A fascinating afternoon of action yesterday at Royal Ascot 2020 saw Lord North win the Prince of Wales’ Stakes in emphatic style and Fujaira Prince win the Copper Horse handicap in good fashion for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni.
We also saw her majesty The Queen claim a 2020 royal winner with ‘gamble of the day’ Tactical in the Windsor Castle listed race for James Doyle and Andrew Balding.
Today offers us seven more excellent races including two listed events, the Wolferton Stakes and the Chesham Stakes, the Group 3 Jersey Stakes and more handicap action, with the Sandringham Stakes for fillies the Day 3 finale.
The main event is the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup at 3:35, where the amazing Stradivarius aims to win the race for the third year in a row for the Gosden and Dettori partnership. The star-stayer has also won three Goodwood Cups and two Yorkshire Cups in a breathtaking career and had won 10 races in a row before Kew Gardens got the better of him at the line on Champions day.
The re-appearance run at Newmarket two weeks ago was a good third to impressive winner Ghaiyyath on the straight track and he will be primed and ready for this.
We have the Wolferton Stakes at 1:50 and Fox Tal is interesting at the top of the betting for King Power Racing. Aidan O’Brien’s 2019 Derby favourite and four year old colt Sir Dragonet won the Chester Vase before disappointing in the Epsom classic, but Fox Tal ran credibly over C&D in October and should be there or there abouts today. The unbeaten Aloe Vera deserves a mention at a good each way price for Ralph Beckett and Harry Bentley, whilst Mountain Angel and Regal Reality cannot be discounted.
The Jersey Stakes follows the Wolferton and King Leonidas is a Kingman colt who has potential, but Jim Crowley’s mount Molatham arguably has bigger claims with two good 7f wins under his belt, one of which he beat Wichita, the 2000 Guineas runner up.
Monarch of Egypt will drop in distance after finishing out of the picture in the Irish 2000 Guineas for Aidan O’Brien whilst James Doyle rides French runner Celestin.
The day gets going at 1:15 again with the Golden Gates handicap over a mile and a quarter. Hypothetical’s form ties in with recent Ascot runners Berlin Tango and Tuesday winner Pyledriver whilst Acquitted for a Hugo Palmer finished second to the well-regarded Palace Pier last time out. Tritonic for Oisin Murphy can definitely go well as can Grand Rock at an each-way price for the up-and-coming Ciaren Fallon.
In the Sandringham, we will see if African Dream justifies hot favouritism but with such a big field for the 1m run, Waliyak, Declared Interest, Wejdan and Soffika should definitely be considered all at decent prices.
Enjoy the action and we must wait and see if the brilliant Stradivarius can complete the Royal Ascot Gold Cup hat-trick.
He can’t be beat…
There could be a surprise here…