Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips and Previews
ROYAL ASCOT DAY 2 TIPS AND PREVIEWS! Top quality racing continues on Wednesday and we have all the action covered in detail.
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Royal Ascot Wednesday Day 2 Schedule
2.30 Ascot Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) 5f
3.05 Ascot Queen’s Vase (Group 2) 1m6f
3.40 Ascot Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) 1m2f
4.20 Ascot Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) 1m
5.00 Ascot Royal Hunt Cup (Class 2) 1m
5.35 Ascot Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) 5f
6.10 Ascot Kensington Palace Stakes (Handicap) 1m
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Royal Ascot 2.30 Queen Mary
This looks like a cracking renewal of the Queen Mary with plenty of fillies likely to have a lot more to come. I have been waiting for DRAMATISED to run again after a top class debut at the Guineas meeting. She blew her rivals away over 5 furlongs and with a good draw in 17 and you can see why she is now favourite at the time of writing. That visual impression was backed up by the clock too so there is clearly lots to like.
Love Reigns doesn’t seem to have the best draw in 5 but could be classy enough to win this after she won by nearly 10 lengths at Keeneland. Of the rest Maria Branwell is 2 from 2 and her form is working out well so should fill the places for David O’Meara. Katey Kontent is another one that is 2-2 and if she improves again also has to be respected in opposition.
Royal Ascot 3.05 Queen’s Vase
Eldar Eldarov comes here a perfect 2-2 and he did impress beating a horse I rate in Post Impressionist at Newcastle last month but I’m surprised he is favourite as he is priced up on potential rather than what he has achieved. I really like NAHANNI for Charlie Appleby. He was a big eye-catcher in the Derby for me as he didn’t handle the preliminaries at all and was slowly into stride as a result. He could never really land a blow but ran on well at the finish. That is arguably the best form here and this track will suit him better so if he handles the occasion I’m confident he will go close.
I thought it was also worth having an each way saver on The Queen’s horse PERFECT ALIBI for William Haggas. She looked to need the experience on debut and stepped forward from that to finish fourth here where she was just too keen to see it out. She improved again up to a mile and a half for the first time winning at Newbury last month and with further progress to come up in trip again she could surprised a few here. Others that deserve a mention include Hafit who might have more to come in first-time cheekpieces and Anchorage who could enjoy this trip.
Just the 5 runners for this years renewal and BAY BRIDGE should take all the beating after a top class win in the Brigadier Gerard at Sandown last month. He below Mostahdaf away by 5 lengths that day and will likely be a lot better for the run. Unless the Japanese colt proves top class Bay Bridge is the one to beat. Obviously this is the first time he has stepped into Group 1 company but I love the way Stoute has brought him along gradually and he has always had that star quality about him. Hopefully he takes his chance.
Shahryar is intriguing after winning the Sheema Classic at Meydan and will be the main danger if taking to Ascot. State Of Rest should run a big race but does tend to find 1 too good. He travelled notably well in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last time but just couldn’t get to the front pair to finish third. The selection might just have too many gears for him in the closing stages.
Royal Ascot 4.20 Duke Of Cambridge
Bashkirova stayed on strongly to win at Epsom beating Potapova but I think she’ll need to raise her game again to win this and I’d prefer SAFFRON BEACH and Mother Earth to fight this out. The former is who I’m siding with as she looked thoroughly progressive when last seen on these shores beating Mother Earth by 3 lengths in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket. She wasn’t disgraced in Dubai and connections should have her ready to fire here. She will likely track Novemba throughout and be in the box seat to pounce.
Mother Earth is a very tough filly and I think she is the danger. She was poor in the Lockinge behind Baaeed so will need to bounce back but she is the type to do so and should run her race. Bashkirova has potential but is too short in the betting after being put up by Hugh Taylor. Sibila Spain did well to win in France last time and will be suited by this track so best of the rest.
Royal Ascot 5.00 Royal Hunt Cup
One of the toughest races of the week with 30 going to post. I am going to have two in here with MAGICAL MORNING representing my best bet after a nice win at Doncaster at the start of the month. He has 5lb claimer Benoit De La Sayette on to negate the penalty and should run a massive race again. He obviously has course form which can prove so advantageous having finished third a place behind Symbolize in the Balmoral last year and should be bang there.
At a bigger price BLESS HIM is worth a saver. He is back down to a mark of 101 which seems workable after a run at York which didn’t go as expected finishing down the field in seventh. He had excuses that day and this should suit far better so I expect him to outrun his odds here. Legend Of Dubai is a big danger going for his hat-trick and looks to be improving all the time. Of the rest Symbolize who I mentioned above should go well with Harry Davies claiming 5 after a run of seconds.
Royal Ascot 5.35 Windsor Castle
I can see LITTLE BIG BEAR being all the rage for this come post time. This No Nay Never colt was beaten just a short head on debut by Tough Talk over 6f and that horse has form that ties in closely with stablemate Blackbeard who has advertised that form here yesterday. He then stepped back to 5f at Naas and relished that test, asserting in good style close home. He has the best form on offer and clocked a very smart time figure so is difficult to get away from. Chipotle managed to win from a low draw last year so that doesn’t concern me too much and I think he is comfortably the best of these.
At a massive price STAR OF LADY M might be worth covering to hit the frame. She won her two starts before blowing out at Chester but she never went a yard that day and it was good to see her bounce back at Beverley last time. She is likeable and I’m expecting as big run. Bolt Action looked a nice prospect winning on debut at Leicester and has to be noted and Chateau could also run well having overcame trouble to win at Beverley 3 weeks ago.
Royal Ascot 6.10 Kensington Palace
We cap off day two with another tough handicap with 20 runners on the round course over a mile. It looks seriously competitive with plenty of improving types in here. STATE OCCASION looks like a nice price as I expect him to be spot on for this after a prep run where she was awarded the race last month. She should come on again for that and will go well. She is still fairly unexposed and I can see this test suiting.
Haziya looks the main danger for Joseph O’Brien after showing plenty of improvement since changing yards. Ffion ran on really well to get up on the line at Chester last month and also has to be respected if handling these much faster conditions. White Moonlight pulled too hard at Chelmsford but if settling better could be another one to get involved at the business end.