Dave Nevison's Royal Ascot tips: Memorable week for King about to get even better

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Fri 19 Jun 2020

It has been a profitable week so far at Royal Ascot and I am hoping to make it even more memorable as I have two selections for the final day of the Royal meeting plus one at Newmarket.

I will be studying the Kempton card while watching the final day as I will be covering the eight-race card on the channel and also reflecting on Royal Ascot.

My first selection runs in the opener at Ascot and I believe Alan King will record his third winner of the week in the finale.

12.40 Ascot: Swindler at 13-2 with William Hill

I was going to be with this horse for the Wokingham itself, so I have to fancy him for the consolation handicap here despite there being possible negatives.

Firstly, the positives - Swindler clearly loves Ascot after two impressive wins here last summer. He is also ideally suited by a big field and a strong pace to come through late and that is absolutely assured here.

I believe he has the potential to be better than a handicap sprinter and expect him to have a good season.

The negatives are possibly the draw, but I think that jockeys have wised up to that by now and the fact that he is going to be nearer last than first early possibly negates that disadvantage.

A bigger issue is his temperament as he is a nightmare at the start and lost concentration at Newmarket on his reappearance. He blew the start badly and lost the race but still managed to stay on nicely to be fifth despite not being knocked about.

I am hoping the freshness is out of him now and he is more focussed on Saturday. If so, he will outclass these in my opinion.

4.25 Newmarket: Holy Kingdom at 100-30 with Bet365

Watch how Holy Kingdom scored at Newmarket last time out

This one could be a big improver this summer and looked to have done well physically when I saw him on the TV for his reappearance.

He certainly backed up that opinion in the race and was always travelling well when beating a good field in a 1m4f contest.

I expect him to improve further over this extra two furlongs and he is one I will be keeping onside for most of this season, which is a view I also take about his promising young trainer, Tom Clover, who is now very much breaking through the ranks.

4.40 Ascot Who Dares Wins at a general 5-2

Sadly, this race seems to be getting less competitive every year, but that might be a welcome relief for Who Dares Wins who is used to pitching in good-quality events on the flat and over jumps.

He holds his enthusiasm extremely well and deserves to win a race like this. The trip will not be an issue and the only concern is that it is difficult to see where any pace may come from, but he is possibly more straightforward than some in the field and should cope.

His trainer landed the Ascot Handicap earlier in the week, and also the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes on Friday, so is certainly in good form and a good run looks assured.

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