Yesterday free tip, 66/1 Talsara, ran an enormous race to take the lead two furlongs out and stay on strongly only to be overtaken in the last 50 yards to finish a gallant 2nd. This was a hugely exciting run which paid us a handsome 13/1 for the place, but it could easily have been a massive win! Let’s hope today’s tips can go one better!
Elsewhere it was a good day for our Tipster’s with Ambrose Value Tips hitting an 11/1 winner in Mr Tyrell advised at 2 points and Hanbury Racing Tips getting a further 14/1 each way second place with Swiss Brid.
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It’s Royal Ascot and so we are giving out two free tips courtesy of Hanbury Racing Tips!
This is one of my favourite flat handicaps of the season, it’s one of the longest races which creates a unique test of stamina that is beyond most horses.
It’s therefore no surprise this race has been dominated in recent years by National Hunt horses, with top Irish Jumps trainer Willie Mullins winning 4 of the last 10 running’s. Indeed NH trainers have won 9 of the last 10.
The Willie Mullin’s horses always seem to get over bet in this race and whilst I respect his horses chances, I feel Lethal Steps has a massive chance.
The 6 year old is trained by Denise Foster, but we all know this really is Gordon Elliott’s powerful operation and Lethal Steps is his sole representative. They look to mean business putting Jamie Spencer in the saddle.
Lethal Steps has an ideal profile for this race, he showed a decent level of form for Andrew Balding as a 2 year old winning over 6 furlongs and a mile and running in a Group 1, postmarking a high of 97.
As a 3 year old he ran satisfactorily at Royal Ascot in the 1 mile Britannia Handicap (off 102) and postmarked a high of 103 that season before being sold onto Cheveley Park Stud.
He went hurdling for Gordon Elliot and being a 102 rated flat horse they were clearly hoping he would go right to the top. Well, he did run at the Cheltenham Festival as a 4 year old, but he couldn’t translate his flat rating sufficiently to get to Grade 1 level so ran in the 2 mile Fred Winter handicap hurdle.
Lethal Steps ran 15 times over hurdles as a 4 year old and peaked at 127. He was stepped up to 2m 6F during that season and stayed that trip well which is impressive for a young horse. This tells me he is ladened with enough stamina to cope with today’s extreme 2m 4F flat trip, especially now he is 6 years old.
Lethal Steps also ran at Royal Ascot as a 4 year old in a 1m 4F handicap, off 102, and ran respectably, staying on from the back of the field finishing a never nearer 11th of 19. He was hampered during the race, and he looked like he certainly needed further. I can see why connections are coming back today over this extreme trip.
Unfortunately, Lethal Steps has been lightly raced in the last 20 months, running just once in 2020 at Cheltenham Festival and more recently in May 2021 over hurdles. That last run was promising enough and was a nice pipe opener/prep for Royal Ascot.
He runs here today off a mark of 99 and I feel he remains unexposed on the flat, especially over staying trips.
He loves good fast ground and handles Ascot well enough, so with Jamie Spencer on board I feel he has excellent claims.
If he were trained by Willie Mullins, he would be a 14/1 shot, but we can get 50/1 with Paddy Power who also offer 6 places so I’m recommending 1 point each way.
He is still value at 20/1.
Galata Bridge – 6.10 Royal Ascot – 1m 6F Handicap – 33/1 William Hill – 5 places – 1 point each way.
This is another ultra-competitive handicap and I like the chances of the Ex- Sir Michael Stoute Galata Bridge.
This is another Cheveley Park Stud off cast who was sold at the sales last year for 75000 guineas. At that sort of money he was sold on without injury and new connections have quite rightly targeted a good handicap pot at Royal Ascot.
Galata Bridge was progressive last year, running up a hattrick over 1m 4F and only failed in his last run of the year.
All these runs suggested he could do with stepping up in trip, so today’s 1m 6F looks ideal for him.
He is by Frankel from a Group 1 winning female line and has run more on the all weather than on turf. It could be there is more to come on grass and his mark of 96 doesn’t look too high.
He is now trained by the very good Dr Richard Newland, and he knows how to get a horse ready for a big festival target.
Galata Bridge has just had the one prep prior to this where he finished a good second, which shows he is in good heart and I’m sure connections were glad he didn’t win which has preserved his handicap mark!
Galata Bridge has a low draw, which isn’t always seen as an advantage over this 1 mile 6F trip, especially for hold up horses as they get too far back, but luckily Galata Bridge likes to race prominently so should get a nice prominent position on the rail.
At 33/1 with William Hill and 5 places being paid out he looks a lovely each way play and I recommend 1 point each way.
I still see him as value at 20/1.