Royal Ascot Day 2 Preview
ROYAL ASCOT DAY 2! Brilliant racing continues on Wednesday with the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes the feature. Love, Lord North & Armory lock horns in what looks a cracking renewal. Find our previews for every single race.
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Royal Ascot Day 2 Schedule
2.30 Ascot Queen Mary Stakes (Fillies’ Group 2) 5f
3.05 Ascot Queen’s Vase (Group 2) 1m6f
3.40 Ascot Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Fillies’ & Mares’ Group 2) 1m
4.20 Ascot Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) 1m2f
5.00 Ascot Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) 1m
5.35 Ascot Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) 5f
6.10 Ascot Kensington Palace Stakes (Fillies’ & Mares’ Handicap) 1m
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Royal Ascot 2.30 Queen Mary Stakes (Fillies’ Group 2) 5f
The Queen Mary is a race Wesley Ward has an amazing record in and his filly this year TWILIGHT GLEAMING looks to have it all in her favour. She won at the second time of asking and it was clear she learnt a lot from her first run streaking clear from the rest. She wants fast ground which she will get on Day 2 at Ascot. She is also drawn on the stand side which looks to have an advantage especially with a lot of pace around her meaning she can take a lead if she wants it. Ward usually unleashes at least one really good horse at Royal Ascot and she could easily be it.
Quick Suzy could be the main danger and is drawn in 22 near the selection. She ran well behind Elliptic on debut who is pretty smart and her last two runs would see her able to mix it with these. Like many of these Yet could improve a lot for her debut and she is worth keeping an eye on in the betting.
Royal Ascot 3.05 Queen’s Vase (Group 2) 1m6f
Aidan O’Brien has won 2 of the last 3 renewals with Kew Gardens and Santiago and he has another promising type in VALUE TIP here. This horse is actually a full brother to Kew Gardens and he could take the same route here. He is by Galileo and is bred to come into his own over this trip. He impressed at the Curragh and was only picked off late by a neck at Navan last time. This track should suit and up to 1m6f now I think we’ll see an even better horse.
Kemari won well at Yarmouth 19 days ago and the was backed up by the clock. He needs more up in trip but I think he’ll chase the selection home. Stowell is an improving colt and he can grab a place as well. It’s a good race but I think the selection has potential to be a cut above these.
Royal Ascot 3.40 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Fillies’ & Mares’ Group 2) 1m
A renewal with quite a few that have met previously including the selection NOTEBOOK who beat quite a few of these on her seasonal debut. She does have to give them 3lb but I think she is more than capable of doing that after her run behind the classy Palace Pier. The run in the Lockinge was her best run to date getting to within 1.5 lengths of Palace Pier who won the opener on Tuesday. She seems to have stepped forward a lot from her seasonal reappearance and I expect her to win again.
Queen Power and Lavender’s Blue were only just behind her at Newmarket and the form has romped home since and the latter has been put away for this race and she looks a big each way price compared to her market rivals considering the winning distances. I liked Champers Elysees on her last two runs but doesn’t seem to be at her best. Onassis won the Sandringham when fresh last season but this is a better race than that.
Royal Ascot 4.20 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) 1m2f
Lord North won this impressively last year beating Addeybb and Barney Roy and he was back to his brilliant best in Dubai when last seen in March. He did bleed that day though and we haven’t seen him since. If he’s at the top of his game he is a danger to all but I think there are enough doubts for me to make LOVE a confident selection. This filly did nothing but improve last year winning the Guineas before following up in the Oaks and then taking the Yorkshire Oaks on final start. She oozes class and she is proven fresh so I think there is lots to be excited about.
Stablemate Armory looked a happy horse winning at Chester and I think he’ll have more to offer yet so it could easily be a 1-2 for the stable. My Oberon is worth a small mention as well as while he’ll need to improve on his last two runs I do still think he has potential so he might be one to back with the enhanced places bet365 offer.
Royal Ascot 5.00 Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) 1m
You won’t get many tougher races to call this week than the 30 runner Hunt Cup over the straight mile but at least there are some good prices on offer. GROVE FERRY is the main selection in the race after his very good win at Chester from the back after breaking slowly. Ascot is a much suitable track to come from a bit deeper and the way he travels a draw of 30 looks perfect and he will likely outrun his odds.
BRUNCH is another drawn high that I quite like after a really good run in the Lincoln on seasonal debut and the form behind Kynren next time up looks very good form. He has been put up 3lb but he could be better on this fast surface and should be in the mix at the business end.
With 30 runners there are obviously plenty of dangers including both Finest Sound and Astro King who look evenly matched and Mayday at a bigger price could run a big race.
Royal Ascot 5.35 Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) 5f
Hopefully Wesley Ward is eyeing up a double come Windsor Castle Stakes post time on Wednesday. RUTHIN could be a very nice filly indeed. She was sent off a warm order on debut Stateside but had no problem overcoming greenness to win impressively at Keeneland by 6 lengths. She should know a lot more now and I get the impression they are quite excited about her chances here. She will need to improve but given how inexperienced she looked on debut I think that’s a near certainty. A more professional display will see her go close here.
Dig Two landed back-to-back wins at Newmarket and Chelmsford and I think he can run a nice race. Looks a big price to hit the frame. CHIPOTLE had appeared really promising prior to disappointing at Sandown. She seemed to be coming there to win the race before weakening quickly and finishing second last. This track suits her better and she is a huge price so again might be worth a few quid as a saver.
Royal Ascot 6.10 Kensington Palace Stakes (Fillies’ & Mares’ Handicap) 1m
This looks a tough race to call mainly due to the amount of runners and we are on the round mile which makes it pretty tactical. They are likely to go off pretty quick and I think LIGHTS ON will be ridden quietly at the back and come late under Ryan Moore. His win against Dreamloper looks very good as both look improving sorts. He may even be shown better light on the fast ground and with a bit of luck in-running he has to go close.
His rival last time Dreamloper is clearly talented and is 1lb better off in this race but he isn’t as easy to ride as the selection and that sways it for me. WALIYAK at a bigger price goes well fresh and stays further which could be what you need in a mile round the bend. Tomorrow’s Dream is off a career-high mark now but is another one to keep an eye on at a big price.
Royal Ascot ITV Racing Trixie
With 7 races live on ITV Racing again from Royal Ascot on Wednesday and we have included another Trixie which includes 3 of our best bets on the channel this afternoon. If 2/3 win we should still lock in some good profit.
Royal Ascot ITV Racing Each Way Double
With so much more quality racing on Wednesday live on ITV Racing we’ve also included an Each Way Double. These are two horses at decent odds we can see running big. If both place we should still make a return.