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Angus McNae - Saturday 22nd June 2013

Boy, I’m looking forward to the Diamond Jubilee!

It has been a long week for everyone working at or punting at Royal Ascot.

The final day brings with it some tremendous action, but if you have done plenty of damage already this week I am not going to advise anyone that this is a good day to turn your luck around.

Here on the blog we are just in the black with four days gone and things markedly improved when Forgotten Voice obliged at 14-1 on Friday.

I am not planning to give the profit back today, but I do have a strong fancy in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes at a big price.

Dandy Boy
© Caroline Norris

Dandy Boy
The horse is Dandy Boy. Let's start with his track form.

He has raced at Ascot three times, winning twice. The second of those two victories was in the Wokingham last year, which he won nicely off a mark of 105.

He has just had two runs this year. He finished five and a half lengths behind Shea Shea in a Listed sprint at Meydan before putting in an eye-catching performance at the Curragh last time behind Hitchens. He was 10th in that race, but was given a vey easy time after traveling well for a long way. For all the world that looked like a prep race for this and at a track he goes very well at he must be backed each-way at a big price. At the time of writing he is 16-1 and for me that is a cracking price.

If you are someone who likes to stick rigidly to the official figures then you are not going to like this selection and I would not blame you for wanting to back Society Rock, who is rated 117, or Gordon Lord Byron, who is also on a mark of 117.

The offical handicapper rates Dandy Boy as a 110 horse, and if you are in any doubt as to what sort of form he is in coming to the race today then watch that run at the Curragh; it will give you some clue as to what I am rattling on about.

That will do me on what has been a superb week of action at Royal Ascot. Next week I am going to have a look at the top ten performances on the clock from the meeting and will also look at how those performances were achieved.

Good luck on the final day folks; I suspect we will all need it.


Saturday's tip:

3.45 Royal Ascot: Dandy Boy each-way at 16-1 with Paddy Power



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