Royal Ascot tips: Dave Nevison’s four best bets for Saturday

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Sat 18 Jun 2022

Our pundit and resident website tipster Dave Nevison picked Heredia (7/2F) on Friday shares his four top tips for the fifth and final day from Royal Ascot. On Racing TV, enjoy six live meetings from Ayr, Newmarket, Redcar, Perth, Down Royal and Haydock.

3.40 Royal Ascot: Hurricane Lane

Hurricane Lane is the short-priced ‘banker’ in my Saturday Yankee.

I have no qualms about his fitness on his seasonal reappearance as this Group Two assignment looks the perfect starting point, especially given he didn’t seem to be suited by Epsom last year which probably ruled out a recent return in the Coronation Cup.

Hurricane Lane ran very well in the Derby despite not liking the track and then went on to win the Leger impressively. He showed he was still improving when third - beaten less than a length - in the Arc on his final start and he will presumably have that race at the top of his agenda this season.

He has never run on ground as quick as this, but if master trainer Charlie Appleby deems it OK to run his star here then I am more than comfortable backing his judgement.

4.20 Royal Ascot: Great Ambassador

This is a big step up and he will do extremely well to beat the Aussie favourite, but Great Ambassador looks a sprinter who could still have serious upside as a five-year-old.

I am still licking my wounds from his defeat in last year’s Ayr Gold Cup - my initial emotional shock of watching him scoot clear on the far side, destroying his rivals, only for Bielsa to come alone on the stands side and beat him home. I have decided that Great Ambassador might well have been on much slower ground than that fast strip up the rail, but it was still the performance of a Group class sprinter in a handicap.

Physically he is a big strong sprinter and it is a good bet to think he may well improve this season. Also, Great Ambassador won very comfortably on his first start for six months last season and he is very well suited by these conditions.

I am very hopeful he is going to recoup my Ayr losses and a good run here at a price might be a good start.

5.00 Royal Ascot: Silver Samurai

He looks to be coming good at exactly the right time and, in truth, rates one of the few in this massive field who looks to be ahead of the handicapper.

Silver Samurai has stuck to six furlongs on turf since the spring and that seems to have been the making of him. He has won his last two but, despite going up in the weights, has become more impressive each time. He travelled at Haydock last time as though he was running in the wrong grade, so noticeable was the ease of his passage through a good field. If he travels like that through a Wokingham Handicap - and it would seem this type of race will suit - then he will go very close. Three winners have come from that race since and despite the fact he trotted up the opposition was clearly strong.

I will be having a small bet on Chairmanoftheboard, who is another who I think could come through the field at a bigger price.

5.35 Royal Ascot: Missed The Cut

He can crown a fantastic week for crack Kiwi jockey James Macdonald who will hopefully do me another favour in a big-field handicap.

Quite why the sale price dropped from £400,000 to £40,000 is clearly a mystery now, but connections got a huge bargain. Missed The Cut surged clear last time in a very impressive win by 5½ lengths and, while a demolition job was clearly expected given he was backed off the boards at ever-shortening prices, winners have come out of that Salisbury race and it looks very strong form.

Trainer George Boughey is looking to have his second handicap winner at the Royal meeting and the stable is clearly in very good form.

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