Many of us have placed bets on the off chance of winning a few pounds. But when Jon Heywood, a 27-year-old soldier from Cheshire
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The big betting race of the day is the Wokingham Handicap and the short-list is particularly long with Nocturn, Royal Rock, Palace Moon and the selection Rex Imperator (4.25) who has always promised to win a big one and can finally fulfil his potential.
After the opening two days at Royal Ascot, we have already refunded well over £100,000 as a result of our losses back if Richard Hughes finishes in the frame in any race and there is no question that punters have edged the opening couple of days although it could have been worse... I think!
All Shakin' Stevens fans will be hoping for a big run from Green Door in the opening Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday but preference is for Irish raider This Ole House no sorry still in Shakin' Stevens mode I mean Coach House (2.30) who has won his last couple of starts including when showing improved form on fast ground at the Curragh last month.
Day two of Royal Ascot starts with the 7f Jersey Stakes; the race has often thrown up a shock in recent years with three 20/1 shots and no winning favourite since 2001 when Mozart obliged for Ballydoyle.
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