Royal Ascot Lucky 15 Tips: Yorkshire raider can sprint to glory

 | Thursday 20th June 2024, 18:15pm

Thursday 20th June 2024, 18:15pm

L15 Royal Ascot

It's Friday, June 21, and the penultimate episode of Royal Ascot 2024. The weather has been kind, the ground fast, the action gripping. Several of the usual suspects have come to the party with a vengeance, as they tend to do, and today's racing is most certainly on the compelling side, as per.

The Coronation Stakes is arguably today's highlight but it's a case of seven ultra-competitive and prestigious contests, and an intriguing afternoon of top-class sport. Sit back and enjoy - here are our Royal Ascot Lucky 15 tips for Friday.

Royal Ascot Lucky 15 tips

  • 15:05 -  Insisherin @ 9/4
  • 15:45 - Opera Singer @ 11/8
  • 16:25 - Shadow Dance @ 11/1
  • 17:05 - Forever Blue @ 12/1

Horse Racing Odds

15:05 -  Inisherin @ 9/4

Hugely interesting that a 2000 Guineas sixth finds himself at the head of the market for a 6f Group 1 at Royal Ascot.

Inisherin looked to pretty much make all at Newmarket but was cooked in the last couple of furlongs. Stepping back to this sprint trip next time at Haydock he bagged a Group 2 in taking fashion, and is my idea of the Commonwealth Cup winner today.

Given the field is restricted to three-year-olds there are precious few with genuine Group-class credentials - yet. For most it's mainly about potential and development at this point, but Inisherin however ticks all the relevant boxes.

It was soft at Haydock, but he's performed well on faster ground, too. I guess he'll be set alight from the outset and say catch me if you can, from the one box. It's still only career start number five and now he's seemingly found his niche at this trip there could be a lot more to come from Kevin Ryan's Shamardal colt.

Starlust is officially rated a pound higher but Inisherin is ahead of all the rest. In my view he can take this for North Yorkshire, and cement his place among the top young sprinters. Tom Eaves again takes the mount.

15:45 - Opera Singer @ 11/8

All three-year-old fillies now, at a mile, and an Aidan O'Brien inmate I recall producing an awesome display to take the Marcel Boussac at the Arc meeting in Paris last autumn.

Opera Singer reappeared this term in the Irish 1000 Guineas 26 days ago and for me ran well below that kind of stellar form, finishing third. Aidan's often improve markedly for the run (see file marked City Of Troy), and the filly has a raft of the very best entries going forward.

She's evidently held in the highest regard and if anywhere near her best can definitely take this for me, en route to some of those juicy tests to come as the season unfolds.

Comfortably the top-rated entrant, and of course the peerless Ryan Moore is in the saddle.

16:25 - Shadow Dance @ 11/1

After a couple of relative shorties in the market, two now at far more attractive prices - at least at the time I'm writing this piece.

Shadow Dance is trained by Roger Varian and will be ridden by James Doyle - two gentlemen nicely on the scoreboard this week - and the four-year-old Almanzor gelding must overcome an absence of 252 days.

When last seen at HQ he was narrowly denied by Alsakib at this trip, and that horse ran very well to be a close-up fourth in the 1m 6f handicap on Tuesday. The horse has obviously had issues in the interim but was gelded in January, and it's possible connections have just given him time to come to hand.

Their patience could well be rewarded this afternoon, and as this is a five places each-way race with Betfred I'm having a separate little e/w tickle too.

17:05 - Forever Blue @ 12/1

Another offering in my book a nice chunk of good old-fashioned value.

Forever Blue is a three-year-old filly owned by the prolific Wathnan Racing enterprise, successful this week, and Ralph Beckett trains. The brilliant James Doyle again rides.

Only three career starts so far - all very promising, and two resulting in wins, including last time on seasonal reappearance at Haydock. She took a 7f novice in some style, running on powerfully late in the piece.

Today's extra furlong seems sure to suit this Blue Point filly, who presumably gets that added bit of stamina from the maternal side, being out of an Authorized (Epsom Derby winner) mare. She's shown steady improvement so far and I can't believe there isn't plenty more to come.

We're paying six places in this Sandringham Stakes so once again I'll be having a little individual e/w flutter on this one, outside of the main bet.

If you're playing take care, good luck, and as always, have fun.

This is an example of a Lucky 15. If you can improve upon my selections (of course you can), then go for it!

The odds can fluctuate between publishing our pieces and race-time. As a guide, a £0.50p win Lucky 15 on today's selections, at the prices, and assuming all four won, would return around £1300 for your total £7.50 stake.

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Lucky 15 tips from Betfred Insights.

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