The Ascot Gold Cup is the feature race at Royal Ascot on Thursday with a big field of eighteen set to line up at 4.20.
Architecture the day’s best bet at Royal Ascot
Aidan O’Brien has already won the race on six occasions and is expected to add a seventh with hot favourite Order Of St George. The son of Galileo won the Irish St Leger by 11 lengths in September and looked as good as ever when reappearing at Leopardstown recently. His rivals include Melbourne Cup runner-up Max Dynamite and the soft ground specialist Clever Cookie.
Epsom Oaks runner-up Architecture bids for consolation in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at 3.40. It has already been a great week for Hugo Palmer and Frankie Dettori. They teamed up with Galileo Gold on the opening day while Dettori was in double form on Wednesday.
The one concern for supporters of Architecture is the poor record of Oaks runners in the Ribblesdale Stakes. Palmer would not be running her if he had any doubts about her fitness and she has already shown that she acts well on soft ground. She rates the nap selection at odds of 3-1.
The action gets under way at 2.30 with the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes over five furlongs. Global Applause is the form horse after making all to beat Mehmas at Sandown in the National Stakes. The runner-up finished second in the Coventry Stakes on Tuesday so the form looks solid. He is yet to race on soft ground but he is a son of Mayson, a winner of the July Cup on heavy ground. The danger is Silver Line who bids to continue the fine run of Godolphin, successful in three races on Wednesday.
Oh This Is Us bids to follow up his Goodwood victory at Royal Ascot
Oh This Is Us well drawn in Britannia Stakes
The Tercentenary Stakes at 3.05 looks wide open. Blue De Vega has Classic form after finishing third in the Irish 2000 Guineas but is not guaranteed to improve for the step up in trip. Hawkbill beat Abdon by a length and a quarter at Newmarket on similar ground. It may be worth having an each-way interest in Mulk, a very easy winner of a Chester maiden for Sir Michael Stoute.
The Britannia Stakes at 5.00 is one of the most competitive handicaps of the week with a field of thirty runners over a mile. Garcia won by a head from Chief Whip at Haydock last month and is up 6lbs while Oh This Is Us also carries a penalty for his Goodwood victory. A low draw could be an advantage here which favours the likes of Manson and Monteverdi.
Alan King can enjoy a notable Royal Ascot success with Primitivo in the closing King George V Stakes. The gelding has gone up 8lbs for his comfortable victory at Sandown last month. He did not seem to enjoy the fast ground that day and could improve further on this surface.
Royal Ascot Betting Tips 16/06/2016
2.30 Norfolk Stakes
Global Applause @9-4 Bet365
Silver Line (each-way) @4-1 BetVictor
3.05 Tercentenary Stakes
Hawkbill (each-way) @11-2 Betway
Mulk (each-way) @12-1 Bet365
3.40 Ribblesdale Stakes
Architecture (NAP) @3-1 Bet365
4.20 Ascot Gold Cup
Order Of St George (nb) @6-1 Paddy Power*
*Price available to new customers only, maximum stake £10
5.00 Britannia Stakes
Oh This Is Us (each-way) @20-1 BetVictor
Manson (each-way) @22-1 Bet365
5.35 King George V Stakes
Primitivo (each-way) @7-1 Ladbrokes
Shraaoh (each-way) @6-1 Ladbrokes