After two rain drenched days at Ascot the weather forecasters are promising a dry second half of the week, so hopefully the sun is back out and there are winners to be had!
All that precipitation has had a big effect on the ground, which was officially described as Soft on Wednesday afternoon. A horse that should have no issues on that score in the day three opener is Sunday Sovereign.
Paddy Twomey has enjoyed a remarkable season so far and his two-year-old star is two from three this season. He beat Coventry Stakes winner Arizona at The Curragh on his second start, after which he trounced rivals in a winners race at Tipperary.
At Tipp the ground was described as ‘Soft’, and this powerful looking Equiano colt powered through the conditions under Billy Lee to score in emphatic fashion. He ticks a lot of the right boxes and has the form in the book. As such, he looks the bet of the day.
Aidan O’Brien has won three of the last five runnings of the Ribblesdale Stakes and looks to have a rock solid contender for this year’s renewal in Fleeting. Third in the Oaks behind Anapurna, she found trouble in-running and was doing her best work late on under Wayne Lordan, eventually only beaten a length and a half.
The Zoffany filly has a similar profile to last year’s winner, Magic Wand, and can continue what has been a great week so far for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore.
The Ballydoyle team might not be finished there, and O’Brien and Moore team up with the improving Constantinople in the concluding mile and a half handicap.
Rated 105 after a cosy group three win at The Curragh on his last start, the Galileo colt looks like he’s learning with each run. Stepping up to a mile and a half for the first time looks sure to suit having done his best work late to get up to beat Buckhurst that day at The Curragh.
He’s a group horse in a handicap and hopefully he doesn’t bump into a better-handicapped rival, but I find it hard to see him out of the placings.
Stradivarius will bid to win back-to-back Ascot Gold Cups and after his remarkable unbeaten season last year it’s hard to look past him. He comes here off the back of a seasonal debut win at York when holding off the challenge of Southern France.
Thomas Hobson did give the Gosden horse plenty to think about when chasing him home last season at this track on ground similar to what they will encounter today and at 20/1 looks each way value.
Willie Mullins has his Flat horses in flying form and was unlucky not to bag a winner earlier in the week with Buildmeupbuttercup. Andrea Atzeni partners the horse for the first time and knows all about causing a big race upset.
Royal Ascot Day Three Betting Tips
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