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Mark LeachMark Leach
June 16th, 2022
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There were four winning favourites on Wednesday at Royal Ascot but odds-on favourite, Bay Bridge was turned over in the feature race as State Of Rest won the Prince Of Wales's Stakes.

Thursday is Ladies Day at and we have seven more thrilling races to look forward to. Once again here at we're going to preview each and every race, proving the latest odds and free bet offers from our partners at William Hill.

14:30 - Norfolk Stakes

Day three kicks off with a Group 2 race for two year olds. The Norfolk Stakes has been a feature of Royal Ascot since 1843 and is run over the minimum five-furlong distance.

Paul Hanagan saddled the winner last year for trainer, Richard Fahey and they team up again this with The Ridler. Odds of 33/1 suggest that Fahey is unlikely to become the first trainer to claim back-to-back wins in the race since Peter Chapple-Hyam in 2006 and 2007.

Walbank is the short-priced favourite at 15/8. Walbank finished second only to Noble Style over C&D on debut before easing to success in a novice at York last time out.

Aidan O'Brien won this race in 2015 and 2017 and is back again with an excellent change this year. Ryan Moore will ride The Antarctic for O'Brien. The Antarctic is 2-2 having won over five furlongs at both Tipperary and Naas. Brother of Battaash, there is a string belief that there's plenty more to come from The Antarctic.

Pillow Talk is well-supported in the market at 13/2 but could be telling that Danny Tudhope has opted to ride Thunder Moor instead.

Race Odds

  • 15/8: Walbank
  • 10/3: The Antarctic 
  • 13/2: Pillow Talk
  • 7/1: Brave Nation
  • 10/1: Bakeel
  • 11/1: Crispy Cat
  • 20/1: Redemption Time, Thunder Moor
  • 33/1: The Ridler
  • 50/1: Jungle Fever
  • 125/1: My First Rodeo

15:05 - King George V Stakes

The King George V Stakes is a handicap open to three year olds and run over a distance of one mile three furlongs.

Surefire won in 2021 for trainee, Ralph Beckett but does not have an entry in the race this year.

The betting markets suggest that the race could be a four-way tussle. Post Impressionist was second to Eldar Eldarov last time out and his prospects have been boosted by yesterday's Queen's Vase result.

Secret State makes his handicap debut on Thursday. Has won each of his last two runs over a shorter trip than he'll face on Thursday but stamina has been noted as one of his strengths. A big player based on Chester form.

Israr and Newfoundland are also worth consideration. Israr has been raised 6lbs following his win in Newbury's London Gold Cup. Newfoundland is our preferred option to take the second race of the day. Off the mark last time out and entries in both the Irish Derby and Irish St Leger suggest that's he's well-regarded by connections. 

Race Odds

  • 3/1: Post Impressionist 
  • 9/2: Secret State
  • 7/1: Israr 
  • 15/2: Newfoundland
  • 11/1: Mandobi
  • 12/1: Yashin 
  • 14/1: Deauville Legend
  • 16/1: Surrey Mist, Franz Strauss
  • 18/1: Flying Dolphin
  • 20/1: Vena Sena 
  • 25/1: Balhambar, Savvy Knight, Schmilsson
  • 28/1: Inverness
  • 33/1: Achnamara
  • 40/1: Teumessias Fox
  • 50/1: Berkshire Rebel, Mr Alan

15:40 - Ribblesdale Stakes

It's the fillies turn in the third race of the day. The Ribblesdale Stakes is open to three year old fillies and has been a feature of Royal Ascot since 1919. The Group 2 race is contested over a distance of one mile four furlongs. John Gosden has trained the winner in four of the five last years but does not have any horses entered this year.

There are joint favourites for this year's renewal. Sea Silk Road kept on well to win over 1m2f at Goodwood last time out. Signs that she could be better suited over Thursday's trip.

Magical Lagoon has been involved in some competitive races already. Jessica Harrington's entry won a Group 3 at the Curragh last summer before faring reasonably well in the Group 1 Fillies Mile. Edged into second by Concert Hall in a Listed race at Navan last time. The race winner that day has since made the frame in both the Irish 1000 Guineas and The Oaks.

Race Odds

  • 2/1: Sea Silk Road, Magical Lagoon
  • 5/1: Life Of Dreams
  • 13/2: Mukaddamah
  • 15/2: History
  • 33/1: Mystic Wells

16:20 - Gold Cup

The feature race on day three is the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup. Open to horses aged four years and over, the Gold Cup is raced over a distance of two miles three furlongs.

First contested in 1807, the Ascot Gold Cup has produced several multiple winners of the years. Yeats has won a record four Gold Cups, a record that could be equalled this year by Stradivarius.

Stradivarius went off odds-on last year before finishing back in fourth however he's defied his advancing years but winning 3/5 races since. Seen once in 2022, winning the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup Stakes in May.

