Royal Ascot 2022 tips and best bets for day three
Royal Ascot got under way on Tuesday with great races in prospect every day this week. Here is your guide to the third day of one of flat racing’s finest meetings.
2.30pm – Norfolk Stakes
It is hard to look past WALBANK, whose second placing on debut came in one of the strongest novices we have seen this season. He duly went one better, and in no uncertain terms too, slamming his rivals to score by a bloodless seven-length margin in a 5f novice at York. Walbank was an expensive breeze-up graduate and looks a potentially top-class juvenile to go with his lofty price tag; he can go one better for his connections who went so close in this race last year with Go Bears Go.
3.05pm – King George V Stakes
Fast ground can make all the difference for INVERNESS, whose sole start this term came in the Listed Blue Riband Trial at Epsom, a race that is working out nicely. He had previously beaten the useful Educator in a 1m maiden at Goodwood last year and, with the step up to 1m4f sure to suit, he looks to have plenty more to offer after just three career starts. Deauville Legend has long shaped as one that can prove considerably better than a mark of 89 and looks sure to go close here also.
3.40pm – Ribblesdale Stakes
SEA SILK ROAD has made rampant progress so far this term, winning a maiden in great style prior to scoring at Listed level at Goodwood last month on ground that looked too soft for her. Her first try on fast ground can bring about further improvement, as can a step up in trip and, in a race lacking the superstar quality that Emily Upjohn might have brought to proceedings, Sea Silk Road can open her account on her first try at Group level and continue a good week for trainer William Haggas.
4.20pm – Gold Cup
It is very hard to look past KYPRIOS, who is firmly in the mould of Aidan O’Brien’s last two Gold Cup winners Order Of St George and Leading Light, in the sense that he is a most progressive four-year-old stayer who looks highly likely to improve for this step up in trip. Firm ground can prove very much to his liking and, in a line-up where a few of these are sure to appreciate some rain, he stands out as far and away the most likely winner of this race.
Useful stayer on his day, but been exposed at a lower level and likely to struggle, for all that this trip could bring about some improvement.
Made a big impact on the staying division through the all-weather season, but this is a different test altogether and will do very well to figure.
Stayer of a lifetime who comes into this off the back of a tough win in the Yorkshire Cup. Ground in favour but this is a big ask; entitled to go close nevertheless.
Top-class stayer in the right conditions, but he is at his best on soft ground and he is not going to get that today. Will do well to feature in these conditions if he runs.
Looks very much a stayer on the up, improving with every start and looking of this class last time out. Stamina to prove but otherwise ticks plenty of boxes – the one to beat.
Last year’s Derby and St. Leger runner-up. This is a huge ask on his seasonal debut however and, with stamina to prove, he is best watched.
Stamina-laden four-year-old who would have been a leading fancy if the ground were softer. Improving still, proven at the track and stays all day; has a squeak.
Useful stayer whose sole try at this trip saw her finish third behind Trueshan and Stradivarius in the Prix Du Cadran. Has work to do based on her two runs this term.
High-class hurdler representing a trainer who is a dab hand with horses switching codes. Hard to gauge her ability on the flat but her presence in the line-up is respected.
Thoroughly likeable mare, second in this last year and warmed up with a winning effort in the Sagaro Stakes. Not getting any younger but can run her race once again.
5pm – Britannia Stakes
Minefield of a handicap, with many up-and-coming three-year-old’s set to clash. KOY KOY’s (NAP) seasonal reappearance was a bit of a mess, in the sense that the ground was too soft for him, he stumbled out of the gate, missed the break and proceeded to race keenly in midfield. Moreover, he is a big horse who may have found Chester tight enough for him and, all things considered, he might have done very well to finish second. Firm ground, a mile and a straight track can all bring about bundles of improvement in him and he is fancied to go close.
5.35pm – Hampton Court Stakes
It is very hard to look beyond REACH FOR THE MOON, who has likely been laid out for this race for some time and rates banker material in his bid to give Her Majesty The Queen a timely Royal Ascot winner. Indeed, whilst he is certainly bred to appreciate this step up in trip, further improvement might not be required to score here. In a race lacking a lot of substance for the grade, Kingmax is fancied to outrun his likely long odds: he hails from a couple of formlines that are working out nicely and is taken to chase the selection home.
6.10pm – Buckingham Palace Stakes
MONTASSIB has looked a potential Stakes performer in winning both of his starts this season, most recently when hacking up in a 7f handicap at Goodwood on ground that may well have been too soft for him. He has any amount of improvement to come and, provided stall one does not prove disadvantageous in any way, he must go close. Tactical looks an interesting contender back in handicap company and, as a previous winner at this meeting (when victorious in the 2020 Windsor Castle Stakes), could reward each-way support.
Day three at Royal Ascot selections
3.40 Sea Silk Road
5.00 Koy Koy NAP
5.35 Reach For The Moon
2.30 Brave Nation
3.05 Flying Dolphin
3.40 Sea Silk Road
4.20 Princess Zoe
5.00 Whoputfiftyinyou NAP
5.35 Reach For The Moon