Royal Ascot 2020 tips and best bets for day four

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Royal Ascot 2020 tips and best bets for day 4 - Edward Whitaker/Pool via Getty Images
Royal Ascot 2020 tips and best bets for day 4 - Edward Whitaker/Pool via Getty Images

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1.15 Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap (5f, 3yo)

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Open race, a lot will depend on how some of these handle the ever-changing conditions. MIGHTY SPIRIT looks on a good mark based on the pick of her juvenile form, and finally made the breakthrough to win on her last start of 2019; she looks potentially well-drawn in stall 22. Art Power has done little wrong in three starts, and rates a big danger. City Walk looks well weighted for his first try in handicap company, and looks an each-way chance.

Marcus Armytage's tip: Art Power

1.50 Albany Stakes (6f, Group Three, 2yo fillies)

MOTHER EARTH shaped very well on debut, and should take a big step forward from her first run. Willabell needs to take a big step up from her first run to figure here, but John Gosden has an excellent recent record with his juveniles at Royal Ascot, and she is respected. Golden Melody was an easy winner of her first start, and can be in the shake-up, with Flying Aletha sure to give her a good tow into the race from stall three.

Marcus Armytage's tip: Valpolicella

2.25 Norfolk Stakes (5f, Group Two, 2yo)

EYE OF HEAVEN’s Newmarket win is looking very smart following yesterday’s Windsor Castle, and he can take all the beating. Golden Pal has been the subject of rave reviews from US-based trainer Wesley Ward and can run well, in spite of potentially testing conditions. The Lir Jet looked very useful when breaking the juvenile track record on debut at Yarmouth, and can go close for new owners Qatar Racing.

Marcus Armytage's tip: The Lir Jet

3.00 Hardwicke Stakes (1m 4f, Group Two, 4yo+)

The form of ELARQAM’s (NAP) recent run at Haydock was boosted in no uncertain terms with Lord North’s wide-margin win in Wednesday’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes; he should love the soft ground, and can take all the beating on his first try at 1m4f. Course winner Morando is another who should relish the soft conditions, and he can go very well. Similar comments apply to Hamish, who remains open to plenty of improvement after just six starts.

Marcus Armytage's tip: Morando (nap)

3.35 Commonwealth Cup (6f, Group One, 3yo colts & fillies) 

LOPE Y FERNANDEZ made a big move in the closing stages of the Irish 2000 Guineas only to weaken late; he should appreciate the step back to six furlongs and, with the recent run under his belt, can prove hard to beat. Course winner Mums Tipple should appreciate the step back to six furlongs; a repeat of his York win puts him firmly in the mix here. Golden Horde has hardly put a foot wrong to date and can feature on his seasonal reappearance.

Marcus Armytage's tip: Lope Y Fernandez

Commonwealth Cup horse by horse guide
Commonwealth Cup horse by horse guide

4.10 Queen’s Vase (1m 6f, Group Two, 3yo) 

The rain continues to fall at Ascot, and BORN WITH PRIDE is taken to relish the conditions. Both her Newmarket and Kempton form are working out very strongly and this step up to 1m6f should suit her well. Berkshire Rocco ran well behind leading Derby hope English King, and looks very solid, with the step up in trip also likely to suit. Santiago takes a big step up in trip, but should also appreciate the distance.

Marcus Armytage's tip: Punctuation 

4.40 Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (1m 4f, 3yo+) 

The combination of soft ground and a wide draw should suit JOHNNY DRAMA (NB) well, with apprentice Joshua Bryan taking off a handy 3lb. Durston will need a lot of luck in-running, but should appreciate the conditions, and can continue a very good week for Jim Crowley. Dubai Future has done little wrong so far and has more to offer; with a good draw in 22, he can also make his presence felt in an open contest.

Marcus Armytage's tip: West End Charmer

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