The fast ground has seen the well-fancied Trueshan withdrawn overnight. His omission from the Gold Cup undoubtedly boosts the chances of leading pair Kyprios and Stradivarius.

Whilst we'd love to see Stradivarius equal Yeats' record on Thursday, we believe this could be one year too many for the eight-year-old.

Kyprios' form in the UK and Ireland has been like night and day. The Aidan O'Brien-trained four-year-old has been underwhelming on runs at Lingfield and Newmarket. However, he is unbeaten in Ireland and has been in red-hot form this year. Followed up a Listed win and Navan in April by winning a Group 3 race at Leopardstown last month.

Trainer, Aidan O'Brien has seven previous Gold Cup wins and he could pick up an eighth with Kyprios this year.

17:00 - Britannia Stakes

The Britannia Stakes is raced over Ascot's one mile straight. Open to three year old colts and geldings, the Britannia Stakes has been a part of Royal Ascot since 1928.

This year's renewal is wide-open. King Of Time is the market leader having won three from three so far. 7lb rise has not been enough to put off backers and he's certainly one for the shortlist. King Of Time is not the only major player that the handicapper is trying to get a grip on. Whoputfiftyinyou remains unbeaten after four runs and must now contend with a 10lb rise whilst Wanees is up 7lb after winning well at Sandown in April.

Thesis is still a maiden after four runs but he possesses bags of potential. Turned over as an odds-on favourite on his last two runs but he could prove a real gem on Thursday.

Race Odds

  • 9/2: King Of Time
  • 11/2: Whoputfiftyinyou
  • 13/2: Wanees
  • 8/1: Tranquil Night
  • 11/1: Amortentia
  • 12/1: Saga, Koy Koy
  • 14/1: Yonafis, Atrium
  • 16/1: Thesis
  • 20/1: Spinaround, Fiach Mchugh
  • 22/1: Bolthole, Lawful Command, Jimi Hendrix
  • 25/1: Barley, Kitsune Power
  • 33/1: I'm A Gambler, My Little Tip
  • 40/1: Mr Mccann, Malex
  • 50/1: Harrow, Power Of Beauty, Ribhi, Great Max, Sed Maarib, Oh Herberts Reign
  • 66/1: Blenheim Boy, Oneforthegutter
  • 80/1: Claim The Crown

17:35 - Hampton Court Stakes

The Hampton Court Stakes is a Group 3 race for three year olds raced over one mile one furlong.

Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore are the most successful trainer and jockey in this race's history with four wins apiece. O'Brien and Moore team up on Thursday with outsider Howth.

Reach For The Moon is the odds-on favourite to land the Hampton Court Stakes. The Queen's horse will prove an incredibly popular winner on Thursday and is more than capable based on recent form. Finished second behind My Prospero in the Heron Stakes at Sandown last time out.

Race Odds

  • 4/9: Reach For The Moon
  • 6/1: Claymore
  • 8/1: Maksud 
  • 9/1: Cresta
  • 18/1: Kingmax
  • 20/1: Howth

18:10 - Buckingham Palace Stakes

The final race on day three is the Buckingham Palace Stakes. Open to horses aged three years and over and raced over seven furlongs, the Buckingham Palace Stakes is one of the more recent additions to Royal Ascot. The Buckingham Palace Stakes was established when Royal Ascot became a five day event in 2002.

Montassib is the market leader having made an encouraging return after missing the whole of 2021. Two runs this year at Wetherby and Goodwood produced two emphatic wins. Subsequent 10lb rise is not ideal but has every chance.

Vafortino landed a big handicap over C&D last month and has a huge chance back here this week. Significant upturn in form since switching yards, win at Ascot was preceded by a decent showing on the all-weather at Newcastle.

Race Odds

  • 9/2: Montassib
  • 15/2: Silent Film
  • 9/1: Vafortino
  • 11/1: Tactical
  • 12/1: Tanmawwy 
  • 14/1: Chiefofchiefs
  • 16/1: River Nymph, Inver Park, Al Rufaa 
  • 18/1: Above, Fastnet Crown, Oo De Lally 
  • 20/1: Dance Fever, Path Of Thunder, Star Of Orion
  • 22/1: Ouzo
  • 25/1: Fools Rush In, Ejtilaab 
  • 28/1: Snazzy Jazzy, Soar Above, Ropey Guest
  • 33/1: Rhoscolyn, Spirit Of Light, Total Commitment, Baradar
  • 40/1: Current Option
  • 50/1: Mums Tipple, Documenting
  • 66/1: Pistoletto

Royal Ascot Predictions

  • 14:30 - Walbank 
  • 15:05 - Newfoundland 
  • 15:40 - Magical Lagoon
  • 16:20 - Kyprios 
  • 17:00 - Thesis
  • 17:35 - Reach For The Moon
  • 18:10 - Vafortino