Love and Ryan Moore win, and Frankie Dettori delivers again on day two of Royal Ascot

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Love and Ryan Moore win the day's big race - PA Wire
Love and Ryan Moore win the day's big race - PA Wire

Aidan O’Brien joined the late Sir Henry Cecil on 75 Royal Ascot winners when Love, his star filly from last year, began her four-year-old campaign by making all the running to win a hard-fought Prince of Wales’s Stakes on Wednesday.

The 11-10 favourite, Ryan Moore’s first Group One winner for Ballydoyle this season despite the outfit having won four Classics, was pushed all the way by James Fanshawe’s Breeders’ Cup winner Audarya, also having her first start, three quarters of a length back in second.

One imagines O’Brien will not have any better older horses this year than Love.

“It’s a bit of risk coming here first time out,” he said. “We knew she was ready to run but not cherry ripe. I thought we were a bit vulnerable to Armory (his other runner) because the conditions suited him and he’d had a run.

“She’s really filled out. I had to send back for a 54 inch girth because the 52 (most of our fillies would be between 50 – 52) didn’t fit. It’s unusual for a filly to have a girth that big.”

“It’s great to have her back,” said Moore. “She’s very tough and honest. It’s hard to win here first time out. She’ll improve for that.”

After the first two juvenile winners of the meeting, Berkshire Shadow and Quick Suzy, had raced under the stands rail Frankie Dettori appeared to be the first jockey to work out the possibility of a golden highway although, as the day wore on, it became clear the fastest strips were up either rail away from the slower ground in the middle.

That paid off handsomely for Dettori when he brought 22-1 shot Indie Angel up under the stands in the Duke of Cambridge to beat Lady Bowthorpe, who found the ground quick enough.

It was Dettori’s second winner and John and Thady Gosden’s third of the week. Dettori was doubly lucky that no one followed him because Indie Angel does not like being crowded and, like Ascot’s crowd for once, she had plenty of her own space.

“She’s always had ability, but things have got to fall right - she needs fast ground, she needs cover and needs plenty of room; she doesn’t like to be crowded, and we had all three things today,” said Dettori.

Frankie Dettori celebrates on board Indie Angel - Getty
Frankie Dettori celebrates on board Indie Angel - Getty

It is not so long ago that Gavin Cromwell’s claim to fame was as Tiger Roll’s farrier but he is already a Champion Hurdle winning trainer and he added to that taking the Stayers Hurdle with Flooring Porter and the Albert Bartlett with Vanillier at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

He can train anything though. At the other end of the speed spectrum, he won the Queen Mary with the well named Quick Suzy who is due to go to America now to race for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners who bought her after her maiden win. “I might try to persuade them otherwise now,” said the trainer.

A bit like Cromwell, until Wednesday Eve Johnson-Houghton was not best known for her precocious two-year-olds.

But she won the Brocklesby, the first two-year-old race of the turf season at Doncaster, with Chipotle and the colt, a 22-1 shot blazed a trail up the far side rail to beat Dig Two two and a quarter lengths in the Windsor Castle Stakes.

“I got a dream run through,” explained winning jockey Charlie Bishop. “We always liked him - we never really pressed any buttons with him, and he just sort of told us he was very ready, which is why he ran in the Brocklesby.

“Then he came here and did what we expected, then at Sandown he hated the ground and I didn’t give him a very good ride - I was too handy from a wide draw and made too much use of him, but thankfully we’ve made amends today, and I think we’d take today over Sandown!”

Laura Pearson riding the grey winner of the last, Lola Showgirl  - Action Images via Reuters 
Laura Pearson riding the grey winner of the last, Lola Showgirl - Action Images via Reuters

Maintaining a winner a day for female jockeys Laura Pearson, 20, struck on her first ride at the meeting on Lola Showgirl in the Kensington Palace Stakes.

Pearson was riding a lot of winners on the all-weather in the winter but stopped for six weeks to preserve her 5lb claim and that decision was fully vindicated.

05:25 PM

Thanks for following the action

with us on day two. We'll be back tomorrow for all the action from day three - including the Gold Cup. Marcus Armytage's report will appear above this very shortly.

