Royal Ascot tips: Dave Nevison's best bets for day two

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Wed 16 Jun 2021

Website tipster Dave Nevison gives three contenders and all at double-figure prices for day two of Royal Ascot.

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3.40 Ascot: Double Or Bubble at a general 12-1

With so many fillies’ form here clearly linked, I’m looking for a ‘breakthrough’ horse and Double Or Bubble looks very exciting judged by her scintillating performance at Newmarket on her reappearance.

It is significant that trainer Chris Wall has had no hesitation stepping her straight into Group Two company after that handicap given there is no shortage of races to work through the ranks, and I hope such boldness will be rewarded.

Double Or Bubble has a Group Three-winning full sister, so this is certainly not an impossible jump to uphold the family name and the dam was a stayer, so stepping up a furlong in trip could well be a positive.

Lady Bowthorpe has to be favourite here after she seemed to put up a magnificent performance against Palace Pier in the Lockinge last time, but I’m wondering whether several horses ran poorly at Newbury and she could be flattered a little, subsequently making her odds a bit cramped.

She has a narrow verdict over Queen Power - whom she meets on the same terms - but that mare has subsequently won at York by eight lengths since their Dahlia Stakes meeting and may have improved.

5.00 Ascot: Irish Admiral at 11-1 with Sky Bet (eight places)

Backing a horse after two defeats at short prices - and in less competitive handicaps than this - might not seem the wisest move, but I really think Irish Admiral is made for the Royal Hunt Cup and I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t show what he can really do here.

He ran perfectly well in a hot handicap at York on his penultimate start, moving impressively only for his stride to shorten in the last furlong as his stamina seemed to ebb away. Epsom was a big disappointment last time, but the ground went very soft that day and he looked as though his wheels were spinning on the downhill section. Irish Admiral has impressed on the all-weather and I still feel Ascot seems to suit horses who have done well away from turf.

I was looking in the race records to find a Haggas-trained winner of the Royal Hunt Cup and had to have a lie down when the last was Yeast when 8/1F under Kieren Fallon back in 1996. I don’t think the trainer has forgotten what is needed for a race such as this in the intervening 25 years and Tom Marquand is riding better than anyone at present.

6.10 Ascot: Lola Showgirl at a general 12-1

Although it will be tough to make all the running in such a competitive Ascot handicap, this filly looks like an improver to me and I’m confident that she will put up a good show at a decent price.

There are a few fillies in this race who look to have been put up quite a bit for getting beaten on their latest starts and the British handicapper has certainly not taken many chances with the Irish runners. However, Lola Showgirl has only been put up 2lb for making all in a pretty competitive amateurs’ race at York last time out which might be lenient - especially when she had been generously dropped 2lb for a slightly below-par effort on her final start last season.

Lola Showgirl was backed into favourite for that reappearance and has clearly progressed from ages three to four, while this will be only her eighth career start. She has a featherweight anyway, but the booking of Laura Pearson certainly takes the eye and takes off another 5lb. David Loughnane has been in excellent form all season - especially in handicaps - and this is a good opportunity for a landmark win.

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