Tuesday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for day one of Royal Ascot

It's Royal Ascot week and we're hoping to get punters off to a flying start with a tip for each of the six races being shown live on ITV on Tuesday, June 14.

Put on your glad rags it's time for Royal Ascot, the pinnacle of this summer's Flat racing season. Eight Group 1 races crammed into five huge days, with three of them coming on Tuesday.

Here's a quick run through of the six races being shown on ITV on June 14. The reasons behind our selections are further down the page, while anyone considering a punt or two will do well to check out the highly informative Royal Ascot race card, just a click away at Planet Sport's Racing Live Centre.


Baaeed (14:30 Royal Ascot)

Persian Force (15:05 Royal Ascot)

Twilight Calls / Existent each-way (15:40 Royal Ascot)

My Prospero (16:20 Royal Ascot)

Arcadian Sunrise (17:00 Royal Ascot)

Aristia each-way (17:40 Royal Ascot)

14:30 Royal Ascot - Baaeed

William Haggas' four-year-old is an absolute monster of a horse - the best since Frankel, surely? - and it'll be a shock if he can't land the royal meeting's opener and extend his unbeaten record to eight.

Not sighted on a racecourse until June last year, he has made spectacular progress since and was landing his third success at the highest level when dispatching eight race-fit rivals on his return to action in the Lockinge, with Jim Crowley only reaching for the whip once.

His outstanding miler credentials will be tested more sternly in the Sussex Stakes against what looks a very good crop of three-year-old colts, but it's hard to see what is going to stop him making it 8-8 here.

With so many excellent betting opportunities to come this week, there's no need to get involved financially at such short odds, although he'll no doubt kick off a good few doubles and trebles for punters looking to boost winnings further.

Godolphin's Real World, who finished a good three lengths adrift of Baaeed at Newbury, might chase him home again, but with seven set to go post there's no incentive whatsoever for an each-way bet on anything else,

15:05 Royal Ascot - Persian Force

It's not very often a Brocklesby winner is amongst the favourites for this 6f Group 2 contest, but Persian Force is clearly a well above average winner of Doncaster's opening juvenile race of the season.

He's since followed up over this trip at Newbury, albeit against two inferior rivals, and his trainer Richard Hannon said afterwards he was of the "same ilk" as Canford Cliffs, who won the 2009 renewal for his father. Praise indeed.

Up against him is Aidan O'Brien's Blackbeard, who is a little more battle-hardened (3-3) and is bidding to give his trainer a tenth Coventry success. He's yet to encounter fast ground but might be even better for it.

There won't be much between them but the Hannon yard appears to be hitting top form at the right time after a quiet spell, and their representative here looks the one to be on.

15:40 Royal Ascot - Twilight Calls / Existent each-way

The betting for this 5f Group 1 is dominated by international runners with Wesley Ward's Golden Pal just shading favouritism from Chris Waller's Nature Strip, who is bidding to give Australia their fifth winner and first since Scenic Blast in 2009.

Given the air miles he has clocked up, he's worth taking taking on shortish odds and we're not rushing to back the Ward runner either at current odds given he has yet to reproduce his US form in Britain, although his trainer is typically bullish about his chances.

This has not been the greatest race for market leaders, besides, with just a couple obliging since the 2009 running.

Indeed, there have been plenty of big-priced winners in recent times and one that looks massively overpriced is Stuart Williams' Existent, who was beaten just a neck in the Palace House Stakes two starts back, with several of today's rivals in behind, and then ran too freely early on when fifth in the Temple Stakes subsequently.

A more testing 5f and a fierce gallop, which is assured, will suit him better and he could reward each-way backers, but the outright pick goes to Twilight Calls, who finished second behind the re-opposing King's Lynn (who got first run on him) in that Haydock contest and is fancied to overturn that form here.

Henry Candy's gelding is another best suited by a strong gallop - the faster the better for this strong-travelling sprinter - and crucially the ground has come right for him too as he loves to hear his hooves rattle.

With Ryan Moore taking the reigns on him for the first time, it's not hard to see him coming with a late charge to land the spoils in a race that should be run to suit.

16:20 Royal Ascot - My Prospero

Having scratched Native Trail at the five-day stage, Charlie Appleby relies on 2,000 Guineas winner Corebus and he's understandably a very short price to follow up in this 1m Group 1.

However, racing around a bend away from Newmarket will be a new experience for him and you could also argue that Native Trial, whom he beat less than a length on the Rowley Mile, failed to frank the form when making hard work of beating a 102-rated runner in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

He's hardly a banker then and while it's tempting to swerve the race altogether for betting purposes, a small interest on My Prospero might pay dividends.

He pulverised the 113-rated Reach For The Moon - now a red-hot favourite for Thursday's Hampton Court - at Sandown last month on what was just his third start, which was a big step up from his Newbury novice win, and he is open to bags of improvement.

This is another big step up of course but that his trainer William Haggas is happy to pitch him into Group 1 company considering his lack of experience suggests he is ready for it.

17:00 Royal Ascot - Arcadian Sunrise

This 2m4f handicap is a far more attractive betting heat and rather than run through all the those with a decent chance - of which there are plenty - we'll cut to our idea of the winner in John Queally's Arcadian Sunrise.

Don't be put off by the fact he's one of the oldest horses in the field at eight as he's relatively lightly-raced for his age after just 17 starts, winning seven of those, and he's run some crackers in defeat too.

The latest of those came in last month's Chester Cup, in which he finished a staying-on fourth on a course that didn't play to his strengths at all, and much better can be expected now returned to a more galloping track and granted a stiffer test of stamina.

While he's won on soft before, his very best from has been on better ground, as he showed when winning back-to-back races at Galway and York last summer, and his connections have snapped up the services of highly promising claimer Harry Davies, whose 5lb claim may prove decisive.

Harry Davies rides our Royal Ascot selection Arcadian Sunrise

The dark horse in the race is Willie Mullins' Bring On The Night, a 139-rated hurdler who was 2-3 when trained in France and is potentially well ahead of his Flat mark. Bookmakers are rightly keeping him on their side.

17:35 Royal Ascot - Aristia each-way

At the time of writing, the market for this 1m2f Listed contest is headed by Addeybb, who is nicely clear on the ratings but is quite possibly past his best at the eight of eight and won't get the soft ground he needs, and Mohaafeth, who ran sort of race at York on Friday. Neither may run.

In which case, Jessica Harrington's Cadillac might go off favourite and he's greatly respected having bounced back to his form at Leopardstown in first-time blinkers (retained) and is suited by race conditions, getting 3lb from the older horses.

However, the race is ripe for an each-way bet and Richard Hannon's Aristia will do very nicely having run a personal best when a cracking second at York's Dante meeting on her return to action and hailing from a family that improve with age.

Sean Levey got off her and said that she wasn't as furnished as the others and hadn't quite come in her coat, so she looks certain to come on plenty for that effort, and we know she handles fast ground as she won a Listed contest on such a surface last July.

She was a 25/1 shot when running eighth in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at last year's royal meeting, but she's clearly a much more mature filly now and this is more her level.

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