05:20 PM

Winner: Lola Showgirl

And that's ridden by Laura Pearson.

1 Lola Showgirl (Laura Pearson) 12-1

2 Ffion (R Kingscote) 10-1

3 Waliyak (David Egan) 9-1

4 Declared Interest (Rob Hornby) 11-1

18 ran Also: 4-1 Fav Dreamloper

Laura Pearson: "I dreamed of it, but I never thought I would win a race at Royal Ascot."

Matt Chapman: "Laura, you're no showgirl, you're a jockey."

Bit of a problem at the start. The Godolphin horse had a blanket on that was attached to the stall... the jockey goes "wait, wait, wait - no no" but they went off anyway. Silvestre De Sousa it was. "I'm angry," he says. He and Stunning Beauty were left with absolutely no chance. There will be a stewards enquiry about that - it won't change the result.

So the question now: will it rain overnight? And what impact will that have on the Gold Cup.

05:06 PM

Last race coming up then

It's at 6.10, it's for four year old mares. Run over 7f, the top weight is carrying nine stone ten and the bottom weight eight stone six.

05:04 PM

Gold Cup day tomorrow

And you can read all about our best tips and bets for day three here, including Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius. Can they be beaten? Or will it be number four?

05:00 PM

Quick Suzy

was bought as a yearling online for 20,000 euros - so that and Chipotle landing a couple of blows for the little guy.

04:51 PM

And the always heartwarming update

from the bookies.

Although Love winning the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes was a victory for the punters, the day overall had some very favourable results for bookmakers. The massive gamble on Kaboo failed to land, while the Frankie Dettori multiples didn’t materialise.

Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: “Two days down and there are no complaints from us. We had a cracking result in the Royal Hunt Cup, the massive gamble on Kaboo failed to land, while victories for Quick Suzy and Kemari were also welcomed.”

04:50 PM

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04:48 PM

Right

time for one more race.

The 6.10pm Kensington Palace Stakes

Roger Varian is more than capable of producing a horse for a big race off a long break and it is interesting to see him bring a fresh horse forward in WALIYAK (NAP), who ran a huge race in defeat to finish 2nd on her seasonal reappearance in last year’s Sandringham Handicap, where she arguably lacked horses around her to take her further into the race. The fact that she has been sent off market leader on 3 of her 4 subsequent starts suggests there is a degree of unfinished business about her and, with a strong pace looking likely, Waliyak can go very close on her first run of the season.

04:47 PM

That horse

cost just ten grand...

04:44 PM

Windsor Castle - result

Royal Ascot 5.35

1 Chipotle (Charles Bishop) 22-1

2 Dig Two (James Doyle) 7-1

3 Boonie (A Kirby) 18-1

27 ran Also: 3-1 Fav Ruthin, 66-1

Chipotle and jockey Charles Bishop after winning the Windsor Castle Stakes - PA
Chipotle and jockey Charles Bishop after winning the Windsor Castle Stakes - PA

The horse cost just 10 grand and the winning syndicate are in the winning enclosure. One feller is in tears! Great to see a small operation getting a win on the big stage.

04:43 PM

Winner of the Windsor Castle

came out of stall one, so I think we can definitely shut that "you need a high draw" theory down.

04:42 PM

They are off in the Windsor Castle

and Ruthin, the American raider for Frankie, has gone off like a steam train. That's on the near side... but who's this on the near side? Chipotle. Chipotle wins!

04:30 PM

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04:15 PM

Next up, the Windsor Castle

5.35pm Windsor Castle Stakes

Aidan O’Brien’s record in the Windsor Castle bodes very well for the chances of AMALFI COAST, with his 5 runners in the last 10 runnings of this race yielding two winners, a 3rd and a 4th placing. The return to faster ground is a minor concern, otherwise the selection looks to have plenty going for him this afternoon, having improved with each of his 3 career starts. Wesley Ward holds a strong hand, headed by wide-margin debut winner Ruthin, who is greatly respected in this context. Armor had two subsequent winners behind him when a taking winner of his only start; he completes the shortlist.

