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2019 Royal Ascot day two tips - Through the card tips on Prince Of Wales's Stakes day at Ascot

Magical storming to victory in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

Our expert takes a look through the ante-post betting for the feature races on day two at Royal Ascot and provides readers with his tips on Wednesday 19th June.

Wednesday at Royal Ascot features just one Group One, but it’s one of the most important races of the meeting, with a stellar cast set to line up in this year’s renewal of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. Around that prestigious contest, there’s a trio of Group Two contests to enjoy, with a strong field already entered into the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.

Our expert has taken a look through the ante-post betting for all six of the races being staged on Wednesday at Royal Ascot and provided readers with his tips.

2019 Royal Ascot Day Two Tips

2:30pm Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) (2yo) 5f

I usually choose to back an American raider over the minimum trip at Royal Ascot, which is why Lady Pauline was my initial, each-way selections. However, after she was ruled out through injury, I'm going to desert Wesley Ward. Kimari was barely tested on her career-debut and I don't think Anna's Fast would enjoy ground slower than fast.

Final Song won nicely on debut and Ickworth boasts obvious chances. Good Vibes is another who could be there or thereabouts, yet, I find myself drawn away from the names near the head of the betting and I've talked myself into taking an each-way punt on TANGO (16/1 Totesport) for Aidan O'Brien.

This daughter of last year's break-out sire, No Nay Never was backed into favouritism on debut, like many Ballydoyle horses are, and shaped nicely enough in finishing second. Tango was then dropped back half-a-furlong on his second start at the Curragh, where the 1/6 favourite faced little in the way of opposition. On the face of it, a two-and-a-half length victory over such a poor field doesn't look impressive. Donnacha, however, didn't need to draw for his whip once as his mount cruised to victory, pushing her out in the final furlong under hands-and-heels.

Tangpo clocked an RPR of 89 without coming out of second gear that day. This is one of the few races at Royal Ascot which Aidan O'Brien has failed to win. Maybe this will be his year!

Main Bet - TANGO e/w (16/1 Totesport)
Next Best - GOOD VIBES (8/1 Coral)

3:05pm Ascot Queen's Vase (Group 2) 1m6f

Nate The Great was my selection in the Lingfield Derby Trial and, despite the ground going against him a little, ran extremely well to catch a place carrying a big price. Anthony Van Dyck boosted the form by winning the Derby and Archie Watson’s charge looks well-suited to a step up in trip.

Jalmoud is another horse I like and he could be a big danger, especially if the ground gets any softer. Both hold appeal, yet, I think it would be foolish to desert Aidan O’Brien, considering how dominant he has been with three-year-old colts this term, and the fact he saddled a 1-2-3 in this race 12 months ago.

Western Australia outlined his potential as a stayer with a fine Listed triumph at Naas last month, where Donnacha O’Brien’s mount cruised clear of his rivals over an unfamiliar 13 furlong trip. He will most likely head the betting, but the one I think has more quality than the market leader is NORWAY (4/1 Coral) and it’s with he where I will place my faith.

Norway made his British debut under Seamie Heffernan in the Zetland Stakes last year and the duo made an excellent impression, beating the likes of Nate The Great and Sydney Opera House to that Listed prize. O’Brien’s colt then accompanied Sir Dragonet into battle in the Chester Vase. A marked drift on the day of the race painted a bleak picture for O’Brien’s charge and he was forced to settle for second as Sir Dragonet sauntered to an excellent victory.

Jamie Spencer then took the ride in the Derby and the duo were tasked with helping Sovereign set a nice pace. The leaders did their job that day, as Anthony Van Dyck clocked an impressive time in winning the Derby. Although he was being eased down well before the line, Norway finished better than any of the other pacemakers in crossing the line seventh. 

Stepping up in trip looks a sensible plan at Ascot and Ryan Moore has, seemingly, decided to ride Norway over his market-leading stablemate. I think Norway is the most dependable option.

Main Bet - NORWAY (4/1 Coral)
Next Best - NATE THE GREAT e/w (12/1 Totesport)

Magical lands the Champion Filles' & Mares' here at Ascot in the Autumn.

3:40pm Prince Of Wales's Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 1m2f

This year's Prince Of Wales's Stakes promises is shaping up to be the race of the week, maybe even one of the strongest races we have seen at Royal Ascot in recent years. Sir Michael Stoute's decision to send Crystal Ocean to this Group One over a return to the Hardwicke Stakes means we have five horses rated over 120 at the head of the betting and all five cannot be discounted.

I fear the trip may be on the short side for Crystal Ocean. No Derby runner can ever be discounted, but Masar has plenty of questions to answer as he returns to action. This every drop of rain that falls, Waldgeist's chance grow stronger. Andre Fabre's charge produced a career-best effort to beat two strong rivals in the Prix Ganay last time out, but the two fillies look a little way ahead of their male counterparts.

I'm a huge fan of Sea Of Class. The way William Haggas' filly progressed last season was superb, she looked a class act during her wins in the Yorkshire and Irish Oaks and her runner-up finish to Enable - considering she was 18th with a wall of runners ahead of her turning for home - was quite sensational.

I would love to see Sea Of Class get the win, but the softening ground is a considerable worry. Haggas chose to bypass the Epsom Oaks when the ground came up good-to-soft and the prospect of soft ground at Ascot opens the door for MAGICAL (2/1 Totesport) to continue her excellent seasonal form.

Aidan O'Brien's filly also went toe-to-toe with the great Enable last term, coming out just short of her British rival after a titanic battle in the Breeders' Cup turf. Since then, Magical has won three times at home in Ireland and travels to Epsom on the back of a superb Group One triumph at the Curragh, where Magical saw off some capable rivals by seven lengths in the Tattersalls Gold Cup. 

