ITV Racing Selections – Tips For All Seven Races On Day Three Of Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot 2022 Day Three Selections: Subjectivist ran out an impressive winner of last year's Gold Cup.Royal Ascot 2022 Day Three Selections: Subjectivist ran out an impressive winner of last year's Gold Cup.

Royal Ascot Day 3: Selections Through the Card

Royal Ascot has produced some incredible performances thus far and the action continues onto Thursday with another excellent seven-race card that centres around the Group 1 Gold Cup. Check out our horse racing expert’s selections through the card on the third day of the Royal Meeting.


Walbank (2.30 Ascot) 2/1

Trainer David Loughnane and owners Amo Racing have really hit the ground running with their juveniles this season and arguably the best of their team, WALBANK, runs in the Norfolk Stakes on Thursday.

This colt fetched 525,000 guineas at the Breeze-Up sales in April and he made a highly promising debut for connections when runner-up to the smart Noble Style in a course and distance novice last month.

The third and fourth home have both franked that with wins since, and Walbank did his bit for the form when bolting up (at admittedly skinny odds) in a York novice next time out.

It really caught the eye the manner in which Walbank blitzed that field and he certainly wasn’t stopping at the line, so getting back on this stiffer track won’t inconvenience. He should prove too strong for these rivals.

Royal Ascot Day Three Tips. David Loughnane can land the Norfolk Stakes with Amo Racing's Walbank.

Royal Ascot Day Three Tips. David Loughnane can land the Norfolk Stakes with Amo Racing’s Walbank.


Post Impressionist (3.05 Ascot) 5/1

Shadwell took a hefty loss on POST IMPRESSIONIST, who they sold on for just 54,000 guineas having forked out 260,000 guineas to acquire him as a yearling, and on the look of this gelding’s three runs to date, that could be a decision that they ultimately rue.

William Haggas’s charge backed up a promising Nottingham debut second when scoring at prohibitive odds at Ayr in April, finishing with a real flourish to run out a three and three-quarter length winner.

Post Impressionist bumped into the classy Eldar Eldarov at Newcastle last time, and the third, Honiton, has franked that form with a wide margin Sandown win since. Post Impressionist conceded 7lb to that rival and still had his measure, so considering that Honiton is now rated 94 there’s serious potential for Post Impressionist to be thrown in here off an opening handicap mark of 89.

Both his pedigree and run style suggest that Post Impressionist is going to love stepping up to this 1m4f trip, and it’s notable that connections have snapped up Danny Tudhope for the ride, who is enjoying an excellent Royal Ascot so far.


Magical Lagoon (3.40 Ascot) 11/4

Sea Silk Road is a progressive filly who’s going to appreciate getting back on this better ground, but on what she’s shown on the track thus far, MAGICAL LAGOON should surely be the favourite for this year’s Ribblesdale Stakes.

Jessica Harrington’s Galileo filly was a Group 3 winning juvenile last term but given her pedigree, she was always expected to make up into a better 3yo.

Magical Lagoon started this season with a shorthead defeat in the Listed Salsabil Stakes and that form has worked out exceptionally well since, with the winner Concert Hall fourth in the Epsom Oaks, the third Cairde Go Deo subsequently winning back-to-back Listed races and the fourth Tranquil Lady now a Group 3 winner who was sixth at Epsom.

Magical Lagoon only lost out in a head-bob of a finish that day and it was the run of a horse who was surely going to benefit from stepping up to middle distances. At the time of that run, the Harrington stable was going through something of a lean spell, but they’ve started June with a bang and that suggests improvement from that comeback run is likely for Magical Lagoon.

Officially rated 4lb superior to Sea Silk Road, that filly will need to produce something special should Magical Lagoon bring her A-game here.

Royal Ascot Day Three Tips. Magical Lagoon rates the one to beat in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

Royal Ascot Day Three Tips. Magical Lagoon rates the one to beat in the Ribblesdale Stakes.


Kyprios (4.20 Ascot) 7/4

Thursday’s feature Gold Cup sees Stradivarius once again return in a bid to join racing immortality, but he faces a potential superstar here in KYPRIOS.

Aidan O’Brien’s colt has only had the six starts to date, winning four of those including both of his 4yo outings. After seeing off Moyglare Stud’s Search For A Song in the Listed Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan, Kyprios claimed a Leopardstown Group 3 last month.