04:13 PM

Royal Hunt Cup

1 Real World (Marco Ghiani) 18-1

2 Astro King (R L Moore) 11-2 Fav

3 Grove Ferry (David Probert) 12-1

4 Ouzo (S M Levey) 33-1

30 ran

04:09 PM

After all the debate about the draw

That was won by the horse in stall four. Real World is the winner, ridden by the very likeable Italian jockey Marco Ghiani.

"He's an improving horse, he is still a baby." Marco claims three and looks to be going places.

Real World has never raced on turf before. Went off 18-1. Well done if you picked him.

04:05 PM

Winner - Real World wins the Royal Hunt Cup

Second place is Astro King.

04:04 PM

They're off in the Royal Hunt

and they split into two groups. Teston leading the near group, and Eastern and Real World the far group.

04:03 PM

30 runner handicap ready to go

deep breath, Richard Hoiles.

04:01 PM

Matthew Flinders

was 16-1 this morning and will go off 7-1.

04:00 PM

Francesca Cumani

"I remember my dad having some short priced favourites beaten in this when they had a low draw." You basically want a high draw number, on the stand side.

03:59 PM

Frankie rides Magical Morning

striding up to the start with Andrea Atzeni, who rides Finest Sound

Simon Crisford, trainer of Finest Sound says: "The draw? Yes, I am worried. Do you go over to the rail? I don't know, it is tough from that draw. I told Andrea the quickest way is to go straight, so..."

03:56 PM

I mean God alone knows

with this next race, right? I've backed Astro King, so you can probably safely discard that.

03:43 PM

Royal Hunt Cup

One mile. 30 runners. Good luck. Here's Marlborough to guide you...

In a typically competitive renewal of the Royal Hunt Cup, ASTRO KING rates a very solid contender: he can have his run from last month’s Thirsk Hunt Cup upgraded as he had a wide draw and a tough position towards the rear. With his mark having been protected for this race, and with a record over a mile that reads 1113 (including a narrow beating of market rival Finest Sound), he can go take the beating as he bids to reward Sir Michael Stoute’s patience, having been brought along gently so far through his career. Irish Admiral can chase the selection home back on a more conventional track, having struggled around Epsom’s camber last time, with better ground a further bonus.

03:42 PM

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03:41 PM

So an excellent

front-running performance from a serious, serious mare. Well done Aidan O'Brien for getting Love ready for that without a prep race.

She beat Audarya, who won the Breeder's Cup Fillies And Mares Turf, and she also gave a good account of herself.

03:31 PM

Prince of Wales's Stakes result

1 Love (R L Moore) 11-10 Fav

2 Audarya (W Buick) 10-1

3 Armory (J A Heffernan) 5-2

6 ran

03:28 PM

Ryan Moore

"High class filly. First run since last August and she had to beat a Breeders Cup winner. Great to get her back today. She is very honest, lot of ability. Hopefully she will come on for that."

03:27 PM

Love wins the Prince of Wales's Stakes

Aidan: "Delighted, first run of the year. Ryan gave her a beautiful ride. She is very genuine and very brace. Ryan was trying to do enough but not too much. We knew looking at Ryan's body language he hadn't went for everything, he was just trying to do enough and not do too much. Do the right thing for Love. She will come on for the run."

03:25 PM

Coming round the final bend

Love takes that bend a length in the lead, and Love is asked to go. Audarya comes with a really strong challenge and Love is asked to go again - has she got it? Yes she has. She fights off her challengers and she has made all to win the big race.

03:23 PM

They are off in the Prince of Wales's

One mile and one furlong, and Love has to take the lead early on because nobody else is putting any pace into the race.

03:22 PM

They are going into the stalls

Love, white face, number seven, is last in.

03:19 PM

Betting

some money for My Oberon, Love is odds against at 6-5, looked like she would be odds on earlier. Will Love just have to make the running? How fit is Love?

03:11 PM

Dettori winning the previous race

Frankie Dettori celebrates on board Indie Angel - Getty
Frankie Dettori celebrates on board Indie Angel - Getty

03:09 PM

For Love

The sheer quality; rated 122, has won at multiple distances, has a serious trophy cabinet.

