Royal Ascot Day Two – Back Our 44/1 Banker Treble
Day two at Royal Ascot does not feature quite as many short-priced favourites. However, three market leaders still stand out as having outstanding chances on the day and that trio combine to make a tasty 44/1 treble on the Wednesday of the meeting.
Love Reigns (Queen Mary) 3/1
The first leg of our treble has an international flavour, as one of Royal Ascot’s favourite characters in Wesley Ward trains the favourite for the Queen Mary to open the card.
His representative for the contest is LOVE REIGNS, who made possibly the most striking debut on turf so far this year. In a Keeneland maiden over 5½f, the daughter of first-season sire US Navy Flag won in sensational style by 9¾ lengths.
Ward could not have been more effusive in his praise and though he has occasionally been prone to exaggeration in the past, his excitement seems justified this time. It is impressive to win any race over such a short distance by as far as she did, let alone first time out.
There are plenty of exciting fillies within the home contingent too, but perhaps more strikingly than anything, Love Reigns represents the same connections as Ward’s runaway heroine of this in 2016 in Lady Aurelia.
Bay Bridge (Prince Of Wales) 5/4
The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes initially looked set for a very open renewal. However, the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown changed that in a flash.
Sir Michael Stoute has famously unearthed Derby winner Desert Crown within the last two months, but BAY BRIDGE made just as exceptional an emergence on his reappearance. Though he went through an unbeaten 2021, he did so in novice company and handicaps for the majority, finishing off with a success in a Newmarket Listed race.
However, as is so often the case with Stoute’s charges, he appears to have improved dramatically between three and four. The Brigadier Gerard looked to have a decent field with Group 1 winners, albeit ageing ones, in Addeybb and Lord Glitters, as well as the promising Mostahdaf all in attendance.
Bay Bridge simply routes them, putting five lengths between himself and Mostahdaf in second. With that run behind him, he is only likely to improve and even though this is his first Group 1, he looks to have the ability to make a serious impression.
Saffron Beach (Duke Of Cambridge) 4/1
This 1m contest for fillies may be more open, but there is still a Group 1 winning favourite who may prove her class in the field.
That filly is SAFFRON BEACH, who has flown the flag with distinction for Jane Chapple-Hyam. She had not been the most fortunate early on in 2021, finishing second in both the Nell Gwyn Stakes and the 1000 Guineas behind Mother Earth.
An attempt in the Oaks over 1m4f resulted in a non-staying eighth and she may well have been feeling the effects of that run when disappointing in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes too. Her luck, however, was soon to change dramatically.
She claimed Group 3 honours for the second time at Sandown, but showed the benefit of that victory when storming home in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes against her fellow fillies and mares back on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile. Her form at that track now reads 11221.
Though she has never been to Ascot, there are some topographical similarities between that track and the straight mile at the Berkshire course. Having run in Dubai during the spring, she should have regained some fitness and can complete our treble.