Royal Ascot Placepot tips: Paul Kealy has another crack at the popular pool bet
Getting the Placepot up at Royal Ascot is never easy, but the Thursday card does not look quite as daunting as the first two days so I will be keeping the perm fairly small.
The Wesley Ward-trained Lucci looked a big bull of a horse when winning in a fast time on his debut at Belmont and may prove the answer to the Norfolk Stakes (2.30), but I'll add Instinctive Move for Clive Cox given his excellent record at the meeting with once-raced juveniles.
If there's lots of rain there must be a chance Mohaafeth will not show in the Hampton Court Stakes (3.05), but even if he does I'd still bank on One Ruler, who will be much happier here than at Epsom.
I have a feeling Stradivarius might come unstuck in his bid for a four-timer in the Gold Cup (4.15) as he has some proper progressive stayers up against him this time.
The Britannia Stakes (5.00) is the really hard one, but it probably makes sense to concentrate on the high-drawn runners, and my two against the field are Perotto and the Joseph O'Brien-trained Grid, who is surely going to relish a stiff test at this mile trip.
Royal Ascot Placepot selections
4 Instinctive Move
1 One Ruler
11 Noon Star
9 Kondo Isami
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