Royal Ascot Lucky 15 Tips: Flying high with Jessie?

 | Tuesday 18th June 2024, 12:36pm

Tuesday 18th June 2024, 12:36pm

L15 Royal Ascot

It's Wednesday, June 19, and Day Two of the Royal meeting. Too many highlights to list - it's all just fabulous. Another seven pulsating contests to enjoy, and I'm selecting four of them to provide today's Royal Ascot Lucky 15 tips.

Enough of the prevarication - let's get to it!

Royal Ascot Lucky 15 Tips Wednesday

  • 14:30 - Make Haste @ 5/1
  • 15:05 - Birdman @ 5/1
  • 15:45 - Ocean Jewel @ 8/1
  • 18:15 - Celtic Chieftain @ 5/1

14:30 - Make Haste @ 5/1

We start with the Queen Mary, for flying juvenile fillies over the minimum trip (5f).

Very little to go on in terms of weighing a series of runs, and evaluating going preferences, run style and the like - as most have only run once or twice. We must look at what scant evidence we do have, which includes stable excellence in dealing with young talent.

For the rest it's about feel, and instinct, and this leads me to Make Haste, a Blue Point filly trained in Ireland by Diego Dias, a Brazilian who has made quite an impression over the last 12 months.

She flew all right in her only start to date at Naas on good ground, quite unextended despite winning by just over 3l. Gavin Ryan was on board that day and maintains the partnership. She's got a bright chance for me in what's obviously a wide-open and fascinating contest.

Her sire was a precocious youngster (won the Gimcrack at York), and ended up on this very track winning the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee, over 6f, at five years of age. A stellar career - and his daughter looks to begin hers in earnest on Wednesday afternoon.

(We're paying five places each-way in this mouth-watering opener).

15:05 - Birdman @ 5/1

Another trappy affair - a three-year-old staying test over 1m 6f.

Birdman is a gelding in the care of legendary handler Jessie Harrington in County Kildare. Only two spins to date, but is unbeaten - very cosily accounting for rivals at both Cork and Navan.

That last effort was a Listed success over just a furlong short of this trip and the superb Shane Foley will remain the only jock to have ridden him on the racetrack.

I hope the anticipated faster ground won't be a hindrance, as his sire Free Eagle won on it more than once in his own career. Mrs Harrington is just brilliant whether jumping or on the flat, and let's hope she's got a cracker on her hands.

Four places each-way here, with Betfred.

15:45 - Ocean Jewel @ 8/1

Older horses now - a Group 2 fillies and mares heat.

Ocean Jewel is trained in Ireland by Willie McCreery, once again in County Kildare. One of my favourite jocks, Billy Lee, is in the plate. The four-year-old is by American sire Sioux Nation, highly adept on lively summer ground, and on seasonal reappearance at the Curragh in May she took a Group 2 in career-best fashion at this mile trip.

No surprise then to see her aimed at this valuable prize, and though on the book she'll have to progress again in all likelihood to score, that's by no means a forlorn prospect.

In terms of a potential involvement outside of the suggested Lucky 15, an each-way play could pay dividends and we're paying four places in this one.

18:15 - Celtic Chieftain @ 5/1

The lucky last, a five places each-way contest with Betfred, and a raider that's one of two very close to the head of the market trained by the mighty Aidan O'Brien.

Celtic Chieftain is by another US sire No Nay Never, out of an Aqlaam mare. One run only so far, a win at this minimum 5f trip at Navan under today's rider Wayne Lordan. Understandably he showed signs of greenness before getting up close home in tidy fashion.

His trainer is numerically and statistically in red-hot form, and it will be disappointing if he doesn't at least go very close. He's well entered up as one would expect given connections, and being drawn in 12 is certainly nicely positioned to decide where to go if any track bias has by then revealed itself.

If you're playing, good luck, take care, and above all, have fun.

Horse Racing odds

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 £0.25p each-way Lucky 15 on today's selections, at the prices, and assuming all four won, would return around £880 for your total £7.50 stake.

Fred, 'The Bonus King,' invented the 'Lucky' series of bets and their bonuses. My colleague Adam has set out all you need to know with this handy guide - take a look by clicking here.

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Lucky 15 tips from Betfred Insights.

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