03:07 PM

Against the case of Love

is the fact that horses tend not to win this without a prep race. And the other question is as to what is the quality of horses she has beaten.

03:07 PM

Aidan O'Brien

has the big two in this one. Armory has to give three pounds to stablemate Love.

03:06 PM

Ed Chamberlin

said in his column yesterday: "All we need is Love to win on her return in the Prince Of Wales’ Stakes (4.20), but it will be a tough battle for her to beat stablemate Armoury.

03:05 PM

Here is our guide to the Prince of Wales's Stakes

4.20pm Prince Of Wales’s Stakes

A race to savour. Having not been seen since last August, the fitness and wellbeing of Aidan O’Brien’s stable star Love is sure to have a sizeable bearing on this race, but perhaps not as much as the pace of the race itself; with no confirmed front-runners in the line-up, this could prove a tactical affair. In a tricky race to call, ARMORY’s fitness edge over Love could prove the decisive factor: it was hard not to be impressed with his Chester reappearance and, with the promise of more to come, he can take this over stablemate Love.

Armory: Consistent high-class performer who reappeared with an excellent victory in the Huxley Stakes at Chester. This is his toughest assignment to date, but he promises to have much more to offer as a 4-year-old.

Desert Encounter: Course winner back in 2017 but has failed to place in 6 subsequent visits to Ascot. Lack of pace a further worry; hard to fancy in a warm heat.

Lord North: non-runner

My Oberon: Good 3rd last time out in an admittedly lesser Group 1 event than this. Has work to do to figure here, but gets first-time cheekpieces and the ground is in his favour; squeak.

Sangarius: More than useful horse on his day, but his best form invariably coincides with soft ground. Unlikely to get it here. Potential place angle but playing for minor honours at best.

Audarya: Made giant strides as a 4-year-old, culminating in two Group 1 victories, the latter coming in the Breeders’ Cup Fillies & Mares Turf. Tough task on seasonal reappearance; best watched.

Love: Looked a world beater in three imperious wide-margin victories last year. Taking on colts for the first time and looks to have a tough task on her seasonal reappearance; the one to beat nevertheless.

03:03 PM

Right then

we turn our attention now to the big race.

02:55 PM

England cricket in the house

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02:50 PM

Frankie Dettori

"Yes a nice surprise. She likes fast ground, cover and plenty of room and she got all three of those things. Everything fell right today."

ITV also interview the lad - A guy called Viktor who is Hungarian. That seems to have cheered him up after the football the other night...

02:49 PM

Frankie Dettori and Indie Angel

1 Indie Angel (L Dettori) 22-1

2 Lady Bowthorpe (K Shoemark) 7-2

3 Queen Power (S De Sousa) 11-4 Fav

12 ran Also: 10-1 Champers Elysees 4th

Frankie Dettori riding Indie Angel wins The Duke Of Cambridge Stakes on Day Two - Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Frankie Dettori riding Indie Angel wins The Duke Of Cambridge Stakes on Day Two - Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

02:47 PM

Indie Angel wins the third race

Very tight for second between Lady Bowthorpe and Queen Power. We'll have to wait and see about that, but the main thing is that Frankie Dettori has won his 75th Royal Ascot race. Incredible.

02:45 PM

Duke of Cambridge in running

Agincourt bad start. At half way, Double or Bubble and Onassis are up there.

Lady Bowthorpe seems to have it but here is Indie Angel... Frankie!

02:44 PM

They're off for the third

race

02:44 PM

The Princess Royal

Princess Royal - EPA-EFE
Princess Royal - EPA-EFE

02:38 PM

Plenty of money coming

for Champers Elysees - Ed Chamblerin was fancying that in his Daily Telegraph column yesterday.

Lady Bowthorpe is friendless in the market, I think that people think the ground may be too hard for her.

02:36 PM

And here's Marcus Armytage on the next race

Music agent Emma Banks turns attention from Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry to Royal Ascot

“I’m still pinching myself that Lady B ultimately came so close to Palace Pier in the Lockinge [in May]. What was really exciting was how far we left the others behind. A few days later, I was still reminding myself we hadn’t won.”

