Ricky’s StableDuel Strategy – Royal Ascot 6/18 - DFS Karma
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Ricky’s StableDuel Strategy – Royal Ascot 6/18

Chip chip cheerio! The British have invaded StableDuel.. or is it that StableDuel has invaded the British? Either way, racing in the UK at Ascot has been fantastic to watch this week. It’s great to see the American invaders and also learn about some of strongest horses overseas. Closing day is upon us at Royal Ascot, so lets try to get a win on StableDuel. One contest with a $35 entry fee and $2,000 prize pool is all that we have an option for, but that will do just fine. As always, pay no attention to price at Ascot, as its very common to have 15 and 20 to one horses go off cheaper and win. There is NO BETTER TIME than NOW to SIGN UP!

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High Price Favorites

#1 Alfred Munnings $10,000 – Race 1
Alfred Munnings is highly regarded for trainer Aidan O’Brien. This horse won pretty easily on debut at 7F and a repeat effort should still be good enough to win against this group. Aidan O’Brien targets this race every year as “the one to win”, and that’s evident by the four wins since 2016 in this race alone. Every other horse in this race is considered value as no one else is less than 8/1 odds. If you were to bundle this horse, I think looking at #3 Crypto Force could be a solid option based on the group he beat in his debut race.

Mid Price Plays

#2 Broome $6,000 – Race 3
There is a 3/5 heavy favorite in race 3 that costs $12,000 and while they seem to be a likely winner, nothing is certain at Ascot. I actually like a discount on Broome (or even to pair with the heavy favorite). If you think you’ve heard the name Broome, you probably have. He was one of the Euro shippers last November to Breeders Cup day at Del Mar. Broome was running on Firm ground when he came here and placed 2nd in the Grade 1 Breeders Cup Turf at a the same distance of a mile and a half. It’s very dry and hot at Ascot, so you can almost bet on the ground being closer to firm, whereas most Euro horses prefer a soft or yielding turf course. I think the competition in this Grade 2 race fit similarly to the Grade 1 horses he faced at Del Mar, so I’d give this horse a fighting chance at an upset.

Value Plays

#3 Phantom Flight $1000 – Race 6
There are about 110 different value horses between the 7 races today, but I feel most confident with Phantom Flight in the 6th race. Trying the synthetic on debut and just missing by half a horse, his trainer put him on turf and it immediately paid dividends. Phantom Flight loves the turf and has solid pedigree to back this up. I also like the fact that Phantom Flight has won on firm turf as well as soft, which shows an affinity for the surface. He has yet to try this distance, but his second place effort at a mile on the synthetic proves this horse should like a mile and a quarter as well. Just needing a small step forward in distance, we could have a winner at nice 10/1 odds.

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