Royal Ascot 2.30 (Queen Anne) tips – French fancy to serve up treat

Royal Ascot 2.30 (Queen Anne) tips – French fancy to serve up treat

Recoletos

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Betting Tip: @ Recoletos @ 16/1 with bet365

Tactics played a huge part in the Lockinge with Aidan O’Brien’s decision to employ a couple of pacemakers with Rhododendron close up proving a masterstroke, as they grabbed the best ground and Ryan Moore got first run on the filly. I doubt she would have won had she been the yard’s sole runner and the fast-finishing Lightning Spear, who failed by a mere short head, might get his revenge here. But there’s a suspicion that he is best fresh and it could pay to look elsewhere, although not too far down the betting list as the market has been a good guide to this Group 1 with 14 of the last 16 winners priced at 13/2 or shorter.

Benbatl is second favourite in most lists and it’s easy to see why as he took his form to a new level in Dubai this year, winning three of his four starts, including the Grade 1 Dubai Turf (1m1f), and finishing an unlucky second in the other. However, he’s been absent since and I’m not sure he’s a bang miler either as he looked well suited to 1m2f when winning the Hampton Court Stakes at last year’s royal meeting.

He’s likely to be doing all his best work late on and that might also be the case with French challenger RECOLETOS as he too stays further and wasn’t beaten far when fourth in last year’s Qipco Champion Stakes behind Cracksman, Poet’s Word and Highland Reel. He meets nothing of that calibre here and has looked very good in two starts this term, winning well when dropped to a mile on his return and showing a terrific turn of gear to cut through his rivals in the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan when last seen at Longchamp. Winning French form has been a good pointer to this in recent years – five of the last ten winners had that on their CV – and he has more than enough ability to win what is a relatively weak renewal.

Betting Tip: @ Recoletos @ 16/1 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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