Episode 2 - Royal Ascot, 2022
Exclusive Expert Betting Tips From Six-Time Champion Jockey, Kieren Fallon
All of Fallon's Fancies for Royal Ascot 2022
|King's Stand Stakes||Golden Pal (2/1)||Golden Pal (2/1)||Nature Strip - 11/4|
|Prince of Wales Stakes||Shahryar - 3/1||Bay Bridge - 5/4||Mishriff - 4/1*|
|Royal Ascot Gold Cup||Stradavarius - 7/2||Trueshan - 7/2||Kyprios - 3/1|
|Commonwealth Cup||Ehraz - 10/1||El Caballo - 6/1||Perfect Power - 9/2|
|Platinum Jubilee Stakes||Creative Force - 8/1||Campanelle - 6/1||Home Affairs - 4/1|
*No longer racing
Ascot Day 1
King's Stand Stakes - Tuesday 14th June (15:40)
Head & Heart - Golden Pal - 2/1
For our first tip of the week, we already have our 'banker of the week' from Kieren Fallon who states:
'I thought he was the best 2-year-old I ever rode, he's a complete powerhouse and I think he'll be very hard to beat" 'I can't see past Golden Pal, he's my banker of the week'
Historically, this is a race where the favourite doesn't tend to perform as well as expected. However, Fallon expects that to change here. There will always be questions regarding the travelling of these horses but Fallon believes from his previous experience working with trainer Wesley Ward, that won't be an issue here.
"Wesley Ward's horses are used to travelling, they've travelled all over America and he's successful when he comes over here."
As it stands, you can find Golden Pal at 2/1 to win the King's Stand Stakes. However, be aware that once the field is confirmed, that number may drop considerably.
Hunch - Nature Strip - 11/4
We pushed Kieren Fallon for a second horse as which horse he thought had the best chance of being an each-way winner and he thinks that Golden Pal's closest rival in the betting shows good promise as an outside bet.
"'The Aussie horse I think, they've come here and they've conquered but it's hard to know what they can offer, they were good a few years ago but they're struggling the last couple of years but he's a good horse, Chris Waller wouldn't be bringing this horse over to make the numbers up."
If you're not looking at Fallon's banker of the week for your betslip, you may wish to check out Nature Strip, you can add him to your betslip by clicking the button below!
Ascot Day 2
Prince of Wales Stakes - Wednesday 15th June (15:40)
Our feature race on Wednesday afternoon is the Prince of Wales Stakes, the field for this race is significantly smaller than the King's Stand Stakes meaning there are a lot less options to look at. However, once again Kieren Fallon believes that the winner could come from outside of Europe.
Head - Shahryar - 3/1
When speaking about the Prince of Wales Stakes, Fallon was quick to note the increasing success of Japanese horses in recent years.
"The Japanese now, they do well wherever they go, they were successful in Saudi and Dubai" before stating:
"I think the Japanese horse is going to be very hard to beat, for some reason the last three years, they've been very strong and I think this year, they're at their strongest.
There are no doubts that in recent years, horses from Japan are having much more of a say at the front of the field rather than at the back, are you backing Shahryar to replicate their success in the middle east?
Heart - Bay Bridge - 5/4
After Fallon's heart gave us the winner last week backing the winner in the Epsom Derby, he has stuck to Sir Michael Stoute's horses once again for today's pick.
"Sir Michael, he tends to target these races at Royal Ascot and when he does, he's usually successful"
Hunch - Mishriff - 4/1
**Update: Since the time of recording, Mishriff has been removed from the Prince of Wales Stakes will not be racing on the day with trainer John Gosden stating:
"Lord North would be the most likely to go there," Gosden told Sky Sports Racing. "Mishriff will wait for the Eclipse"
However, Fallon does speak about Lord North on the podcast, so you can find out why Fallon fancied Mishriff over Lord North at the time. (19:20)
Ascot Day 3
Royal Ascot Gold Cup - Thursday 16th June (16:20)
The main race of the week is the always fantastic Royal Ascot Gold Cup, which is arguably the most open affair we have seen in the Gold Cup in years. You could chuck a blanket over the top three performers and many will back one of those three to win.
