We enjoyed a great day yesterday with winners at 20/1 and 10/1 as well as placed selections at 33/1 (ante-post), 12/1 and 13/2. Day 2 of the Royal meeting looks a competitive affair and here we pick out some horses that take our fancy for the day. For more free betting tips on today’s racing check out the rest of our preview articles in the racing section of the site.
2.30 – Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 7f
Kicking off proceedings on Day 2 is the Jersey Stakes for 3 year olds and in keeping with yesterday Aiden O’Brien and Richard Hannon have leading fancies for the race. Favourite Gale Force Ten ran well when 2nd behind Magician in the Irish Guineas last time out and should prove competitive if repeating that performance back down in trip. Montiridge is highly regarded by the Hannon camp and came on plenty for his seasonal reappearance to win impressively on his last start. On what will be his sixth career start he is open to further progression and must be in with a good chance.
For selections we look to the foreign raiders. First up is MUTIN who is unbeaten in 4 starts to date. It is sometimes difficult to weigh up the French form against the British form but he is a Listed winner already and has always looked to have more up his sleeve. He has won on good ground and over a mile so the stiff 7f should prove no problem to him and he should give a good account of himself. The second French trained horse in the line-up is THE BROTHERS WAR and he may look a little familiar to some of you after yesterdays racing. He is a son of War Front and races in the colours of Joseph Allen; just like the 20/1 winner of the Coventry Stakes on Day 1. A consistent performer in France, he has slightly more speed in comparison to Mutin and it remains to be seen whether the 7f will stretch him here. He won a Listed contest last time out and has done a lot of racing on soft ground but there is a chance he will improve for better ground and being well drawn he should run a solid race.
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3.05 – Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) 1m
E/W Selection: SARKIYLA @ 9/1 with Bet Victor
This looks a competitive race on paper with a lot of the runners having some sort of chance. Duntle is a worthy favourite having been successful at Ascot before and his consistent profile in Group races makes him the one to beat. In an open race we will go for an each-way selection however in the shape of SARKIYLA who makes the trip over from France. She has been slightly unlucky on a number of occasions in recent races often finishing her races very well but running out of time to get her head in front. A stiff finish here may help her in the latter stages and expect to see her running on strongly. A Group 3 winner she just failed to win a Group 2 event last time out and on form she certainly comes into the mix.
3.45 – Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) 1m2f
E/W Selection: MAXIOS @ 11/2 with Coral
MAXIOS runs for French trainer Jonathan Pease and he was highly thought of early in his career before he struggled with set backs as a 3 year old. He has appeared better than ever of late, registering his first Group 1 success last time out in the Prix d’Ispahan. He was runner up in the Prix Ganay last year behind the smart German raider Pastorius, who managed to finish 4th behind Frankel at Ascot last season. Maxios finished ahead of the likes of Dunaden, Giofra, Saonois and Ridasiyna who are all Group 1 winners and his form puts him in the mix in the context of this race. A possible Arc tilt is being considered later in the year but he makes the journeys over to Ascot first. A French trained son of Monsun was ridden to victory in this race by likely jockey Stephane Pasquier back in 2007 when Manduro was the victor and there is every chance history could repeat itself.
4.25 – Royal Hunt Cup (Handicap) (Class 2) 1m
The Royal Hunt Cup is one of the betting races of the meeting and with a field of 30 set to go to post it is fair to say that luck in running is needed to get your head in front. SWEET LIGHTNING was allocated top weight for trainer/jockey in form Jonny Murtagh but with the assistance of a 7lb claimer effectively races off a mark of 103. He won the Irish Lincolnshire earlier in the season and also won the English equivalent back in 2010 off a mark of 104. He finished a length behind Duntle in a Group 3 event last time out and now back into handicap company he could get involved. Frankie Dettori will be hoping to be in the headlines for the right reasons when he gets the leg up on BURKE’S ROCK for Jeremy Noseda. He has form which ties into the current favourite for the race having beaten Stirring Ballad last time out in a Listed contest. This is a completely different race to that one but he is weighted to confirm form and there relative prices make him an appealing price.
5.00 – Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) 5f
QUATUOR could not have been more impressive when bounding clear in the Lily Agnes at Chester in May before disappointing behind favourite Beldale Memory last time out. The ground was soft that day which appeared not to suit her and she should be given another chance to build on her Chester effort. Bred to have plenty of pace and could outrun her price. KAIULANI has one had the one start so far when she was a comfortable winner at Leicester in May. She had something in hand that day and is likely to improve for that experience too. She was a fairly expensive purchase and is bred to be effective over sprint trips at this stage of her career; open to progress.
5.35 – Sandringham Handicap (Listed) 1m
In what is a competitive race the two market leaders look to have strong claims. With unexposed profiles and useful form behind smart rivals to their names they are tough to separate, but slight preference is for the Sir Michael Stoute trained MANGO DIVA. She finished just behind subsequent Nell Gwyn winner Hot Snap on her only start as a 2 year old and found only Montiridge too strong in two starts this season. Likely to have more to offer and should good well under Ryan Moore. At a bigger price NARGYS is a risky proposition but has the form in the book to go well in a race such as this. She was a smart 2 year old, finishing behind Irish Guineas winner Just The Judge in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes. She was well backed before her seasonal reappearance but ran no sort of race and clearly must bounce back now. Been given time since that run and no surprise to see her in better form here.
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