Royal Ascot best bets – Day Three Royal Ascot tips through the card

Day three Royal Ascot tips through the card.Day three Royal Ascot tips through the card.

Royal Ascot best bets on day three

We move into the half-way point of the 2021 Royal Ascot Festival on Thursday where another top-class fixture awaits punters and we’ve picked out our day three Royal Ascot tips through the card.

The Royal Ascot Festival continues into its’ third day of five top-class days’ racing at the premier Berkshire track and there’s no let up in the quality of racing with more Group One action on Wednesday’s racecard where Stradivarius will bid to make history with a fourth Gold Cup win.

There is also Group Two and Group Three action on the card as well as some competitive handicaps and the ITV Racing cameras will again be on hand to capture all the action with Ed Chamberlain and the team offering up their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on the day’s racing.

We’ve also looked through the Thursday racecard and have picked out our day three Royal Ascot tips through the card.


2:30 Ascot – Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 5f

SECOND WIND is 2-2 thus far and William Haggas’ charge can improve again upped in class to make it a hat-trick of wins.

The Kodiac colt made a decent first impression when scoring on debut at Yarmouth in April where he made all the running and scored with something to spare despite the relatively small margin of victory.

He then followed up in good style at Salisbury last month despite drifting off a true line, scoring by another narrow margin although he was value for more.

That runner-up has won since to give the form a boost and there could be more to come from him. He’s in top hands and there’d be no surprise if he were to find another jolt of improvement to strike here.

Day three Royal Ascot tips. William Haggas can get Thursday off to a winnng start.

Day three Royal Ascot tips. William Haggas can get Thursday off to a winnng start.

3:05 Ascot – Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2f

ONE RULER could bounce back to form easing into a Grade Three having contested at the top level in past starts this term.

Charlie Appleby’s charge won twice last term including the Group Three Autumn Stakes at Newmarket, beating Van Gogh, prior to finding only Irish 2000 Guineas winner Mac Swiney too strong in the Vertem Futurity Trophy.

The Dubawi colt has finished sixth on both outings this term in the 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby respectively, not disgraced on either occasion although perhaps not handling the track as well as some on the latter occasion.

He drops to ten furlongs here which could be a good move and while he carries a penalty he could prove up to the task of conceding weight all round as he takes a drop in class; while the prospect of rain to potentially ease up the ground will surely suit.

3:40 Ascot – Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m4f

The ground might be quick enough at present for DIVINELY but the Galileo filly could bounce back to winning form here if handling the quicker conditions although the prospect of rain would likely aid her cause if enough falls.

A heavy ground winner at the Curragh last term Aidan O’Brien’s charge has run well in defeat on both starts this season, fading to finish fourth in the Lingfield Oaks Trial where she might have needed the run and shaping better than the bare result behind runaway winner Snowfall in the Epsom Oaks latest where she finished a distant third behind her stablemate.

Given she met trouble in running on that latter occasion she might have finished closer to the winner with a clear run although she would never have seriously troubled the winner who was impressive. She could be worth another chance though and a strong pace will suit so she’s not one to write of just yet and should the rain arrive then her chances will surely only improve.

She’s open to progress and could have more to offer, and she’s not judged too harshly on those recent efforts so could have a say if the quicker ground doesn’t inconvenience.

4:15 Ascot – Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f

Stradivarius will surely be popular in his quest to emulate the great Yeats and win this for a fourth time, but it could be worth chancing the improving SUBJECTIVIST to cause a minor upset and Mark Johnston’s improving stayer could go close.

The Teofilo colt has progressed markedly since being stepped up in trip, winning at Goodwood last August and bouncing back from a lesser effort in the St Leger to win the Prix Royal Oak at Longchamp. Mark Johnston’s charge then blitzed rivals with ease in the Dubai Gold Cup back in March, romping to a six lengths’ victory over Walderbe.

How strong that field was is debatable but the fifth home has won since and there’s surely more still in the locker with the four-year old likely far from finished with his improvement. This longer test ought to suit and there’s none better from the front than Joe Fanning so a big run looks likely here and he can give the defending triple champion a fright in this Group One contest.

Day three Royal Ascot tips. Subjectivist can cause a minor Gold Cup shock by downing Stradivarius in the feature.

Day three Royal Ascot tips. Subjectivist can cause a minor Gold Cup shock by downing Stradivarius in the feature.

5:00 Ascot – Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Colts & Geldings) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m

RAADOBARG looked like one still well ahead of his mark when winning easily at Haydock last month and the Night Of Thunder colt could continue his winning run here.

Roger Varian’s charge is unbeaten this term, winning at Leicester on better ground in April before reeling off further victories at Thirsk and in that Haydock outing in more testing conditions so any rain won’t be a problem and there could be even better to come.

He ran out an easy winner latest from Seasett, value for more than the official winning margin and it is no surprise the handicapper has hit him hard with a 11lbs rise in the weights. This is certainly much tougher but he’s going the right way and is in top hands so there’d be no shock in seeing him firmly in the mix at the business end.

5:35 Ascot – King George V Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m4f

Mark Johnston has won this six times and KONDO ISAMI could give the Middleham trainer another success in the race.

The Galileo colt progressed well last term on the all-weather, winning at the third attempt when successful at Chelmsford and he stepped up on that form to grind out a narrow victory at York when stepped up to this trip on his reappearance, beating Tashkhan by a short-head.

That victory was followed up by a near-miss at Doncaster latest over further where he was beaten only a neck having been run down late and the return to this trip can coincide with him resuming the winning thread for all this promises to be very competitive.

He was beaten by stablemate Dancing King in that latest run, but the handicapper has nudged him up just 2lbs for his narrow defeat and with the potential for better still to come he can go close here.

Day three Royal Ascot tips. Mark Johnston can win another King George V Stakes with his Kondo Isami.

Day three Royal Ascot tips. Mark Johnston can win another King George V Stakes with his Kondo Isami.

6:10 Ascot – Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 7f

DANYAH won his debut at Nottingham the season before last and the Invincible Spirit gelding proved progressive last term, winning twice from four starts and making the frame in both defeats. Owen Burrows’ charge could get back on track here despite being overlooked by Jim Crowley for this assignment.

The four-year old shaped well on his reappearance in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster back in March, travelling well into the race but seeing his effort flatten out perhaps due to lack of a run when finishing four lengths’ fourth to Haqeeqy.

He stepped up on that effort latest to chase home Nugget at Newbury in April and he returns from a couple of months off with the potential for better to come as a lightly-raced sort. He’s only up 3lbs here and the drop to seven furlongs might coincide with a jolt of improvement having perhaps just failed to see out a strongly-run mile the last twice.

While abandoned by Jim Crowley there’s a suspicion he has a bigger effort in him and he can make his presence felt here.