RACING fan Gaurav Chaddah (@GauravChaddah) shares his NAP and his best each-way bet on Day 3 of Royal Ascot on Thursday.
NAP: 2:30 – Sunday Sovereign (5/2 SkyBet)
Arizona winning the Coventry on Tuesday makes Sunday Sovereign a very interesting contender here after beating Arizona easily in a Curragh maiden.
It's important to remember that it was Arizona's first start whilst the selection did have the benefit of a run to his name but it was hard to not be impressed as he drew clear from the field. Arizona then won before as mentioned, going on to win the Coventry, and Sunday Sovereign looked even better last time, winning by seven lengths at Tipperary.
Aidan O'Brien fields an interesting runner in Mount Fiji (10/1 Bet365) who showed an impressive turn of foot to come from off the pace to win on debut and looks to have improvement in him, and the strong Irish assault on the race is backed up with Air Force Jet (14/1 Bet365) who won a Navan median.
Each-Way: 5:00 – King Ademar (12/1 Bet365)
As always, a open race and despite being a median, I’m happy to take an each-way punt on King Ademar. He runs off a mark of 93 and was second in a Class 4 handicap last time ,but that form has seen boosts, with Ouzo (the winner) coming out to win again whilst the fourth has also won again.
Prior to that, he was second in a Nottingham novice, behind the now 115 rated King of Change, who was second in the 2000 Guineas and ahead of the 98 rated Pondus, who won a race at Sandown. He is drawn in 16, which is a positive and has the addition of first-time cheekpieces.
The John Gosden-trained Beatboxer (14/1 Bet365) won a handicap at Haydock well last time after running in some pretty hot races before that and could go well, whilst Joseph O’Brien sends over Numerian (25/1 Bet365) who was third in a listed race at Dundalk and could still improve.