Royal Ascot continues on Wednesday in what is expected to be a fascinating day of racing following an interesting first day, which sprung particular success for jockey Johnny Murtagh.
There is only one Group One race scheduled, however the Prince of Wales’s Stakes is questionably the most prestigious race of the meeting.
Al Kazeem and Camelot will meet again in the contest which is sure to prove a competitive encounter. The former will lead the market after defeating the 2012 Epsom Derby winner in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last time.
There seems to be no reason for a reverse in the result this time, although O’Brien’s highly-talented colt can never be written off easily and may improve with more runs.
He is currently 3/1 with Boylesports, whilst Paddy Power offer the best price of 5/2 for Roger Charlton’s favourite. Two others that warrant respect are Maxios and The Fugue; both of whom will be ready for this race and have good reason to run well.
The Duke of Cambridge Stakes is set up to be a wide open renewal of a race won by outsider Joviality last time. This year looks far more competitive with one of the favourites likely to claim victory. Duntle is the 11/4 favourite (William Hill) on the back of a fine Group 3 win at Leopardstown in May, with a 75% win rate in her last four races.
Chigun won comfortably in a Group Three at Curragh in May, after today’s opponent Dank edged him out over an extra furlong here before that. Chigun beat another of today’s opponents, Thistle Bird at Newmarket before that and is in with a very good chance of winning again here.
Dank is likely to feature, with Thistle Bird and Sarkiyla representing the best each-way value in this tricky betting heat.
The Queen Mary Stakes is the other main race of the day, with the impressive Beldale Memory the market leader, at 9/2 withPaddy Power. The filly has won two successive outings over this distance, with the most recent being rather comfortable.This puts her in strong contention once again here and Clive Cox will be hoping for more success. Both Rizeena and Reroute won their most recent outings in decent style and may well have enough to compete with the favourite. They are 13/2 (BetVictor) and 11-1 (Stan James) respectively and represent very good value
Richard Hannon has a number of entries with Oriel the most appealing, due to partner up with champion jockey, Richard Hughes.
Gale Force Ten and Garswood are the two main contenders for the Jersey Stakes, although no favourite has come out on top in this for the last ten years. Ladbrokes are offering the best value on the pair, both at 5/1 currently.
Montiridge won well at Sandown last time and warrants respect, whilst Mutin represents quality value and is an extremely interesting contender that could be worth a bet.
The Royal Hunt Cup is as competitive as ever, with last year’s winner Prince Of Johanne in with a chance again. He races off the same mark as last time, with the recent return to form an obvious positive. Stirring Ballad is likely to be suited here and should run well under Hughes, whilst Educate and Burke’s Rock are two more who symbolise good value.
The Sandringham Handicap draws a close on the second day in a race that symbolises some excitement. There are many horses in with a good chance, with Buick’s Woodland Aria progressing well and Bracing Breeze an interesting contender.
Anecdote has won 3 from 7 and may be a good each-way bet at 16/1 with Bet365, although her best form to date is over 7f.
William Hill are offering a 7/2 price for Camelot to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (3:45) from 08:30am on Wednesday when betting via the mobile app.
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