HENRY Candy hasn’t had the best of luck at Royal Ascot over the years, but that all changed 12 months ago when Twilight Son landed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (4.20pm).
That was the Oxfordshire trainer’s first win at the Royal meeting since 1979 and he had Ryan Moore in the saddle. I have a feeling lightning will strike twice tomorrow.
LIMATO is one of the best sprinters around when the ground is riding quick, as he showed when running away with last summer’s July Cup.
He then ran a cracker to be second to Meccas Angel in the Nunthorpe before taking the Prix de la Foret at Chantilly.
I would put a line through his run in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on his reappearance, as Dubai was hit by uncharacteristic thunderstorms which turned the ground soft.
This race has been his main target ever since then and the weather gods have been shining on Candy and Limato’s owner Paul Jacobs.
They have turned to that man Moore again and a draw in stall 15 looks just about perfect. He is worth a decent bet at 10/3 with 188BET.
The biggest danger is surely The Tin Man, who won the Group One Champions Sprint here on QIPCO British Champions Day.
James Fanshawe has always loved this son of Equiano and the trainer won this prize with Society Rock back in 2011.
He should go close but I don’t think he has quite as much speed as Limato when the ground is rattling fast.
Magical Memory ran well to finish a close fourth in this race 12 months ago. He then faltered on his next two starts, although there were excuses.
Charlie Hills was delighted with his reappearance second behind Tasleet at York where the ground was a little too soft for him.
He can run well, but is another who just doesn’t have quite the same kick as the selection.
Next up is the Wokingham Handicap (5.00pm) which promises to be as fast and furious as ever.
Outback Traveller won this impressively last year and bids to become only the fifth two-time winner of the race.
This will have been trainer Robert Cowell’s plan all season long but he’s just 7/1 which is too short for a race like this.
I’m going to fire two bullets, the first being Nigel Tinkler’s NORMANDY BARRIERE, who loves it at Ascot with form figures of 19241.
Although off a career high mark, six furlongs on quick ground is right up his street and 14/1 with 188BET is a fair each-way price.
I can also see a big plunge developing on RAUCOUS in first-time blinkers and he is worth adding to the portfolio at 16/1.
William Haggas is a brilliant target trainer and he has booked Moore for the ride. The pair teamed up to win this with High Standing in 2009.
Raucous had some strong form as a two-year-old and may be able to strike now that he has been gelded and blinkers have been applied.
My final tip of Royal Ascot 2017 is FUN MAC at 9/1 with 188BET in the closing Queen Alexandra Stakes (5.35pm).
He was an excellent third in the Chester Cup last time and has run well at this meeting in the past.
Limato 4.20pm Royal Ascot
Normandy Barriere e/w 5.00pm Royal Ascot
Raucous e/w 5.00pm Royal Ascot
Fun Mac e/w 5.35pm Royal Ascot