Royal Ascot will be over for another year by the time the evening action kicks off. However, there are still plenty of betting opportunities at the Flat turf meetings at Lingfield and Haydock and here we pick out three horses it should pay to follow
It is through the likes of this nine-year-old that Archie Watson has advertised his talents as a trainer going places.
A nine-time winner here on the all-weather, he also has winning form on fast ground on turf and looks the safest option in an open race with regular partner Pierre-Louis Jamin taking off a useful 7lb.
David O’Meara seems to have found another winnable opportunity for this consistent front-runner, who gets in a 66-85 handicap off a mark of 87.
The four-year-old can be keen but has been holding his form well and the return to a mile should suit providing he settles early on.
He’s unlikely to be challenged for the lead and if David Nolan can get his fractions right, he might be able to give his rivals the slip.
There’s a good chance the Queen can round off Royal Ascot week with a winner as the son of Shamardal returns to Haydock for the closing maiden.
On his comeback here 16 days ago, the William Haggas-trained three-year-old raced for the first time as a gelding and, in a hood, showing promise with a staying-on third behind a progressive winner.
With History Writer coming out, the way is clear for Strategist to get off the mark at the fourth attempt.
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