Royal Ascot tips: EVERY runner & rider for massive Royal Hunt Cup plus Templegate's top pick | The Sun
14th June 2022

TEMPLEGATE goes through every runner and rider for the incredible Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.

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Templegate goes through every horse in the race and reveals his tip at the bottom.

MAGICAL MORNING 3

MAGIC trick. Ran a cracker to win over this trip at Donny and has a top apprentice on board. Respected from Team Gosden but has a lot of weight.

ESCOBAR 2

HIT the Bar. Doesn’t win often but likes this trip and track. Was a good winner at York last month but needs more off this handicap mark.

SINJAARI 2

SINJ burnt. Often runs well in races like this but would prefer a longer trip and hasn’t won for two years. Looks high in the weights.

INTELLOGENT 3

IN and out. Fair third in a Listed race here last time and ground will suit. Has shot up the weights for that so will need to improve again.

SAN ANDREAS 2

SAD San. Has shown his best form on the all-weather and was a bit below par at Fairyhouse latest. Trainer is respected but this looks a tall order.

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SYMBOLIZE 4

SYM card. Seventh in Buckingham Palace at last year’s meeting and went close in two other big handicaps here in October. Well drawn and has top apprentice on board so should go close.

BOPEDRO 1

NO Pedro. Won a big-field contest at The Curragh over this trip last season but hasn’t shown a lot since. Needs to bounce back.

HUMANITARIAN 1

LOW Hum. Slipped on the bend at Chester last time and has been in poor form for a while. Hard to see him bouncing back here.

ASTRO KING 4

KING may reign. Second in this last year from 4lb lower and went well on comeback when not getting much luck in the Thirsk Hunt Cup last time. Trip and track suit and can run another big race under Ryan Moore.

GREATGADIAN 3

GAD about. Flying on the all-weather over further but likes this trip too and has fair turf form. Should have more to come.

TEMPUS 2

TEMP measure. Missed last season and has been hit and miss this year. Has won over this course and distance and solid Listed run last time but needs more.

BLESS HIM 2

BLESS mess. Won the Britannia Stakes at this meeting way back in 2017 and has a good record at the track but is getting on a bit now.

ARATUS 3

RAT race. Has done well over 7f with four wins but is lightly raced and may improve for this step up in trip. Fair run here in May and has place claims.

CRUYFF TURN 4

TOP Turn. Improver who landed a battling win over this trip at York last time. A 3lb rise in the weights for that looks fair and he’s able to stay near the pace. Can figure again at a big price.

DESERT PEACE 4

DESERT stormer. Has only run once on turf but has decent all-weather form in Dubai and this trip suits. From top team and should run well.

ETONIAN 1

ET out. Bits and pieces of form over 7f but has been modest over this trip and has plenty of weight judged on recent efforts.

ISLA KAI 2

ISLA skied. Won a lesser race over course and distance last season but is still 10lb higher and has been out of sorts lately.

LUNAR SPACE 2

SPACE cadet. Has been modest in Group races in Ireland and needs to have been improved by joining new trainer Jamie Osborne.

FANTASTIC FOX 3

FAB Fox. Back to form with a good third at Epsom and this trip suits well. Has gone close here before and can outrun his odds.

EXCEL POWER 3

POWER trip. Going well in lesser races and loves this trip. Likes fast ground and looks capable of improving further.

NOTRE BELLE BETE 1

BAD Bete. Best form has come on the AW and well beaten at Newbury last time. Needs to improve plenty.

REBEL TERRITORY 2

REBEL yell. Battling win at Sandown last time and this trip is ideal. Deserves a crack at this but his best has come on soft ground.

WHAT'S THE STORY 3

FAIRY Story. Didn’t enjoy 1m2f after a good run at York over this trip. Still on a fair weight and has a rails draw so worth an each-way look.

LEGEND OF DUBAI 5

LIVING Legend. Lightly raced and impressive when winning over this trip at Newmarket last time. Has gone up the weights but is improving and will be right there.

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PERCY'S LAD 2

NO Lad. Has done well in minor races but came up short at Beverley last time. Has an ideal draw but needs more.

TOTALLY CHARMING 4

CHARM offensive. Cosy win at Epsom last time and this trip is ideal. A 5lb penalty for that gives him every chance with the booking of Frankie catching the eye.

DARK SHIFT 4

CAN Shift. Impressive at Nottingham and relishes this trip. Can cope with a 5lb penalty and has more to offer at a track he really likes.

VIA SERENDIPITY 3

YES Ser. Improved to win at Sandown latest and saves his best for this trip. Fast ground suits and he looks a big price.

REAL FORCE 1

REAL gone. Has been out of sorts for a while in Ireland and well beaten at The Curragh last time.

HORTZADAR 1

HORT short. Was 16th in this last year and hasn’t shown a lot since. His best efforts have come on soft.

And the winner is…

LEGEND can come true in the Royal Hunt Cup.

LEGEND OF DUBAI is a fast improver who impressed with his comeback win at Newmarket last time. He has been wrapped in cotton wool for this and has much more to offer over a mile.

Astro King was second in this 12 months ago and has every chance again under Ryan Moore.

Symbolize has excellent claimer Harry Davies on board and is another to note along with Cruyff Turn who went well at York latest.

This is wide open as you’d expect with Totally Charming, Dark Shift and Desert Peace also on the shortlist.

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