Tips, racecards, runners and betting preview for Day 1 of the Royal Meeting on Tuesday live on ITV – The Sun

WOULD you Adam and Eve it, it’s Day 1 of Royal Ascot already.

Tuesday’s offering is stellar, with Group 1s, top handicaps and a host of potential stars on show. There may be no punters on course, but hopefully we can still find plenty of winners.

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Race 1 – 1.15 Buckingham Palace Handicap

This handicap has been brought back from the history books with the last running back in 2014. But it’ll be your typical Ascot cavalry charge.

You need to stay well to win these big handicaps, they will go hard and it’s a stiff finish at Ascot. Form over a mile wouldn’t be the worst thing for this seven furlong race.

What are the odds Frankie Dettori and John Gosden have the first winner of the week? Well about 5-1 according to the bookies as they have chucked in Daarik at the top of the market.

He won nicely at Newcastle first time up this and even though that looked strong form, he’s too short for a race like this and switched back to turf for the first time since his debut.

Of those towards the top of the betting Roger Varian’s Mutamaasik makes most appeal. He’s lightly-tried and his win at Doncaster was smooth going.

A 3lbs rise for that looks quite lenient and there is little to no doubt connections have kept him back for a nice pot like this since.

One who will be finishing better than most is old favourite FIRMAMENT and I think he has a right chance here.

He will be fit for his run at Newcastle behind Sir Busker, which is good form in itself, and why he doesn’t win as often as he should, these handicaps are his bread and butter and he is weighted to go well here.

James Doyle is booked and the last time these two teamed up, guess what… this horse won. It’s a positive sign he’s taken the ride as there is no doubt Doyle would have had plenty of offers in this.

If Documenting can transfer his all weather form back onto the grass then he also has a cracking chance too. There are doubts though.

Another on the fairly hefty shortlist is Richard Hannon’s Brian Epstein. He has a run under his belt and will prove better than his current mark in time.

SELECTION: Firmament

DANGERS: Brian Epstein & Mutamaasik

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Race 2 – 1.50 Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

I’ve had my only antepost bet for the week in this bet and I’m still super sweet on the chances of the DUKE OF HAZZARD in this.

So long as the rain stays away from Ascot I think he is a cracking bet in this Group 1 over a mile.

The Coles have managed to get him right after a troubled couple of seasons. But he came good halfway through last season and they haven’t looked back since.

There should still be more to come from this horse and a strongly run mile is exactly what he wants.

The milers have been and up and down bunch for a good few years and it hasn’t taken a superstar to the win the Queen Anne of late.

The clear danger is last year’s St James’s Palace winner and Aidan O’Brien’s hope Circus Maximus. But he doesn’t set an insurmountable standard.

He is short enough and I think he may be seen to better effect over a couple of furlongs further before long.

Terebellum still has plenty to prove and is shorter than he should be.

Of the fancied runners Mohaather is a player. He always threatened to be top class and if the Marcus Tregoning team can keep him on the straight and narrow, he could well prove that.

This mile will prove whether he has the stamina for this, but if he stays, that lightning turn of foot should ensure he’s not far away whatsoever.

Roseman is unexposed but needs to improve to win this and Skardu is in a similar boat after not building on his early season promise from last year.

Accidental Agent is a massive price if a gelding operation has had any affect, while Marie’s Diamond will be hoping for a decent surface.

SELECTION: Duke Of Hazzard

DANGER: Mohaather

Race 3 – 2.25 Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2)

The race doesn’t appear the strongest of renewals on paper, but with the truncated season plenty of these remain completely unexposed and it should throw up a few nice prospects.

Frankly Darling has already had punters’ tails wagging after her winning return at Newcastle. As tidy as it was, she still needs to run a big bit better than that to justify her short price.

The step up in trip will suit her and there’s no doubt the potential is there, but she still has plenty to prove and it’s not a race to be diving in at.

I prefer TREFOIL at bigger odds and may have a tickle on Ralph Beckett’s filly. She won on debut in taking fashion at Newmarket and was far from disgraced last week at the same track behind run away winner Run Wild.

Plenty of winners made all that weekend and Trefoil ran with plenty of credit. She can be marked up for that effort and can stake her Oaks claims up in trip here. The Beckett team continue to roll along at steam.

Miss Yoda was far from convincing when winning the Lingfield Oaks Trial. A more galloping track may suit better and she could kick on here. Gosden probably wants to test her again after that effort and find out whether she is Epsom-worthy.

Born With Pride was all the rage in the off-season but was very disappointing at Kempton on her reappearance. That was a non-event, though, and I expect much better here.

Even if I’m more than happy to watch and find out just how good she may be.

Aidan O’Brien runs two and the bookies have Ennistymon as the number one, even if James Doyle is on her and Ryan Moore takes the ride on Passion.

Both are unexposed, but are unlikely to be top of the pecking order at Ballydoyle. Both are best-watched, but of course cannot be ruled out.

SELECTION: Trefoil

DANGER: Frankly Darling

Race 4 – 3.00 King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)

For one year only, this race could be considered a Derby trial and by far and away the most likely serious Epsom contender is Aidan O’Brien’s MOGUL.