Head - Stradavarius - 7/2
After a poor showing last year, Stradavarius has dropped down to second favourite for the Ascot Gold Cup but if the horse wins, that ultimately just means more money for those who have backed the legendary horse.
Amongst those backing Stradavarius to put that poor form aside is Keiren Fallon who states:
"Stradavarius and Trueshan, there isn't much between them two, ground depending. Trueshan will be the favourite if it was to rain, but I don't think we're scheduled to have any. With the ground drying up, it has to favour Stradavarius.
Heart - Trueshan - 7/2
Also backed at 7/2 is Trueshan who Kieren Fallon has picked as his 'heart' pick for this race.
"It'd be great for Hollie Doyle if Trueshan could win at Ascot once again"
Trueshan does have history at this racecourse after winning here in October last year with Hollie Doyle.
Hunch - Kyprios - 3/1
Kyprios comes into this race as a bit of an unknown camodity for many racing fans. After poor showings in 2020 and 2021, it looks like a different horse this year with Kieren Fallon stating:
"But that Aiden O'Brien horse, it could be anything, he could be one of those horses that come out of nowhere. We'll just have to see" "Aiden knows what he has, he wouldn't just be chucking him in here, he won by 14 lengths at Leopardstown"
It is also worth noting that Fallon picked out Princess Zoe as a horse that has the potential to upset the top three.
Ascot Day 4
Commonwealth Cup - Friday 17th June (15:05)
We weren't entirely sure which race would be covered on the final day, it was either going to be the Commonwealth Cup or the Coronation Stakes. However, Fallon mentions in the podcast that the Coronation Stakes is a 'one horse race' you can find out which horse that is by checking out the Bet UK podcast above!
Head - Ehraz - 10/1
In our penultimate race of the podcast, Kieren Fallon's head is backing Ehraz the Richard Hannon horse has just one race win to his name but Fallon feels like the horse has a lot of potential if ridden correctly.
"Ehraz is for sure my strongest fancy, as long as they don't ride him the same way, he came back from 10, 15 off them at Newbury"
Heart - El Caballo - 6/1
For his heart pick, Kieren Fallon looks at the 6/1 second favourite El Caballo who has won his last six races since being beaten in his opening race.
"It'd be really good for the North if Karl Burke could pick up a win at Ascot." Before adding: "This is a tough horse, he's a really really good looking horse and he knows how to win."
Hunch - Perfect Power - 9/2
Fallon wasn't quite sure on who to go for when it came to the hunch for this race but decided on Perfect Power, stating:
"He hasn't done anything wrong, his Guineas form was good. He's one of the really good horses"
Ascot Day 5
Platinum Jubilee Stakes - Saturday 18th June (16:20)
Head - Creative Force - 8/1
Going into our final race, Kieren Fallon's final head prediction comes in the form of Creative Force. Whilst talking about the strength of the favourites, Fallon says:
"If they get a drop of rain, Creative Force isn't out of it either, he has won on fast ground early last year at Newmarket"
"Given how strong he looked the other morning and the way he looks, he'll be great for Wesley."
Heart - Campanelle - 6/1
While Fallon's head slightly pipped Creative Force ahead of Campanelle, his heart thinks that the horse has a fantastic chance of victory this year.
"Campanelle's a really good filly, she travels well. I rode her as well. She won last year and is a beautiful, strong filly."
Hunch - Home Affairs - 4/1
The unknown commodity of Home Affairs takes a spot in Kieren Fallon's hunch list. We don't know a lot about the horses but Fallon makes an excellent point when explaining exactly why these horses are highly favoured.
"This man (Chris Waller) is a genius in Australia. It costs a lot of money to get these horses across here and he wouldn't be bringing them unless he thought they were capable of winning."
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