The final day of Royal Ascot 2023 has an excellent card to conclude this glittering meeting, with the pick of the action on Saturday afternoon the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes at 3.40. We have predictions for all six Tote Placepot races.
Royal Ascot Tote Placepot tips – Saturday predictions
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Royal Ascot Tote Placepot picks – Saturday Predictions
Race 1: Ascot, 2.30
Adian O’Brien has won the Chesham Stakes a record six times and he has an excellent chance of extending his tally to seven this year. Pearls And Rubies made a winning debut at Navan and is likely to improve for this step up in distance, while Content should not be discounted for the master trainer.
Selections: No 12 Content, No 16 Pearls And Rubies
Race 2: Ascot, 3.05
John and Thady Gosden’s colt Covey has won his previous three races, including a victory over this 1m distance last time out at Haydock. He made all at the Lancashire course from what was a strong pace. This son of Frankel looks good enough to strike at group level for the first time in his career.
Selection: No 5 Covey
Race 3: Ascot, 3.40
In what was his debut at this meeting 12 months ago, Australian sprinter Artorius was third in this race behind the Godolphin pair of Naval Crown and Creative Force. The four-year-old has progressed since then, as he showed when winning a Group 1 contest at Randwick in New South Wales back in March. He is the one to beat on his return to Royal Ascot.
Highfield Princess had to settle for second place this week in the King’s Stand Stakes. She will get a second chance of winning a major race at this meeting in the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes and is again unlikely to be far away at the finish.
Selections: No 2 Artorius, No 14 Highfield Princess
Race 4: Ascot, 4.20
Group 1 winner Hukum made a successful return to the track last month to land the Brigadier Gerard Stakes (1m 2f) at Sandown, beating former Derby winner Desert Crown. The six-year-old is going back up in distance and he should prove too strong for his rivals in the Hardwicke Stakes.
Selection: No 5 Hukum
Race 5: Ascot, 5.00
Course-and-distance winner Orazio has been in excellent form over this 6f sprint distance this season. He has a 9lb penalty to contend with this time – but with more improvement still likely, that may not be enough to keep him out of the frame.
Khanjar went close to success at Hamilton over this distance earlier this month. The son of Kodiac has won three times over this trip before. Connections are opting for first-time cheekpieces for this run and they may make a big difference for this four-year-old.
Selections: No 8 Orazio, No 18 Khanjar
Race 6: Ascot, 5.35
Canute appreciated the step up to this 1m 2f distance at Navan on his latest appearance on June 11. The well-bred colt, by Quality Road out of Alice Springs, was well on top in the final furlong of that race and this latest mark of 93 remains workable for the Ballydoyle runner.
For some value Placepot potential, Jim Bolger’s Cuban Dawn is worth including. He has run well in all three starts at a mile in Ireland, should relish this extra yardage on handicap bow and, given his new connections paid £300,000 this week, they clearly believe a mark of 91 will not be the ceiling of his ambitions.
He should improve now and Hollie Doyle is an eye-catching jockey booking
Selections: No 6 Canute, No 9 Cuban Dawn
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