Whether you jump in at short odds is down to your style of punting, but I’m more than happy to watch from the comfort of home.

He is a full-brother to the top-class Japan and cost a whopping 3.4 million, let that sink in.

He faces off amongst some potentially classy animals, there is no denying that, but should prove too good for these and the step up in trip is going to suit.

O’Brien has started the season with a bang and I would not be doubting his fitness. If he’s going to be Ballydoyle’s Derby horse he has to run well here.

His stablemate may be the biggest danger in the shape of Arthur’s Kingdom. He showed plenty at two himself and being by Camelot, is another going to improve up in trip and with more racing this season.

He’s equally as exciting and could be one for Epsom himself. Don’t rule him out.

David Simcock’s Mohican Heights is unbeaten off the back of two wins as a juvenile. His Listed win at Salisbury was rock-solid, but he needs plenty more to win this.

Pyledriver has the benefit of a run and that effort could be marked up from Kempton. Double figure odds could be under-estimating him in this small field, albeit he may have his work cut out if the O’Brien pair are the real deal.

NO-BET SELECTION: Mogul

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Race 5 – 3.35 King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

I have been burnt far too many times by the enigma that is BATTAASH. And I hate to be boring, but I just can’t back him anymore.

But, he does have everything in his favour here, even if the track has seemingly caught him out a few times in the past.

The fact there is no crowd is one big plus, he can get wound up before his races and will have little to get distracted by.

If you want to take him on look no further than Kevin Ryan’s Glass Slippers. She won her last three at the end of last season, that culminated in the Group 1 Abbaye.

That was a huge career best and now turning four could threaten to throw even more down this season.

That said, that from is unlikely to be good enough to beat an A1 Battaash, unless she really does kick on another 5-10lbs.

In short, if the best of Battaash turns up here, he should win.

Liberty Beach is a likeable horse and showed that she wasn’t just a forward two-year-old when winning on her reappearance. That was even more encouraging as the Quinn team have started the season slowly.

She’s an each-way player but unlikely to be good enough to topple Battaash.

Equilateral is a solid sprinter but it would have to be considered a below par renewal if he ran out the winner. It’s very hard to make much of a case for any of the remaining outsiders, although Tis Marvellous thrives at Ascot.

NO-BET SELECTION: Battaash

Race 6 – 4.10 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares)

John Gosden’s Nazeef has been put in as the market leader but I would struggle to side with her, especially at such short odds.

She’s a horse on the up, but was slightly flattered at Kempton in my book and this is a different test all together.

She came off a very steady pace there and was well-positioned to strike late. She won’t get that here and will have her stamina tested on the straight course.

The one I think is over-priced is Charlie Appleby’s MAGIC LILY. She’s thoroughly exposed compared to the majority of these but sets a rock solid standard and has race fitness on her side.

She was a decent third at Newmarket behind Terebellum and looked like that trip is just beyond her. A drop back to the stiff mile her should be welcomed and her second to Barney Roy in Meydan puts her in with a massive shout. She looks a big old price.

Sir Michael Stoute runs two and both have a great chance. I prefer the one at a bigger price in Queen Power over her stablemate Jubiloso.

Queen Power shaped with promise last time and I expect Silvestre De Sousa to be more handy on her this time with plenty of stamina under the bonnet of this horse.

Jubiloso could yet be a Group 1 animal but did flatter to deceive at the back end of her campaign last year.

A repeat of Lavender’s Blue’s Atalanta Stakes win would put he in the mix. She will need to improve from her effort in the Sun Chariot, however.

William Haggas took this race last season with Move Swiftly and is Miss O Connor he has a similar contender this time around. She is unbeaten in four so keep an eye on her in the market.

SELECTION: Magic Lily

Race 7 – 4.40 Ascot Stakes

For the second race on the trot I’m keen to take on the favourite as I just don’t think this race is anymore than an experiment for Nicky Henderson’s Verdana Blue.

She has a lot to prove on a stamina front, despite being a high-class hurdler, and her turn of foot will likely be blunted by the stiff finish at the end of two-and-a-half miles.

Without the high-profile connections and the booking of Ryan Moore she’d probably be double the price.

Willie Mullins has won three of the last five of these but thankfully for the home team, the Irish are banned from this year’s renewal.

LAND OF OZ must still have a few pounds up his sleeve from the Sir Mark Prescott stable. He was all the rage for the Cesarewitch last season but ran no race whatsoever.

But he showed plenty on his comeback at Chelmsford and this track will be more up his street. He’s on the same mark and why he strikes you as a horse that plenty needs to go right for, Luke Morris has plenty of time to sort him out.

The consistent Dubawi Fifty will be there or thereabouts and should give you a good run for your money. He was second in this in 2018 and appears off the same mark.

Any of the Mark Johnston team deserve respect but nailing down which one you’d side with is easier said than done.

SELECTION: Land Of Oz

EACH-WAY STAB: Dubawi Fifty

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