It’s the halfway point in this fabulous feast of racing, and many of the Royal Ascot tips today will focus on the week’s most prestigious prize, the Gold Cup. But on what is traditionally known as Ladies’ Day, there is a strong supporting cast of thrilling races to savour.
Plenty of the Royal Ascot Day 3 tips will be for Stradivarius, who bids to make history by winning a fourth successive Gold Cup. His odds, however, are likely to be prohibitive – so let’s turn instead to a horse who could provide one of the highlights of the week 70 minutes earlier. That horse is MOHAAFETH, who put up a stunning display to win the Betfair Newmarket Stakes last month.
The way Mohaafeth cruised effortlessly away from his field that day marked him out as a three-year-old of enormous potential, and many shrewd judges immediately made him a solid choice to win the Derby. He was withdrawn from the Classic a couple of hours before the start, with his trainer William Haggas concerned about the ground at Epsom, which was softer than ideal.
There may also have been fears that the undulations of the course there would not suit him. Back on a flat track and firmer ground, he is the most confident of tips at Royal Ascot today. One Ruler, who defied concerns about his staying power to finish sixth in the Derby, could be the pick of his rivals.
Another with prospects of a prominent show at decent Royal Ascot odds is Aidan O’Brien’s Roman Empire. But they may be forced to pursue at a distance as Mohaafeth shows himself to be just a little bit special. He looks like one of the most appealing Royal Ascot betting tips of the whole week. Grab all the odds-against that you can.
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DUBAI FOUNTAIN announced herself as a three-year-old filly of some promise in the Cheshire Oaks at Chester last month. The way she eased clear of her field was impressive, and put her close to the top of the market for the Oaks itself at Epsom. However, she finished 12th as Snowfall pulverised the field and won by 16 lengths.
Even though the damp conditions at Epsom appeared not to suit, and Dubai Fountain appeared most unhappy on the camber of the home straight there, you still have to put that run to the back of your mind to make her one of your Royal Ascot Day 3 tips.
However, she was not knocked about by jockey Franny Norton when it was clear her chance had gone, and a much firmer – and flatter – surface at Ascot could see her back to her best. One of the most popular Royal Ascot horse racing tips today will be Noon Star, who will be fancied thanks to finishing close behind Snowfall in the Musidora Stakes at York.
Eshaada, who won smartly at Newbury in May, and Gloria Mundi, the horse she beat that day, will have plenty of supporters. But if Dubai Fountain can put that poor run in the Oaks behind her and bounce back to the sort of form she showed on her previous appearance, she looks one of the top tips for Royal Ascot today.
There’s an argument that every single one of the 30 runners in a seven-furlong handicap for three-year-olds should be considered a long shot. None of the last eight winners of the Britannia Stakes went off favourite, suggesting this is an ideal race for Royal Ascot outsider tips. But none of those winners started at Royal Ascot odds longer than 28/1, which indicates that there must be just a little bit of science involved in spotting the winner of this high-speed spectacle.
One way of narrowing down the field is to look for horses with recent winning form – and SUMMA PETO fits that bill perfectly. He has won both his starts as a three-year-old under today’s rider, Joe Fanning. His most recent run was at Wolverhampton, while his previous victory at Ayr was on good to firm going – which he will encounter again today.
Search around for bookmakers offering extra places and Summa Peto, trained by the shrewd Keith Dalgleish, could be one of the Royal Ascot betting tips to give you a run for your each-way money. Another runner of interest here is Liffey River, who plugged on well at the Curragh behind Lust in May.
Mithras represents the powerful combination of jockey Frankie Dettori and joint trainers John and Thady Gosden, while Air To Air will surely be played as late as possible by Jamie Spencer. But when you are looking for Royal Ascot tips for loveable longshots, Summa Peto could be just the type for you.
When it comes to Royal Ascot horse racing tips today, it’s hard to get away from the name of STRADIVARIUS. John Gosden’s seven-year-old goes for a record-equalling fourth successive win in the Gold Cup, the most prestigious and historic prize of the whole week. His third win a year ago was about as impressive as you could ask, as he powered away from his field to win by 10 lengths.
