Today's free horse racing tips: Our man is back with ITV racing best bets on day five of Royal Ascot with a 14-1 pick

IT'S the final day of Royal Ascot 2021 already and the Weekend Punt is back once again.

Our man Jack Keene continued his hot streak at Epsom earlier this month with a 58-1 double – meaning he is £56 in profit to a level £1 stake since the column began last August.

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This has been one of my worst Royal Ascot's in recent memory – hopefully we have a change of fortune on the final day!

Hollie Doyle can add to her haul of Royal Ascot winners with MEHMENTO (3.05 Ascot) in the Jersey Stakes.

He won his first two starts on the all-weather at Southwell before taking a huge step forward with a fine second to the classy Chindit in the Greenham.

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The only blot on his copybook came in the French Guineas, but he set the record straight with a decisive front-running Listed win on rain-softened ground at Epsom earlier this month.

He is on a steep upward curve and he handles cut, so Friday's heavy rain won't be too much of an issue, and this 7f trip is clearly his optimum.

Winning machine ILARAAB (3.40 Ascot) can take the step up into Group company in his stride.

The William Haggas-trained colt has won six in a row, including four handicaps, and his mark has climbed from 84 to 111 in the process.

He was hugely impressive in a red-hot race at York last month, seeing the race out strongly under today's jock Tom Marquand, and he is open to further progress over this trip.

He's at his best when the mud is flying and he should get a decent gallop to aim at, while the Haggas team have hit top gear with a couple of winners at Ascot over the last two days.

Royal Ascot day five selections (advised odds correct at time of writing)

SATURDAY

3.05 Royal Ascot – Mehmento 1pt EW @ 18-1

3.40 Royal Ascot – Ilaraab 2pts WIN @ 13-2

5.35 Royal Ascot – Fantastic Fox 1pt WIN @ 7-1

  • (Column started August 6) rolling P&L: +61pts

 

In the Golden Gates Handicap, FANTASTIC FOX (5.35 Ascot) is a fascinating contender.

He has a cracking blend of speed and stamina in his pedigree, being by Frankel and a half-brother to top sprinter Dream Of Dreams, and he looked ready for the step up to 1m2f when winning easily at Hamilton last time.

Before that he had finished a close third in a strong maiden at Newbury, the form of which has been working out as expected.

He encounters much slower ground this afternoon, but he handled a rain-softened surface well enough when third on his racecourse debut at Nottingham.

He is well-drawn in stall two and there is a strong suspicion he is currently ahead of his mark.

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