June 18 Racing Tips: Campanelle to shine in Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot

Planet Sport tipster Luke Elder looks ahead to three races at Royal Ascot and Newmarket, including the much anticipated Commonwealth Cup on Friday June 18.

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Racing Betting Tips: Friday, June 18

Campanelle in the 3.40 at Royal Ascot

Boomshalaa in the 6.10 at Royal Ascot

Vasco Da Gama in the 5.20 at Newmarket

For more details on Luke's tips read on.

3.40 Royal Ascot - Campanelle

Elder says: "The 3.40 at Royal Ascot is the Commonwealth Cup, a recent addition to this meeting. In fact, a fantastic one as well. It has provided us with plenty classy winners over the last few years.

"I think this year will be exactly the same as well. A horse in Campanelle for Wesley Ward who've had a very in and out week. They've had a few run ok but I think Campanelle could be their one for the entire week.

"She won here last season that was in the Queen Mary over five furlongs, was impressive on that occasion. Went on to win Prix Morny and was beaten at the Breeders Cup - that was over a mile though.

"It's three from three over sprinting drifts, six furlongs can be no issue for her. We know that softer ground is no issue as well. Any rain that does fall, that will be more in her favour.

"Frankie Dettori taking the ride. He was once again on board twelve months ago. I think everything points in the way of Campanelle running a big one.

"Main dangers, we're probably looking in the way of Suesa who's had some good form over in France. This is a big test now for Suesa. Is unbeaten at Chantilly, four from four, but this is a bit of a step up. Questions will be answered from Suesa.

"I also think Dragon Symbol could run ok. Was just touch off last time. Pretty grim ground at Haydock, that was the first time he encountered a surface like that. I think Dragon Symbol could go fairly well.

Supremacy was a Group One winner in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket
Supremacy was a Group One winner in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket

"The blinkers are on Supremacy as well. That might be a concern. Was very well beaten last time around. Did win the Middle Park last season so that could be a better omen, better could be expected from Supremacy. I'm giving him a swerve though and siding with Campanelle."

18.10 Royal Ascot - Boomshalaa

Elder says: "The final race on day four at the Royal Ascot is the 6.10, the Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap. A handicap for three-year-olds over five furlongs so leading into that, there will be plenty of unexposed sorts in this race including the selection in Boomshalaa.

"A pretty impressive winner at Windsor last time round, things didn't go right on that occasion, had to wait for a run. Once that gap did come, it was fairly explosive. I do think that Boomshalaa can go close up once again and take all the beating.

"The ground, if there is plenty of rain which we are expecting to happen, that won't be any sort of problem whatsoever.

"His father Shalaa won a couple of group ones on softer grounds, I don't think that will be any kind of issue. I do think Boomshalaa has a lot more to give for mark of 93.

"If we're looking at bigger priced runners, we're probably looking at the likes of Noorban that appreciate a fast tempo up front. Just got going a little bit too late last time around after being outpaced. That may be a slight issue. If he does fall behind early on, then against this sort of opposition, he can't really make up that sort of ground.

Popmaster in action at Doncaster
Popmaster in action at Doncaster

"I do think that one at a slightly bigger price, Popmaster, could go ok. Has run well on a couple of occasions this season. Has been a touch unlucky at times as well. But he has now been gelded and I do expect better from Popmaster and again, he'll be one to appreciate the fast tempo up front.

"He could be the each-way selection but I do think Boomshalaa is the one to take for win purposes."

17.20 Newmarket - Vasco Da Gama

Elder says: "We're going to look away from Royal Ascot now and towards flat racing headquarters, Newmarket, where the July course is back in action.

"The very first race on the card is an Apprentice Handicap and I do think Vasco Da Gama could do fairly well at the mark of 75.

"It ran well last time around at Windsor when absolutely everything went wrong. Shane Kelly looked to spot a gap on about four separate occasions. That didn't really materialise and still managed to finish in third. I thought that was a very good run from Vasco Da Gama.

"The ground will be no issue whatever happens. It's the July course at Newmarket. It always rains on the July course at Newmarket but that won't be an issue.

"Has got some good form over in France as well. Was very briefly over there trained by Mlle A Crombez. Now back in the care of Gay Kelleway, back in the UK, I think Vasco Da Gama is capable of a fair bit better.

"I don't think it's a race that's got that much strength in depth in it either. Maybe Alibaba could run okay off the back of that good second at Yarmouth last time around. Sam Feilden taking the ride and a further seven pounds off. That could be quite key.

"But Vasco Da Gama will be the selection with Harry Burns on board for Gay Kelleway."

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