Aidan O’Brien’s filly brings the best seasonal form to the table, she’s proven over the trip, on soft ground and boasts extremely good course form, having won on Champions Day last season. She looks most likely to come out on top in this Royal Ascot classic.

Main Bet - MAGICAL (2/1 Totesport)
Next Best -
SEA OF CLASS (5/2 Coral)

4:20pm Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) (Str) 1m

Rawdaa heads the betting for this Group Two but I’m keen to take Sir Michael Stoute’s filly on. Yes, she ran well to push Lah Ti Dar all the way to the line at York. The winner was clearly under-par that day, however, and Lah Ti Dar did nothing to boost the form with that dismal effort in the Coronation Cup. For me, she's one of the weakest favourites of the entire meeting.

Pretty Baby is a hardy, unexposed filly who could relish the step up to a mile. Agrotera comfortably saw of Rawdaa when they met on the all-weather earlier in the season and last season's runaway Sandringham winner has to be respected.

While both appeal against the market leaders, I'm very tempted to look further afield in this wide open contest and the one who really catches my eye is INDIAN BLESSING (40/1 Totesport), who has held her own at a high level over the past 12 months and Ed Walker's mare is well worth a second glance on a huge price of 40/1.

Walker’s mare ran solely in Grouped races last season, travelling to victory to secure her only victory of the campaign in the Holstein Cup. Indian Blessing finished third on five occasions – twice out in America towards the back-end of the year and once at Glorious Goodwood, where she came up just half-a-length short of Pretty Baby when giving her younger rival nine-pounds at the weights.

After a poor performance on her reappearance behind Happen at the Curragh, Walker dropped his mare back to Listed company for the first time since November 2017. Indian Blessing rose to her trainer’s challenge, establishing her class with an easy victory in the seven-furlong Maggie Dickson Stakes.

Stepping back up to a mile will certainly suit and a little bit of extra juice in the ground won’t be a problem at all. Indian Blessing certainly won’t be overawed by the occasion and she has the quality and experience to run well beyond her odds.

Main Bet -  INDIAN BLESSING e/w (40/1 Totesport)
Next Best -
AGROTERA (8/1 Coral)

Indian Blessing (third left, black and red) pushing Pretty Baby (centre, yellow) close in the Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood.

5:00pm Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 1m

81 horses remain in the running for the Royal Hunt Cup at the time I write this, so it’s hard to come up with a definitive selection. However, if you gave me a couple of tenners right now, there are two horses I’d quite like to back.

RAISING SAND (12/1 Coral) is a regular here at Ascot. Four of his six career victories have come at this historic venue, with the most recent of those wins coming in last season’s Challenge Cup, where Jamie Osbourne’s seven-year-old help off another familiar face, Ripp Orf to secure a career-best performance off a mark of 97.

Jamie Spencer guided Raising Sand into this race 12 months ago and, although Settle For Bay was good to catch, Osbourne’s charge ran on well to finish four lengths behind the victor in second. Raising Sand warmed up for his return to Royal Ascot with a good showing in the Victoria Cup, where he raced off the pace without cover for much of that seven-furlong trip, before plugging on late in the day to grab a place. If this current mark of 103 isn’t beyond him, Raising Sand has a huge chance.

My second selection would be one of the most popular winners of the week, especially with the onlooking royalty. SENIORITY (16/1 Totesport) will carry the Queen’s silks into Royal Ascot, having performed extremely well on his comeback run at Epsom, where the top-weight ran on eye-catchingly for second as Gossiping claim victory.

Things didn’t go to plan for William Haggas’ charge at the start of the year. Twice Seniority was well-backed to win lucrative handicaps and twice he came up six lengths short. A smart victory in the Golden Mile Handicap at Goodwood helped Seniority reach a career-high rating of 104, but recent defeats have helps that mark drop down to just 101. That should allow Seniority to carry a highly workable mark into Royal Ascot and Ryan Moore’s mount is a contender to be feared.

Bet One -
RAISING SAND e/w (12/1 Coral)
Bet Two - SENIORITY e/w (16/1 Totesport)

5:35pm Ascot Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) 5f

Temple Of Heaven has been really well backed since the declarations were confirmed and Richard Hannon's unbeaten could be the class act in the field. Wesley Ward’s contenders can never be discounted in sprints at Royal Ascot, with Karak the most likely winner from his ranks.

Both boast obvious winning claims. Yet, only six of the last 15 winners of the Windsor Castle Stakes carried single-figure odds into the winners’ enclosure, so it’s well-worth looking beyond the market leaders to find some value and the one who catches my eye is ILLUSIONIST (20/1 Totesport), who will bid to make it two victories on the bounce in the Windsor Castle for Archie Watson.

Illusionist ran very nicely on debut at Lingfield, losing out to an odds-on favourite of George Scott’s, finishing ahead of possible Ascot rival, Misty Lady in the process. On the back of that runner-up finish, Watson’s colt was expected to break his maiden tag on his second start at Windsor, only to find Kemble – who himself had finished second to the highly-useful Chasing Dreams on his previous start – far too quick in the closing stages.

On the back of that five-length defeat, Watson deployed blinkers on this son of Hot Streak for the first time. The headgear clearly did the trick, as Illusionist swept three modest rivals aside at Bath, cantering clear to secure an impressive eight-length victory. Oisin Murphy’s mount will have to build on that display to be competitive here, but a kind draw and some luck in running could see Illusionist trouble the market leaders.

Main Bet - ILLUSIONIST e/w (20/1 Totesport)
Next Best - KARAK (9/1 Coral)

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