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Experts' Best Bets: Royal Ascot Day 1 tips with Graeme Rodway
Aaron Rogan
Aaron Rogan
June 19, 2023
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Before becoming a Sports Journalist for Free Super Tips, Aaron spent three years studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland while taking in the Black Cats' 'glory years' under Martin O'Neill. Now back in Northern Ireland he turns niche stats into predictions for FST, while he's one of the few people on this island who is equally comfortable at Windsor Park and the Aviva.

Royal Ascot is one of the highlights of this summer of sport, with some high-profile races to enjoy over the next few days. Given that, we’re looking to cover all angles at the festival.

We’ve called in help from the Racing Post for our daily Royal Ascot tips, with the best bets for the opening day listed below courtesy of Keith Melrose, Graeme Rodway and Robbie Wilders. Throughout the festival we’ll also have the latest free bets and special offers.

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2.30 Queen Anne Stakes

Tip: Modern Games

Proved himself the best older miler in Europe when running away with the Lockinge at Newbury last time and is a tough and consistent performer. Trainer Charlie Appleby is in fine form and Modern Games can follow up.

3.05 Coventry Stakes

Tip: River Tiber

Has looked like a top-class juvenile in the making in winning twice in Ireland and recorded a good time when successful over 5f at Naas last time. There should be improvement to come now he is upped to 6f for the first time.

3.40 King’s Stand Stakes

Tip: Mitbaahy

Progressive last season when winning a Listed race at Sandown and a Group 3 at Newbury. Has been drawn out of things on the wrong side of the track at Longchamp and Haydock on his last two starts and could bounce back.

4.20 St James’s Palace Stakes

Tip: Cicero’s Gift

Not a strong fancy, but could run well if the rain arrives. Has plenty to find on form, but comes into the race held in the highest regard by trainer Charlie Hills and might be capable of improving past the market principals.

5.00 Ascot Stakes

Tip: Zoffee

Takes the same route as last year’s winner Coltrane, having finished second in the Chester Cup last time, and any rain will be in his favour. All of his best form has come with plenty of ease in the ground and there is precipitation forecast.

5.35 Wolferton Stakes

Tip: Cadillac

Second in this race last year, but might be capable of going one better for new trainer George Boughey. Cadillac bounced back to form when winning in a good time at Epsom this month and has more to offer for his relatively new yard.

6.10 Copper Horse Stakes

Tip: Vauban

Classy hurdler who could be thrown in off a mark of 101 now that he returns to the Flat and Willie Mullins will have had a Royal Ascot bid in mind for a long time. He doesn’t usually miss when he lines one up and Ryan Moore rides

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