This year’s Royal Ascot festival kicked off on Tuesday in predictably thrilling fashion with the feature race, the King’s Stand Stakes, going to the Charlie Appleby-trained Blue Point for a second successive year. Elsewhere, Too Darn Hot once against failed to live up to last year’s hype after finishing third in the St James’s Palace Stakes. Circus Maximus’ win made it two wins on the day for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore after the duo charged to Coventry Stakes success with Arizona.
The festival’s opening race certainly went the way of the bookmakers. There were four horses that attracted plenty of interest in the betting market including Barney Roy, Mustashry, Le Brivido and Laurens but not one of the market leaders were even placed as 14/1 shot, Lord Glitters edged Beat The Bank (20/1) in a thrilling finish.
On to Day Two and Compare Betting Sites will once again bring you all the latest race news with today’s odds courtesy of betting partners, Ladbrokes. The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes is the day’s feature race and with Ryan Moore asddling the favourite in three of the first four races today could be a great day for the leading jockey.
14:30 - Queen Mary Stakes (Fillies' Group 2)
We start Day Two with a wide open two-year old fillies’ race headed by the Saeed bin-Suroor-trained Final Song. After making all on her debut to win comfortably over course and distance, a subsequent win for the horse finishing back in the third that day has only enhanced her reputation.
American trainer, Wesley Ward, has two horses in the race, the pick of which could be Kimari. Ward has won the race on three previous occasions and could go close again on Wednesday. Kimari’s only previous outing was a dominant 15l win.
For some each-way value look no further than 28/1 shot, Liberty Beach. Trainer, John Quinn, won this race last year and this year’s entrant is two from two so far this season.
Final Song - 9/2
Kimari - 13/2
Divine Spirit - 8/1
Ickworth - 10/1
Lambeth Walk - 11/1
Tango - 11/1
15:05 - Queen's Vase (Group 2)
Aidan O’Brien could be set for a one-two in this race with both Norway and Western Australia tipped to go well. Ryan Moore’s decision to saddle Norway could indicate a preference over Western Australia but we aren’t convinced. Western Australia finished third in a Group 1 in his final run as a two-year old and arrives at Ascot on the back of a Navan Listed win over 1m5f last month.
Norway - 10/3
Western Australia - 11/2
Jalmoud - 6/1
Dashing Wiloughby - 8/1
15:40 - Prince Of Wales's Stakes (Group 1)
Another race where Aidan O’Brien trains the favourite. Magical could prove to be just that in the day’s feature race. The four-year old has only failed to win in one previous outing when second to Enable in the Breeders’ Cup. Ironically, that win has potentially done more for Magical’s reputation that any of her wins, however, a Group 1 win in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last time was also rather impressive.
Magical - 13/8
Sea Of Class - 7/2
Crystal Ocean - 4/1
Waldgeist - 4/1
Zabeel Prince - 11/1
16:20 - Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Fillies' Group 2) (Str)
Based on her C&D run last autumn, I Can Fly is a major player, however she has been underwhelming since and could find at least one too good here on Wednesday. Rawdaa is a strong finisher but tends to leave too much to do in the closing stages, with Frankie Dettori on board, his chances could hinge on how well he rides this exciting Sir Michael Stoute horse.
I Can Fly - 7/2
Rawdaa - 11/2
Agrotera - 13/2
Veracious - 9/1
17:00 - Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Str)
If Dettori can guide Rawdaa to success in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes then he could follow it up with a quick double on board New Graduate here. Drawn favourably in stall one, New Graduate was hugely impressive on his handicap debut a Ripon. Yet to finish below second in four previous races, one obvious concern is the 15lb penalty for that success last time out.
New Graduate - 13/2
Raising Sand - 15/2
Kynren - 9/1
Robin Of Navan - 11/1
17:35 - Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)
Temple Of Heaven - 11/2
Southern Hills - 7/1
Symbolize - 7/1
Platinum Star - 9/1
Summer Sands - 10/1
Compare Betting Sites’ tips
14:30 – Liberty Beach (28/1)
15:05 – Western Australia (11/2)
15:40 – Magical (13/8)
16:20 – Rawdaa (11/2)
17:00 – New Graduate - 13/2
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