Royal Ascot tips: Your best bets and NAP for Thursday's racing at Ascot from Callum Jamieson

THINGS got tricky in the mud yesterday, but antepost tip Afaak saved our bacon in the Hunt Cup.

It's another difficult day for punters on Thursday, but I've picked out two to go to war with – both should be decent odds to boot.

Sunday Sovereign will be very hard to beat in the opener – but he's no stranger to the punter and has already been well backed into a short price now. I think he'll win but I can leave him alone at the odds.

So onto the 3.05 and a red-hot Hampton Court Stakes – which despite only Group 3 status, will throw up a few horses well above that level in the long run.

I'm confident SANGARIUS (Ascot, 3.05, NAP) will come on by the bucket load for his reappearance at Sandown where he was very weak in the market beforehand.

He's clearly had a slow start to the season but Sir Michael Stoute would not be bringing him here for a jolly, and the ground should be in his favour today.

He was wheel spinning that day and not given a particularly hard time of things, staying on for a creditable third behind King Of Comedy who has since been a bob-second in a Group 1.

His juvenile form was up there with the best on numbers and there's every suggestion he could kick on this season, given his pedigree and who he's looked after by.

This slight step up in trip should suit and his best efforts have all been on a flat track, like the one at Ascot today. He looks a great bet, and an each-way play if you fancy.

My other bet on Thursday is SINJAARI (Ascot, 5.35) who was a sickening second in the London Gold Cup at Newbury last time out and has been crying out for this extended trip, even at this early stage of his career.

Ascot Day 3

3.05 – Sangarius (NAP)

5.35 – Sinjaari


William Haggas has his team absolutely flying and there's no doubt this horse is better than a handicapper already.

He's still got a bit to fill into, but has already shown he's up for a fight and I don't think the horror draw is as bad as it looks on paper out wide.

The ground should dry out through the afternoon, but he should go on something with a bit of a cut in it anyway and I'm excited to see him run over further today.

Again, he's backable at an each-way price if that's your cup of tea. Good luck.

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