The Royal Ascot meeting continues on Wednesday when the second day of the biggest five days of racing in the world takes place at the Berkshire track. The Prince of Wales’ Stakes is the feature race on the card.
That has only attracted six entries though so isn’t really a race to smash into, especially with one of those 150/1 at the time or writing. There are plenty of other non-handicaps on the day two card though and we’ve picked out bets in three of them below.
2.30 Royal Ascot
It’s the turn of the 2 year old fillies in the first, the Group 2 Queen Mary over 5 furlongs. There’s a big field of 27 and, based on what was expected versus what actually transpired, it’s really hard to be certain on the effect of the draw so the best strategy is probably to just pick the best horse in the race. Karl Burke, whose 2 year olds have been in excellent form, saddles the favourite with Beautiful Diamond & she ran well on her only start at Nottingham to justify her position in the market. William Haggas’ Relief Rally has won both her starts but, whilst she’s won well enough, she didn’t appeal to the naked eye so I’ll be looking elsewhere. The Hilary Needler is usually a decent contest so that’s a tip in itself for Midnight Affair but they finished in a bit of a pile so I’m not convinced by her chances.
Born To Rock – Once raced, you could not fail to be impressed by the selection on winning at Yarmouth by over 4 lengths. She raced prominently & travelled into the race really well before a shake of reins saw her kick clear in a matter of strides. The jockey did not go for it fully and it appeared to me like there’s much more to come from her. That race at Yarmouth had 12 runners so it wasn’t a small field by any means & a big winning margin in a bigger field is always the type of performance I like to mark up. She recorded a RPR of 92, better by only one rival on debut so that’s another positive. The jockey booking is eyecatching, her draw in 12 gives her options if there is an obvious bias and, based on Tuesday’s races, her prominent racing style is likely to be advantageous.
Back Born To Rock (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 9.50 888sport BOG (⅕ odds 1-5)
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5.35 Royal Ascot
The Group 2 Queens Vase for 3 year olds has attracted a field of 14 headed by the unbeaten Gregory. On breeding, he’s the standout in this field and also has the form in the book with a last time out Listed race win. Dettori, after a 9 day ban on Day 1, bids to get on track here and it’s hard to see him out of the frame. After a treble of Day 1, Ryan Moore will attempt to add to that tally aboard the second favourite Peking Opera who is another Listed winner on his most recent start at Navan. 3rd in the Lingfield Derby Trial, Sir Michael Stoute’s Circle Of Fire could go well too and cannot be dismissed.
Saint George – It certainly looks to be a race for the first 5 or 6 in the market & I’m not deviating from that with the selection here. He’s improved from run to run and 2 starts ago, he won a novice at Southwell staying on well over a mile and 3 furlongs before stepping up to land a hot looking Class 2 handicap at Doncaster from the progressive Struth who’d won 2 of his 4 career starts beforehand. The selection came from the back of the field and came clear by 2 lengths with a further 3.5 lengths back to the rest. That’s solid form & it also confirms he will be suited by this trip. He has a decent low draw too which can be important over this trip & whilst he will probably be held up, he should also be able to get a decent early position & hopefully won’t get trapped out wide. In a race lacking loads of depth, I think he’s the best each way bet.
Back Saint George (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 10.00 Bet365 BOG (⅕ odds 1-4)
6.10 Royal Ascot
The final race of the day is another 2 year old race, a Listed event again over the minimum trip where 26 runners go to post. Charlie Johnston has the favourite with Barnwell Boy who won a Goodwood novice event by 4 lengths and he shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the shorter trip at a much stiffer track. O’Brien and Moore saddle Johannes Brahm and he’s another that’s 1 from 1 having narrowly won at Naas on debut. Maximum Impact is 2 from 2 for Alice Haynes and with her 2 year olds going well, this course & distance cannot be dismissed. World Of Darcy could go well whilst Bombay Bazaar cannot be overlooked if he doesn’t get behind early.
Fusterlandia – This is a really open race so I’m happy to chance one at a bigger price & that comes in the shape of the selection who is still a maiden having finished 2nd on both his starts. On his first run at Leicester, he raced prominently, travelled well & looked all over the winner at the furlong pole only to be caught close home by one with previous experience, the pair coming almost 5 lengths clear. On her last start, he was again up with the pace but was pestered for the lead yet still travelled best and looked the most likely winner until Bombay Bazaar came with a rattling late run to again deny the selection close home. I think this track and the bigger field will suit him and, whilst he’s drawn high, there looks to be plenty of pace towards the stands rail. If the draw proves to be a positive, he looks to be massively overpriced in a race where there is no standout contender.
Back Fusterlandia (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 34.00 Bet365 BOG (⅕ odds 1-5)