Lady Bowthorpe will be a short price today. “That doesn’t mean we can win – things go wrong,” says Banks. “I’d love to see a shower of rain but we’ll take it as it comes. She owes us nothing.”

02:34 PM

Ed Chamberlin on the Duke of Cambridge

"I’d love music super agent Emma Banks to win the Duke Of Cambridge (3.40) with Lady Bowthorpe. Emma’s enthusiasm for the game is infectious and maybe Kylie or Katy Perry will be tuning in to support. I sang a duet from The Greatest Showman recently with Johnny Murtagh, who fancies himself an Irish Hugh Jackman, and he thinks Champers Elysees will go close. She might come alive at Ascot.

02:34 PM

Marlborough on the Duke of Cambridge

Superior straight course form can count in the favour of ONASSIS, who book-ended her 2020 campaign with two excellent runs down Ascot’s straight course. Making her seasonal reappearance here, Onassis was last seen finishing strongly in the Group 1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint last October, where she finished in among genuine Group 1 performers. The prospect of better ground should hold few fears and, with the promise of more to come as a four-year-old, she can get her season off to a flyer here. Lady Bowthorpe has a 3lb penalty to shoulder but is entitled to be bang there and can go chase the selection home.

02:33 PM

Next race is the Duke of Cambridge

That's a group 2 race, the distance is one mile.

02:22 PM

On Kemari

Lee Mottershead of the Racing Post says: "Charlie Appleby names the Melbourne Cup as a potential target for Kemari. The mere fact he’s publicly talking about the possibility of running a horse in the race will excite those connected to the Cup given the new requirements for international participants.

02:14 PM

Charlie Appleby

"William was very impressed with this horse at Yarmouth. He did a nice piece of work last week, Kemari. Great to get a winner on the board at Royal Ascot. He could make up into a nice Cup horse for next year, or maybe the Melbourne Cup."

02:13 PM

William Buick

"He stays well, Charlie Appleby thought this would suit him and it did. He got in a lovely rhythm."

02:12 PM

Result of the 3.05pm Queen's Vase

Royal Ascot 3.05

1 Kemari (W Buick) 15-2

2 Wordsworth (R L Moore) 10-3 Fav

3 Stowell (L Dettori) 12-1

13 ran

02:11 PM

Winner: Kemari

Kemari wins the Queen's Vase.

02:10 PM

Coming to the final bend

They turn for home, it's Law of the Sea and Golden Flame, Kemari has taken it up... Wordsworth is finishing strongly but has left it too late.

02:09 PM

In running second race

They are at Swinley Bottom. Golden Flame second, Law of the Sea leads, Recovery Run third. All going within themselves and it is not a true run test as yet.

02:07 PM

Off in the second race

They're off. Law of The Sea leading them around the first bend, Wordsworth is in fifth.

02:06 PM

Draw for this one mile six race

You want a low draw here else you're going to get forced well wide... Right then. They've nearly all loaded in.

Wordsworth is a gorgeous fellow, chestnut with a white face.

Kyprios won't run, he got stuck underneath the stalls. The horse and jockey are both okay.

02:04 PM

Cricket fans

will NB the presence in this race of Benaud, who runs in the JP McManus colours. This race is for flat stayers of the future (Stradivarius is a previous winner) but there might also be jumps racing stars further down the line.

02:02 PM

The Queen's horse

I regret to tell you, is 100-1. Well, if she can get a fiver on, that's the gas bill off the worry list for a while at least if he wins.

02:01 PM

Mark Johnston

"My two are climbing up from handicap company and it is quite a big jump for them. But Dancing King keeps beating everything we put in front of him, and it is only at this time that horses like this are stepping up to one mile six."

01:54 PM

Not to get ahead of ourselves

but here are our tips for day three.

