The Mailbag: Royal Ascot Day 3

ROYAL ASCOT Day 3 – Thursday 21st June

The weather forecast for Ascot is a maximum of 19c, minimal chance of rain and no wind factor. The track is rated Good to Firm

Royal Ascot R3 - 12:40pm | Ribblesdale Stakes Group 2 – 1m 3f 211y

Wild Illusion heads the market having run two consistent ratings when 4th in the Group 1 1000 Guineas and second in the Group 1 Investec Oaks. Down in grade here, her last three runs ratings wise would have won this race the past two years.

Sun Maiden is a lightly raced daughter of Frankel stepping up in distance for her third start ever. She won last start at Salisbury in a low grade race by 12 lengths and will need to improve significantly again to measure up.

Ryan Moore takes the ride on Magic Wand coming out of a 11 length defeat in the Group 1 Investec Oaks; beaten 6.5 lengths by Wild Illusion on that occasion. Back to a dryer surface, we will truly see what she has to offer in this grade.

Sizzling is an under-estimated runner from the Aidan O’Brien yard with a big chance in this race. Last start in Group 3 company, she was held up for runs behind the eventually winner and seemed to almost fall when taking a run that closed up about 100m out from the line. That run had a load of merit and a win here wouldn’t shock.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) 2 units Wild Illusion to win

 BACK (WIN) 0.5 units Sizzling to win

Royal Ascot R4 - 1:20am | Gold Cup Group 1 – 2m 3f 210y

Order of St George has led the staying ranks in the UK for the past few years and his two lead in wins in the Vintage Crop Stakes and Levmoss Stakes suggest he is ready to peak here.

Vazirabad ran his best rating since 2015 last start winning the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier by half a length over Marmelo. Vazirabad is a top class horse that has won 13 of his last 17 races including three Group 1 wins. Doing his best work from back, he will most likely be making his runs with Order of St George.

Stradivarius is the new kid on the block and may very well go to the next level off a strong 3 length Group 2 win in the Yorkshire Cup first up. He has already proven his worth in Group 1 company with a win last year over Big Orange in the Goodwood Cup. The big query as admitted by the stable in interviews is if he handles the step up in distance against these proven types.

Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) 2.5 units Order of St George to win

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