Join Bruce Millington, Nick Watts, Frank Hickey and Brendan Duke for the definitive preview of the 2018 Royal Ascot Meeting.
The Postcast panel look ahead to the big races in this year’s Royal Ascot meeting, including the following tips:
Royal Ascot Naps:
Frank: Equilateral (and Shahnaza for the Prix de Diane)
Nick: Alpha Centauri
St James Palace Stakes:
Wattsy fancies Romanised, while Brendan likes Tip Two Win. Frank likes Romanised and thinks we should take the price now.
This race isn’t clear cut, but Brendan thinks the track will favour Rhododendron, although he is tempted by Lord Glitters at 14-1. Frank thinks Recoletos is an interesting bet, while Wattsy plumps for Lancaster Bomber.
Frank thinks this is a match between Lady Aurelia and Battaash and plumps for the former, while Wattsy thinks Battaash can do it.
Brendan is taking on Sergei Prokofiev, but isn’t sure if his favoured Konchek will run. Wattsy is keen on Cosmic Law at the current price of 10/1, while the Scat Daddy connection convinces Frank to back Legends of War.
Prince Of Wales Stakes:
Everyone is backing Cracksman despite his close call at Epsom, although Frank thinks Poets Word has a chance each way.
Royal Hunt Cup:
It’s a competitive field, but notable picks if they make the cut include Tribute Act, Kynren and Gilgamesh at 20/1, Sharja Bridge at 16s and
Wattsy loves Order Of St George but Frank makes a great case for Stradivarius despite the short price of 2/1.
There are questions over whether Lah Ti Dar can get back to fitness in time for Ascot, so Brendan plumps for Sun Maiden, while is Frank really keen on her to beat John Gosden’s filly.
Brendan backs Sioux Nation at 4/1 while Wattsy has a tasty 50/1 EW in Battle of Jericho if he makes the cut. Frank gives a compelling case for Equilateral.
Brendan can’t figure out how Billesdon Brook has improved but think she is too good to ignore at 7/1. Frank thinks Veracious is worth an EW chance if she makes it, while Wattsy plumps for Alpha Centauri.
Dreamfield is the favourite, but there are questions whether he’ll be moved to other races. Otherwise, Blue De Vega at 14/1 is a good EW poke, while Frank thinks Undrafted at 20s is interesting.
Harry Angel looks generously priced at 11/4, but Wattsy likes The Tin Man at 8/1 EW. Bound For Nowhere has already shortened to 14/1 from 20s, while Redkirk Warrior can’t be ignored.
It’s Crystal Ocean vs Capri, but there are doubts whether Capri will show. If he does, the team think he’s worth backing at 10/1 otherwise the panel can’t see how Crystal Ocean can lose.
Producer: Adam Williams