2:30 Jersey Stakes – Le Brivido
Le Brivido has been a consistent type and carries one of the strongest chances of the week for the French. Andre Fabre’s three-year-old won two starts before being narrowly defeated in the French Guineas. He beat a Group One winner by three lengths that day, and that form stacks up very strongly. On paper he should be far too good for this, but it’s a ridiculously competitive Group Three contest and he will have to be at his best, and handle the rapid conditions.
3:05 Queen Mary – Happylikeafool, Out Of The Flames
Happylikeafool was hugely impressive on debut and has to be kept an eye on in the Queen Mary. For Wesley Ward she won by four lengths at Keeneland beating stable rival Paris Cruise. Ward has talked very highly of this horse and she looks to have plenty of speed for the five furlong contest. If she has handled everything with travel, and different conditions then she has to be a leading contender.
My big each-way fancy is Richard Hannon’s Out Of The Flames. She enjoyed a good debut when narrowly beaten at this track, before winning convincingly at Windsor the next time out. The two-year-old should give account of herself.
Formidable Kitt is another well-regarded horse for Tom Dascombe. He won nicely on similar ground at Newmarket, and can run another good race on only his second start.
3:40 Duke Of Cambridge – Qemah
This looks a really tricky race to select from. Laugh Aloud steps up and the run is soon, Qemah can get too warm and Usherette may not like the quick ground. I’m going with Qemah who brings a real bit of class into the race. She was very impressive when winning the Coronation Stakes at this meeting and could get a second Royal win.
4:20 Prince Of Wales – Jack Hobbs
After a brilliant win in Dubai I fully fancy Jack Hobbs to follow up in this contest. He was very smart winning over a longer trip, but proved he has plenty of speed to go back to this trip. He wasn’t beaten too far over course and distance in an epic renwal of the Champion Stakes and that form is the strongest in this field. He’s a class act, and deserves to take his chance in this competitive contest.
5:00 Royal Hunt Cup – George William, G K Chesterton ew
George William is a horse I have been following for a long time and I really hope he can follow in Barney Roy’s footsteps for Richard Hannon. He was an unlucky second last time out, and should run better over an extra furlong. He will appreciate the quick ground, and will win a big handicap in his own time.
Charlie Appleby is well-represented at the Berkshire track. Both G K Chesterton and Blair House have place chances.
5:35 Sandringham – Bean Feasa, Present Tense ew
Bean Feasa will carry a big mark but can run a big race for Godolphin. The thought of her dropping to listed company would’ve been a huge surprise after she was so impressive when winning a Group Three contest at Leopardstown. But she was well-beaten in the 1000 Guineas, and can go well in this once again. Siblance has a good chance for Ralph Beckett too, but I am not tipping it this time.
Present Tense is a beautifully bred filly who certainly has been impressive in recent runs. She finished a long way off on debut, before winning next time out in good style at Yarmouth. Trainer John Gosden needed to improve her mark to get her in here so she contested a competitive race at Yarmouth where she needed an extra furlong. She’ll like the quick ground and can run a huge race.
Royal Ascot Day Two Tips
Jersey – Le Brevido @ 10/3 – click here for best odds
Queen Mary – Happylikeafool to win @ 5/4, Out Of The Flames each-way @ 16/1 – click here for best odds
Duke Of Cambridge – Qemah to win @ 3/1 – click here for best odds
Prince Of Wales – Jack Hobbs to win @ 10/3, – click here for best odds
Royal Hunt Cup – George William to win @ 12/1, G K Chesterton each-way @ 18/1 – click here for best odds
Windsor Castle – Bean Feasa to win @ 20/1, Present Tense each-way @ 16/1 – click here for best odds