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Royal Ascot 2018 – Day 2 Tips

The two year old fillies kick off day two of Royal Ascot 2018, with the Queen Mary being the first race of the afternoon.

Queen Mary Stakes    

Wesley Ward has had some memorable successes with his juveniles here in recent years and Chelsea Cloisters is favourite to add to that roll of honour, but we think SHADES OF BLUE is the better value.

She won well on debut over course and distance, and that form was franked when Come On Leicester won impressively on her latest start. In fact, COME ON LEICESTER could prove the big danger and given that she is drawn high backing her also covers any draw bias.

Of the outsiders, the well-bred SNAZZY looks interesting. She got no cover when just behind a couple of these at York last time out and different tactics here could see her reverse that form.

Shades Of Blue (ew)2.30 Ascot6/1Bet365
Come On Leicester (ew)2.30 Ascot16/1Bet365
Snazzy (ew)2.30 Ascot50/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Queen’s Vase    

Next up is the Queen’s Vase, which could be dominated by John Gosden.

His lightly raced pair of STREAM OF STARS and ALMOGHARED look open to any amount of improvement, especially now stepped up in trip. Both are bred to be suited by a test of stamina, as well as this decent ground.

Stream Of Stars (ew)3.05 Ascot4/1Bet365
Almoghared (ew)3.05 Ascot18/1Betfair

All odds quoted are subject to change

Duke Of Cambridge Stakes    

The third of three Group 2s on the trot is the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes, where favourite Hydrangea may be vulnerable over the mile trip.

If she is, then TRIBUTE ACT could take advantage. She has a bit to find on the book with Urban Fox who beat her last time out, but our selection may be the better long term prospect. Her handler, James Fanshawe, has a great record here and she has been supplemented for this at no small cost to her owners.

The other one to back is last year’s runner up, ALJAZZI, who looks to have been laid out for this. She runs well fresh and put up a decent effort behind the boys at Sandown when last seen.

Tribute Act (ew)3.40 Ascot20/1Betfred
Aljazzi (ew)3.40 Ascot5/1Ladbrokes

All odds quoted are subject to change

Prince Of Wales’s Stakes    

Cracksman is a very short price favourite in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, but he looks vulnerable to us and well worth opposing at the prices.

He struggled to land the odds at Epsom last time out, having a tough race in the progress. He also seems better with some give in the ground, and over further, so POET’S WORD looks a great each way bet against him. This horse has the profile of a typical Sir Michael Stoute improver and could now be hitting peak form as a five year old.

Poet’s Word (ew)4.20 Ascot5/1Ladbrokes

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Royal Hunt Cup    

The Royal Hunt Cup is next and it is always one of the biggest betting heats of the meeting. Again, it makes sense to back horses on either side of the track and the ones we like are SETTLE FOR BAY, TRICORN, FLAMING SPEAR and ARCHETYPE.

Mukalal was also shortlisted.

Ladbrokes and Paddy Power are offering 6 places for each-way bets on this race.

 Settle For Bay (ew)5.00 Ascot14/1Ladbrokes
Tricorn (ew)5.00 Ascot20/1Ladbrokes
Flaming Spear (ew)5.00 Ascot33/1Ladbrokes
Archetype (ew)5.00 Ascot33/1Paddy Power

All odds quoted are subject to change

Jersey Stakes   

The Jersey Stakes is no less competitive, but if you need a winner in the lucky last then EMARAATY and GLORIOUS JOURNEY, at opposite ends of the market, should give you a run for your money.

Paddy Power are offering 5 places for each-way bets on this race.

Emaraaty (ew)5.35 Ascot11/2Paddy Power
Glorious Journey (ew)5.35 Ascot33/1Paddy Power

All odds quoted are subject to change