We’re finishing off our Royal Ascot 2022 tips with a magnificent seven selections for Saturday’s superb closing card.
Perfect Power gave us a 7/2 winning nap among three successful selections on day four, which improved our tally for the week to 11 scorers.
The Platinum Jubilee Stakes is the Group One highlight on day five, backed up by a strong supporting card of competitive contests for punters to get stuck into.
2.30 ALFRED MUNNINGS
Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore have already had a couple of juvenile winners this week with Little Big Bear and Meditate and this would probably have been regarded as his best two-year-old hope before proceedings got under way.
O’Brien has won the Chesham Stakes for the past two years and a record six times overall, so Alfred Munnings, a half-brother to last year’s English and Irish Oaks ace Snowfall, is hard to oppose after a stunning debut strike at Leopardstown.
3.05 NOBLE TRUTH
Charlie Appleby’s charge was visually impressive when making all to score by six lengths on his seasonal reappearance at Newmarket in April, despite racing a bit too freely early on.
The son of Kingman has since been gelded to help him fully focus on the job in hand and that should make him a formidable foe in the Group Three Jersey Stakes.
Last year’s Irish Derby and St Leger hero Hurricane Lane will be a hot favourite for the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes but fast ground is an unfamiliar surface for him and any rustiness after 258 days without a run could be exposed.
Valiant veteran Broome was a solid second in this event 12 months ago and handled firm going admirably when runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar, so this could be his day.
4.20 HOME AFFAIRS (NAP)
Aussie raider Native Spirit did us a favour when blitzing his rivals in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes and we’re sticking with another sprinting thunder from Down Under to prevail for Chris Waller and James McDonald.
Home Affairs managed to shade that stablemate to secure a second Group One success at Flemington in February and all the vibes suggest that he can make it a memorable double for trainer and jockey.
Waller is anticipating a bold showing, having saddled Brazen Beau to finish second to Undrafted in this race seven years ago.
He said: “Brazen Beau was a good Australian sprinter, a young horse with a similar profile to Home Affairs. We almost got it right with Brazen Beau and we will try to get it right this time.
“I loved his jump out at Flemington before getting on the plane – he relaxed very quickly, which is what he will have to do to win.”
Eve Johnson Houghton’s charge was quietly fancied for last year’s Commonwealth Cup and is worth support in the Wokingham Stakes after subsequently doing well in handicap company.
Jumby signed off 2021 with gutsy wins at Salisbury and Newmarket and looks ready to go in again after an eye-catching sixth of 19 at HQ last time out, which clearly convinced top jockey William Buick to keep the faith.
5.35 MISSED THE CUT
George Boughey saddled his first Royal Ascot winner with Inver Park on Thursday and can quickly double that tally with this unexposed colt in the Golden Gates Stakes.
The handicapper has not reacted unkindly to wide-margin victories when odds-on at Pontefract and Salisbury and the booking of Aussie ace McDonald, who also scored on Dark Shift in the Royal Hunt Cup, only adds to the appeal.
6.10 FALCON EIGHT
Trueshan and Wordsworth would prefer an easier surface, so Dermot Weld’s seven-year-old is backed to atone for last season’s flop in the Queen Alexandra Stakes, when a well-beaten favourite on soft going.
The former Chester Cup winner has scored a couple of times in the past on good-to-firm ground at Sandown and the Curragh.
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