Royal Ascot kicked off on Tuesday with big races in sight every day this week. Here’s your guide to day three of one of the best flat racing meetings.
2.30pm – Norfolk betting
It’s hard to ignore WALBANK, whose second place debut came from one of the strongest rookies we’ve seen this season. He duly was a better, and in no uncertain terms too, beating his rivals to score by a bloodless seven-length margin on a 5f rookie in York. Walbank was an expensive graduate and looks like a potentially first-class young man to match his high price tag; he can go a little better for his connections that came so close in this race last year with the Go Bears Go.
15:05 – King George V Stakes
Fast soloing can make all the difference for INVERNESS, whose only start this period was in the Listed Blue Riband Trial in Epsom, a race that is working well. He had already beaten the useful Educator in a 1m debut at Goodwood last year and, with the 1m4f step right, he seems to have a lot more to offer after just three career starts. Deauville Legend has long shaped itself as one that can be considerably better than an ’89 brand and it seems sure to come close here too.
3:40pm – Ribblesdale Stakes
SEA SILK ROAD has made unbridled progress so far this period, beating a damsel in style before scoring at the Goodwood-listed level last month on terrain that felt too soft for her. Your first attempt on fast terrain can bring additional improvements as well as a voyage advancement, and in a race lacking the superstar quality that Emily Upjohn could have brought to the process, Sea Silk Road can open your account on your first attempt at Group level. and continue a good week for Coach William Haggas.
16:20 – Gold Cup
It’s very difficult to look past KYPRIOs, who is firmly in the mold of Aidan O’Brien’s last two Gold Cup winners, Order Of St George and Leading Light, in the sense that he’s a more progressive four-year-old who looks highly likely to improve for this step out of town. Firm ground might be much to his liking and, in a lineup where some of them are sure to appreciate a bit of rain, he stands out by far as the most likely winner of this race.
Useful linger in his day, but exposed at a lower level and likely to fight, for whatever this trip could bring some improvement.
It had a big impact on the permanent division during the all-weather season, but this is a completely different test and will be very good to find out.
Stayer of a lifetime coming to this after a tough win in the Yorkshire Cup. Ground in favor, but this is a big question; right to go close, though.
A first-class player in the right conditions, but he’s at his best on soft ground and he’s not going to get that today. You will do well to appear in these conditions if he runs.
It feels very much like a rising permanent, improving with every match and appearance of this class last time around. Stamina to prove, but otherwise ticks too many boxes – the one to win.
Last year’s Derby and runner-up St. Leger. However, this is a big question in his seasonal debut, and with stamina to prove it, he’s best watched.
A four-year-old full of energy that would have been one of the main fantasies if the floor had been softer. Even better, proven on the track and stay all day; have a wheeze.
Useful stay whose only attempt on this trip saw her finish third behind Trueshan and Stradivarius in the Prix Du Cadran. He has work to do based on his two runs in this period.
High class runner representing a trainer who is an expert on horses trading codes. It is difficult to assess his skill in the plan, but his presence in the lineup is respected.
Absolutely nice mare, second last year and warmed up with a winning effort in the Sagaro Stakes. She’s not getting any younger, but she can run her race once more.
17h00 – Britannia Games
Minefield of a handicap, with many three-year-olds ready to clash. The seasonal reappearance of KOY KOY (NAP) was a bit confusing in the sense that the ground was too soft for him, he stumbled out of the gate, missed the break and started running intensely in midfield. Plus, he’s a big horse that might have found Chester tight enough for him, and all things considered, he could have done pretty well to finish second. Firm ground, a mile and a straight track can bring packs of improvements to it and it is imagined to come close.
5:35 pm – Hampton Court Stakes
It’s very difficult to look beyond REACH FOR THE MOON, which has probably been prepped for this race for some time now and scrutinizes the bankers’ material in its attempt to give Her Majesty the Queen a timely Royal Ascot winner. Indeed, while it was certainly bred to appreciate this step in the journey, it may not need to improve further to score here. In a run without much substance for the grade, Kingmax is believed to outperform his likely long odds: he comes from some form lines that are working well and is taken to chase the selection at home.
6:10pm – Buckingham Palace Stakes
MONTASSIB looked like a potential Stakes player as he won his two games this season, most recently when he got a 7f handicap on Goodwood on terrain that may have been too soft for him. He has some improvement to come, and as long as tent one doesn’t prove disadvantageous in any way, he should get close. Tactical looks like an interesting candidate back at the handicap company and as a previous winner at this meeting (when victorious at the 2020 Windsor Castle Stakes) could reward support both ways.
Third day at Royal Ascot selections
2:30 am Walbank
3.40 Silk Road of the Sea
5.00 Koy Koy NAP
5.35 Reach for the Moon
2.30 Brave Nation
3.05 Flying Dolphin
3.40 Silk Road of the Sea
4.20 Princess Zoe
5.00 Who put fifty on you NAP
5.35 Reach for the Moon