Timeform rated him the best horse over staying trips of the last 40 years on that evidence – and still have him well clear as he bids to justify all those Royal Ascot tips today. As Timeform’s Adam Houghton put it: “It’s hard to see who can stop him if he turns up in anything like the same form he was in 12 months ago.”
Tom Collins of the Racing Post has also selected STRADIVARIUS, but Tom Segal, probably the most respected tipster from the same paper, has gone for TRUESHAN, who won the two-miler at Ascot on Champions Day last year. The Racing Post also suggests that the race might be run to suit TWILIGHT PAYMENT, who won the Melbourne Cup last year over two miles and could relish the extra four furlongs today.
Segal has also gone for AIR TO AIR among his Royal Ascot Day 3 tips. The George Boughey-trained colt is likely to be one of the most popular Royal Ascot tips today in the Britannia Stakes following his comfortable success at Doncaster earlier this month. The Racing Post is also sweet on MOHAAFETH, who is one of the strongest Royal Ascot tips today in the Hampton Court Stakes. This colt produced an incredibly promising display in winning at Newmarket and could be a superstar in the making.
The Post selects SURREY GOLD at what could be attractive Royal Ascot odds in the King George Stakes. He recorded a “stylish” win last time out and could have what it takes to lower the colours of Aidan O’Brien’s well regarded Sir Lamarak.
Paul Jacobs of Paddy Power looks to the final race of the day, the Buckingham Palace Stakes, for a value selection and the horse in question is LORD CAMPARI. This colt was far from disgraced behind Palace Pier – who confirmed his status as the leading miler in Europe by winning the meeting-opening Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday – on his only run this season in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
The Commonwealth Cup, which was added to the Royal Ascot roster as recently as 2015, is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds run over six furlongs on the Friday of the meeting. And this year’s running could see a French raider carry all before her. Fillies get a three-pound allowance in this race, but the way SUESA has performed in her races so far strongly indicates she might not need it. Trained by Francois Rohaut, Suesa took her unbeaten record to four as she obliged in extremely eye-catching style at Chantilly in May.
The way she put that race to bed two furlongs from home with a scintillating turn of foot on soft going suggests that she is right out of the top drawer and will take some stopping at Royal Ascot. Her main competition is likely to come from another filly high in the Royal Ascot odds, Campanelle. She is trained by Wesley Ward, the American handler who loves bringing horses across the pond for a tilt at the big Royal Ascot prizes.
Indeed, Campanelle won the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot last year and followed up with an impressive win at Deauville. But she has not been seen in public since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Given the quality of the top two in the market, it is hard to make a case for anything at longer odds, and Suesa’s classy recent run makes her one of the most confident Royal Ascot betting tips of the week.
How long is Royal Ascot?
Royal Ascot takes place over five days between June 15 and June 19. It traditionally begins on a Tuesday in the middle of June, and the meeting was extended from four days to five in 2002. That means there are 35 opportunities to find Royal Ascot tips to win at the meeting.
What time does Royal Ascot finish?
The last race each day starts at 6.10. The last chance to follow Royal Ascot horse racing tips will be in the Queen Alexandra Stakes, at two miles and five-and-a-half furlongs the longest race of the week, which concludes the racecard on Saturday June 19.
Is Royal Ascot flats or jumps?
All races at Royal Ascot take place on the flat. Jump racing has taken place in the winter at Ascot since 1965 but jumps races have never been part of the programme at Royal Ascot. However, many horses who excelled over the sticks have taken part at the meeting – including Looks Like Trouble, the 2001 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, who ran in the Queen Alexandra Stakes two years later.
When is the Royal Ascot Gold Cup?
The Ascot Gold Cup is the most prestigious prize across the five days of the meeting. It is the highlight of ladies day, traditionally staged on the Thursday, the third day of Royal Ascot. The Gold Cup will take place at 4.20 that day and there will be plenty of Royal Ascot tips in the countdown to the two-and-a-half-mile race.
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