Royal Ascot Day 5 Tips: 5/2 NAP is Saturday’s standout

 | Friday 21st June 2024, 16:15pm

Friday 21st June 2024, 16:15pm

Royal Ascot Tips

Doesn't time fly when you're having fun? After four thoroughly-entertaining days, Royal Ascot comes to a conclusion on Saturday following another seven-race card running from 14:30-18:15.

For one final time (this year at least), here's my Royal Ascot Day 5 tips.

Royal Ascot Day 5 Tips

  • 14:30 - Pentle Bay @ 15/2
  • 15:05 - Middle Earth @ 5/2
  • 15:45 - Washington Heights e/w @ 14/1
  • 16:25 - River Tiber @ 6/4
  • 17:05 - Apollo One e/w @ 16/1
  • 17:40 - Palace Green e/w @ 10/1
  • 18:15 - Run For Oscar @ 11/2

14:30 - Pentle Bay @ 15/2

Opening the final day of Royal Ascot 2024 is the Chesham Stakes - a two-year-old Listed contest over seven furlongs - which can go to George Boughey's PENTLE BAY.

He was victorious on his debut over six furlongs at Leicester earlier this month, getting up in the final strides to beat his 13 rivals under a trademark Jamie Spencer ride.

It's unlikely that form will prove to be anything special, but I think the selection was much the best horse in the field despite the winning margin of just a head, and he should come on leaps and bounds for the run as he steps up in trip.

Boughey, who has been in sparkling form lately, speaks highly about the son of New Bay and further confidence has to be the fact he was bought for £400,000 earlier this week.

Hopefully he can get us off to a flyer on Saturday.

Get your stake back (up to £10) as a free bet if your selection in the 14:30 finishes 2nd.

Pentle Bay to win the 14.30 Royal Ascot at 15-2

15:05 - Middle Earth @ 5/2

The betting suggests the Hardwicke Stakes is likely to be won by either Continuous or MIDDLE EARTH. I agree, with the latter getting the nod.

I'm a big fan of the former Continuous, but 6/4 is of no interest considering he's said to be working back from the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October and this is his comeback run in June.

John & Thady Gosden's son of the late Roaring Lion, on the other hand, should be spot on for this after winning a Group 3 on his return at Newbury last month.

He was comfortably ahead of third favourite Desert Hero that day and the selection looks open to considerably more improvement, so I see no reason why that form should be reversed.

A couple of the others - namely Isle Of Jura and Missed The Cut - are dangerous, but Middle Earth rates NAP material for me.

Middle Earth to win the 15.05 Royal Ascot at 5-2

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15:45 - Washington Heights e/w @ 14/1

I think WASHINGTON HEIGHTS is a massive price for the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes.

Kevin Ryan's four-year-old has, pardon the pun, taken his form to new heights this season courtesy of his G3 Abernant Stakes victory at Newmarket in April and close fourth in the G2 Duke Of York Clipper Stakes at last month's Dante Festival.

Less than a length separated him and the reopposing Mill Stream, who is our 9/2 joint-favourite at time of writing, on both occasions, so why exactly is the selection as big as 14s here? Answers on a postcard please...

I feel he's being seriously underestimated in the market and with Ryan saying he's "right where I want him going into Ascot", he rates excellent each-way value.

This is an Extra Place Race, so Betfred are paying 4 places instead of 3 at 1/5 the odds for all each-way bets.

Washington Heights each-way for the 15.45 Royal Ascot at 14-1

16:25 - River Tiber @ 6/4

Next up is the Jersey Stakes - and this time I'm siding with the favourite RIVER TIBER.

Haatem, who was placed in both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas, sets the standard but he concedes three pounds to Aidan O'Brien's son of Wootton Bassett and the step back to seven furlongs isn't sure to suit as far as I'm concerned.

The trip looks perfect for the selection, however. He was classy over sprint trips last year and you can't say he didn't stay a mile at HQ, but seven looks optimal.

He's a confident pick under the peerless Ryan Moore.

River Tiber to win the 16.25 Royal Ascot at 6-4

17:05 - Apollo One e/w @ 16/1

APOLLO ONE was runner-up in last year's Wokingham Stakes - a 0-110 handicap over six furlongs - and I'm backing him to run another big race.

While he doesn't win as often as I'd like, the six-year-old gelding is a model of consistency. His form since November 2022 reads: 2132223023.

In what rates an incredibly tricky race featuring mainly unpredictable types, I think he's a great each-way option.

This is a Super Extra Place Race, so Betfred are paying 6 places instead of 4 at 1/5 the odds for all each-way bets.

Apollo One each-way for the 17.05 Royal Ascot at 16-1

17:40 - Palace Green e/w @ 10/1

The Golden Gates Stakes follows and it's yet another highly-competitive handicap, this time over 1m2f, made up of 16 runners.

My vote goes to PALACE GREEN for Richard Hughes.

The three-year-old Sea The Moon gelding failed to see out the 1m4f trip when a respectable third, beaten four lengths by a classy Aidan O'Brien inmate, off a mark of 89 at York on his most recent start, so this drop back in distance looks sure to suit given how stylishly he travelled on the Knavesmire.

That form looks strong too. The runner-up, who ran off 79 that day, has since won off a six-pound higher mark and there was a three length gap back to the selection's nearest rival.

I see no reason why he can't at least be competitive under Oisin Murphy, who has been riding exceptionally-well at Royal Ascot.

This is an Extra Place Race, so Betfred are paying 4 places instead of 3 at 1/5 the odds for all each-way bets - and your stake (up to £10) will be returned as a free bet if your selection in the 17:40 finishes 2nd.

Palace Green each-way for the 17.40 Royal Ascot at 10-1

18:15 - Run For Oscar @ 11/2

Royal Ascot's finale is the Queen Alexandra Stakes - a 2m5½f conditions race for horses aged four and above.

Dawn Rising won this last year off just three pounds lower and he should be competitive again having warmed up with a couple of decent efforts behind Gold Cup hero Kyprios, but I prefer the claims of Charles Byrnes' nine-year-old RUN FOR OSCAR.

He finished third, a couple of lengths behind Dawn Rising, here last season and was unlucky not to finish closer, if not win it himself having been denied a run at a crucial stage.

There's an argument that his form has fallen off dramatically this term, but for me this is a clear example of a shrewd trainer getting one ready for the big day. His mark has dropped a couple of pounds as a result and so he's better off by three with the favourite.

He has an excellent chance if at his best, which is the key.

Run For Oscar each-way for the 18.15 Royal Ascot at 11-2

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