Royal Ascot Preview. (Day 2)

Wednesday 16th June 2021

Ascot - Leaders

As we move on to Day 2 of this year’s Royal Meeting I’m going to be turning my attention to three of the big races of the afternoon in the preview. The first of these is the Group 2 Queens Vase which is set to take place at 3.05, Aidan O’Brien has the market leader in Wordsworth at around 3/1 and this three-year-old son of Galileo looks to be another smart sort for his powerhouse connections, and despite getting turned over at short odds the last day he’ll be a massive player here. There’s whole host of them with considerable potential here and Stowell stands out for me for the Gosdens. He’s the mount of Frankie Dettori here and was last seen when winning his maiden impressively at this track last month, the son of Zoffany looks a nice staying prospect moving forward and has every chance of going well here.

It’s more Group 2 action that I’m turning my attention to next ,in the form of the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes which is contested over a mile. Lady Bowthorpe is the rightful favourite here and will be tough to beat, she was last seen when finishing second in the Lockinge to the Queen Anne winner Palace Pier, and that form speaks for itself. This is an extremely competitive affair but one horse who does have solid form in this kind of grade is the Sir Michael Stoute trained Queen Power, who’s about an 11/2 shot under Silvestre De Sousa. She was last seen when winning impressively by 8 lengths in a small field Group 2 a York, and the time before that she finished just a head behind today’s favourite at Newmarket on reappearance. An ultra consistent mare who has every chance of giving her running once again.

The feature of the day comes at 4:20 which is the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes over a mile and two furlongs. It’s a small field for this year’s renewal however it’s far from short of quality, the returning Oaks heroine Love looks to take her place in the line-up alongside dual Group 1 winner and reigning champion Lord North. Both of these are going to be very tough to beat if either of them are anywhere near their best, however, I’ve tried to be brave and took them on with Armory. He was last seen when winning the Group 2 Huxley Stakes at Chester’s May Festival when getting the better of Sangarius, this represents an obviously considerable step up in class but I think this son of Galileo has every chance of turning into a prove Group 1 animal this term.

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