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The Price Is Right: A bet on Blue can put you in the black at Royal Ascot

Mon 15 Jun 2020

Royal Ascot gets underway on Tuesday and the stage is set for a whirlwind five days of world-class Flat racing for us all to savour. All week, you can benefit from betting into Tote Superpools, along with the Tote Guarantee on all 36 races, ensuring you'll never be paid out at less than starting price.

Below are three horses we think could ruffle a few feathers on the world-famous track. Watch live streaming of Royal Ascot when logged into your Tote account.

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1.50 Royal Ascot: Roseman

Roger Varian has enjoyed a solid start to the campaign with 11 winners from 57 runners since the resumption of racing on June 1.

He may well add to that quickly here if his Kingman colt, Roseman, can raise a big effort in the Queen Anne Stakes at 1:50pm. This four-year-old has steadily been gaining in experience and confidence in recent starts, racing at a variety of tracks against plenty of top opposition.

He produced a career-best run on his last outing of 2019, slamming Century Dream by over four lengths with former Queen Anne winner Accidental Agent further back in third.

Roseman scored with plenty of ease at Newmarket on his final start last year

Century Dream came out and bolted up in the Group 3 Diomed Stakes at Newbury last weekend, giving a nice shine to Roseman’s closing effort of the last campaign.

He will need to find another few pounds of improvement in order to score, but is going the right way and should be a decent price.

2.25 Royal Ascot: Trefoil

There is a lovely mix of experience versus potential on show here with some lightly-raced filles taking on more battle-hardened sorts.

A daughter of Teofilo, TREFOIL won first time out at Newmarket last October and ran a promising race behind Run Wild at the same venue earlier this month.

Recording a fast time in defeat, there’s every chance this totally unexposed runner will improve again and Ralph Beckett isn’t one to pitch a horse in at the deep end unless he feels they can at least float.

3.35 Royal Ascot: Shades Of Blue

If Battaash shows up, he’ll probably destroy this lot. But sometimes he simply doesn’t fire here at Ascot and for that reason, there is an obvious incentive to go against the monstrously talented but famously quirky horse.

Glass Slippers is coming up as second favourite on many betting forecasts here and Kevin Ryan’s Prix De L’Abbaye winner clearly has a strong form chance on that effort. Cast your mind back a run to the Prix du Petit Couvert at Longchamp last September though, and you’ll find that the Clive Cox trained SHADES OF BLUE does not have much to find with her. Indeed, she was only beaten a short-neck there and is likely to be a far bigger price now.

Shades Of Blue was a well-supported market leader when returning to action earlier this month, but was slowly away and could never land a blow. She is usually much cleaner from the gates and all told, it looks a run best forgiven.

Blinkers are applied here which might be something of an alarm bell in some instances, but equally it could sharpen her up sufficiently to run very well at a rewarding return on the Tote.

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