Royal Ascot 3.40 (King’s Stand) tips – Lady can complete royal hat-trick

Royal Ascot 3.45 (King's Stand) tips - Lady can complete royal hat-trick

Lady Aurelia

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Betting Tip: @ Lady Aurelia @ 2/1 with boyle

One of the best showdowns of the meeting with the brilliant Battaash taking on Wesley Ward’s high-class LADY AURELIA, a dual Royal Ascot scorer including in this race 12 months ago. Bookmakers are struggling to split them – Hills go 2/1 the pair at the time of writing – and it’s 8/1 bar. I’m in the camp of the transatlantic challenger as she always brings her A-game to this meeting and while only second in her prep at Keeneland this spring, she seems to improve 10lb every time she runs here. Battaash, on the other hand, was well beaten on his only visit (12th of 22 in the 2016 Windsor Castle), when boiling over beforehand and failing to give his true running. He’s since put that well behind him and sets a very high standard on his peak form, but he’s like a coiled spring and his chance depends on whether connections can can keep him calm in the preliminaries.

This is by no means a two-horse race and with the front two taking a big chunk out of the market, there is scope for an each-way bet. Kachy nearly made all up the far rail when beaten a neck into third behind Battaash in the Temple Stakes last time and he should again make a bold bid. However, MABS CROSS was a fast-finishing fourth in the same race, having posted a career-best when landing the Palace House Stakes previously, and this improving filly will love the stiff uphill finish. At 18/1 with Hills, she’s the best value each-way value in the race.

Betting Tip: @ Lady Aurelia @ 2/1 with boyle

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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