London – Top tipsters at Sporting Life in the UK give their best bets for Royal Ascot week, which gets underway on Tuesday:
Viv Greybe: Justin Snaith-trained Jo’s Bond has been striving for a ninth career win in feature events but she has a bright chance of success at Scottsville on Sunday when she teams up with Brandon Lerena and takes on lesser company in Race 5, a Pinnacle Stakes (F&M) over 1000m.
Jack Milner: Glider Pilot did not have the best of luck in last Sunday’s Grade 3 Jubilee Handicap over 1800m. However, with a better draw and the conditions in his favour, Tyrone Zackey’s charge can get back on a winning track on Saturday when he contests a Graduation Plate over 1600m on the Inside track at Turffontein.
Trainer Brett Crawford can chalk up another KwaZulu-Natal feature race at Greyville on Friday night even though one of his two runners, favourite Sunset Eyes, has been scratched from the Grade 2 Post Merchants over 1200m.
Viv Greybe: Dean Kannemeyer-trained Pumpkin Queen was unlucky in defeat last time with Keagan de Melo aboard, but the combination has a bright chance to make amends at the Greyville Polytrack on Wednesday when contesting Race 6 and the top-rated event, a MR 86 Handicap (F&M) over 1800m.
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Mike Moon: Safety first will be the order of the day as punters face a challenging afternoon at the Vaal on Tuesday. Sean Tarry is often the go-to guy in such a situation.
Viv Greybe: Four-year-old Notacademicatall, out of Sarel von Willingh Smit’s stable, was a beaten favourite last time but should recoup losses at Flamingo Park today when teamed up with maximum-claiming apprentice Daylon Lerena in Race 6 and top event, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1400m.
YAKEEN WINS JUBILEE
Ken Nicol: Mike de Kock’s Yakeen gave himself a chance of making the final Vodacom July field with an extremely gutsy win in the Grade 3 Jubilee Handicap at Turffontein on Sunday.
Jack Milner: The Grade 3 Jubilee Handicap over 1800m on the Standside track at Turffontein on Sunday will be the last chance for horses to qualify for the R4.25-million Vodacom Durban July over 2200m at Greyville on Saturday 7 July.