Dave Nevison's Royal Ascot tips: Hunt out the value on Dark Vision

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Wed 17 Jun 2020

It's the second day of Royal Ascot 2020 and fresh from a 16-1 winner on day one, our Racing TV betting expert identifies four selections he hopes to be cheering home from his sofa.

1.15 Royal Ascot: Maydanny at a general 7-1

The biggest handicaps of the season are often difficult for the young progressive horses to get into and as a result it is often the case that the good thing finds itself running in the consolation race. That may be the case here in the 'Silver' version of the Hunt Cup.

Maydanny was a hugely expensive purchase and the prize money for this won't make much of a dent in that outlay, but if he wins in good style it could be the last time he is seen in a handicap.

Mark Johnston has made a cracking start to this season and not just with two-year-olds. He sent this one to Yarmouth for a fairly competitive race first time up, where he bolted up as favourite and booked his place here in good style.

He had both his runs last year on very soft ground but his recent win came on faster undefoot conditions. Given that at Ascot we are currently guessing on the weather that versatility is a useful asset. I will be very surprised if this one does not end up in Group races and hope he can win this on the way.

2.25 Royal Ascot: Kipps at a general 4-1

This was one of the most impressive non-winners of the season so far. He made a decisive move which looked as though it had paid off in style a furlong out on his Haydock return, only to be run down close home. He did try to rally that day which I hope is a very good sign now he is in a much more competitive race here.

Kipps can't quite hold on at Haydock - but shows plenty in defeat

It is no surprise that this good-looking horse tripled in value when going through the sales and I believe that Hughie Morrison has got a very smart one here.

3.35 Ascot: Dark Vision at 16-1 with Bet365

A completely different type of horse to Kipps in that he has run several good races in similar events and is pretty much exposed. However the positives are that he ran a really good race in the Britannia last season where he was drawn one and raced in the very disadvantaged group before tacking across to the middle and finishing a highly-respectable eighth.

He has several other useful performances last year that give him a chance and he is another who did well on his reappearance.

Despite having gone up 3lb for his latest Newcastle run, he still finds himself 5lb lower than at this time last year and he looks set to run well.

4.40 Ascot: Ranch Hand at 6-1 with SkyBet

I thought this one was a good thing for the Cesarewitch last autumn but he was far too free and gave himself no chance of getting the trip there.

He has already shown he gets a mile and six furlongs very well and beat some very good horses in a hot race at Haydock the last time he went over this trip. Trueshan was second that day and Laafy, who bolted up at Kempton recently, was behind.

Ranch Hand gets the better of some good horses over this trip at Haydock

I feel that was one of the key handicaps of the autumn and am hopeful that Ranch Hand might be better than a handicapper or at least prove himself an obvious SkyBet Ebor horse after this. Obviously, his trainer has his stable in brilliant form too.

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