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2022 Royal Ascot Tips - Through the card tips on day four

Last updated: 16 Jun 2022
Jon Vine 16 Jun 2022
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  • Through the card tips on day four of Royal Ascot
  • Two Group Ones feature on the card at Ascot on Friday 17th June
  • Ottoman Fleet is our best bet of the day in the King Edward VII Stakes
  • Mawj, Contact and Ladies Church also feature in our Royal Ascot day four tips
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Racegoers watch a race from inside the Royal Enclosure during Royal Ascot 2022 at Ascot. (Getty)

Two excellent Group One races, the Commonwealth Cup and Coronation Stakes headline the penultimate card of Royal Ascot 2022. Friday's viewers will also enjoy the Albany and King Edward VII Stakes, while also sinking their teeth into three lucrative handicaps.

Let's dive into our Royal Ascot day four selections.

Royal Ascot Day Four Card

2:30pm Albany Stakes (Group 3) 6f
3:05pm Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) 6f
3:40pm Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) 1m4f
4:20pm Coronation Stakes (Group 1) 1m
5:00pm Sandringham Stakes (Handicap) (Fillies) 1m
5:35pm King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f
6:10pm Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) 5f

Royal Ascot Day 4 Tips - Friday 17th June

Race 1 - Albany Stakes Tips

Mawj2:30pm Albany Stakes (Group 3) 6fGET 11/4 HERE
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Despite an excellent pedigree on paper, few fancied MAWJ to make a winning debut at Newmarket last month. Saeed bin Suroor's filly is by a top sprinting sire in Exceed And Excell. She's also a half-sibling to Charlie Appleby's duo Modern News and Modern Games, rated 111 and 115 respectively.

Mawj drifted out to 12/1 before the off and was caught on the rail behind the leaders with two furlongs to travel. As Ray Dawson got to work, Mawj picked up the bit brilliantly, sprinting clear to claim a convincing five-length success.

Bin Suroor has his string in good form and Mawj relished fast ground at Newmarket. She'll be my first selection on day four.

Race 2 - Commonwealth Cup Tips

Read our full guide to the 2022 Commonwealth Cup to find out which two runners we've backed against the field.

If you want to watch this Group One via a mobile device, check out our Commonwealth Cup Live Stream page.

Race 3 - Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes Tips

Contact E/W3:40pm Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) 1m4fGET 9/1 HERE
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Six of the last ten renewals of this handicap have gone the way of the favourite. That stat will give hope to fans of The Queen's runner, Just Fine and John Gosden's Trawlerman, who're currently locked in a battle for favouritism.

I'd rather side with the thoroughly in-form CONTACT, who's progression this season shows no signs of slowing down.

David Barron's grey enjoyed a consistent three-year-old campaign, where he was tried over 14 furlongs a couple of times. Following a fine second in a red-hot handicap at Thirsk on his reappearance, Contact comfortably saw off Tritonic and Rhythmic Intent to claim a two-length victory at Newmarket.

Contact then followed up off a career-high mark of 90 at Haydock. Ben Curtis went to the front with two furlongs to travel and needed only hands-and-heels to help his mount hold the field at arm's length. The handicapper has taken another swipe, upping Contact's mark to 96, but I see no reason why he can't win again and take that rating into three figures.

Race 4 - Coronation Stakes Tips

Find out which runner we've backed at 14/1 in our full preview of the 2022 Coronation Stakes.

If you plan on watching any of Friday's races via a mobile or tablet, then take a look at our Coronation Stakes Live Stream page.

Race 5 - Sandringham Stakes Tips

Most of the likely pacesetters in this wide-open handicap have been drawn down the middle, which could inconvenience those drawn on the two wings. Placed perfectly to attack the front-runners from stall 11 is William Haggas' PERSIST, who ran well in defeat three times as a two-year-old last season.

Persist looked noticeably bigger and stronger as she made her return to action at Ripon last month. Haggas' filly got off to a slow start, but worked her way into contention nicely and eventually won going away from the field. 

Cieren Fallon will ride this beautifully bred daughter of Frankel on Friday and Persist could progress far beyond her current mark of just 83 during 2022.
I'm also going to take a punt on one of the least-fancied runners in the field, NO NAY NICKI, who showed an excellent turn-of-foot to win a maiden over six furlongs on fast ground last season.

Richard Fahey's filly finished well from off the pace to place fourth behind the classy Maljoom on her reappearance at York. Paul Hanagan had to drag No Nay Nicki inside from a wide draw in the Listed Michael Seely Stakes last time out, a manoeuvre which seemed to light his mount up. Turning for home, Fahey's filly was far too far back to get involved, but No Nay Nicki caught the eye as she stayed on powerfully to finish seventh.

If Barry McHugh, who takes the ride today, can get this filly settled and find a nice position behind the leader, then No Nay Nicki could use her potent finishing kick to mount a serious challenge.

Race 6 -  King Edward VII Stakes Tips

Changingoftheguard faded from the front to eventually finish fifth in the Epsom Derby. Aidan O'Brien's front-runner is greatly respected, but I'd rather take the favourite on with the least-exposed runner in the field, OTTOMAN FLEET.

Charlie Appleby's gelding was beaten a neck by stablemate Natural World on debut at Newbury in April. Ottoman Fleet then recovered brilliantly after stumbling at the start to win the Listed Fairway Stakes, reeling in the well-backed favourite, Zain Sarinda to claim a narrow victory.

Ottoman Fleet is by a former Derby winner in Sea The Stars and out of a mare who's sire also won that famous Classic, Motivator. Stepping up to 12 furlongs will only bring about further improvement. I could see William Buick's mount taking down the Ballydoyle favourite.

Race 7 - Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes Tips

Ladies Church E/W6:10pm Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) 5fGET 9/1 HERE
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Johnny Murtagh celebrated his first Royal winner on this day last year, and LADIES CHURCH stands an excellent chance of handing her trainer a second Ascot triumph.

Ladies Church ended her juvenile season rated 102, thanks to a Listed win at Naas and a third-place finish in Group Three company. On her reappearance at Dundalk, Ben Coen's mount ran a cracker from a wide draw to finish second to Geocentric, who has won another Listed race since. Last time out, Ladies Church was only beaten a neck by the classy Sacred Bridge in the Polonia Stakes at Cork.

Despite running extremely well on her last three starts, the handicapper has dropped Ladies Church from 102 down to a mark of 98. Coen's mount has been drawn kindly down the centre of the track and Ladies' Church won on her only previous start on fast ground. I don't see any negatives.
Despite my confidence in the favourite, I'm also going to have a speculative punt on JOSIES KID, who's form ties in closely with many of the sprinters who sit ahead of her in the market.

Alice Haynes' gelding beat second-favourite Korker at York last season, before going on to run the likes of Navello, Shamlaan and future Listed winner, Raasel close in subsequent outings. Josies Kid has been far too keen and bombed out of contention twice this season. Haynes has added cheek-pieces for the first time to try and settle her sprinter down, and Kieran O'Neill's mount looks well-treated running off a mark of just 86.

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