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Royal Hunt Cup - Royal Ascot 2017

Published on: 21/06/2017

Royal Hunt Cup - Royal Ascot 2017

June 21, 2016 16:20pm - Ascot, Berkshire

Royal Ascot 2017

Category: Handicap, Class 2

Distance: 1m

Going: Good to firm

Runners: 29

Winner: £ 108,938.00

Godolphin will seek to land back-to-back wins in this renewal after enjoying success with Portage in 2016. The stable have had a storming start to Royal Ascot with three victories on the opening day and they have a solid entry for this race. GK Chesterton is progressing well and arrives here on the back of an impressive win at Epsom to make it two wins from two. He will stand a good chance if he can maintain that trajectory.

Fastnet Tempest has also been improving this term but his recent successes have come over slightly shorter trips. As a result, he might be of more interest to each-way punters.

Abe Lincoln was narrowly beaten at Ascot last year but has been absent since. However, there are plenty who feel he will be ready for this trip and could go well on faster ground. Reasonably priced at 10/1 but there are a few question marks.

Tabarrak could prove to be the best value pick for each-way punters. The four-year-old may be carrying top weight but there is just one stone between him and the bottom weight entry. A course and distance winner, his progression seems to be perfectly timed for this race. At a price of 25/1 or more, he looks great value.

Betting odds and tips

Out of a field of 29 runners, GK Chesterton just gets the nod for top spot and should be available at a decent price. Meanwhile, Tabarrak looks like the best of the longer-priced contenders.

You can back GK Chesterton at a best price of 16/1 with Bet365, while Tabarrak is the each-way pick at 25/1, also with Bet365.

Remember, Bet365 are offering guaranteed best odds on all Royal Ascot races and a 100% deposit bonus up to £200 for new accounts.

Royal Hunt Cup - Last three years:

2014: Field of Dream - Adam Kirby (Jamie Osborne)

2015: GM Hopkins - Ryan Moore (John Gosden)

2016: Portage - James Doyle (Michael Halford)

By Neil Morris

Published on: 21/06/2017

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (21/06/2017 10:50:06) but are subject to change.