01:50 PM

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01:49 PM

Important role

A racegoer carries beverages - AFP
A racegoer carries beverages - AFP

01:45 PM

Racegoers

Kateryna Makhova (left) and Irina Chebotaeva - PA
Kateryna Makhova (left) and Irina Chebotaeva - PA
Hats at Royal Ascot - Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph
Hats at Royal Ascot - Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph

01:43 PM

Racing fans

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royal ascot 2021 live results day 2 tips betting updates - AFP via Getty Images

01:43 PM

Our next race is the Queen's Vase

An admittedly below-par renewal of the Queen’s Vase, with none of the 15 runners yet to tackle Group 2 company. Moreover, many of the field are trying this distance for the first time and, in quite a puzzling event, WORDSWORTH rates the most solid option for the trainer/jockey combination of Aidan O’Brien & Ryan Moore that have captured three of the past six runnings of this race. Stowell rates an interesting contender now stepping out of maiden company and tackling 1m6f for the first time for the Gosden/Dettori combination; he can take a sizeable step up here and give the favourite the most to think about.

01:38 PM

Royal Ascot 2.30pm result

1 Quick Suzy (G F Carroll) 8-1

2 Twilight Gleaming (John Velazquez) 9-4 Fav

3 Cheerupsleepyjean (C D Hayes) 50-1

21 ran

Quick Suzy and Gary Carroll (right) coming home to win the Queen Mary Stakes - PA Wire
Quick Suzy and Gary Carroll (right) coming home to win the Queen Mary Stakes - PA Wire

01:35 PM

Quick Suzy wins the Queen Mary

for trainer Gavin Cromwell. That's Gavin's first runner at Royal Ascot - and he is off to the perfect start. The winner and the second were stalls 20 and 22. The stand side looks like it will be the place to be.

01:34 PM

They are off in the first!

They break into two groups. Twilight Gleaming, the favourite, leads them from one furlong out - but here is Quick Suzy coming with a strong run.

01:33 PM

They are putting a blind

on Jazzy Princess but she has chucked the jockey off again. Bad for the other horses, they don't like being held in there.

They are still getting a few of these two-year-old fillies in

01:31 PM

They are loading up for the first race

Coup de Force doesn't want to let her rider Liam Keniry get on her.

Jazzy Princess has reared up and chucked off her jockey Luke Morris.

01:26 PM

Royal presence

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex - Samir Hussein/WireImage
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex - Samir Hussein/WireImage

01:19 PM

It's 5f

down the straight course for these two-year-old fillies.

01:18 PM

Not quite the full Royal Procession

but here is the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall having a spin around the parade ring in a nice old motor. Rolls? Bentley? I'm afraid I am not a car person. It's not Ford Cortina, anyway.

01:11 PM

Breeze at Ascot now

Wonder if the weather will freshen up.

Red hat
Red hat

01:06 PM

Telegraph Sport columnist Ed Chamberlin

writes:

"I’d love music super agent Emma Banks to win the Duke Of Cambridge (3.40) with Lady Bowthorpe. Emma’s enthusiasm for the game is infectious and maybe Kylie or Katy Perry will be tuning in to support. I sang a duet from The Greatest Showman recently with Johnny Murtagh, who fancies himself an Irish Hugh Jackman, and he thinks Champers Elysees will go close. She might come alive at Ascot.

All we need is Love to win on her return in the Prince Of Wales’ Stakes (4.20), but it will be a tough battle for her to beat stablemate Armoury.

I have been ‘styled’ for the week by William Haggas’ step-brother at Brook Taverner and while my collar size was being measured it became clear that Irish Admiral is fancied to run a big race in the Royal Hunt Cup (5.00). I’ll throw two darts at this, as Astro King really caught my eye at Thirsk last time."

01:04 PM

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12:59 PM

Looking a picture

A racegoer takes a photo ahead of day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse - PA
A racegoer takes a photo ahead of day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse - PA

12:56 PM

Here is Marlborough on the first race

Competitive renewal of the Queen Mary, and a big field to go with it. The pace looks to be among the high draws, headed by TWILIGHT GLEAMING, whose trainer Wesley Ward enjoys an enviable record in this race, having won the Queen Mary four times and finished runner-up on a further three occasions since his first foray to the UK back in 2009. He brings over a strong-looking team of juveniles this year and, with Twilight Gleaming reportedly his strongest chance, she commands the upmost respect. Quick Suzy can give her the most to think about now dropped back to five furlongs and rates a solid each-way chance.

