Princess Margaret Stakes betting tips: Royal Intervention the answer to Ascot opener

Horsebetting.com give their Princess Margaret Stakes betting tips and say Royal Intervention is the value bet to land the Group 3 contest that gets proceedings underway on King George day at Ascot on Saturday, 28 July. John Gosden runner Angel’s Hideaway is feared most in the 6f juvenile fillies’ event, while Scintilating odds appeal each-way. Read our 2018 Princess Margaret Stakes betting tips preview for full details.

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Royal Intervention can rise to the occasion in Princess Margaret Stakes

Royal Intervention could not have been more impressive when scoring last time out, so looks worth a bet to take the step up into Group 3 company in her stride and land the 6f Princess Margaret Stakes for juvenile fillies that gets proceedings underway on King George day at Ascot on Saturday (13:50).

After shaping really well when beaten a neck on debut at Lingfield, the Ed Walker trained daughter of Exceed And Excel showed the benefit of that experience when bolting up by four lengths in a 12-runner Listed contest at Newmarket. Royal Intervention made all and quickened clear inside the final furlong to slam Strings Of Life by 4 1/2 lengths.

The manner in which she travelled strongly and then instantly put the race to bed when asked suggested she was an exciting prospect with a big future who needed keeping firmly onside. This form also has a strong look to it.

Strings Of Life had previously run well when finishing a three-length seventh of 14 to Signor Cabello in a Listed affair at York. The winner has gone on to score twice since, landing the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group 2 Robert Papin Stakes at Maisons-Lafitte.

Those form lines suggest Royal Intervention could be something really special and her handler has made no secret of how highly he regards her. She has reportedly thrived since winning at Newmarket and undoubtedly has the scope to make significant further progress.

This demands more, but Royal Intervention is expected to prove up to the task and land the spoils en route to even better things. We thus put her up as our main bet among Princess Margaret Stakes betting tips.

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Class-dropping Angel’s Hideaway feared most

Angel’s Hideaway has some solid form to her name and is officially the highest rated runner in the line-up. She also hails from the powerful yard of Newmarket handler John Gosden, so looks the obvious danger.

After opening her account at the second time of asking when scoring in good style at Haydock, this daughter of Dark Angel ran a blinder when fourth of 16 to Main Edition in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. She raced on the unfavoured far side and kept on well to be beaten just two lengths.

Angel’s Hideaway backed that up with a decent second last time out in the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket. Although no match for the runaway seven-length winner Pretty Pollyanna, she had some smart sorts in behind in what was a messily run affair packed with interference.

In the circumstances it was a fair effort and this represents a drop in class. Angel’s Hideaway also has plenty of experience having had four starts and could well put that to good use in this small field. So, taking everything into account, she has plenty going for her and looks the one to pick up the pieces if Royal Intervention fails to live up to expectations.

Unexposed Scintilating appeals each-way  

The unexposed Scintilating looks the each-way option having got the job done in style when making a winning debut at Newbury for trainer Ralph Beckett, who does particularly well with his fillies. The daughter of Siyouni justified plenty of market support when beating Posted by 1 1/4 lengths in a 16-runner affair at Newbury.

After racing prominently from the outset, travelling sweetly, jockey Harry Bentley barely had to move a muscle to ask her to take up the running a furlong from home. When he then asked Scintilating to go about her business, the response was immediate and she showed a smart turn off foot to score readily.

Scintilating was given a tender and considerate ride to win with far more in hand than the winning margin suggests. She is sure to come on a bundle for that experience and looks an exciting prospect for owners Highchlere ThoroughBred Racing.

Beckett is also not a handler that goes tilting at windmills, so the fact that he is pitching Scintilating into this at such an early stage in her career speaks volumes. With Bentley once again in the saddle, a big run looks on the cards.

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