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Royal Ascot 2018 – Day 3 Tips

It’s Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot and that means it is also Gold Cup Day. The big race is at 4.20pm and features arguably the best three stayers in Britain, Ireland & France.

Gold Cup    

Previous winner, Order Of St George, is a worthy market leader given his exploits in recent seasons and he’ll be a tough nut to crack here as his stamina is proven.

The same isn’t true of French raider Varizabad, although he has won plenty of races over two miles and has looked better than ever so far this campaign.

However, the biggest potential improver in the line-up is arguably the third of the illustrios trio, STRADIVARIUS. He too has to prove he stays two and a half miles, but the ground has come in his favour and his yard couldn’t be in better form.

Of those at bigger prices, DESERT SKYLINE makes much the most appeal. David Elsworth remains an extremely shrewd handler as capable as anyone of readying a horse for the big day and his representative here doesn’t have much to find with the market leaders in the form book. He was only ninth in this last year, but he was only a three year old then and the soft ground seemed to catch him out late on.

Stradivarius (win)4.20 Ascot2/1Bet365
 Desert Skyline (ew)4.20 Ascot12/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Norfolk Stakes     

The day opens with the Norfolk Stakes and a smaller than usual field of two year old’s will head to post at 2.30pm.

The betting suggests any of the ten runners could win, but the key race could be the National Stakes (a listed contest at Sandown in May) where Vintage Brut beat Konchek and Kinks. Neither Koncheck nor Kinks had any luck in running and we expect one or both to overturn that form. Slight preference is for KINKS, who was well backed that day and was the one most interfered with.

For the second selection it was a toss-up between Charming Kid and GLORY FIGHTER with slight preference for the latter as he look sure to be suited by a stiff 5 furlongs.

Kinks (ew)2.30 Ascot12/1Bet365
Glory Fighter (ew)2.30 Ascot12/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Hampton Court Stakes     

Next up is the Hampton Court Stakes and look out for bookies paying more than just the standard three places.

Favourite, KEY VICTORY, deserves his place at the head of the market after his showing in the French Derby and looks the one to beat.

The biggest potential improver could well be WADILSAFA for the much respected Owen Burrows. The step up in trip will be in his favour and he is thought of as a group horse in the making.

If there’s to be a shock then the slightly quirky STEPHENSONS ROCKET could provide it. He too will enjoy the longer trip and being drawn wide will allow his jockey to get plenty of cover before delivering his partner late.

Paddy Power are offering 4 places for each-way bets on this race.

Key Victory (ew)3.05 Ascot9/2Paddy Power
Wadilsafa (ew)3.05 Ascot7/1Paddy Power
Stephensons Rocket (ew)3.05 Ascot22/1Paddy Power

All odds quoted are subject to change

Ribblesdale Stakes     

The Ribblesdale sees the return of Oaks runner up Wild Illusion, but she’ll encounter much different ground here to the surface that day and so her rivals from Epson, Perfect Clarity and Magic Wand, have a chance of overturning the form.

However, all three of them may have to go some to beat SUN MAIDEN, who looked a potential star in the making when bolting up at Salisbury last time out. This is a huge step up in class, but this beautifully bred filly looks ready for it and she couldn’t be in better hands.

Sir Michael Stoute may well have let her take her chance in the Oaks, despite her inexperience, had the ground been better. His patience should be rewarded here.

If the race turns into a real stamina test then that would suit the John Gosden trained HIGHGARDEN who has been crying out for this trip on recent starts.  She looks the best of the outsiders.

Sun Maiden (win)3.40 Ascot3/1Bet365
 Highgarden (ew)3.40 Ascot20/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Britannia Stakes      

The Britannia Stakes looks a nightmare puzzle for punters, but with high drawn horses running so well in the Royal Hunt Cup yesterday that looks the best to start.

The trio of horses with high berths that we like are IL PRIMO SOLE, who drops in class and represents a yard that has won this race four times in the past, FIRST CONTACT, who looks a major improver now stepped up to a mile, and GEORGE OF HEARTS, who should also enjoy the trip and who has arguably the best rider of this straight mile in the business on board.

The pick of those at monster prices is drawn low, so we’d also back MAGNIFICENT to cover any change in the draw bias.

Il Primo Sole (ew)5.00 Ascot16/1Bet365
First Contact (ew)5.00 Ascot12/1Bet365
George Of Hearts (ew)5.00 Ascot8/1Bet365
Magnificent (ew)5.00 Ascot40/1Ladbrokes

All odds quoted are subject to change

King George V Stakes      

Our tips in the concluding contest are CASSINI, ELEGIAC and CROSS COUNTER.

Cassini (ew)5.35 Ascot20/1Bet365
Elegiac (ew)5.35 Ascot33/1Bet365
Cross Counter (ew)5.35 Ascot7/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change