Royal Ascot Tips On Thursday: Three Each Way Tips Including A Big Priced Runner In The Ascot Gold Cup

Royal Ascot Tips On Thursday: Check out some tips for day 3.
Royal Ascot Tips On Thursday: Check out some tips for day 3.

Steve Chambers picks three big-priced each-way tips for day three of Royal Ascot, and one of those runners will line up in the Ascot Gold Cup...

15:40 - Ribblesdale Stakes

Sir Michael Stoute's Noon Star didn't take her chance in the Oaks at Epsom a couple of weeks ago, and is instead targeted at the Ribblesdale Stakes on day three of Royal Ascot. The daughter of Galileo was last seen being beaten in the Musidora Stakes at York by Aidan O'Brien's Snowfall, and with that filly bounding clear of her rivals in the Oaks then that form on the Knavesmire is top notch, and she is entitled to be favourite here.

Roger Varian's Eshaada and John & Thady Gosden's Gloria Mundi are closely matched on a recent Newbury Listed contest, which saw the former come out on top, and they are both prominent figures in the betting, while Aidan O'Brien's Divinely was a fine third in the Oaks at Epsom, and could land a notable blow here, so warrants respect.

However, the value play lies with the Gosden-trained LOVING DREAM, who is looking to bounce back from a disappointing effort last time out at Lingfield, but she had previously shaped with promise, and is a huge price for this Group 2 event. The Gosden team have trained three of the last four winners of this race, and Loving Dream could well extend his fine record, if producing her best.

The daughter of Gleneagles chased home Noon Star when they clashed in a minor event at Wetherby earlier in the season, and only beaten two lengths that day Loving Dream has to be considered a player here. Fifth in the Lingfield Oaks trial last time out, Loving Dream was just trapped for room in the final furlong, and she would've finished much closer to the winner Sherbet Lemon with a clear run. Still lightly-raced, Loving Dream will need to come on significantly, but at 25/1 with an array of firms she's worth taking a chance on.

Thursday - 15:40 Royal Ascot - Ribblesdale Stakes
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Loving Dream (EW)


16:15 - Ascot Gold Cup

All eyes will be on three-times Gold Cup hero Stradivarius, as the superstar stayer looks to emulate the legendary Yeats by winning four renewals of the Group 1 showpiece event on Thursday afternoon. A shade of odds-on with the bookmakers, at the time of writing, the seven-year-old lines up on the back of a fine win in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot, and he's sure to improve for that first outing of the season.

There's no doubt he will be a tough nut to crack, and it's hard to see Frankie Dettori not striding clear in the closing stages to land the four-timer, but the shortness of his price means there will be some value elsewhere, and one contender that catches the eye from an each-way perspective is EMPEROR OF THE SUN.

Donnacha O'Brien's charge heads to Royal Ascot in fine fettle, as he was a fine winner of the Listed Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown, where he beat Search For A Song by over three lengths. That success came over 1m 6f, and he was doing all his best work at the finish, so the step up to 2m 4f for Thursday's Gold Cup could bring out more improvement, and at 25/1 he looks a cracking each-way play.

Taking on proven Group stayers won't be an easy assignment for the four-year-old son of Galileo, but his talents over staying trips are yet to reach their peak, so he is one of the more fascinating contenders, and one that could cause a shock to the red-hot favourite Stradivarius, who bids to maintain his dominance in this event.

Thursday - 16:15 Royal Ascot - Ascot Gold Cup
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Emperor Of The Sun (EW)


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18:10 - Buckingham Palace Stakes

The customary cavalry charge will take place in the Buckingham Palace Stakes, which concludes Thursday's card, and with 29 heading to the 7f start then a multitude of horses will fancy their chances of landing the prestigious handicap.

Tim Easterby's Boardman has been in sensational form and has racked up a trio of wins in recent months, and will fancy his chances of making it four on the spin, while the likes of Aldaary, Lord Campari, Blue Mist and Persuasion all sit prominently in a wide open betting.

Charlie Appleby's yard will still be riding the crest of a wave following Adayar's stunning win in the Derby at Epsom, and the yard will unleash an eye-catching contender towards the top of the weights, and that's ON THE WARPATH, who is hovering around the 25/1 mark, at the time of writing.

The six-year-old son of Declaration Of War will have the burden of top weight to carry, but he has shown some really classy displays out on the track, and was last seen winning a conditions event at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day. Handed a long break following that all-weather success, On The Warpath will look to hit the ground running, and has been given a huge task on his first start this year.

The last few seasons he has performed well on his first run of the season, and while they came at Meydan, he could well do the same on the turf at Royal Ascot. Three of his five career wins have come over seven furlongs, but having notched two other wins over six furlongs it highlights his abilities in the sprint division, and if he can show that speed here then he could play a notable role. 

He could be vulnerable to a potentially well-handicap improver, but he has shown a real element of class throughout his career, and he could well just have the measure of most of these handicappers, and a fine run here could see him return to Pattern company.

Thursday - 18:10 Royal Ascot - Buckingham Palace Stakes
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On The Warpath (EW)

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