Those showings will have set him up nicely for a tilt at the Ascot Gold Cup, a race his master trainer has won more than anyone else. Kyprios’s pedigree is stamina laden with his full siblings both winners at up to 2m, whilst there is also the class in there courtesy of close relation Group 1 winner Free Eagle.

Kyprios is only bettered on these terms by Trueshan, who will surely not run unless we see an unprecedented amount of rain, and he just appears to hold a greater scope for improvement than most of his remaining rivals.


King Of Time (5.00 Ascot) 5/1

No favourite has won the Britannia Stakes since 2012 victor Fast Or Free, but that trend could be about to come to an end courtesy of Godolphin’s KING OF TIME.

This Kingman gelding is reportedly an exceptional worker at home, leading Tuesday’s St James’s Palace winner Coroebus in a piece of work earlier this year.

He has failed to taste defeat in three runs on the level to date, building on a pair of 1m Lingfield novice wins when scoring on his turf/handicap debut at Newmarket last time out.

That most recent success was particularly impressive as King Of Time was badly hampered when just beginning to make his challenge, was forced to switch to a disadvantageous part of the track yet still won cosily at the line.

That looked like the performance of a horse destined for bigger and better things, and therefore it’s no great shock to see the handicapper shove King Of Time up 7lb for the win. Being drawn low shouldn’t be a disadvantage and there’s an improvement to come from this horse on turf, so he’s difficult to oppose here.

Joseph O’Brien’s Amortentia caught the eye at Naas last time and is an interesting each-way contender, whilst Koy Koy also has races in him but might prefer a slightly easier surface.

Royal Ascot Day Three Tips. Jockey William Buick can ride a winner in the famous Godolphin blue at Ascot on Thursday with King Of Time.

Royal Ascot Day Three Tips. Jockey William Buick can ride a winner in the famous Godolphin blue at Ascot on Thursday with King Of Time.


Reach For The Moon (5.35 Ascot) 8/13

An admittedly unoriginal selection for this year’s Hampton Court Stakes, but it is very difficult to get away from the claims of REACH FOR THE MOON – who will be a very popular winner for the Queen.

This one-time Derby hopeful was one of the best juveniles around last season, finishing a close second in the Chesham at this meeting before going on to claim Group 3 honours in the Solario at Sandown.

Absent since a shock defeat (albeit to a classy rival in Bayside Boy) at Doncaster in September, Reach For The Moon made a promising start to his 3yo campaign when runner-up in the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown last month, with the winner that day My Prospero beaten just a neck in Tuesday’s Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes.

Connections felt that Reach For The Moon would come on a good deal for that outing and identified this race as his main target as soon as the Derby was ruled out. A likely improver for this 1m2f trip, and with his form already far superior to that achieved by any of these rivals, it is impossible to see anything but a comprehensive victory here.


Star Of Orion (6.10 Ascot) 33/1

Montassib hasn’t put a foot wrong so far and will go off deservedly favourite for this year’s Buckingham Palace Stakes, but he’s up 10lb for his recent Goodwood win and quite how positive or negative stall 1 will prove to be is open to debate.

Therefore, it looks worth taking him on here.

Vafortino took the Victoria Cup over course and distance last time out, but he was undoubtedly aided by his near side track position that day, and having raced towards the track centre, the disadvantaged STAR OF ORION is fancied to turn those tables and land the spoils here for trainer Ralph Beckett and jockey Rob Hornby.

This gelding showed his proficiency for big-field handicaps when runner-up to Danyah in the course and distance International Stakes Handicap last summer. Star Of Orion finds himself now just a pound above that mark, and it’s worth noting that he was a winner the second time out last season, so can be expected to take a decent step forward for his comeback run.

Stall 16 will give his rider options depending upon how the draw may have affected the other handicaps run earlier on this card, and he’ll appreciate the fast ground on offer, so there’s more than enough in his favour to put him up as the advised play here.

Royal Ascot Day Three Tips. Star Of Orion can provide rider Rob Hornby with a Royal Ascot winner.

Royal Ascot Day Three Tips. Star Of Orion can provide rider Rob Hornby with a Royal Ascot winner.