Every big meeting I dream of picking four big priced winners, putting them in a Lucky 15 and taking the bookies for a cool million.
Every big meeting I look at the 4 horses, place my bet and feel supremely confident that this will be THE bet.
....and every big meeting it ends with my dreams shattered and no big cheque from the bookies!
We did get a bit closer at Cheltenham this year when we had two places at 25/1 which meant we were cheering on our Gold Cup horse at 66/1 for over £1000 but it wasn't to be and we had to settle for doubling our money.
But hey, when you're backing rank outsiders you don't have to stake that much to win big money. This means it's not that expensive to keep trying and one day everything might just fall into place. Or, to paraphrase Delboy a little "This time next month Rodney, we'll be millionaires...". Lovely Jubbly!
I haven't used trends to make the selections. These are just horses I fancy to outrun their odds.
Available for everyone, here is attempt #6 (for Royal Ascot) of my £1,000,000 Lucky 15
KINGS STAND - ALPHA DELPHINI (Top price 25/1) I'm going to kick the bet off with a horse I've been following this year who hopefully goes for the 5 furlong Group 1 sprint on the opening day of the meeting. ALPHA DELPHINI progressed from handicap company last Summer to complete his hat-trick in a Listed contest at Beverley before going down by a short head to last years Kings Stand runner up Cotai Glory in a Group 3 at Newbury. He began this Season in a Group 3 at Newmarket but struggled when having to run down the unfavoured centre of the track. It was a different story on his next start in the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock where he showed his true colours when a close up third despite being a bit squeezed for room close home. The best of his form gives him a great chance of making the frame if the ground comes up on the firm side of good.
ROYAL HUNT CUP - ZHUI FENG (Top price 33/1)
OK guys, you win. After an avalanche of emails asking for my Royal Hunt Cup selection, here it is- ZHUI FENG. It probably wasn't that hard to work out as he's on my horses to follow list and he is a good fit for the trends. I was waiting for him to be campaigned over further this Season but he adapted himself well to the 7f at Ascot last time out when 3rd in the Victoria Cup and past winners of the Hunt Cup have tended to be horses with plenty of stamina. He's the right age, has the ideal rating, has run in the right races (Britannia and Cambridgeshire), has form at Ascot, has form with all the fancied runners and will appreciate the step back up to a mile. He has a lot going for him and I think he's a great each way bet at the odds.
DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES - CREGGS PIPES (Top price 33/1) This ones a bit of a dark horse who seems to have sneaked under the bookmakers radar because on form I can't see any reason for her to be such a big outsider. She progressed through handicap company last Season to bag a four timer including a win at the Galway Festival before stepping up in class to compete at Group level for her last 3 races of the Season. She then began this year running over trips around 10 furlongs but after showing up well before fading close home in both of those races it was obvious that a drop back in distance was needed. So the trainer brought her back to contest a Group 2 Mile race at the Curragh and everything fell perfectly into place for her to run out an impressive winner from two decent sorts. The trainer has indicated on a number of occasions that Royal Ascot is on her agenda and I can't understand how the two horses behind her at the Curragh are ahead of her in the betting for the Duke of Cambridge.
KING EDWARD VII - SALOUEN (Top price 16/1)
I had the winner of this race last year by looking through the Derby runners and noting the one that may have been unlucky and could have done better on a fairer track. Having reviewed this year's running it's clear to me that Salouen was the unluckiest horse in the race as he stumbled badly coming around the bend and after picking himself up was then denied a clear run up the straight. I'm not saying he would have won but a top 6 finish would certainly have been on the cards. He was Group 1 placed twice as a 2yo and started this Season with a close second to Khalidi in the usually informative Fielden Stakes so definitely has the class for this type of race. The King Edward VII usually has a small field because the best 3yo middle distance horses tend to head for the Irish Derby meaning it can sometimes be a bit of a 'soft' Group 2 race. That gives those Derby also-rans a good chance and as Silvester Kirk has said the King Edward VII is Salouen's next target he looks the value to me.
The big problem we have at Royal Ascot is that the bookmakers don't offer Non Runner-No Bet until the 5 day declarations so at this stage we're relying on all our selections making it to the meeting safe and sound and then running in the right race. Or we lose our money.
But hey, no one said making a million was easy!
I'll take my chances on them running and have my £2 ew bet with Bet365 (20/1,
33/1, 33/1 & 16/1)
All set to win £1 million (£1,072,656.36 with the 10% bonus)
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