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ROYAL ASCOT DAY 1 BEST BETS | Selections to consider for Tuesday’s racing

The team name their best bets for the opening day of the Royal Ascot meeting

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2G3Y8G3 Trainer Aidan O'Brien walks out to check the ground during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Picture date: Friday June 18, 2021. Best Bets

The biggest week in flat racing is upon us, with the five-day Royal Ascot meeting getting underway tomorrow afternoon.

The opening day’s action at the Berkshire course has three Group 1 contests on its card, with the Queen Anne Stakes, King’s Stand Stakes and St James’s Palace Stakes all featuring on the seven-race schedule.

After scouring through the card, the team has named three selections that they will be siding with on Tuesday afternoon.

Here are their best bets for the opening day of Royal Ascot.

NAP: AGE OF KINGS – 3:05 Ascot (13/2 – bet365)

A colt with plenty of potential, Age Of Kings could be one to note in the Coventry Stakes.

The two-year-old is given his first start in Group company after finishing second on his debut at Naas before producing a commanding success at the Curragh less than two weeks ago.

While his pedigree suggests he should be competitive over further in time, six furlongs looks a good trip for him currently and he could prove to be competitive at this level for Aidan O’Brien.

Epsom, Surrey, UK 2nd June, 2017Franki Dettori wins The Oaks on Enable at Epsom Downs Credit: Motofoto/Alamy Live News
Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori is pencilled in to ride Age Of Kings at Royal Ascot

The booking of Ascot ‘king’ Frankie Dettori is a massive advantage here and Age Of Kings’ price of 13/2 here could prove to be huge value if he continues to show progress.

NB: TWILIGHT CALLS – 3:40 Ascot (8/1 – bet365)

Hailing from Henry Candy’s yard, Twilight Calls could put up a big effort in the King’s Stand Stakes for his connections.

The gelding has proven to be fairly consistent over the minimum trip as of late, finishing in the top four in four of his last six outings.

The four-year-old has made rapid progress this term and after putting up two respectable efforts in Group company, he is given his chance at Group 1 level here.

The booking of experienced jockey Ryan Moore is a plus here and he could well have more in the tank, with Twilight Calls’ price holding some interest at 8/1.

LONGSHOT: ORDER OF AUSTRALIA – 2:30 Ascot (22/1 – William Hill)

It will take something spectacular to beat the unstoppable Baaeed in the Queen Anne Stakes and while Order Of Australia will unlikely beat the superstar miler, he could push for some place money at a decent price.

The son of Australia is a former Group 1 winner, striking at big odds in the Breeders’ Cup Mile Turf back in November 2020 for Aidan O’Brien.

Aidan O'Brien The Oaks The Derby Royal Ascot
Aidan O’Brien sends Order Of Australia to Royal Ascot on Tuesday

The five-year-old carries some interesting form over this distance, including his second-place finish behind Baaeed in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp last summer as well as finishing a close third behind Palace Pier and Poetic Flare in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

While he will need to find more to beat the favourite here, Order Of Australia could be the best of the rest and run into second at a big each-way price.

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Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.

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