Royal Ascot Wednesday tips – Through the card best bets on day two
Royal Ascot Wednesday tips on day two
After some top-class horse racing action on the first day of Royal Ascot there is no let up of quality racing on Wednesday as we enter the second day. We’ve picked out our Royal Ascot Wednesday tips and best bets through the card.
Another top-class seven-race card awaits punters on Wednesday as the 2021 Royal Ascot Festival continues into its’ second day and there is more Group One action with the prince Of Wales’s Stakes headlining the card while a trio of Group Two contests offer up classy support.
The ITV Racing cameras will again be in attendance for all seven races on the day two racecard and Ed Chamberlain and the team will have their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis for all the day’s action. We’ve also picked out our Royal Ascot Wednesday tips and best bets through the card for every race.
ROYAL ASCOT WEDNESDAY TIPS – BEST BETS THROUGH THE CARD ON DAY TWO
2:30 Ascot – Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 5f
Wesley Ward has won this four times since 2009 and the USA trainer saddles another leading candidate in Twilight Gleaming who was impressive at Belmont last month. However it could pay to chance improvement in ILLUSTRATING who was mightily impressive in landing a gamble at Catterick twelve days ago and Karl Burke’s charge could be a very smart prospect.
The Showcasing filly was well backed and sent off second favourite where he readily saw off Instinction by one length only needing pushed out having travelled well into the contest under this rider.
The bare form is only fair with the odds-on favourite having finished fifth to Nymphadora at York in Listed company the time before. That one turns out here and there may not be much between the pair although given it was the selection’s first run there’s likely plenty of improvement to come on the back of that outing.
It is interesting that connections immediately throw her into a Group Two on the back of that win in minor company and with the potential for better to come she could turn in a big performance.
3:05 Ascot – Queen’s Vase (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo) 1m6f
It could be worth giving another chance to LAW OF THE SEA who was reportedly coughing when bombing out at Chester last month when tackling the Chester Vase, finishing last of the six runners and clearly not giving his running.
John Gosden’s charge had reeled off a brace of wins previously, scoring on the all-weather at Kempton in January and returning from almost three months off the track to run out a ready winner from Gustav Holst at Leicester in April prior to his below par effort latest.
That Chester race winner didn’t disgrace himself in the Epsom Derby and it is too soon to write off the son of Golden Horn who could bounce back here with a better effort if he’s over whatever ailed him last time.
First-time cheekpieces are also deployed which could sharpen him up and further improvement over this longer trip could see him involved if resuming his earlier progress and he can run well at a big price.
3:40 Ascot – Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m
LADY BOWTHORPE had a few of these behind her when winning the Dahlia Stakes on her seasonal return in May and William Jarvis’ charge found only the top-class Palace Pier too good when posting a excellent runner-up effort in the Lockinge more recently.
Those pieces of form stand out here and the Nathaniel mare can get back to winning ways in this contest having got the better of reopposing Queen Power at Newmarket on her return; that one isn’t sure to relish the drop to one mile having impressed in the Middleton at York latest and could be vulnerable.
The selection is already a course and distance winner having taken the Group Three Valiant Stakes here last July although she wasn’t in quite so good form in subsequent outings at Sandown and Newmarket.
Given her exploits this season however she’s clearly on an upward path and although penalised 3lbs she ought to prove a tough nut to crack if reproducing the sort of performance she delivered at Newbury last time.
4:20 Ascot – Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f
Love is the class act in this field having gone last season unbeaten, but she could be vulnerable on her first start in ten months and LORD NORTH is taken to successfully defend the crown he won twelve months ago.
John Gosden’s charge was landing a hat-trick of victories when running out a four lengths’ victor over Addeybb in this race last year after which he finished a good third to Ghaiyyath at York. He did disappoint back here in the Champion Stakes before heading to the Breeders Cup and he resumed winning ways with a demolition job in the Dubai Turf when last seen.
He goes well fresh and quick ground is no issue for him. He reportedly bled when successful at Meydan but his subsequent absence is of little concern and he won three times on the back of a break so ought to give another good account here as he bids to retain his crown and he’s likely been trained with this contest in mind so a big run looks on the cards under Dettori.
5:00 Ascot – Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m
IRISH ADMIRAL could be worth siding with from a potentially lenient mark given the lightly-raced French Navy gelding is very much unexposed and William Haggas’ charge could find some further progress.
A winner on the all-weather at Dundalk for John Feane last August he left that trainer following a third-place finish in a Leopardstown Listed contest after which he made a winning debut for Haggas at Wolverhampton.
He travelled like the best horse in the race when tried over ten furlongs at York in May although his effort wilted late and he finished third to Surrey Pride. However he wasn’t seen to best effect at Epsom latest, caught further back than ideal and never getting involved, perhaps not handling the track as well as others.
Surely better than he was able to show on that occasion he should appreciate this better ground back on a more conventional layout and with further improvement possible he could be let in lightly here off 96 in this competitive contest and he’s worth another chance to build on his earlier promise.
5:35 Ascot – Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f
DIG TWO arrives here on a hat-trick of wins and the Cotai Glory colt can continue his upward curve of improvement to bag the three-timer.
Hugo Palmer’s charge was held back by inexperience on his debut at Windsor in April but he showed considerable improvement for that first run to get off the mark in a decent Newmarket maiden contest, beating Secret Strength who went on to win a valuable conditions event at Musselburgh.
That win was followed up by an impressive all-weather victory at Chelmsford where he won by four lengths from Little Prayer in a novice event, making most and keeping on strongly for the victory. The runner -up from that race has also won since and there could be better to come from him as he drops back to the minimum trip here.
The step up in class demands more, but he looks one who likely has better still to come and every chance he can make his presence felt here from his high draw.
6:10 Ascot – Kensington Palace Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Fillies & Mares) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m
DECLARED INTEREST was progressive last term, winning at Chelmsford on his reappearance prior to posting a creditable fifth at this meeting in the Sandringham Stakes.
Ralph Beckett’s charge has continued to run well in defeat, finishing third back here in September behind reopposing Dreamloper and getting back to winning ways on his final start of the campaign back at Chelmsford in October.
The Declaration Of War filly made a winning reappearance at Leicester last month, making all to win a lesser grade handicap in good style from Star Shield and there could be more to come from her this term despite a 6lbs rise in the weights.
She’s 5lbs better off with reopposing Dreamloper now from their encounter last term and having improved since she can make her presence felt in the day two finale where she can go close.