It’s Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot and the weather looks magnificent for what should be a cracking day’s racing.
Whilst the likes of Gok Wan will be out surveying the outfits on display this afternoon, we will be concentrating on the more important business of Thursday’s racing.
Here is our preview of Day Three at the Royal meeting. If you want more tips like this, we have completed a top 10 list of free racing tips here.
2.30 – Norfolk Stakes – Group 2 over 5f
This is a race for 2 year olds and consequently there is very little form to go on, with most of the runners only having run once or twice.
According to the bookies this should be a two-horse race between King of Rooks (currently around 11/8) and Log Out Island who has been backed in heavily this morning from 5/2 into around 15/8. King of Rooks won the National Stakes at Sandown in impressive fashion and that form has worked out well with the second horse that day Buratino winning not only the Coventry Stakes on Tuesday but also the Woodcote at Epsom.
Log Out Island has only run once, but that was a course and distance win here at Ascot. However, it is Jazz Legend who appeals at 20/1, having won a useful maiden at Haydock and may be worth a place interest here.
Selections: 1 pt win King of Rooks 11/8
0.5pts e/w Jazz Legend 20/1
3.05 – Tercentenary Stakes – Group 3 over 1m2f
The favourite is Time Test at a best priced 5/2 and this horse won an impressive Newbury in the London Gold Cup. The horse who won this race a year ago (Cannock Chase) also won that handicap so it is a good omen. However, the question remains how well this horse will step up into group company from handicap races.
There will be much rejoicing if the Queen’s horse, Peacock, wins the race and this Richard Hannon trained colt was only narrowly beaten by the Derby Winner Golden Horn two runs agao so will have a real chance here.
Selections: 1pt win Time Test 5/2
0.5pts e/w Peacock 6/1
3.40 – Ribblesdale Stakes – Group 2 over 1m4f
The strong favourite for this race is Pleascach who is currently priced around the 11/8 mark. The 1,000 Guineas winner will take all the beating if she can stay the extra half mile. She has recently been bought by Godolphin who fancy their chances of landing a big prize with this one.
Better value may be found lower down in the betting however and Curvy fits the bill. A progressive horse and half-sister to Thakafaat who won this race when it was held at York 10 years ago. She has won her last three races, the most recent of which was a Group 3 at the Curragh so has a real chance of upsetting the formbook here.
Selection: 1pt e/w Curvy at 7/1
4.20 – Gold Cup – Group One over 2m4f
The big race of the day is the Gold Cup, a marathon race over 2 and a half miles. As you would expect, stamina is the key and conditions will play an important factor.
It is expected to be good to firm today at Ascot, which may not suit favourite Forgotten Rules, who would prefer a bit of give in the ground.
A horse who may prefer the ground is Kingfisher, who faces a step up in trip but is trained by Aiden O’Brien who has won this race six times in the last 10 years. Winner of its last race and at 10/1, this has to represent good each-way value.
Another with a decent claim is Mizzou, who has won at Ascot before and has the pedigree to triumph here too. The ground will not be too much of a concern and at 11/2 has a sound chance.
Selections: 1pt e/w Kingfisher 10/1
1pt win Mizzou 11/2
5.00 – Britannia Stakes – Class 2 Heritage Handicap over 1m
A wide open race where the favourite is 9/1 in the shape of Portage. With 30 runners listed to line up, these types of race can be something of a lottery and it depends a lot on how the horses group that can determine the outcome.
So probably best to keep stakes low for this one but it could be worth siding with Make It Up at 20/1. Apprentice jockey Edward Greatrex claims 7lbs which puts this horse in a very nice weight and looks to come on for its previous run at Epsom.
Selection: 0.5pts e/w Make It Up at 20/1
5.35 – King George V Stakes – Class 2 Handicap over 1m2f
Another open looking race in the last as Dissolution claims favouritism at 7/2 and has been heavily backed this morning. It is likely the step up in trip will be appreciated and with some useful handicap form including two wins and two seconds in its last four, has every chance here.
At a larger price, Belgrade could be worth an interest at 25/1. A very impressive winner at Bath in its last run when it won going away, this looks to be an under the radar sort for Richard Hannon and with Richard Hughes booked, expect a big run.
Selections: 1pt win Dissolution at 7/2
1pt e/w Belgrade at 25/1