Royal Ascot tips: Love makes her eagerly awaited reappearance
Day two of Royal Ascot 2021 takes centre stage this afternoon with pleasant weather conditions once again for the meeting.
The highlight of the card is the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and we have previewed all of the action with our race by race guide.
2.30pm Group Two Queen Mary Stakes (5f). Selections: Yet 9/1 and Nymphadora 9/1
A fascinating event with American trainer Wesley Ward once again saddling the favourite Twilight Gleaming who was very impressive at Belmont last month. However, a piece of Dundalk form could come to the fore with Yet getting the better of Orinoco River at Dundalk earlier this term. That looks solid and Yet gets the verdict. Nymphadora won the Listed Marygate last time out and is another to note.
3.05pm Group Two Queen’s Vase (1m 6f). Selection: Wordsworth 5/2
Aidan O’Brien has won this race seven times and holds the key with the top two in the betting. The Mediterranean looks all about stamina and followed up a maiden win with a good second in Listed company at Leopardstown last time. He looks all about stamina, but Wordsworth can improve having finished second in a Listed event at Navan last time out. He looks sure to relish this trip and makes plenty of appeal.
3.40pm Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (1m). Selection: Lady Bowthorpe 15/8
An ultra-competitive renewal of this event. Champers Elysees won the Matron Stakes last term and has to be respected despite her Group One penalty, whilst Queen Power recorded an effortless victory in the Middleton on her latest start. Bounce The Blues is a fascinating each way player for Betway ambassador Andrew Balding who feels she has a great each-way chance. He said: “She looks a very big price to me and seems to have been forgotten about. She seems in very good form at home and we’re all set”. However, Lady Bowthorpe boasts winning form at the track and posted a career best when second to Palace Pier in the Lockinge last time out and makes the most appeal.
4.20pm Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1m 2f). Selection: Love 6/4
With Lord North out of the race, this is all about Love as she makes her reappearance in this event. She was awesome in the Oaks and is taken to score on her seasonal debut with drying ground in her favour. Her stable companion Armory looks the chief threat, but with conditions in her favour and a fillies’ allowance to boot, she makes plenty of appeal.
5.00pm Royal Hunt Cup (1m). Selections: Finest Sound 6/1 and Bell Rock 14/1
An ultra-competitive renewal of the Royal Hunt Cup as always. Finest Sound looks to have been primed for this race having scored narrowly at Haydock last time out. A mark of 99 looks fair and he can go well, along with Bell Rock who finished a good third in Group company last time out.
5.35pm Listed Windsor Castle Stakes (5f). Selections: Ruthin 5/2 and Armor 12/1
Wesley Ward has won two runnings of this event and is represented by Ruthin who he believes is one of his best chances of the week. A 350,000gns purchase, she oozed class on debut at Keeneland and looks hugely exciting. Ryan Moore will ride Armor and he improved when displaying a professional attitude when scoring at Doncaster on his first start in April.
6.10pm Kensington Palace Stakes (7f). Selection: Lights On 9/2
Lights On makes appeal. She has impressed in two starts this year and represents Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. She also boasts experience at the track and is taken to win the finale.