Day Two at Royal Ascot belonged to Frankie Dettori after the fans’ favourite saddled an impressive double including the 3/1 win on board Crystal Ocean in the day’s feature race, the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.
On to Ladies’ Day and the Gold Cup, Thursday promises to up the ante further after a thrilling start to the festival; we may even see some sunshine in the Berkshire countryside!
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14.30 - Norfolk
The withdrawal of Maven has blown the day’s opener wide open with a host of horses in with a chance of claiming the Norfolk Stakes.
Sunday Sovereign is the hot favourite in this and his reputation was further enhanced by Arizona’s win earlier in the week. Arizona was second behind Sunday Sovereign when they met at The Curragh last time out and he looks well placed to follow up that win in the Norfolk Stakes.
Our preference would be for the second favourite, A’ali. A’ali was a beaten favourite on his first run but will be better for that outing. In-form Dettori takes the saddle and yesterday’s two-timer kicked off with a win on board Raffle Prize in the opener.
Sunday Sovereign - 13/8
A’ali - 5/1
Mount Fuji - 7/1
Air Force Jet - 8/1
15.05 - Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3)
Another wide-open race and another where we are leaning towards Dettori. Frankie saddles the Sir Michael Stoute-trained, Sangarius, in this and can build on the third-place finish he achieved at Sandown last time out. That Sandown run has proved all the more credible after race winner, King Of Comedy, came within a neck of winning Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes.
Race favourite, Fox Chairman, is running for the third time on Thursday and would’ve learned plenty from his last run out at Chester.
Fox Chairman - 10/3
Cape Of Good Hope - 9/2
King Ottokar - 11/2
Sangarius - 6/1
15.40 - Ribblesdale Stakes (Fillies' Group 2)
Fleeting is the stand-out horse in this race and trainer, Aidan O’Brien has won this in three of the past five years. Ryan Moore’s experience on board should hopefully avoid a repeat of the traffic 2/3problems encountered when running on for third in the Oaks at Epsom. Concerns remain over the soft ground and her last-place finish in the 1,000 Guineas should not be ignored.
Queen Power looks like the best of the rest but questions marks over her stamina remain. Sir Michael Stoute’s filly claimed a Newbury Listed win last month despite struggling with the slow pace set by Star Catcher. The latter finished third in that Newbury meeting but is expecting to feature again under the ride of Frankie Dettori.
Fleeting - 11/8
Queen Power - 9/2
Star Catcher - 7/1
Frankellina - 8/1
16.20 - Gold Cup (Group 1)
Arguably the easiest race to predict all week, Stradivarius is a superstar and seems an inevitable Gold Cup winner. Many tipsters will make a claim for Melbourne Cup winner, Cross Counter, but for us Stradivarius remains the stand-out stayer.
Winner of this race last year, Stradivarius has not run over 2m4f since but has impressed in all four runs since. Last seen in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup Stakes at York last month. If Dettori can get a couple of wins under his belt early on Thursday then a dominant Gold Cup display will ensure he hits the headlines again.
Stradivarius - 11/8
Cross Counter - 10/3
Dee Ex Bee - 5/1
Flag Of Honour - 12/1
17.00 - Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Str)
Migration - 13/2
King Ademar - 8/1
Davydenko - 10/1
Velorum - 11/1
Aweedram - 11/1
17.35 - King George V Stakes (Handicap)
Sir Ron Priestly is one of the few horses running here that has no stamina concerns lingering over it. Impressive winner in a four-runner handicap at Haydock last time out but faces an 8lb penalty for that run.
Incredibly, Aidan O’Brien has only ever had two handicap winners at Royal Ascot and enters Constantinople in this. Ryan Moore’s ride has solid form to date, including a Group 3 win at the Curragh last time out. That was over 1m2f and he’s never raced over anything softer than good.
3/3Questionare could provide Dettori the chance to claim another win here but he will have to overcome a tendency to start slowly. Cheekpieces applied this time, providing he starts well and avoids traffic, this progressive type could be the one to beat.
Sir Ron Priestly - 4/1
Constantinople - 9/2
Sinjaari - 9/2
Questionare - 8/1
Compare Betting Sites’ tips
14.30– A'ali (5/1)
15.05– Sangarius (6/1)
15.40 – Fleeting (11/8)
16.20 – Stradivarius (11/8)
17.00 - Aweedram - 11/1
13.35 - Questionare (8/1)