Day two at Ascot is expected to be explosive, especially where the feature race the Prince of Wales’s Stakes is concerned.
The race has been moved forward 40 minutes just to ensure that the Japanese audience can tune in before midnight there to watch their candidate, Deirdre, take part but this is also a big day for the juveniles.
Day 2 Schedule
|14:30||Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2)|
|15:05||Queen’s Vase (Group 2)|
|15:40||Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1)|
|16:20||Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2)|
|17:00||Royal Hunt Cup (Handicap)|
|17:35||Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race)|
Queen Mary Stakes – 14:30
A race for the quickest two-year-old fillies around, this five-furlong contest has Group 2 status and, in the past, has produced such speed freaks as Lady Aurelia and future 1000 Guineas winner Attraction.
American trainer Wesley Ward has made this race his main target in the past, his Lady Aurelia turning this into a procession before going on to win the King’s Stand as well as an older horse.
Queen Mary 2019 Favourites
Godolphin are relying on this filly after their former favourite for this race, Chasing Dreams, was found to be lame. Final Song was brilliant here on debut and would be a worthy favourite for Saeed Bin Suroor.
This is Wesley Ward’s representative, a 15-length winner in the States on debut though it is hard to equate and evaluate that form.
Queen’s Vase – 15:05
We could get some early clues for future Group 1 races here, as this three-year-old only race is run over a mile and six furlongs, making it a trial for the St Leger in September though it often produces proper future stayers with Estimate and Stradivarius both winners of this in the past before going on to land the Ascot Gold Cup.
Queen’s Vase 2019 Favourite
Aidan O’Brien is likely to saddle this son of Derby winner Australia, a last-time-out winner at Navan who wants every bit of this trip although it’ll be interesting to see what price John Gosden’s Questionare will be, a definite improver this season.
Prince of Wales’s Stakes – 15:40
The feature race of day two, a hugely important Group 1 over a mile-and-a-quarter for the older horses with a purse of £750,000.
This race is the real deal with past winners including Mtoto, Dubai Millennium, Fantastic Light, The Fugue and last year Poet’s Word who saw off the brilliant Cracksman.
Prince of Wales’s 2019 Favourites
Sir Michael Stoute’s improving older horse could have gone for the Hardwicke Stakes again, but he looks a Group 1 performer now and will be well backed on the day.
Aidan O’Brien’s filly goes into the meeting as the 2/1 favourite for this after romping away with the Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland and will be a force to be reckoned with given that she gets a sex allowance.
Sea Of Class
Another receiving the fillies’ allowance, last year’s Arc runner-up has a great chance but may need the run and eventually an extra couple of furlongs as could Godolphin’s Masar, last year’s Derby hero.
Duke of Cambridge Stakes – 16:20
This is a fillies and mares only race over a mile and one this time that is probably as close to Group 1 status as you can get without actually holding the title.
It has only been in existence since the 2004 meeting but has already produced winners of the calibre of Soviet Song and Integral.
Duke of Cambridge 2019 Favourite
Sir Michael has another live contender here after Rawdaa’s good second to Lah Ti Dar at York and is as short as 7/2, though the stable’s Veracious and O’Brien’s I Can Fly will be popular in the ring too. Pretty Baby will be prominent and can improve for better ground.
Royal Hunt Cup – 17:00
Other than the Wokingham, this is the betting race of the meeting; a one-mile cavalry charge of a handicap featuring up to 30 runners.
It’s likely to be at least 5/1 the field here as all will arrive with some sort of form chance and its difficulty is highlighted by the fact that no single trainer or jockey has won this twice in a row going back to at least the 70’s.
Hunt Cup 2019 Favourite
James Tate is not afraid to back his horses in the market and so it’s no surprise to see this horse installed as the clear 6/1 favourite, with Blue Mist and Settle For Bay next in at a best priced 12/1 but be aware that it’s not always a horse in the first few in the market who goes on to win this.
Windsor Castle Stakes – 17:35
Formerly run on the final day of the meeting, the Windsor Castle is a juvenile event over five furlongs and has Listed status, meaning those horses not thought good enough to contest the Group 2 races have a chance of Royal Ascot glory.
Windsor Castle 2019 Favourite
Given the need for speed, Wesley Ward’s first-time-out winner in America will no doubt attract most money in the market but as things stand this is a frightfully competitive heat with at least ten in with a shout.
Betting on Day 2 of Royal Ascot
The second day is not so much a day for clear favourites, with competitive fields and many in with chances including in the feature race. Should major connections win in the first race or two, such as the Coolmore team or Wesley Ward, then take with a pinch of salt prices collapsing on their other runners and rely instead on provable form when making your choices.
In terms of the betting markets, a lot will depend on what has happened on the opening day with bookmakers so often running scared of certain trainers when they get one on the board early.
Serious cash will be bet on the Royal Hunt Cup but if there is a major betting move on something like Western Australia in the Queen’s Vase then that may be money worth following. Keep an eye out for Royal Ascot 2019 betting offers and take advantage of early prices, especially if your bookmaker is offering ‘best odds guaranteed’.