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Royal Ascot Lucky 15 tips: 25/1 chance included in Thursday selections

Following on from his 33/1 winning nap on Tuesday, Keith Melrose from the Racing Post provides a Lucky 15 for Thursday's Gold Cup card at Royal Ascot.

Keith Melrose's Royal Ascot Lucky 15

3.05 Ascot - Bertinelli @ 7/1
3.40 Ascot - Al Asifah @ 4/6
5.00 Ascot - Bless @ 25/1
5.35 Ascot - Bold Act @ 8/1

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3.05 Ascot - Bertinelli @ 7/1

The King George V often produces Group-class horses and topweight BERTINELLI is the likeliest candidate to take that path this year.

He already has one big handicap to his name, Newbury's London Gold Cup, which is historically every bit as strong as a Royal Ascot handicap and he has gone up just 5lb for winning that race.

That success followed on from three progressive runs in minor races in Ireland and Bertinelli ought to continue improving over middle distances. His sire Justify won the Triple Crown in the States, while his dam is a half-sister to Oaks winner Forever Together. 

If he is to live up to that pedigree, he should be going close here from a mark of 104.

Keith Melrose's tip:

Bertinelli @ 7/1

3.40 Ascot - Al Asifah @ 4/6

Those who tell you that AL ASIFAH will win the Arc are jumping the gun a little, but their enthusiasm has plenty of grounds in reality. The filly comes with a big reputation and justified going off at 8/15 for her debut in May by streaking away.

Connections seemed to know what they had and pressed on. Just a couple of weeks after her first public appearance, she turned up in a Listed race at Goodwood and blew them away, again at cramped odds.

By now, we do not have to take the market's word for it that Al Asifah has a big future. Her easy quickening and her long stride help race-readers reach the same conclusion.

Handicappers are impressed, too. Her Racing Post Rating is 115, which puts her 7lb ahead of the field here. 

That figure would have been good enough to win any Ribblesdale since 2012 and this Ascot outing just looks like the next step for her en route to top races.

Keith Melrose's tip:

Al Asifah @ 4/6

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5.00 Ascot - Bless @ 25/1

The culture in French racing has it that horses will run in a couple of trials before a big race and connections are not fussy about running in everyday races. 

For that reason, BLESS has form with two Classic winners without ever having run in Listed or Group company.

He pushed French 2,000 Guineas winner Marhaba Ya Sanafi to a nose at Chantilly in March and a month later ran in a race that featured the wide-margin German 2,000 Guineas winner (Angers). He would be entitled to a shot at Listed races at least, but connections have decided to try their luck in handicaps.

France is shorter on valuable handicaps than Britain, so it is a bold but logical move for connections to try their luck in the Britannia with Bless. 

They will surely be pleased that he has been given effectively an identical mark to his French one. With the form he has in the book, he ought to be better than a mark of 93.

Keith Melrose's tip:

Bless @ 25/1

5.35 Ascot - Bold Act @ 8/1

For the second time today, I am backing the London Gold Cup form. 

Bertinelli was getting 4lb from BOLD ACT when they met at Newbury, but only beat him by a neck, so the runner-up comes out better at the weights.

In fact, he ran to the sort of level that is only a couple of pounds off what is usually required to win the Hampton Court.

Oaks third Caernarfon and Dante fifth Epictetus will not make it easy, but Bold Act still represents value as he steps up from handicaps in a strong renewal of this Group 3.

Keith Melrose's tip:

Bold Act @ 8/1 

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Keith Melrose's Royal Ascot Lucky 15

3.05 Ascot - Bertinelli @ 7/1
3.40 Ascot - Al Asifah @ 4/6
5.00 Ascot - Bless @ 25/1
5.35 Ascot - Bold Act @ 8/1

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Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

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