Royal Ascot - At The Races

Hugh Taylor

    Hugh picked out two big priced winners on Friday - Tangramm 25-1 (R4 10p) and Captain Pugwash 10-1 (advised prices) and another winner, Rapid Ranger 4-1 on Saturday. There is no racing in the UK on Sunday

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Updated 9:00, 9:18 (Saturday)- All selections are now online

** Hugh recorded a +281pts profit for 2016 with a return on investment of 1.44, his highest ROI ever. **

The selections below were for Saturday

RAPID RANGER’S chance of following up his recent Wolverhampton win will be partly dependent on the run of the race and luck in running, but he was so impressive over the same course and distance last time that he still looks the one to beat (Wolverhampton 5.45).

He was still last entering the short straight here last time and looked an unlikely winner when still three or four lengths down at the furlong pole, and in the circumstances he did remarkably well to win going away, especially as this wasn’t a race where the pace collapsed, the next three home all in the first four entering the straight.

A 5lb rise looks very much on the lenient side, and his biggest issue here may be whether there’s enough of a pace for him to aim at, which isn’t guaranteed. However, he was so impressive last time that it looks a chance worth taking.

In the extended 1m handicap at Wolverhampton (6.15) it might be worth taking a chance on MAC O’POLO on his return from a break.

He shaped very well on his handicap debut in a class 5 event at Haydock when last seen in July, poorly positioned in last place off a steady pace but making encouraging late progress into third.

He had shaped better than the result on his previous all-weather start, seeing plenty of daylight out wide and probably doing quite well not to drop away in the straight.

He does have a bit to prove on his return, and his pedigree does suggest that he might need further than tonight’s extended 1m trip to be seen at his best (holds another entry at Lingfield on Wednesday over 1m2f), but he does have plenty of potential, and although the recent all-weather form of Maraakib and Mia Ragazzo is solid, Mac O’Polo might have more improvement in him.

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Hugh recorded a +281pts profit for 2016 with a return on investment of 1.44, his highest ROI ever. You can view his monthly figures by clicking the links below:
2017 results
2016 results ROI 1.44 +281pts
2015 results ROI 1.34 +207pts
2014 results ROI 1.32 +199.79pts
2013 results ROI 1.32 +210pts
2012 results ROI 1.31 +222.65pts
2011 results ROI 1.28 +302.64 pts
2010 results ROI 1.23 +324.79 pts
2009 results ROI 1.26 +500.36 pts