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Royal Ascot - Horse Racing: Graeme Rodway's Day One Tips

Three Group 1 races on the opening day kick Royal Ascot off with a bang and the best bet on Tuesday comes in the feature St James's Palace Stakes (16:20) in the shape of My Prospero.

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What: Royal Ascot Day One

Where: Ascot, Berkshire

When: 14:30 to 18:10

How to watch: Sports Live Streaming, ITV and Sky Sports Racing

Odds:

14:30 Ascot

Real World @ 9/1

1pt each-way

15:05 Ascot

Bradsell @ 7/1

1pt win

15:40 Ascot

Tis Marvellous @ 50/1

1pt each-way

16:20 Ascot

My Prospero @ 4/1

1pt win

Prospero could have too much

The 2,000 Guineas winner Coroebus is 4/6 to make it back-to-back Group 1s, but I'm not convinced the Newmarket race is as strong as it looked at the time. Runner-up Native Trail made hard work of winning in Ireland next time and third Luxembourg needed further.

No other winners have emerged from the Guineas and Coroebus is unproven away from Newmarket. He has run all four of his races on the straight track at either the July course or the Rowley Mile, and this will be an entirely different test on a stiffer course around a bend. 

Coroebus is eminently opposable at very short odds and MY PROSPERO will be well suited by this course. He was impressive when quickening up well to beat Hampton Court favourite Reach For The Moon at Sandown last month and that track is remarkably similar to Ascot.

It is right-handed around a bend with a stiff finish and My Prospero was no stronger than at the line on just his third start. The 4/1 chance is open to plenty of further improvement now he is upped to Group 1 company for the first time and trainer William Haggas is having an outstanding year.

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Improving Bradsell one to watch

The Coventry Stakes (15:05) looks a particularly strong running and the market is dominated by Blackbeard and Persian Force, who represent trainers Aidan O'Brien and Richard Hannon.

They are both big names in the juvenile division, but it might be an up-and-coming trainer who gets the better of them because BRADSELL was impressive on his debut for Archie Watson and is 7/1 to back it up.

The son of Tasleet went off a heavily backed 9/4 favourite for that York novice over this 6f trip last month and ran away with the race by nine lengths, recording some smart sectionals.

That form has already been franked by the fourth, who is a subsequent winner, and Bradsell could have won by further than he did after being pushed out only hands and heels to the line.

A Real chance

There are only two places on offer in the opening Queen Anne Stakes (14:30), but only two horses can win the race. One is the 1/6 favourite Baaeed and the other is REAL WORLD at 9/1.

They finished first and second in the Lockinge at Newbury last time and it's hard to make a case for Real World reversing the form. But this is horse racing and there is no such thing as a certainty, so it's worth having an each-way bet on Real World in case Baaeed underperforms.

Real World produced one of his best performances last season over course and distance when running away with the Royal Hunt Cup and looked better than ever when second at Newbury.

Marvellous price

My final selection is TIS MARVELLOUS, who is overpriced at 50/1 in the King's Stand Stakes (15:40).

Trainer Clive Cox won this in 2016 with Profitable and Tis Marvellous simply loves this track. He is a four-time course-and-distance winner and his last run here was a career-best.

He looked in need of his reappearance at Newmarket in April and could spring a surprise in this race, which like all the Royal Ascot action, will be on our Sports Live Streaming service.

By Graeme Rodway

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