Royal Ascot Tips and Previews: Day Three

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We preview every race from Day 3 of the 2021 Royal Ascot Festival, including the latest betting predictions.

Horse racing at Royal Ascot

It is Gold Cup day on Thursday at Royal Ascot, with all seven races (14:30-18:10) available via live streaming when logged into MansionBet, along with every race from the UK and Ireland.

Royal Ascot Festival Day 3: Thursday Race Card June 17, 2021

The third day of the Royal Ascot Festival is Britain’s most respected event for horses that perform excellently over long distances. Fans refer to this day as “Ladies’ Day” or “Ascot Gold Cup Day”.

Day 3 features seven races. Fans can look forward to the Britannia Handicap, the Norfolk Stakes, and of course the Ascot Gold Cup takes centre stage at 4.15pm.

The opening race starts at 2.30pm, while the final race begins at 6.10 pm.

TimeRace
14:30Norfolk Stakes
15:05Hampton Court Stakes
15:40Ribblesdale Stakes
16:15Gold Cup
17:00Britannia Handicap
17:35King George V Handicap
18:10Buckingham Palace Handicap

Royal Ascot Day 3 Betting Tips

Racing Post betting editor Keith Melrose previews Thursday’s card at Ascot exclusively for MansionBet.

14:30 Ascot – Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)

In the two-year-old races at this meeting, especially those over five furlongs, Wesley Ward is generally the place to start and he has nominated Lucci as one of his strongest chances of the week. Ascot’s straight five is still a different beast to the tight turf tracks in the US and the value each-way play against them could be Second Wind, who has bags of speed and whose two wins represent strong form.

Selection: Second Wind @ 11/1

15:05 Ascot – Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3)

There remain doubts over the worth of Mohaafeth’s Newmarket win in May, which was visually impressive but lacks substance. He might well be the best of them, but 5/4 looks skinny given that uncertainty. These conditions will suit One Ruler much better than the Derby did. He hung at Epsom and clearly failed to stay after making some headway from an unpromising position. A more conventional track and shorter trip will see him in a better light and he represents the value, even when conceding a penalty.

Selection: One Ruler @ 6/1

15:40 Ascot – Ribblesdale Stakes (Fillies’ Group 2)

Nothing from Newbury’s Fillies’ Trial ran at Epsom, but the first four all line up here and fourth-placed Twisted Reality is an interesting runner. Having shaped as though very much in need of the experience, she kept on late and it is notable that she has been upped in grade and trip again.

Selection: Twisted Reality @ 15/2

16:15 Ascot – Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

The evidence from the Sagaro is that Stradivarius still has the finishing sting to beat just about any other stayer, but there is plenty of pace in the Gold Cup and he might be a little vulnerable if tested. Trueshan could be the one to benefit. His Champions Day win showed how strongly he stays and his Chester reappearance suggested he will have no trouble keeping up. Ground conditions are different here, but there are fast-ground winners in his pedigree and it is worth taking a chance.

Selection: Trueshan @ 11/2

Live Ascot Gold Cup Betting Odds Below:

17:00 Ascot – Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Str)

The pace is all high in the Britannia – everything drawn in stall 28 or higher has either made all, or led on their most recent start. It makes sense to focus on others drawn in the upper half of the field and the each-way bet in the race looks to be Raadobarg, who will break from stall 24. He has gone up 11lb for winning the Silver Cup at Haydock but deserved to and there is no indication that he has stopped improving. He has also won on good to firm, so conditions ought not to cause any problems.

Selection: Raadobarg @ 17/2

17:35 Ascot – King George V Stakes (Handicap)

The muddling nature of the race in which Kondo Isami was beaten by Dancing King earlier this month at Doncaster did not allow them to show how progressive they both are. The runner-up has been raised just 2lb and it might not be enough to stop him. He looked a top prospect when winning at York the time before, form that also appeals as strong, and he looks far too big for the King George V.

Selection: Kondo Isami @ 12/1

18:10 Ascot – King George V Stakes (Handicap)

Danyah has been something of a pet project this season. Quick ground is fancied to bring out the best in him – dam Cuis Ghaire won the Albany and was second in the 1,000 Guineas on rattling quick ground. He has also placed in both the Lincoln and Spring Cup this year, while shaping as though a drop to a stiff 7f will suit, if anything. He has been drawn in stall 18, which early evidence suggests is high enough, and might have found his ideal conditions.

Selection: Danyah @ 14/1

*All odds correct at time of writing

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