Royal Ascot Day 3 Tips
Royal Ascot is back and thousands will flock there today with this glorious weather, better grounds and some great horses racing.
2:30 - The Norfolk Stakes
Sunday Sovereign is the one to beat in the opening race on Thursday.
His chances are boosted by the opening day win of Arizona and the weather conditions are expected to help him, with the race expected to take place on rain-softened ground.
Ventura Rebel, who was a surprise winner at Ascot last time, could be a factor in the race and could be worthy of an each-way finish.
As is Maven, who with one win from one run should be respected despite being far from impressive when winning her only race at Aqueduct.
3:05 - The Hampton Court Stakes
Sangarius has a good chance even though this will be the first mile-and-a-quarter trip for the horse.
Concerns over stamina aren’t expected to be a factor for Sangarius, who represents Royal Ascot specialists Sir Michael Stoute and Frankie Dettori, when the race gets underway today.
Headman could have put up a challenge in the race but will be a non-runner, which could give a chance to Fox Chairman.
He won on his maiden on debut at Newbury and a third at Chester could be put down to being boxed in, so there could be more to come from him in the second race of the day.
3:40 - The Ribblesdale Stakes
Queen Power could be a winner as she has only been lightly raced - only one run at two - and will be looking for a greater margin of victory after taking a neck win over Lavender Blue in Listed company at Newbury.
Fleeting could have something to say at Ribblesdale, who ran a fine race when third in the Oaks. She was a Group 2 winner at Doncaster as a juvenile but she was a no show in the 1,000 Guineas.
Frankellina still has more to show but was a Yarmouth winner on her debut in sole start as a juvenile.
4:20 - The Gold Cup Stakes
Stradivarius could be hard to beat with stamina and class already proven. Victory in the Gold Cup would replicate last year’s victory in this race and would mark his seventh successive win.
Dee Ex Bee could challenge after improving since taking on two mile races, with wins at Ascot and at Sandown to put himself in contention.
Flag Of Honour is an outsider as he has yet to run further than two miles, but could be in the running.
5:00 - The Britannia Stakes
Davydenko, who could go well with easier conditions, was well beaten on his debut last year but after victories at Windsor and Thirsk last time is on good form.
Motafaawit is seeking a hat-trick after two handicap wins and could give another good account.
King Ademar could cause an upset and is improving but has yet to win in five runs.
5:35 - The King Georges V Stakes
Sinjarri could be rewarded for his consistency. He won a 16 runner maiden on second start at Windsor and only narrowly failed to get up at Newbury last month on handicap debut.
Constantinople could be a threat after producing personal bests on his two outings of this year.
Rain-softened ground is not expected to be a problem in the final race of the day.
Good Birthday could also be a player with two wins either side of the winter, with Babbo's Boy also being an unproven runner on soft ground.
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