Royal Ascot Tips Day 2: Two bets for Wednesday's action

Chris Baker has two tips on day 2 of Royal Ascot.
Chris Baker has two tips on day 2 of Royal Ascot.

I have picked out two bets for the second day of Royal Ascot 2020. Good luck if you decide to follow.

15:00 – 1m2f Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1)

I am reluctantly opposing Addeybb. I have become quite a fan of his and was delighted to see him land the two Group 1s in Australia recently. However, it is well documented that he needs testing ground and looking at the times on day one and the weather forecast for Wednesday, I do not think he will get his optimum conditions. I am also opposing the favourite Japan, who undoubtedly has some outstanding form in the book, as I have a suspicion that he may not be at his best first time out. It’d be no surprise to see Barney Roy go well for Godolphin, but my selection is the rapidly improving LORD NORTH (NAP – 1 point win bet at 8/1).  

John Gosden’s four-year-old has finished out of the first two places just once in his eight-race career to date, and his last three wins have marked him down as a potential star. After winning the prestigious Cambridgeshire Handicap in a very comfortable manner, he ended last season with a Listed victory at Newmarket. He then won the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes on his seasonal reappearance even though connections said he would need the run. He beat the 120-rated Elarqam that day so he should be more than capable of stepping up to this level. This son of Dubawi has run well on both previous visits to Ascot, and he will have the superb James Doyle in the saddle for the first time.


15:00 Ascot
Lord North silk

Lord North

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15:35 – 1m Royal Hunt Cup (Class 2 Heritage Handicap)

A fiercely competitive renewal of the Royal Hunt Cup can go to the Richard Hannon-trained QAYSAR (0.5 point each way bet at 16/1). The mount of Ryan Moore was a four-time winner last season with victories at Newbury, Newmarket, Haydock and Doncaster. He then put in an eye-catching seasonal reappearance at Newmarket recently, finishing a close third despite being completely detached in rear for much of the race. That running style was uncharacteristic but the way he ran on inside the final furlong was visually impressive, and he should relish this step back up to a mile. He fits the profile of previous winners of this race and looks to be well drawn in stall 22. The last three winners of this race have come from 26, 22 and 21.

There are plenty of others in the line up with a good chance, including the completely unexposed Lord Tennyson. Frankie Dettori will wear the Godolphin blue aboard this twice raced four-year-old, who was deemed good enough to race in Listed company on his second career start. He was runner up to Marie’s Diamond that day, and that form received a big boost in the Queen Anne Stakes yesterday. Another unexposed John Gosden-trained runner, Alrajaa, makes plenty of appeal. He has won his last four starts and has looked better than a handicapper.


15:35 Ascot
Qaysar silk

Qaysar (EW)

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