August 7 Racing Tips: Popmaster/Royal Scimitar 1-2 at Ascot?

Planet Sport tipster Luke Elder is back for a double shift as he scans the field at Haydock, Ascot and Ayr on Saturday, August 7.

It's Saturday, take a load off as they say...who exactly are 'they'? But we haven't got time for that kind of discussion, there's racing to get involved with. Perhaps Luke has some more winners among his selection below.

There could be some close finishes and that's what makes this offer from Planet Sport Bet good to have on your side.

Here's a quick snapshot of Luke's selection. Click on the horse's name to have a punt with Planet Sport Bet.

Fantastic Fox (2.25 Haydock)

Popmaster (3.45 Ascot)

Puckle (6.55 Ayr)

2.25 Haydock - Fantastic Fox

Elder says: "The 2.25 at Haydock is an extended one mile handicap, where plenty of the big guns in the flat racing world have their chances.

"A couple of runners from the Godolphin team, we've got a Shadwell runner as well, and also a runner from the King Power team in the form of Fantastic Fox, who last time around, I don't think Silvestre De Sousa gave the best in the world, and the time before that, I don't think Silvestre De Sousa gave the best ride in the world whatsoever.

"But, at Ascot, for whatever reason Silvestre De Sousa just hasn't been in great form in the last few years. It's actually his worst performing track by a fair way that's still in function.

"But, I do think away from Ascot, Fantastic Fox could be seen to somewhere near his best.

"He's shown promise, even before Ascot, but even at Ascot, he went a really strong pace at the Royal meeting, and then the opposite, he was held up off a slow pace last time around on the straight mile.

"I do think we're going to see a bit better from Fantastic Fox, he'll be the selection.

"Thibaan could well be the main danger, who won a good race here at Haydock last time around.

"I think that he can take a step forward, but maybe not be as good as Fantastic Fox."

3.45 Ascot - Popmaster

Elder says: "Well love it or hate it - I quite like it - the Shergar Cup is happening this weekend, and the 3.45, the final race on the card, the sprint over six furlongs, is one of the reasons why I do quite like the meeting.

"Royal Scimitar facing off against Popmaster - they matched up two outings ago (Popmaster) and one outing ago for Royal Scimitar.

"They weren't separated by much at the line, other than the width of the track.

"They came down completely different sides, but it's Popmaster that I quite favour for this afternoon.

"Popmaster, of course, did go on to win the time after that at Doncaster, and did things the hard way, which I didn't really think I'd ever say about Popmaster.

"He had been a touch frustrating building up to that success, but that was his first win on turf, and I think he proved that he is capable of still winning, and also, he has got a fair bit of class about himself.

"He's a horse that I could potentially see going on to be a group sprinter, but I do think Royal Scimitar won't be far behind him.

"That's my preference personally, I'm going to play them in a reverse forecast and hopefully let themselves sort each other out.

"But Popmaster is a horse that I do like. I think Ascot will suit them perfectly, things didn't go right at the Royal meeting, and a return to Ascot is no bad thing whatsoever.

"So Popmaster the selection for me, Royal Scimitar, hopefully, will follow him home."

6.55 Ayr - Puckle

Elder says: "A bit of a wait then for the final selection of the day, coming courtesy of the 6.55 at Ayr.

"And that horse is going to be Puckle for the Mark Johnston yard, Ben Curtis taking the ride.

"And I do think Puckle will appreciate the break that she's just had - a little over a month since her last run, that was on the third of July.

"Not often can we say that about a Johnston runner, but they do have a bit of a mid-season break.

"But Puckle - I do think was in need of that - showed some good form back at the start of the season, winning at the likes of Pontefract and also at Nottingham.

"That was after running in a very hot race as well at Ayr, where there were winners coming out of that race left, right and centre.

"But, recent form hasn't quite been of that same standard for Puckle.

"There were excuses a touch over at Carlisle when Joe Fanning dropped his whip late on in the contest, I don't think that really made too much of a difference, and the last two runs just haven't been up to Puckle's standards whatsoever.

"I think after this break, there will be a bit of a return to form.

"Whether it's this time or next time, I do think Puckle isn't too far away from being back in the winning enclosure.

"Main danger - Royal Countess does like it here at Ayr, I think she could go pretty close once again.

"But my allegiance is firmly with Puckle."

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