Paul Kealy provides his Placepot perm for day four of Royal Ascot
A 22-runner handicap (1.15) with a warm favourite provides the opening leg of the Royal Ascot placepot and it's fair to say that Art Power has a nice profile.
However, the race is full of sprinters with the potential to improve and I like the look of Keep Busy and Dancing Inthestreet against him, particularly the former, who has plenty of experience and handles soft ground well.
The Albany Stakes might need a bit of cover considering we're all pretty much in the dark about the relative abilities of horses who have run only once.
Mick Channon has a good record in this race and Mahale could go well at a price. She is a half-sister to a Group 2 winner and ran a fine first race at Newmarket when fourth from a bad draw.
Eye Of Heaven is going to be a hot favourite for the Norfolk Stakes (2.25) given how the form of his win has has worked out, but he's facing markedly different ground and I'll take a chance on getting him beaten.
Lippizanner has had two runs because he appeared before racing was stopped, and while he was beaten at odds-on last time, that was clearly in a good race as Chesham winner Battleground was fifth.
I thought Lope Y Fernandez would get the trip easily in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, but he didn't and the drop back in trip could help, while Kimari looks a strong stayer at the trip and that will be a bonus in the conditions.
We'll bank on Santiago in the Queen's Vase (4.10) to keep the perm manageable.
9 Keep Busy
22 Dancin Inthestreet
6 Golden Melody
9 Mother Earth
2 Anthony Van Dyck
4 Lope Y Fernandez
2x3x1x2x2x1 = 24 lines
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