he Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes highlights Day 2 of the Royal Ascot meeting as Magical clashes with ‘Arc’ second-placed filly Sea Of Class. 2-year-old fillies open the day with the Queen Mary sprint while later in the afternoon, the Royal Hunt Cup is usually a difficult race for serious punters. All six races on the card are discussed below.
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When Final Song won an Ascot 5f fillies race by five lengths last months, she was immediately earmarked for this juvenile sprint race by the Godolphin team. However, there will be no lack of opposition in a multi-runner field with American Wesley Ward expected to saddle Kimari who slaughtered her four other opponents when winning her only race during April.
Easy Chester winner Raffle Prize is also expected to compete but she may be a better filly over six furlongs rather than the minimum distance.
Betting Tip – Final Song to win (11/2 with William Hill)
Staged over 1m6f, this Group 2 event for 3-year-olds is the target for Aidan O’Brien trained Western Australia who appeared to need further when racing over the one-mile distance but who stepped upwards in trip last time to score in a Listed event at Navan over 1m5f. He could become a decent staying horse although the Godolphin colt Jalmoud is being aimed at a three-timer already this season after narrowly winning a Listed race at Longchamp last time over 1m4f.
Take note also of the Joseph O’Brien trained Eminent Authority who may perform better over this extra distance after being outpaced at Leopardstown last time.
Betting Tip – Western Australia to Win (7/2 with Ladbrokes)
Magical may not have produced her best form towards the end of last season but in winning all three of her races this term, there are signs that she has progressed into a top-class 4-year-old filly. Since reverting to this 1m2f distance during 2019, she has been rarely troubled all season.
However, this race represents a much tougher contest with unlucky ‘Arc’ second Sea Of Class competing for the first time this season. The William Haggas trained filly had won four successive races before her short head defeat by Enable at Longchamp, but 1m2f may not be her most effective distance.
Of the other contenders, Crystal Ocean has yet to win a Group 1 contest while Zabeel Prince has benefitted from the extra distance when winning both races over 1m1f this season. French raider Waldgeist should also not be ignored after comfortably winning last time on his seasonal debut in the Longchamp Group 1 Prix Ganay.
Betting Tip – Magical to Win (2/1 with Bet Victor)
Having won five of her previous seven races and finished second in the other two, Pretty Baby should be a leading contender for this Group 2 contest over one mile. She is an improving filly but this race will be her toughest assignment after narrowly winning a Group 3 event last time.
Rawdaa from the Michael Stoute stable will provide strong opposition after just failing to overcome Lah Ti Dar last time at York but there is a suggestion that she may be more suited to running over further than this one-mile distance.
Among the remainder of the opposition, Aidan O’Brien trained I Can Fly has failed to date at Group 1 level but a very slow start probably cost her any hope of winning at Leopardstown last time. She still finished second and could progress for that performance.
Betting Tip – I Can Fly to Win (5/1 with Coral)
A 30-runner one-mile Class 2 handicap for which it is notoriously difficult to tip the winner but for anybody looking for each-way value, Red Starlight from the Richard Hannon yard appeals. She won three of her seven races last season and has been placed in three of four this term at Class 1 or 2 level. Another reliable display is expected.
Northern horse and ante-post favourite New Graduate has been raised significantly in rating but was an easy winner of a Class 3 contest at Ripon last time.
Betting Tip – Red Starlight EW (33/1 with Paddy Power)
For this 5f Listed race for 2-year-olds, American trainer Wesley Ward is optimistic of a good performance from Foolish Humor who was a winner of her only start last month. That race was at Belmont Park on turf and she did show a lack of experience at the finish despite the comfortable victory.
Leading the British challenge is likely to be Temple Of Heaven who narrowly won a particularly rough race at Newbury last time. That experience could work to his advantage in this 20+ runner field.
Betting Tip – Temple Of Heaven to Win (13/2 with Bet Victor)
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