We’re posting Royal Ascot 2019 tips for every race at this year’s five-day spectacular and have six selections for a superb Ladies Day card on Thursday.
The Gold Cup is the feature event as this highlight of Britain’s sporting and social calendar continues and here are some pointers from PA Sport’s Nick Robson.
2.30 SUNDAY SOVEREIGN
Can continue to prove a wise investment for owners King Power Racing in the Norfolk Stakes and give our Royal Ascot 2019 tips a nice boost.
Paddy Twomey’s colt was snapped up by his new connections after beating Tuesday’s Coventry Stakes hero Arizona by a very comfortable three lengths in a maiden at the Curragh last month.
Since then, he has further advertised his claims by landing the odds with ease at Tipperary two weeks ago and has the profile of a leading contender here.
May have only clung on by a short head at Newbury in the London Gold Cup, but that race is notoriously red hot and to win it off top weight was no mean feat.
Roger Charlton has an excellent record in it, though, and he habitually then runs the winner in the Hampton Court Stakes, having done the double with Time Test in 2015.
A big unit, Headman will be a potent force, as long as he does not leave himself with too much to do by getting behind early on.
3.40 STAR CATCHER
This daughter of Sea The Stars is expected to thrive for the step up in trip in the Ribblesdale Stakes and can give John Gosden and Frankie Dettori another big-race win.
While she finished behind the favourite Queen Power at Newbury, Star Catcher attempted to make all and was actually coming back at the winner at the line.
In the end, she was beaten half a length, but Dettori told owner Anthony Oppenheimer he felt she was the best filly in the race and that he should have made more use of her.
4.20 STRADIVARIUS (nap)
Gosden’s street-fighter is aiming for back-to-back Gold Cup triumphs, as well as a seventh successive win, and has emerged as the pre-eminent stayer of his generation.
While very soft ground would not be ideal, he did handle the mud fair enough on Champions Day last term.
One thing he probably does not get enough credit for is his versatility, winning the Yorkshire Cup on his return over 1m 6f and being able to handle the two and a half miles of this contest.
If he was ever going to be beaten it was probably going to be at York over the trip which is his bare minimum on his first run of the year, but he kept on well to edge out Southern France last month.
While his victim there is not at the top of the tree for Ballydoyle, he would be in almost any other yard and is far from a mug.
Stradivarius (pictured above) never gives himself an easy race, but he does possess that rare thing in a stayer – a turn of foot, which makes him a potent force.
5.00 KING ADEMAR
Martyn Meade’s stable endured a torrid time in the early part of the season, but all appears well again at Manton and this colt can prove the point in the Britannia Handicap.
Meade deploys his son of Scat Daddy in first-time cheek-pieces in search of a breakthrough victory, after three successive seconds from only four career attempts in all.
The latest of them came when beaten a neck in a Nottingham handicap, the trainer’s first runner back on course after a temporary shut-down.
It was a highly promising return and enough to give the go-ahead for this challenge.
5.30 SIR RON PRIESTLEY
Mark Johnston’s three-year-old handicappers are always worth following when they get on a roll and that is the case with this selection in the King George V Handicap.
Johnston won it last year with Baghdad, who arrived off a win at York, while Sir Ron Priestley has won both starts this year at Ripon and Haydock.
He stays the 12 furlongs well and looks rapidly progressive, so that’s good enough to get the nod in our Royal Ascot 2019 tips.
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