DAY 2: WEDNESDAY JUNE 17TH
Day two of the Royal Ascot meeting is all about the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. This race pits the 3-year-old stars of the current season, against the veterans who contested the Derby and Irish Derby the previous season.
The feature on day 2 at Royal Ascot is without doubt the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s, in fact it’s more likely the feature race of the week with Timeform’s Gary Crispe declaring it the best installment of the race in 15 years. Horses from England, France, Australia, USA & Japan are set to line-up in the race although there’s somewhat of an injury cloud over US champ California Chrome, who has sustained a stone bruise on his hoof.
The Group 1 is well supported by two very quality group 2 races on the card; the Queen Mary Stakes for the 2 year old fillies & the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (formerly known as the Windsor Forrest Stakes) for 4yo+ mares.
The day commences with the Group 3 Jersey Stakes for 3 year olds over 7 furlongs.
RACE 1 JERSEY STAKES:
The Jersey Stakes is a group three thoroughbred race run at the annual Royal Ascot meeting in June. The race is run over a distance of 7 furlongs by 3 year old thoroughbreds without a win in either group one or group two races.
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RACE 2 QUEEN MARY STAKES:
The Queen Mary Stakes is a group 2 flat race run annually during the Royal Ascot meeting in June. Entry to the Queen Mary Stakes is restricted to 2 year old fillies, and the race covers a distance of 5 furlongs. The race is one of the filly sprint highlights of the Royal Ascot meeting.
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RACE 3 DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES
The Duke of Cambridge Stakes is a group 2 thoroughbred race that forms part of the Royal Ascot annual racing festival in June. Run over a distance of a mile on Ascot Racecourse, the race is contested by 4 year old thoroughbred fillies and mares.
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RACE 4 PRINCE OF WALES STAKES:
The Prince Wales’s Stakes is the richest race run at the Royal Ascot meeting, offering a prize fund of £525,000. The race dates back to 1862 and was first run over a distance of 1 mile 5 furlongs, by 3-year old and older thoroughbreds.
For over two decades, during the period when the position of Prince of Wales was vacant, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes was absent from the Royal Ascot meeting. However, in order to mark the investiture of Prince Charles, the race was re-introduced to the Royal Ascot meeting in 1969.
At present the Prince of Wales Stakes is run over a distance of 1 mile 2 furlongs. The race attained Group One status in 2000, and is open only to 4-year old and older thoroughbreds.
The Prince of Wales’s stakes is one of the easier Royal Ascot races to call. In recent years a clear trend has emerged in the race, with short-odds favourites consistently managing to win the race or finish placed. This means punters can safely scratch the long odds runners off their cards.
Unfortunately the Prince of Wales’s Stakes does not offer much in the way of ante-post betting opportunities, with most online sportsbooks only opening race markets a week prior to the Royal Ascot meeting. This makes pool betting a popular Prince of Wales’s Stakes betting option amongst many punters.
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RACE 5 ROYAL HUNT CUP:
The Royal Hunt Cup is a listed heritage handicap thoroughbred race run at the annual Royal Ascot meeting in June. The Royal Hunt Cup is raced over a distance of one mile on Ascot racecourse and is open to 3 year old and older thoroughbred racehorses. The Royal Hunt Cup is one of only three trophies at the Royal Ascot meeting awarded personally by the Queen of England. It is also unique in that the trophy is re cast every year, allowing each year’s winner to retain ownership of their trophy.
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RACE 6 SANDRINGHAM HANDICAP:
The Sandringham Handicap Stakes is a listed class 1 handicap race run during the annual Royal Ascot meeting in June. The race covers a distance of 1 mile and is open to 3 year old fillies. The Sandringham Handicap Stakes has the reputation of attracting some of the finest milers of the previous season.
6 in 10 Sandringham Handicap Stakes winners entered the race priced 12/1 or lower. It is, however, rare for the ante post favourite to win the Sandringham Handicap Stakes.
Placing a limited number of small each way or place bets on runners in the Sandringham Handicap Stakes is one method of capitalising on the betting opportunities offered by the race.
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