It’s day three of Royal Ascot and after two winners yesterday we hope to add to our impressive tally of winners at the meeting! With six winners from twelve you’d be crazy to miss our coverage.
2:30 Norfolk Stakes – McErin, Havana Grey ew
McErin was a brilliant winner on debut in America and if this smart colt can reproduce that effort he will have a leading chance. He didn’t run his best when a narrow third at Churchill Downs, however the switch to grass may benefit him. The ground should still be quick, and he should run a massive race.
Havana Grey has established himself as a smart prospect. Following an encouraging maiden he won by five lengths at Ayr on quick ground. He improved once again to win a listed contest at Sandown in good style and should run well again.
3:05 Hampton Court Stakes – Mirage Dancer, Bay Of Poets ew
I think this is the hardest race to select from, but I opt for Mirage Dancer for Sir Michael Stoute. He ran a decent race in the Dee Stakes at Chester, finishing well behind some good prospects. The quick ground, and break should help him and he is still learning about racing. He’s got potential and if he shows his best he will be a big player.
There is plenty in with a serious chance, but an each-way chance can be Bay Of Poets for Godolphin. He’s run well in group races throughout the season, and should run well on the quick ground. It’s a tight contest, with plenty with a chance.
3:40 Ribblesdale Stakes – Mori
I tipped Mori to win last time out and I was so pleased when she delivered in fine style. She’s an improving filly, and certainly good enough to compete at this level. She’s bred to be a superstar, and can run a big race in her first start in group company. The fast ground and straight track should be okay for her. I’m expecting her to really run well.
4:20 Gold Cup – Order Of St George, Torcedor ew
It takes a lot for a horse to win two Gold Cups but I do believe that Order Of St George has that star quality. Aidan O’Brien trained the first three winners home in the Arc, with this horse finishing third. For a stayer that was a massive run, and he’s been going very well since. If he handles the hot conditions he can run a big race.
A Cheltenham Festival and Ascot Gold Cup double, wouldn’t that be an achievement for Jessica Harrington. She runs Torcedor who has been successful on two starts this season, and looks to have an each-way chance. It’s a longer trip but if he stays he can pick up some valuable prize money.
5:00 Brittania Stakes – Son Of The Stars, Afaak
Richard Hannon is well represented in this race, and Son Of The Stars could be the one to win this competitive handicap. He was an impressive debut winner before striking again on the all-weather. He will like the flat track and quick conditions, he wasn’t beaten too far on his first run back and has plenty of potential. His draw is good, and I can’t wait to see him!
I had tipped Afaak to win at Doncaster a few weeks ago at a huge 12/1, and I think he’s got a good chance once again. He’s bred brilliantly well and been impressive when winning his last two starts. His draw isn’t ideal but he can run a big race for Charlie Hills.
5:35 King George V Stakes – Atty Persse, Sofia’s Rock ew
Atty Persse has a similar profile to Son Of The Stars, that profile being he is a lot better than the handicapper says. He won his first two stars, before finishing second at Haydock last time out. He wanted more pace in that race, which he will get today for sure. His mark is very nice and he should take advantage of it in this competitive contest. With ideal conditions, I expect a good run.
A good front runner is Sofia’s Rock, and Mark Johnston’s colt could hold them off. He’s won impressively in handicaps this season, and looks set to give a good account of himself.