Royal Ascot Thursday

The third day of Royal Ascot traditionally takes place on a Thursday, and includes the feature race of the five-day meeting, the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup. Run over two and a half miles, the race consists of the top stayers in Europe, and the prize is presented by Her Majesty The Queen herself. The supporting card includes the Ribblesdale Stakes, a Group 2 race for the fairer sex.

We have all the latest betting information on the Royal Ascot Day 3 races, along with all the form guides and tips.


Royal Ascot Thursday Race Cards

The opening race on the third day of the meeting is the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes, which is a five-furlong sprint for two-year-olds. The race carries an entry for the Breeders' Cup later in the year, with the winner qualifying automatically for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. 

Following that contest is the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes, which is for three-year-olds over a distance of a mile and two furlongs. This race has been won by some smart types in recent years, including Time Test (2015) and subsequent Group 1 winners Hawkbill (2016) and Benbatl (2017). 

Race three is the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes, which is for three-year-old fillies over a mile and a half. The winners of this can go on to taste success at the highest level, something which the 2017 winner Coronet was able to achieve for the John Gosden team, winning the Grand Prix de Saint Cloud and the Prix Jean Romanet in 2019.

Ascot Tips

As mentioned above, the feature race is the Ascot Gold Cup. Stradivarius is the undisputed king of the staying division, having won this race and the £1 million Stayers' bonus to boot for each of the past two years, though he was beaten by Kew Gardens here on Champions Day on his final start of the season last October and will arrive here with something to prove.  

The penultimate race on the card is the hugely-competitive Britannia Stakes. The race is a handicap for three-year-old colts and geldings over Ascot's straight mile, and bearing in mind that it has a maximum field of 30 runners, this has a tendency to turn into something of a cavalry charge. It's one of the bigger betting races during the week, and very nearly saw Frankie Dettori create history in 2019, finishing second behind Biometric on the well-supported Turgenev when bidding for a scarcely believable five-timer on the card.

Finally, the last race on day three of the Royal meeting is the King George V Stakes, a handicap for three-year-olds over a mile and a half. The winner can occasionally make up into a lively outsider for the St Leger at Doncaster, and Coolmore were responsible for the first three finishers in last year's renewal (South Pacific, Constantinople and Eminence). 

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