June 15 Racing Tips: Palace Pier to get Royal Ascot off to winning start?

It's the first day of Royal Ascot and the Planet Sport tipsters have some very appealing selections on Tuesday June 15.

There's plenty to choose from to beat the bookies and bag yourself some extra cash.

2.30 Ascot - Palace Pier

Palace Pier should get favourite backers off to a good start in the opening Queen Anne Stakes.

It is impossible to oppose John and Thady Gosden's charge, with the four-year-old having really come of age when landing the St James's Palace last year - having had a relatively low-key start to his career.

The Kingman colt has again been in sparkling form so far in 2021, cantering home against lesser opposition in the bet365 mile at Sandown on his reappearance in April, before following up with a length-and-a-half victory in the Lockinge last month.

The official margin does not do justice to the manner of his performance as Palace Pier barely hit top gear, and it would be a surprise if any of his rivals were to match up to him here.

3.05 Ascot - Gisburn

Gisburn is the pick for Richard Hannon in the Coventry Stakes.

Fourth to Berkshire Shadow on his initial outing, Gisburn took another step forward upped in trip to six furlongs for his second run, powering home by six and a half lengths.

He made all that day, evidently well drilled from his initial run, and looks a really exciting type for a race like this.

3.40 Ascot - Oxted

Oxted can exploit any chinks in the armour of reigning King's Stand Stakes champion Battaash.

The favourite has suffered a well-documented delay to preparations this term - and while that could well prove absolutely no impediment, Oxted will be waiting in the wings if any weakness exists.

His campaign so far could be viewed as slightly disappointing, having taken a bold shot at a richly-endowed dirt sprint in Saudi Arabia back in February, before being edged out by Summerghand's finishing flourish on his British return in the Abernant.

Oxted reversed that form with Summerghand when third in the Duke of York Stakes, where he raced prominently before dropping away in the closing stages - a performance which sees Roger Teal drop him back to the minimum distance here.

If Battaash returns at his very best, he will take some beating, but Oxted may be worth a small saver.

4.20 Ascot - Lucky Vega

Lucky Vega can turn around Classic form with Poetic Flare to land the St James's Palace Stakes.

Jessica Harrington's charge has twice finished behind the 2000 Guineas winner already this term, third at Newmarket and then fourth when Poetic Flare was a narrow second to stablemate Mac Swiney in the Irish equivalent.

Lucky Vega's class was evident last term when he won the Phoenix Stakes over six furlongs at the Curragh, before going on to chase home Thunder Moon in the National Stakes and narrowly give best to Supremacy in the Middle Park.

He had stamina to prove when upped to Classic company at Newmarket, but his fast-finishing half-length defeat shows the trip was no problem - and he actually looked tapped for toe at one point at the Curragh, before again staying on well to be beaten nearly five lengths.

Testing conditions would not have played to his strengths - or indeed Poetic Flare's - so quicker ground is a plus and while he has ground to find with his old rival, Lucky Vega has not got quite the same miles on the clock this term and could be fresh for the fight.

5.00 Ascot - Elysian Flame

Elysian Flame enjoyed no luck at Chester, but compensation could await in the Ascot Stakes.

He missed the cut for the Chester Cup and instead lined up in the consolation Plate, but he suffered a troubled passage - and forced to launch a challenge on the outside, he was always up against it.

5.35 Ascot - Felix

Felix can give Marco Botti a welcome Royal meeting victory in the Wolferton Stakes.

He was beaten just four lengths by Lord North in the Dubai Turf on his most recent start at Meydan back in March, and a reproduction of that level of form would put him right in the mix for this competitive heat.

6.10 Ascot - Global Storm

Global Storm can claim the Copper Horse Stakes to follow up on a last-gasp Newmarket success last month.

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