Royal Ascot 5.00 (Wokingham) tips – Growl all set to roar

Royal Ascot 5.00 (Wokingham) tips - Growl all set to roar

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Betting Tip: @ Growl @ 16/1 with paddypower

It’s easy to see why Dreamfield is such a short priced favourite given he could be the proverbial Group horse in a handicap. John Gosden’s charge looked every inch a Pattern-race performer when winning over track and trip last time, when toying with his rivals on his return from injury, and while he’s been raised 8lb to a mark of 103, even that might underestimate him. That said, he lacks experience for a race of this nature and is going to need some luck in running, so I’m happy to give him a swerve at just 4/1.

Take him out and the race looks wide open and a case can be made for plenty, but a couple stand out for me and they are drawn on either side of the track. Richard Fahey’s GROWL will exit from stall 29 and like the favourite he too is a Group performer, with his length second to the The Tin Man in the Champions Sprint here his standout piece of form. He’s been knocking on the door in these big handicaps too, including when fourth in the 2016 Stewards’ Cup and runner-up in the Ayr Gold Cup behind Brando. That latter effort came off a mark of 101, so he’s well treated off just 1lb higher, and he’ll be a lot sharper for his reappearance second behind Kachy at Chester, his first run over 5f for two years. Back over his best trip, he looks sure to go well and I’m struggling to see how he finishes out of Paddy Power’s six places, with the firm going a joint top-priced 16/1 at the time of writing.

At the same price but with Hills, who are paying out in five places, I’m going to suggest you also back BLUE DE VEGA. Having already backed him ante post at 33/1, I would have liked him to have been handed a high draw as that is where the majority of the pace is. But he’s drawn next to Dreamfield in stall seven and providing that’s no real handicap, he has a lot to recommend him otherwise. Now trained by Robert Cowell, who is a genius at getting sprinters to peak and won this with Outback Traveller in 2016, he has been doing most of his recent racing over 5f and that’s surprising when you consider he was a 7f/1m horse in Ireland, winning a Group 3 and finishing third in the Irish Guineas behind Awtaad. But he appears to be getting quicker with age and really caught the eye in the Epsom Dash last time, weaving his way through the field into fourth after a slow start. I suspect this has been the plan for him all season and the step up to 6f should bring out the best in him.

SELECTIONS

Growl each-way @ 16/1 Paddy Power (1/5 odds, 1.2.3.4.5.6)
Blue De Vega each-way @ 16/1 Hills (1/5 odds, 1.2.3.4.5)

Betting Tip: @ Growl @ 16/1 with paddypower

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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