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PUNTERS have been making the most of the World Pool all week at another brilliant Royal Ascot meeting.

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On Thursday for example, five of the seven winners would have brought you a bigger return had you backed them on the World Pool – which is operated by the tote in the uk.

You can play at www.tote.co.uk or on their app along with the windows if you’re at the races.

As well as the usual win and each-way bets, I’ve been getting into a bet called a Swinger this week. You have to pick two horses to finish in the first three of your chosen race in any order.

Or you can boost your chances with a third selection which costs just £3. We’ll try a couple more of those to finish the meeting with a flourish!

Let’s go for the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes where I think SHARTASH looks the one to beat.

I am throwing in BELIEVING who ran well earlier this week into the bet along with KINROSS who has loads of class and can make the frame.

I am not crazy enough to tackle the Wokingham so we’ll go for the stayers in the closing Queen Alexandra Stakes. DAWN RISING, QUEENSTOWN and TASHKHAN are my trio to focus on.

Templegate’s Placepot picks

Bedtime Story, Age Of Gold

BEDTIME STORY can maintain the excellent record of Aidan O’Brien in this race. He’s won four of the past eight runnings and this Frankel filly gets a handy 5lb from most rivals here. She looked classy when winning on debut at Leopardstown earlier this month. She clocked a good time without her rider going for everything. There’s a lot more to come.

AGE OF GOLD looks the main danger after cruising to victory first time out at Yarmouth. He showed plenty of the Frankel class there and should appreciate this extra furlong and quicker conditions.


CONTINUOUS looks hard to beat as he starts his four-year-old career. He got better as last season went on. After a good second to King Of Steel at this meeting, he took the Great Voltigeur at York in style before landing an easy victory in the St Leger. ‘The Lads’ then supplemented him for the Arc just two weeks later where he was beaten just three lengths into fifth. Given the way he improved through the campaign you would expect him to make a pretty special four-year-old. He handles any ground and should have too much class for these rivals.

Shartash, Believing

SHARTASH has taken his form to a new level since joining Archie Watson and he looked capable of performing in this company when bounding home to score at Haydock last time. The drop back to a stiff six furlongs should be ideal on his favoured fast ground and there’s more to come.

BELIEVING finished strongly when a good fourth in the King’s Stand Stakes over the minimum trip here on Tuesday. He will appreciate this extra furlong and will be competitive again.

River Tiber, Haatem

RIVER TIBER can give Ryan Moore yet another Royal Ascot winner. He was on board when this Wootton Bassett colt won the Coventry Stakes here 12 months ago and he has since more than held his own in some of the hottest races around. He has been third in three Group 1 contests including the Irish 2,000 Guineas last time when trainer Aidan O’Brien said he’d need the run. It was a good effort to be just over a length off the pace and he’ll take a big step forward with that under his belt.

HAATEM is the main danger after two cracking efforts in the Newmarket and Curragh 2,000 Guineas. It’s interesting to see him dropped back to this shorter trip as he led in both Classics and this may yet to prove his best trip.

Rumstar, Dark Trooper

RUMSTAR could be the answer to a typically tough renewal of the Wokingham. He showed his true colours back in a handicap over this trip at Newbury last time. He enjoyed the fast ground and finished well just behind Lethal Levi – who has solid place claims in this race too. He spent much of last season in Group races so could be ahead of the handicapper and can give Trevor Whelan a good spin from stall 25.

The way Wathnan Racing have been going in sprints this week you can’t ignore the claims of their DARK TROOPER who cost £500,000 after winning over this trip in France last time. He ran well over course and distance in October and should handle the ground.

Hand Of God, Palace Green

HAND OF GOD looked to be crying out for this trip when winning over a mile at Sandown back in April. Trainer Harry Charlton identified this race then as his target and he should be open to lots of improvement with just four runs on his CV. He ended last season winning on fast ground at Newmarket so these conditions should be fine.

PALACE GREEN didn’t quite get home over 1m4f on the Knavesmire after winning a Kempton maiden at this trip. Dropping back should help and he looks on a fair enough mark.


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