ROYAL ASCOT DAY 3 TIPS

Find out who are experts are tipping for the day three of Royal Ascot 2021

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14:30 Norfolk Stakes

Royal Ascot Free Bets

15:05 Hampton Court Stakes

15:40 Ribblesdale Stakes

16:20 Ascot Gold Cup

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17:00 Britannia Stakes

17:35 King George V Stakes

18:10 Buckingham Palace Stakes

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Ascot Gold Cup

17/06 16:20

This year’s running of the marathon 2m4f test of stamina could be one of the most monumental in the race’s history as Stradivarius aims to continue his stunning Royal Ascot record and land a fourth successive Ascot Gold Cup. The seven-year-old returned looking as good as ever in the Sagaro Stakes and another victory here would see the John and Thady Gosden-trained star emulate the achievement of top stayer Yeats, who is also the only horse older than six to have won the Ascot Gold Cup in the last 28 years having claimed his fourth and final crown aged eight. Frankie Dettori has been on board for each of Stradivarius’s Gold Cup successes and has eight total wins in the race, second only to Lester Piggott. A string of young pretenders are sure to be biting at the heels of the defending champion this year, but this Group 1 has been kind to favourites with only three outsiders winning in the last ten years and none at bigger than 12-1.

Ribblesdale Stakes

17/06 15:40

The Ribblesdale provides an option for three-year-old fillies beaten in the Oaks and has been exclusively won by horses trained by either John Gosden or Aidan O’Brien in the last five years. Magic Wand (2018) and Coronet (2017) both won here after finishing fourth and fifth respectively in that year’s Oaks, while Frankly Darling made the trip in reverse last year when finishing third in the rearranged Oaks after winning this. Frankie Dettori holds the record for most wins in the Group 2 as a jockey with eight victories, while Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor would have the chance to become leading trainer if he sends any fillies here this year.

Buckingham Palace Stakes

17/06 18:10

After a six-year hiatus, this handicap returned to the Royal Ascot schedule last year and closes out the day three action in 2021. Run over 7f, the race’s comeback was won by Motakhayyel last year for Richard Hannon, which continued the trend of a different trainer winning every running since its initial inception in 2002. Eight of the contest’s 14 winners have been aged either four or five, but three-year-old Treadwell (2010) and eight-year-old Uhoomagoo (2006) show that age is no barrier to success. The Buckingham Palace has traditionally been fiendishly difficult for punters and, since 2010, no winner has been priced lower than 12-1 with an average SP of 18.7-1 during that time. No favourite has managed better than fourth in that time.

Hampton Court Stakes

17/06 15:05

Since being promoted to Group 3 status in 2011, Aidan O’Brien is the only trainer to have won multiple runnings of this 1m2f contest, and they have both occurred in the last three years. Russian Emperor (2020) and Hunting Horn (2018) both were ridden to victory by Ryan Moore, who can boast of further victories on Cannock Chase (2014) and Glass Harmonium (2009) on his CV. This race is generally fought between three-year-old colts not quite at the level to compete in the Classics, although Benabtl did win here in 2017 after finishing fifth in that year’s Derby. Major upsets are rare with Pisco Sour’s 20-1 win in 2011 the last time the race was won at double-figure prices with three winning favourites since then.

King George V Stakes

17/06 17:35

Another race just for three-year-olds, this 1m4f handicap provided Lambourn-based trainer Owen Burrows with a first Royal Ascot victory last year with Hukum, who progressed to win in a Group 3 at Goodwood next time out. The Michael Owen-owned Brown Panther’s triumph in 2011 also opened the doors to bigger and better options, but he is one of just two favourites to have won the race in the last decade. Fennell Bay won with a light weight off a mark of 85 in 2012, but it generally pays off to follow 90-rated horses with seven of the last ten winners rated between 90 and 95. Mark Johnston’s six victories in this race is a record and he last won with Baghdad in 2018.

Britannia Stakes

17/06 17:00

The Britannia is one of the key heritage handicaps in the racing calendar and is only open to three-year-old colts and geldings. First run in 1928, the Britannia is run over the same course and distance as Wednesday’s Royal Hunt Cup. War Envoy (2015) is the only top weight to have won in the last decade with six of the last ten winners carrying a weight between 8st 8lb and 8st 13lb. Upsets have become common since the last time a favourite obliged (Fast Or Free, 2012) with Beauty Flame winning at 20-1 (2013), Bless Him at 25-1 (2017) and Biometric biggest of all at 28-1 (2019) for trainer Ralph Beckett. Jamie Spencer triumphed in successive years in 2016 and 2017, but no trainer has won this back-to-back since John Gosden in 2001.

Norfolk Stakes

17/06 14:30

The speediest colts of the two-year-old generation will be on show here so once again expect trainers Wesley Ward and Aidan O’Brien to be among the leading contenders. There have been no winning favourites of this Group 2 for two-year-olds in the last decade, although eight of the ten have still returned at single-figure prices. Furthermore, seven of the last ten winners were making just their second start, although only two did not already have a 1 in their form line. The Lir Jet emulated his sire Prince Of Lir when winning this last year to earn himself a spot in the Juvenile Turf Sprint at the Breeders’ Cup in the United States later in the year, which winners of the Norfolk have been automatically granted since 2018.

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