Tips for Royal Ascot day two – Best bets for the second day of Ascot
Get our day two tips for Royal Ascot as we assess another top-class day of flat racing action at the premier summer horse racing festival.
After a scintillating first day of horse racing action as 2020 Royal got underway, we turn our attentions to day two where the feature race of the day comes at 3.00pm with the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes headlining a seven-race card.
The ITV Racing cameras will be on hand to cover all the day two action live and Ed Chamberlain and the team will have their usual expert betting tips, insights and post-race analysis for all seven of the day’s races; while Brian Healy assesses Wednesday’s second day at the Berkshire track and gives his day two tips for Royal Ascot.
TIPS FOR ROYAL ASCOT – DAY TWO WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE
1:15 Royal Ascot – Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap (A Consolation Race For The Royal Hunt Cup) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m
As with day one we have a competitive big-field handicap to kick off the action and the lightly-raced MAYDANNY could improve again to follow up his recent impressive success at Yarmouth.
Mark Johnston’s Dubawi gelding shaped with plenty of promise in his first couple of starts last campaign, finding only one too good each time; but he showed he had progressed during his subsequent absence when impressively beating Arigato on his reappearance earlier in the month.
That was his handicap debut and he pulled clear readily to register a near-four lengths’ verdict. The handicapper certainly hasn’t missed him as a consequence and his relative lack of experience may count against him in this much more competitive big field scenario.
But, he has plenty of scope to improve and with the potential for better yet to come he could be worth chancing despite inexperience to take another forward step and he’s still very unexposed.
1:50 Royal Ascot – Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2f
It was hard not to have been impressed with First Receiver’s breakthrough success on the all-weather recently, but JUAN ELCANO ran a blinder in the 2000 Guineas eleven days ago and the Frankel colt can go close here where his sights are lowered.
Kevin Ryan’s charge showed plenty of good form as a juvenile, winning on his debut and then making the frame in both subsequent defeated starts in Group Two company at Newmarket and Doncaster respectively. The latter of those came behind Threat in the Champagne Stakes where he had a pair of subsequent winners behind including Group Two winner Royal Dornoch.
Only beaten four lengths in the recent colts’ Classic behind Kameko having led into the final furlong he could go very well in this lower grade although he does have stamina to prove over this extra distance. Breeding offers hope however than this longer trip will be in range and no surprise to see him go well if his Classic exertions haven’t left a mark.
2:25 Royal Ascot – King George V Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m4f
The second big-field handicap on day two of Royal Ascot and it could be worth chancing on Mark Johnston’s KING’S CAPER to better his recent return to action which will have sharpened him up and the yard has a very good record in this contest.
The New Approach colt is one of four in the race for the Middleham handler and he progressed well last term to win three times at distances up to one mile and he rounded off his campaign by finishing runner-up to Convict at Newmarket in October.
No match for the impressive English King in the Lingfield Derby Trial he nevertheless ran respectably without ever really threatening to get involved to finish fifth and while others may have more scope to progress he should nevertheless come on for that first run in nine months which was probably needed.
The booking of Frankie Dettori for this assignment catches the eye and he could run well at a big price.
3:00 Royal Ascot – Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f
The feature race of the day, this Group One prize could go the way of HEADMAN who progressed in leaps and bounds last term, winning three times which included a pair of French Group Two contests prior to his contesting the Irish Champion Stakes.
The Kingman colt wasn’t seen to best effect on that occasion, missing the break and having to race wide where he wasn’t able to fully challenge the winner who raced on the inner. His effort petered out as he crossed the line in fifth; but there is surely more to come from him this term and he could take another forward step.
Despite doing his winning on good ground he has given the impression he might be suited by some give and with forecast rain he might find conditions more in his favour so a big run wouldn’t surprise if fully tuned up ahead of his return where he could prove some value against the likely favourite for the race in Japan.
3:35 Royal Ascot – Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m
Day two of Royal Ascot is all about big field handicaps it seems and the third such contest of the day and lightly-raced BELL ROCK could be worth following as he bids to follow up his reappearance win at Newmarket earlier in the month.
Andrew Balding’s charge beat Ouzo that day and that one could frank the form in the first race with a good performance. The yard are in blistering form at present and can do little wrong with its’ runners.
A debut winner last term, the Kingman gelding struggled to get competitive in Listed company as well as being thrown into last season’s St James’s Palace Stakes where he cut little ice in that Group One contest.
However he appeared to win a shade cosily on his return to suggest that his initial rating of 98 was generous and a 5lbs penalty for that win may not be enough of an anchor to preventing him following up given his lightly-raced and unexposed profile as a handicapper.
Sure to have more to offer it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him firmly in the mix under for the in-form Andrew Balding/Oisin Murphy partnership.
4:10 Royal Ascot – Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f
Wesley Ward saddles two in this contest and the US handler is no stranger to Royal Ascot success in the Windsor Castle Stakes. However MIGHTY GURKHA ran a debut filled with promise when clearing away in impressive style at Lingfield twelve days ago and Archie Watson’s charge can follow up.
The Sepoy colt was sent off at odds-on for that contest, but he gave backers some cause for concern by proving troublesome at the start and he reared up entering the stalls. But once out of the gates he looked a very useful prospect, making all and pulling some seven lengths clear of his field.
That bare form is probably nothing special, but he won in a good time and the trainer and jockey are both in red-hot form so a bold bid wouldn’t come as a surprise given he’s open to plenty of improvement with that performance under his belt. He can take this step up in class where he can go very close under Hollie Doyle.
4:40 Royal Ascot – Copper Horse Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m6f
A brand new race to close out our day two tips for Royal Ascot and as the day began it also ends with a competitive big field handicap contest.
RANCH HAND possibly found his stamina stretched when disappointing in the Cesarewitch on his final start last term where he was sent off favourite for that race following his convincing earlier success at Haydock where Andrew Balding’s charge beat Trueshan by two lengths.
The lightly-raced Dunaden gelding had won both his all-weather starts last term before switching to turf and he was thought good enough to contest Listed and Group Three company prior to striking at the first time of asking in the handicap ranks.
A mark of 99 on his return could yet prove workable and this return to a trip over which he’s won in the past looks a good move; while the prospect of rain and some easing of the ground will enhance his claims having won on soft ground and the deeper fibresand in the past.
He could still have better to come as a lightly-raced individual and given the form of his trainer he’s hard to overlook and he should run well in this competitive closer if fully wound up on his reappearance where he could end our day two tips for Royal Ascot with a winner