Royal Ascot Day 3

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14:30 Ascot 17 Jun 2021 

Norfolk Stakes

Second Wind (1pt win only 12/1) + Little Earl (0.5pt EW 40/1 4 places B365)

Second Wind made it 2 from 2 last time out when beating home a subsequent winner despite carrying a 7lb penalty. The form of his debut win is also starting to work out and this progressive sort could be the type to carry on improving. The William Haggas yard are in great form with a 34% strike rate in the last 14 days which is an obvious boost to the selection. Little Earl has progressed steadily and was runner up in a decent looking Listed event at Sandown last time out, a race that is just starting to work out well. Couldn’t trouble the winner that day but is worth another try at these odds today.

15:05 Ascot 17 Jun 2021 

Hampton Court Stakes

Notre Belle Bete (0.5pt EW 40/1 4 places SkyBet)

Not a strong fancy by any means and the two market principals have every right to be sitting at the head of the market. Both are a little skinny on the odds however so with 4 places to play we are looking for a possible angle at a big price. It would be a big surprise if the selection were to notch up his first victory here but theres enough in the form book to peak our interest. A close up run on debut behind the magnificent Poetic Flare was the first of two decent runs in listed company before finishing runner up last time out stepped up in trip for the first time out. Steps up again in trip here and not an obvious one to appreciate this on paper, however does have stamina on the sires side to suggest that if something has been seen at home then its well worth exploring here. Hopeful and optimistic selection to take on the obvious.

15:40 Ascot 17 Jun 2021 

Ribblesdale Stakes

Gloria Mundi (1pt win only 6/1)

John Gosden has won 3 of the last 4 runnings of the Ribblesdale and he has a strong hand here again this year. Noon Star is a worthy favourite on his last run behind subsequent Oaks winner Snowfall. Previous to that however he had the beating of a John Gosden runner that is only his second string today, which makes the selection an interesting one. The choice mount of Frankie Dettori who himself has won this race 5 times including the last 2. Narrowly denied when staying on to Eshaada last time out but should be capable of reversing that for here stepped up in trip again.

16:15 Ascot 17 Jun 2021 

Gold Cup

Subjectivist (1pt win only 7/1)

Very difficult to look beyond Stradivarius here who looks to emulate the mighty Yeats and win a 4th consecutive Gold Cup but this Mark Johnston runner has been on our radar for some time as a possible Gold Cup contender and we can’t let him line up without taking a punt. Very versatile performer who still looks to be improving and is getting better the further he goes. Was a comfortable and impressive winner stepped up in trip at Longchamp last October and put in an even more electrifying run when absolutely smashing up in the Dubai Gold Cup. It might be a year too soon but be sure you’ll get a run for your money from this top class performer.

17:00 Ascot 17 Jun 2021 

Britannia Stakes

Dinoo (0.5pt EW 33/1)

Roger Varian saddled the winner of this race last year and he has an interesting one on his hands here. Showed plenty of promise on debut last year and has since switched here from Richard Hughes. Missed the break and still managed to stay on for third last time out when looking a little awkward to say the least. That run came off the back of a 274 day lay off so despite the quirks better can be expected here. Makes handicap debut here from what looks a very lenient mark based on last years form.

17:35 Ascot 17 Jun 2021 

King George V Stakes

Kondo Isami (1pt win only 12/1)

Progressive sort hailing from a yard that has a great record in this race. This Mark Johnstone runner showed a great attitude when seeing off a subsequent winner on his return at York before just narrowly being denied by tough stablemate Dancing King at Doncaster. Still looks fairly treated and will be game as most of this yards runners are.

18:10 Ascot 17 Jun 2021 

Buckingham Palace Stakes

Lord Campari (1pt win only 12/1) + Magical Wish (0.5pt EW 80/1 6 Places)

Lord Campari was a top looking prospect who trounced a very good looking field on 3 year old debut at Newbury. Has since had a couple of troubled runs in Group Company before finishing a tame 6th behind Palace Pier on reappearance in the Lockinge. This represents a huge drop in class as he takes on handicap company for the first time from a mark that is admittedly no Gimme but could be a class above these rivals. Magical Wish would be dangerous to rule out here too. Highly tried but now sitting on a good mark and with the assist of a 7lb claim from a good stall, Ew bet to save.

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