12:54 PM

Our first race today

is the Queen Mark Stakes, a group two race for two-year-old fillies.

12:47 PM

Nice preview piece here about owner Emma Burns

Emma Banks may be agent to Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but today her focus will be on a four-legged superstar – Lady Bowthorpe in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

Banks, from Bedfordshire farming stock, has a pedigree in horses. Her grandfather Sidney has been commemorated in a handicap hurdle at Huntingdon ever since his death in 1973.

Her uncle Michael trained jumpers on a small but successful basis while her father, Richard, rode a horse once, fell off and swore to avoid them for the rest of his life. His passion became Luton Town FC, where he is a vice-president.

Music agent Emma Banks turns attention from Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry to Royal Ascot

12:42 PM

They put 4mm

of water overnight and the ground is firm. Quick.

12:42 PM

The gamble of the day

Seems to be Kaboo in the Windsor Castle, in from 66-1 tonight to 7-1 today...

12:37 PM

The action

today features seven races, with start with three group two races, then the feature race, the group one Prince of Wales's Stakes over a mile and a quarter.

12:35 PM

Nice intro from ITV

With Jackie Wilson's Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher soundtracking the hype of Love.

She's odds-on favourite for the Prince of Wales' Stakes after trainers John and Thady Gosden withdrew Lord North because of the ground.

Francesca Cumani: "What has Love really beaten though? She was withdrawn from the Arc because of the ground, but has she really been tested against the colts?"

12:31 PM

The Duchess of Cornwall

gave an interview to ITV yesterday.

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12:28 PM

Very warm at Ascot

as it is most places in the country today. That ground will be baking out - already good to firm and I shouldn't think it will get any softer.

But set fair for the day - looks like the rain is coming tonight and tomorrow. And, regrettably for certain live bloggers who might be going racing, tipping it down on Friday :-(

11:52 AM

The Queen's hat

always a key early betting event (not really) - but green is the favourite this morning at 3-1. No Queen = no bet.

11:23 AM

Royal Ascot day two

Hello and welcome to our live blog coverage of the second day of Royal Ascot 2021. On the card today we will have the news, the betting tips, the live racing action from seven races as well as fashion, fun and Royal family involvement.

Yesterday was a great success all things considered. 12,000 spectators attended, and Frankie Dettori won the first race, The Queen Anne: he first won that race in 1990. Amazing longevity and talent.

Talking of longevity, the only thing really missing was the race meeting's most famous patron/supporter: HRH Queen Elizabeth II was not in attendance for the first time since 1946 (with the exception of the closed-door event last year). Here is an account, if you're interested, of Her Majesty's Royal Ascot debut the year after the Second World War.

Here is Marcus Armytage's account from day one. He said: "Royal Ascot had a bit of everything including a crowd on Tuesday but other than a very good lunch there can be no better way to the start the meeting, surely, than a Frankie Dettori ridden winner."

Read more of that here. Frankie Dettori winning, HRH presence, 12,000 in attendance: Royal Ascot was back in style

Here is what is on the menu on day two.

2.30pm Queen Mary Stakes

3.05pm Queen’s Vase

3.40pm Duke Of Cambridge Stakes

4.20pm Prince Of Wales’s Stakes

5.00pm Royal Hunt Cup

5.35pm Windsor Castle Stakes

6.10pm Kensington Palace Stakes

We will bring you all the tips and betting offers for those throughout the day.

Here is a bit of news of a couple of non-runners.

14:30 8 Eve Lodge

15:05 15 Zinc White

15:40 5 Bounce The Blues

16:20 3 Lord North

17:35 4 Tipperary Sunset

Lord North the significant withdrawal there from the Prince of Wales's Stakes.

The five-year-old won the 10-furlong feature last year and had been set for a high-profile clash with dual Classic winner Love.

However, with the ground officially described as good to firm, trainers John and Thady Gosden have thought better of it.

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