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Tipping Tim’s weekend bets

It’s all about the Royal baby this week, and we are bracing ourselves in Coral Towers for a flurry of patriotic bets on King George River, Nameitwhatyoulike and Very Nice Name tomorrow. I’m still upset that my wager on ‘Brough Scott Windsor’ was thwarted by the late switch to George, but I’m sure the Royals will find another way to honour Frankel’s assistant trainer in the near future.

In fitting fashion the big race tomorrow is the King George (3.50 Ascot) but Cirrus Des Aigles should win that on all known form so I’m heading elsewhere for the nap, and the horse lumbered with that dubious honour this week is Mister Pagan in the 4.40 York. Jim Goldie’s string is in flying form and this ex-bumper plodder has made a smooth transition to the flat in recent weeks, culminating in an eye-catching handicap debut at Newcastle last month. His mark was left unchanged for that effort and, with the promising Jordan Nason taking off a handy seven pounds, he should go close under similar conditions tomorrow.

The next best this weekend has to be Queensberry Rules in the 3.15 Ascot. Like most Ascot handicaps this race is full of the same old (long) faces that race each other every week, but Willie Haggas’ three-year-old brings a different line of form into this heat and I fancy him to be a class apart. He was one of a few hard-luck stories in a messy Britannia and, granted a bit of luck tomorrow, I fancy Ryan Moore to make amends in style.

For the Trixie I will stick with the ‘unlucky Willie Haggas Britannia horse’ system and side with Fehaydi in the 2.40 Ascot. There is a possibility that this beast is best caught fresh but, with class act Graham Lee taking the ride, I’m prepared to give him one more chance under ideal conditions tomorrow.

Good luck with all your bets tomorrow!