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Royal Ascot Day 3 Tips and Preview - Race-by-race selections for Day 3 of the Royal Meeting

Racingbase Staff in UK Racing 21 Jun 2017
  • Selections for all six races on Day 3 of Royal Ascot
Royal Ascot

The 2017 Royal Ascot Festival enters the third day of top-class horse racing action on Thursday, and a further six races are in store for punters with the day’s feature being the Group One Ascot Gold Cup.

2:30 Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 5f
3:05 Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) (formerly The Tercentenary Stakes) Cl1 (3yo) 1m1f212y
3:40 Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m3f211y
4:20 Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3f210y
5:00 Britannia Stakes (Colts & Geldings) (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m
5:35 King George V Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m3f211y

We assess the day three race card on another cracking afternoon of top-class racing action, with tips for all six of the day’s contests.

2:30 Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 5f


An excellent juvenile contest to get day three of Royal Ascot underway, and the eye is immediately drawn to Wesley Ward’s runner McErin who looks sure to run well; but it could be worth sticking with SANTRY to maintain his unbeaten record and make it three career wins.

The Harbour Watch colt was a winner at Doncaster back in April, beating Last Page by a head – that horse finished fifth in the Windsor Castle on Tuesday - andfollowing up the following month with a strong performance at York to beat off a pair of subsequent winners, both of whom re-oppose here.

Both runs came on softer ground than he’ll get here, but Declan Carroll’s charge could well have significant further improvement to come and if handling quicker conditions he can go close under Jim Crowley.


3:05 Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) (formerly The Tercentenary Stakes) Cl1 (3yo) 1m1f212y


BENBATL has shown top-class form in his four runs to date, impressively scoring on debut at Doncaster prior to posting a solid third in the Craven Stakes behind Eminent where he looked in need of a stiffer test having finished the race off strongly.

Saeed bin Suroor’s Dubawi colt was outbattled in the Dante at York behind Permian, but ran a screamer to finish fifth in the Epsom Derby having been held up well off the pace. That was an excellent effort over the longer trip, but the Godolphin runner drops back in trip here which will hold no fears.

The hood he wore at Epsom is dispensed with, while underfoot conditions will hold no fears with his close-up third at Newmarket previously coming on similar ground. He did have a fairly hard race at Epsom, so the relatively quick turnaround just 19 days later is a slight concern; but assuming he is none the worse for those Classic exertions, the Godolphin colt can get back on the scoresheet here.

3:40 Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m3f211y


It could be worth giving another chance to CORONET who looked a very smart sort as a juvenile, winning both starts which included a Listed defeat of Cunco at Newmarket in October; John Gosden’s charge hasn’t quite gone on this term in her two runs thus far, but she could do better here.

Third to Sobetsu in the mud at Deauville on her return to action in May when contesting the Prix Saint-alaray, the Dubawi filly ran a shade flat upped to this trip in the Epsom Oaks behind Enable although she may have been given too much to do on that occasion.

She is surely better than she showed at Epsom, and back on a more conventional track with better ground she may be able to bounce back, and the booking of Olivier Peslier in the absence of Frankie Dettori suggests connections are hopeful she can show her best form now.


4:20 Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3f210y


The furthest Group One race of the season could go the way of BIG ORANGE who has cemented his place as one of the top stayers around the world; and the Duke Of Marmalade gelding can notch up another big race success.

Michael Bell’s charge enjoyed another excellent campaign last term, scoring at Newmarket and Goodwood prior to taking in the Melbourne Cup and Hong Kong Vase over the winter; and he returned from a break to post an excellent fourth to Vazirabad in the Dubai Gold Cup in March.

Impressive at Sandown in May when romping to a five lengths’ defeat of Higher Power to land the Henry II Stakes, the trail-blazing stayer is well-suited by these conditions and could have further improvement still to come.

He is yet to race this far, but everything he has shown to date suggests the longer trip won’t be a problem, and he looks set to make a bold bid from the front to claim a first Group One success.

5:00 Britannia Stakes (Colts & Geldings) (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m


TRICORN landed a hat-trick of wins in the wake of a solid Kempton debut back in February, subsequently notching up successes at Wolverhampton and Newcastle on the all-weather, and Newmarket on turf where the Helmet colt saw off the promising Marzouq by a half-length.

John Gosden’s charge lost no caste in defeat next time when finding only the re-opposing City Of Joy three-parts of a length too strong at Chelmsford at the beginning of June where he conceded first run; but now 2lbs better off at the weights with that rival and still with the potential to improve further, he can give another good account and no surprise to see him going close again here.


5:35 King George V Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m3f211y


Another big-field handicap to round off the day’s action at Royal Ascot, and MASTER SINGER can claim the day three finale.

John Gosden’s Giant’s Causeway colt got off the mark at the third attempt when romping to a wide-margin success on the all-weather at Newcastle last month, having finished third on his seasonal return at Newbury in April. 

While that form is nothing special, the Gosden runner was entered in the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes; but the Clarehaven Stables representative goes for this contest instead where he could be very well treated on his handicap debut from a mark that could vastly underestimate him if he progresses from that scintillating effort on the all-weather last time.

First-time cheek-pieces could help produce further improvement, and he can post a big run stepping into handicap company for the first time.

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