Royal Ascot Day 1 Lucky 15 Tips 2020: Four ITV Racing Selections to Bash the Bookies on Tuesday

Royal Ascot tips

Among the changes to the 2020 Royal Ascot meeting is the rearrangement of races throughout the week compared to previous years. Yet the opening day provides five Group races with the main contenders in four of those contests discussed below.

Four horses are tipped to win on day 1 of Royal Ascot, offering the opportunity of a Lucky 15 and all of the following races will be televised on ITV.


Queen Anne Stakes – 1.50 Ascot

For this 1m Group 1 contest, last season’s St James’s Palace Stakes winner Circus Maximus attempts to win another one-mile race at the royal meeting. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, the 4-year-old won just one of four subsequent outings following that Ascot victory last term but this distance seems to be his optimum trip.

Fox Chairman will be one of his more dangerous rivals but he has not raced in nearly twelve months. He reverts to one mile after competing racing three times last season over ten furlongs but never higher than Group 3 level. Two wins and two placings from four starts is worth noting and he represents the in-form Andrew Balding stable.

The one-mile distance may also prove to be a challenge for Terebellum after racing over 1m2f in all five previous races. However, she was a decent Group 2 winner at Newmarket earlier this month and won twice in four outings last season.

Among the outsiders, Marie’s Diamond was entered at Newbury on Saturday but attempts this race after comfortably winning a recent Listed contest at Newmarket. Former 1,000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook should also not be ignored after winning the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes last October and warming up for this contest by finishing a close second at Kempton two weeks previously.

Tip – Terebellum to win.


Ribblesdale Stakes – 2.25 Ascot    

Staged over 1m4f, this Group 2 contest for 3-year-old fillies has attracted the John Gosden trained Frankly Darling. An easy winner of a 1m2f event at Newcastle last time, he should improve for that outing but her stamina for this race is not guaranteed.

Stable companion Miss Yoda won the Lingfield Oaks Trial despite being hampered during the closing stages. She had won twice from three previous starts and should be competitive in this race.

As for the Aidan O’Brien entries, Passion appears to be an inconsistent filly but is set to be ridden by Ryan Moore while Ennistymon narrowly won her second race last week over at Leopardstown and she could improve much further for that effort.

Trefoil is another filly tipped to be a challenger but there are stamina doubts for her while So I Told You has much to find with Miss Yoda on Lingfield form.

Tip – Miss Yoda to Win.


King Edward VII Stakes – 3.00 Ascot

Often nicknamed the ‘Ascot Derby’, this Group 2 contest is the target for Aidan O’Brien’s Mogul who had won two successive races before finishing fourth in the Vertem Futurity at Newcastle last season behind subsequent 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko. He should have no problem staying this distance.

In opposition will be stablemate Arthur’s Kingdom who has finished second in three of his four starts although he did win a low-key event at Gowran Park back in October in heavy going.

Of more interest may be Mohican Heights who has not appeared since August but is unbeaten in both races. His last victory was a comfortable Listed success at Salisbury and he is bred for competing at the distance. There should also be a challenge from Papa Power who raced on all-weather surfaces in his three races to date this year. Two wins were registered but this event is a much tougher challenge.

Tip – Mogul to Win.


Duke Of Cambridge Stakes – 4.10 Ascot

A Group 2 race staged over 1m for female horses, this event may be another opportunity for Nazeef as she bids for a five-timer. There was nothing special about her first three successes in low-grade races but beating Billesdon Brook in a Listed contest at Kempton two weeks previously was a real sign of promise.

However, there will be opposition from Jubiloso and Miss O Connor. The former filly was unable to win a Group level last season and disappointed in her final start at Sandown back in August when finishing seventh of eight runners.

The William Haggas trained Miss O Connor is unbeaten in four races, winning a Group 3 contest at Saint-Cloud in her latest start during October. That victory was a decent performance as she outstayed her rivals in heavy ground.

Another filly likely to be involved is Queen Power who recently followed home Terebellum at Newmarket while Invitational has won her last two races but needs to improve further from those efforts.

Tip – Miss O Connor to Win.


Ascot Day 1 Lucky 15 Tips

  • 1.50pm – Terebellum
  • 2.25pm – Miss Yoda
  • 3.00pm – Mogul to win
  • 4.10pm – Miss O Connor to win

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