Saturday ITV racing tips: Best bets for the final day of Royal Ascot

It’s been a Festival of top hats and top horses, frills, thrills and spills and Planet Sport aren’t finished with the top tips for the ITV races on the final day of Royal Ascot 2022.

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Here's a quick list of Planet Sport's picks for the ITV Racing heats at Royal Ascot on Saturday, June 18.

Alfred Munnings (14.30 Royal Ascot)

Samburu (15.05 Royal Ascot)

Hurricane Lane (15.40 Royal Ascot)

Home Affairs (16.20 Royal Ascot)

Blackrod (17.00 Royal Ascot)

Aldous Huxley (17.35 Royal Ascot)

Stratum (18.10 Royal Ascot)

We've got an entrant for next year's Derby, a horse which has run in the Derby and an Aussie speedster from the Chris Waller yard in today's tips. Sit back and fix yourself a Pimm's as we get stuck into the last day of Royal Ascot.

14.30 Royal Ascot - Alfred Munnings

Named after one of the finest painters of horses, it's hard not to see Alfred Munnings etching himself into proceedings in the Chesham Stakes.

Holding an entry for the 2023 Derby, the two-year-old couldn't have been more impressive on debut at Leopardstown, winning his maiden by four and a half lengths.

The Dubawi colt looks to have a bit of class for Aidan O'Brien and appears a worthy favourite that is difficult to oppose.

15.05 Royal Ascot - Samburu

This Juddmonte colt by Kingman has probably earned a shot at the Jersey Stakes after making an unbeaten start to his career for John and Thady Gosden.

His last win at York in a Class 3 handicap was game enough over Karl Burke's subsequent winner Snooze N You Lose.

If Frankie Dettori can get Samburu settled then he should have enough to get the job done before a crack at the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket.

15.40 Royal Ascot - Hurricane Lane

There's not many Hurricane's you're happy to see again but it's great that Charlie Appleby's Hurricane Lane is back in the Hardwicke Stakes.

The St Leger winner hasn't been seen since his third in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October.

But he's the clear class pick here ahead of another crack at the Arc in October. Conditions should be a damned sight dryer than the heavy conditions in Paris last Autumn.

16.20 Royal Ascot - Home Affairs

Who could bet against Aussie sprint guru Chris Waller in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes after his Nature Strip blitzed the King's Stand earlier in the week?

Home Affairs actually beat stablemate Nature Strip in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington in February.

Six furlongs at Ascot should be fair dinkum for the Aussie speedster with Waller on the verge of taking a memorable double home to the Southern hemisphere.

17.00 Royal Ascot - Black Rod

Black Rod controls access to the House Of Lords and Michael Dods' namesake is knocking on the door of a win in the Wokingham Stakes.

A consistent Mayson colt who hasn't been out of the first three in any of his last five races, Black Rod warmed up for this with a win in a valuable Heritage Handicap at Newmarket.

The victory at HQ saw Black Rod run on to score by one and a half lengths under Connor Beasley, who keeps the ride.

17.35 Royal Ascot - Aldous Huxley

This ones shares a name with the famous writer and while it won't be a Brave New World if Aldous Huxley wins the Golden Gates Stakes, it may earn you a few quid.

Benoit De La Sayette takes off a welcome five pounds from the top weight trained by the classy John and Thady Gosden.

One of Godolphin's few runners for the father and son team, the three-year-old Dubawi colt was only beaten a neck into second in the Cocked Hat at Goodwood in May.

Stamina shouldn't be a problem over one mile, two furlongs and Aldous Huxley can open the Doors Of Perception with a win here.

18.10 Royal Ascot - Stratum

Although pretty inconsistent, Willie Mullins' Stratum is worth another go in the Queen Alexandra Stakes.

With Trueshan not a fan of the firm going, it makes a more open race and course and Wille Mullins' course and distance winner will have more than enough stamina for two miles, five and a half furlongs.

Tried over a variety of trips over the jumps to varied success since his win in the Queen Alexandra Stakes last year, the clip back in trip and switch to the flat could be a shrewd move at a price by owner Tony Bloom.

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