I have trawled through the tipster columns, form guides, blogs and podcasts to bring you my best value Back and Lay exchange bets for Thursday’s racing at Royal Ascot.
17.00 Britannia Stakes (1m, Class 2, Handicap – Colts and Geldings)
Another huge field to choose from in this handicap over 1 mile. The tips are spread and I’m on the hunt for some value for you further down the field. Hollie Doyle’s mount, Lawful Command has done what has been asked of him this season and seems to have progressed well from his two-year-old form. He has beaten others in the race and off this weight he might just get in among the leaders in the dénouement. Certainly not a sure thing but enough to pique our interest if trading >75 on the exchange.
Looking at the field and current prices, I won’t be opposing any in this race and refuse to be tempted. This is a race to enjoy – not sweat through.
Exchange Tips (win only market unless stated): BACK: (EW) Lawful Command >75; LAY: Nope!
17.35 Ascot – Hampton Court Stakes (1m 1f 212y, Class 1, Group 3 – Upcoming)
It’s odds on a jubilee winner for the Queen and Frankie has the responsibility for driving this one home in the penultimate race of the day. I’m on this, if I can get a price above >1.6.
Cresta has a tendency to pull hard and may weaken as a result. I’m happy to oppose this at a price <20 but understand those of you content to keep your money in your pocket rather than take on those liabilities. If you like your in-play betting, this one may go forward and you might look at a Lay to Back in-play bet. I’m keeping it simple.
Exchange Tips (win only market unless stated): BACK: Reach For The Moon >1.6; LAY: Cresta <20
18.10 Ascot – Buckingham Palace Stakes (7f, Class 2, Handicap)
Silent Film is unlikely to figure carrying this much weight. Not one that I am certain about so proceed with caution as you consider opposing this one at <9.
Montassib has every chance but this is a big field full of good horses with claims. I’d be looking for >7.2 before opening up my tightly sealed wallet.
Exchange Tips (win only market unless stated): Back: Montassib >7.2 Lay: Silent Film <9 (I’ve laid this one on the ‘to be placed’ market at 4.2)