Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips and Preview by Dave Stevos
It was a mixed day for us on Day 1 at Ascot. The ground changing mid way through the card didn’t help, but at least on Wednesday we know it will be testing. Romanised was an unlucky 4th, advised e/w for 4 places at 33/1. The rain didn’t arrive in time for Stormy Antarctic. Mabs Cross just missed out on a place, while First Nation was never going. Royal Marine probably found the ground a bit too testing, but Fun Mac relished it and landed place money in 4th, advised at 16/1. Dave Stevos is hoping to get a winner on the board tomorrow, check out his free Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips and preview below…
Royal Ascot Tips: 2.30 Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2)
The girls take centre stage in the opening contest of Day 2 at Ascot. The Queen Mary is a 5f sprint for 2yo fillies and last year’s winning trainer John Quinn has another very interesting filly entered this year. Liberty Beach is 2/2 so far, winning over 5f at Beverley and Redcar. The daughter of Cable Bay made her debut at Redcar under Jason Hart and won very nicely under a considerate ride.
She then headed for the Hilary Needler at Beverley and while it says the ground was good to firm in the Racing Post, it looked more like good to soft. The rain was falling and they were kicking up turf, and the ground was changed to good to soft later in the day. That gives encouragement that she will handle cut, as does her pedigree.
All three of her dam’s siblings won on good to soft or worse and her sire didn’t mind an ease either. Jason Hart is back on board and he is a decent pilot. Quinn knows what it takes to win this, having done so with outsider Signora Cabello in 2018. Liberty Beach could help him to repeat the trick and at 28/1 she is the each way selection.
ROYAL ASCOT DAY 2 TIPS: LIBERTY BEACH E/W @ 28/1 5 PLACES
Royal Ascot Tips: 3.05 – Queen’s Vase Stakes (Group 2)
A decent sized field of 13 3yo colts line up for this 14f Group 2 contest. After his winners on Day 1, the Aidan O’Brien battalion all look sure to run well. Western Australia (Donnacha) and Norway (Ryan Moore) are vying for favouritism at around 7/2 but neither are proven on soft. Norway probably has a better chance of handling it than Western Australia, but given the uncertainty it looks worth taking them both on.
The one that looks overpriced is Nate The Great for Archie Watson and Hollie Doyle. This son of Nathaniel isn’t exactly bred to be a stayer, but he certainly ran like one last time at Lingfield. He finished 3rd on soft ground behind Anthony Van Dyck at Lingfield (12f) and he really finished the race off well. That form was franked in the Derby and Nate The Great has solid 2yo form in the book too.
He hasn’t got a lot to find with Norway on their meeting at Newmarket last season (1.25L). Archie Watson’s charge also has course form in the book, including in the Chesham where he was only a neck behind Arthur Kitt in 2nd. On the evidence of his Lingfield run this trip could really suit, he has form on soft and at odds of 12/1 he is the each way pick.
ASCOT RACING TIP: NATE THE GREAT E/W @ 12/1 4 PLACES NB
Ascot Racing Tip: 3.40 – Prince Of Wales’ Stakes (Group 1)
The first Group 1 on the second day of the Royal Meeting is the Prince Of Wales’ Stakes. Even though only eight horses line up at the start for this 10f contest, it is a mouth watering race. A serious case can be made for five of them and the bookies favour Magical. This fabulous filly has won here over 12f on soft and being out of a Pivotal mare, the daughter of Galileo will have no worries on the rain sodden ground.
Her main market rival, Sea Of Class, nearly lowered the colours of Enable last season. However, the rain has to be a massive worry for her supporters. She has never encountered it on the race track and it is a tough race to try and find out if she handles it. Crystal Ocean drops back in trip and his backers will hope that the soft ground turns it into a stamina test.
Waldgeist has won a Group 1 on soft and he was mightily impressive in France last time. He hammered a very good animal in Study Of Man by 4.5L over 10f on good to soft ground and he should improve for the run. He needs to, but he looks like he is even better as a 5yo and at 5/1 he should go very close for master trainer Andre Fabre with conditions to suit.
ASCOT RACING TIP: WALDGEIST WIN @ 5/1
Ascot Racing Tip: 4.20 – Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2)
A big field of 17 fillies and mares go to post for this mile Group 2. With 4 places available each way, it might be worth chancing one at a big price each way. One filly that is going to relish all the rain is Hand On Heart for Fozzy Stack and Chris Hayes. This 4yo daughter of Mastercraftsman loves to get her toe in.
She won her first two starts on heavy last season but the ground was probably quick enough for her on her final two starts of 2018 when she ran poorly. Her comeback run at Naas was a cracker (8f soft) where she was beaten a head in a Group 3. She then ran a huge race over an inadequate 7f at the Curragh to stay on for 4th. She had Irish 1000 Guineas 3rd Foxtrot Liv a neck behind, so it looks like solid form. Dan’s Dream was a length ahead in 2nd but this extra furlong should help Hand On Heart reverse that form.
She stays every inch of a mile and her pedigree suggests that she will get even further in time. There is a fair bit of early pace in the race, and I am hoping they go too quick up front on the soft ground. That will play to Hand On Heart’s strengths and she should be doing her best work at the finish. With a rating of 99 she has a bit to find, but she could still have improvement in her on soft ground. With 4 places available from a number of bookies, a small each way interest at 50/1 is advised.
ROYAL ASCOT DAY 2 TIPS: HAND ON HEART E/W @ 50/1 4 PLACES
Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips: 5.00 Royal Hunt Cup (Class 2)
The Royal Hunt Cup is one of those races that is devilishly difficult to read. The soft ground is a help in that regard as horses that need it quicker can be discounted. All the talk has been about New Graduate, the ante-post plunge. Many judges reckon he is a group horse in a handicap, but the same could also be said for Chilean, especially on testing ground.
He is now rated 101 after four poor runs last season. However, he beat a very solid yardstick in Study Of Man on his seasonal return last season in a Group 3 on heavy. That was his only start on ground without good in the description. He is also a Listed winner on heavy and he ran a very good race on debut on soft behind subsequent Group winner Vintager.
Martyn Meade got a very welcome winner in France last week and his horses look to be hitting form. Chilean is completely unexposed on slow ground and the 4yo son of Iffraaj won first time up last year. With underhoof conditions to suit he could be well handicapped off just 101 and at 33/1 he is the each way NAP of the day.
ROYAL ASCOT DAY 2 TIPS: CHILEAN E/W @ 28/1 7 PLACES NAP
Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips: 5.35 – Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)
The closer on Day 2 at Royal Ascot is the 5f Listed Windsor Castle Stakes. A field of twenty four 2yos will go to post and soft ground form is thin on the ground. The Marnane’s won the Albany with Different League in 2017 and Wheels On Fire represents them here. Trained by French handler Matthieu Palussiere, this son of Sidestep has winning form on soft. He has had three runs so far and was beaten on the other two runs on good to soft.
Wheels On Fire still looked very green when making all at Bordeaux. Hopefully the cheekpieces help him to concentrate better. The biggest worry for this fella is whether he stays the stiff 5f at Ascot. There is no doubt his stamina will be tested given his racing style. If his stamina does last out he could give each way backers a big run for their money at odds of 66/1.