2.30 Royal Ascot – Norfolk Stakes
Day 3 is already upon us as the Royal Ascot Festival continues to deliver some fine quality races. The first race of the day features a pretty highly charged, fast paced affair with two impressive looking horses who have been trained by Richard Hannon.
The horse with the second favourite odds is the more than exciting ‘Log Out Island’. This horse finished it’s only run with an impressive four and a half-length back April. And even more fitting that it was here at Ascot.
Looking at the favourite, King of Rooks, you are given the impression that the horse has already demonstrated much of its potential. Out of three runs, two of those were wins, but by an enormous length. Yes this looks good, but can also mean that the competition wasn’t of the highest possible standard. One of the opponents beat however was the Coventry Stakes winner, Buratino. It is fair to say that King Of Rooks still has every chance to offer something very special, but with the odds being incredibly short, it may well be worth looking further afield.
A suggestion for this is Shanghai Glory – having only ran two times previously but showing bags of potential by finishing in very strong style, up to three and a half lengths last month in Nottingham. Still room for improvement, but these improvements will likely come naturally via more races. For the bet though, we’d say go with a place bet.
3.05 Royal Ascot – Tercentenary Stakes
Competitive races are plenty for this Group 3 encounter. Frankie Dettori will have sky high confidence riding the favourite, Time Test today due to picking up his 50th career win on Wednesday. The odds however are way too short to earn some decent cash if going in with smaller stakes.
Looking to a Richard Hannon trained horse, then Peacock stands out to us. After beginning his season back in April with a win that looked completely routine at Kempton, the style is definitely there. This was then followed shortly after with a second place finish in the Listed Fielden stakes also in April. It may not have been an outright win, but in a derby of high quality racers, this was an impressive feat. Only to last month in May, grab victory at Newmarket by a quarter of a length. Most bookies are currently offering odds of at least 5/1, so worth a punt.
4.20 Royal Ascot – Gold Cup
One of the main focal races at any Royal Ascot Festival, remains the Gold Cup. The chance for the best long distance horses to do battle over two and a half miles.
This year the early favourite, and that has remained so is Forgotten Rules. A very interesting horse with an impressive four wins in four. Trainer Dermot Weld can take great comfort from the way that his horse is performing, especially having triumphed in the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day back in October 2014.
The only real concern for Forgotten Rules is whether it can stand up to this distance course given how lightly it’s been run recently, so if stamina and condition could be a problem. Of course given how the money has favoured this horse, the odds are naturally very short at this stage.
So for an alternative selection, there is Mizzou who comes in at a reasonable 4/1 shot. Again another lightly raced horse, but capable of an upset due to winning four from fix races. A previous Ascot winner too when taking the Ascot Sagaro Stakes back in April.