murphy on board, enjoying a great week, for the Gosdens. The four-year-old Roaring Lion colt took a Group 3 on seasonal reappearance at Newbury 35 days ago, and had signed off for 2023 here at Ascot with a Listed win over 2f further.

Talent, staying power, and an upwardly mobile profile. We know how much Oisin loves the progeny of his beloved Roaring Lion and he'll be straining every sinew to get this one home first.

Middle Earth Royal Ascot 15.05

15:45 - Mitbaahy @ 13/2

A very trappy 6f Group 1 sprint, with lots of value to be had if you've got a view.

An old favourite of mine features here in seven-year-old Kinross, who's enjoyed a glittering career. He was however well-beaten in this last term on similarly fast ground, and I'm reluctantly leaving him alone today.

My idea of the winner is Mitbaahy, owned and trained by last year's winning connections Mrs Fitri Hay and Charlie Hills (Khaadem - Jamie Spencer). The five-year-old entire will be ridden by Spencer, as he was last time when taking a Group 2 at the Curragh four weeks ago.

Believing adds spice having run on the opening day in the Charles III over 5f. She's a filly in form and has my utmost respect, but Mitbaahy can do the business.

Mitbaahy Royal Ascot 15.45

16:25 - River Tiber @ 6/4

Seems only appropriate to row in with an Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore conveyance at some point, and this one looks to have an outstanding chance.

River Tiber won the Coventry here last year and has been sparingly campaigned since. He reappeared in the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh won by Rosallion, who of course took the St James's Palace Stakes on Tuesday.

River Tiber went down by 1.5l and drops to 7f from a mile. He's going from Group 1 to Group 3 company too, and must take the world of beating here.

Haatem is a very interesting adversary - he gave Rosallion an even better race in Ireland, failing by just a head after going clear. Can he nick this perhaps from the front?

Can't help thinking that River Tiber will strip fitter after the Curragh and Moore will find the best way, as he so often does, of taking out this Jersey Stakes, a contest in existence for over 100 years.

River Tiber Royal Ascot 16.25

17:05 - Dark Trooper each-way @ 9/1

We're paying six places each-way for the Wokingham, another pillar of the Royal meeting and this time over 200 years old!

Dark Trooper e/w is the shout - a Wathnan Racing-owned, Qatar-trained four-year-old Dark Angel gelding. Wathnan's go-to jock James Doyle is on top and this one easily took a Saint-Cloud conditions event when last seen four weeks ago.

In his days with Ed Walker at Upper Lambourn he won a couple at Ascot and for me has even improved slightly for the change of scenery. Fantastic race this, huge field, drama guaranteed.

Dark Trooper Royal Ascot 17.05 each-way

17:40 - Palace Green each-way @ 10/1

Another e/w shout, and we're paying five places in this red-hot three-year-old handicap.

Palace Green is owned by Resolute, Qatar & Regan; and it's that Qatar reference that presumably explains the presence of Oisin Murphy in the plate. The three-year-old gelding has a progressive profile, and is trained by former masterful jockey Richard Hughes.

Murphy has been up top on four of his five career outings, including a win at Kempton. Last time at York he appeared not to enjoy a mile-and-a-half, stepped up to it for the first time, and drops now to 10f.

York showed clearly that he has a turn of foot, and back at a more suitable trip he could deploy that zip to very good use this afternoon.

Palace Green Royal Ascot 17.40 each-way

18:15 - Queenstown @ 7/2

The curtain falls for 2024 with the marathon Queen Alexandra Stakes, over 2m 5.5f. We're paying four places each-way too, if that's of interest.

Queenstown ran Gold Cup winner Kyprios to a length last time in a Leopardstown Group 3 five weeks ago; a fine effort. Admittedly that was at a trip nearly a mile shy of this one, so we need to take a step in the dark stamina-wise with this four-year-old gelded son of the mighty Galileo.

Trainer Aidan Patrick O'Brien is someone whose opinion I'd value in this regard (just a bit), so I'm guessing he wouldn't be running Queenstown if he didn't see it as a fine opportunity.

Dawn Rising won this last term and looks to repeat - but magician Moore rode him last year and of course Queenstown has that considerable advantage now. It's a fascinating affair and ends what's been a magnificent, tough, utterly beguiling five days of top-drawer flat racing.

Queenstown Royal Ascot 18.15

I hope you've enjoyed it as much as we all have here at Betfred. If you're playing today, good luck, take care, and above all, have fun.

ITV Racing tips from Betfred Insights.

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