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2020 Royal Ascot Day Three Tips – Tips for every race on Gold Cup day

  • The Ascot Gold Cup headlines the proceedings on day three
  • Stradivarius goes for a historic hat-trick of wins
  • We have tips for all seven races!
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A view of the stands during the 2020 Gold Cup. (Getty)
Jon Vine 19 Jun 2020
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We provide you with our Royal Ascot Day Three Tips, covering all seven races at Ascot on Thursday 17th June.

Day three at Royal Ascot is centred around the Gold Cup, the most prestigious race for stayers during the entire flat racing calendar. Earlier on the card, we have a couple of fascinating pattern races to take in, before the Britannia and Sandringham Handicaps bring the festivities to a close.

I was on target with three winners and two placers on day one. Not so good yesterday, but we still had a winner in Russian Emperor and each-way placers at 14/1 and 16/1.

Let's see what day three has in store!

Royal Ascot Day Three Card

Race Time
Race Title
1:15pmGolden Gates Handicap (Class 2) 1m2f
1:50pmWolferton Stakes (Listed Race) 1m2f
2:25pmJersey Stakes (Group 3) 7f
3:00pmChesham Stakes (Listed Race) 7f
3:35pmAscot Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 2m4f
4:10pmBritannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 1m
4:40pmSandringham Stakes (Handicap) (Fillies) (Class 2) 1m

Royal Ascot Day Three Tips

Race 1 – Golden Gates Handicap Tips

A wide-open handicap to open Thursday’s card and the one who tantalises my taste buds is TRITONIC. Alan King’s charge opened his account at Ffos Las last season, before an even more impressive victory in a Conditions Stakes at Newbury. Cape Palace was the odds-on favourite that day, but Oisin Murphy gave his mount an excellent ride, tracking the leaders before striking in the closing stages.

Tritonic, like many of the runners that day, got bogged down in the squelchy ground at Newmarket when he made his pattern-race debut in the Zetland Stakes. An opening mark of 95 looks extremely workable, and Tritonic finished four lengths ahead of favourite, Acquitted when they met at Newbury last term. 10/1 looks a tasty price!

Race 2 - Wolferton Stakes Tips

Sir Dragonet1:50pm Wolferton Stakes (Listed Race) 1m2fGET 7/2 HERE
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A maximum field of 16 will go to post in this Listed race, and many will be tempted with a long-odds each-way punt. However, as higher and higher rated horses have been pointed at the Wolferton, the cream has tended to rise to the top, and there are several entrants in here who wouldn’t look out of place in Group One company. 

Fox Tal ran a cracker to place fourth in the Champion Stakes over course-and-distance last season, and Andrew Balding’s charge is feared, despite what could be a tricky inside draw. My preference, though, is for SIR DRAGONET, who ran a pleasing race on his reappearance at Naas back in March.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge burst onto the scene with a stunning victory at Chester last year. Although he didn’t manage to win again in 2019, Sir Dragonet was only beaten three-quarters-of-a-length in the Derby, and stuck to his guns gamely to place fourth in the St Leger. I think Sir Dragonet has the most natural talent of any of the runners in this field, and I expect O’Brien’s charge will be raring to go when he makes his Royal Ascot debut.

Sir dragonet bolting up in the Chester Vase. (Getty)

Race 3 - Jersey Stakes Tips

Final Song E/W2:25pm Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 7fGET 11/1 HERE
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Exciting colt King Leonidas tops the market here, but I’d rather take a chance on FINAL SONG building on an encouraging run in the 1000 Guineas. Charlie Appleby’s filly broke well that day, and was still in contention entering the final furlong, before eventually finishing a little one-paced back in fourth.

Experience can be important in the Jersey Stakes, and Final Song certainly has plenty of that, having made four juvenile appearances and ran four times at the Dubai World Cup Carnival in the winter. Eight of the last eleven winners have also been dropping back in trip after an appearance on one of the Guineas, so Appleby’s filly seemingly has plenty going in her favour.

Race 4 – Chesham Stakes Tips

I really liked the debut FIRST PROPHET made at Newbury earlier this month, and I’m keen to side with Charlie Fellows’ charge again as he steps up in class. James Doyle’s mount travelled powerfully throughout that race, hitting the front two furlongs from home. First Prophet looked very green out in front, hanging noticeably right, but he still did more than enough to win and seemed to quicken away from his rivals again in the closing stages.

First Prophet is one of the first foals to come from former French Derby winner New Bay, and he’s out of a mare spawned by 2011 Epsom Derby winner, Pour Moi. I’m sure trips over seven furlongs will be in his sights later in the season, but First Prophet is certainly a very exciting prospect and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Doyle’s mount maintain his unbeaten record.

Race 5 – Ascot Gold Cup Tips

Check out my full preview of the Ascot Gold Cup to see if I think it’s worth trying to take on the hat-trick seeking Stradivarius.

If you’re looking to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet, take a look at our Ascot Gold Cup Live Streaming page.

Race 6 – Britannia Stakes Tips

Dance Fever E/W4:10pm Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 1mGET 20/1 HERE
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Punters can look forward to another thrilling renewal of this great handicap, and I’m going to fire a couple of arrows at the big prize. With plenty of pace drawn around him in stalls 9, 11 and 12, I’m going to go back in DANCE FEVER, in the hope he can extend his unbeaten career record.

Clive Cox's won on his two-year-old debut at Windsor, before a pair of victories on the all-weather. The second of those came when stepping up to seven furlongs, and Dance Fever saw out the trip comfortably, powering through the line with top weight on his back. This is a much stiffer test and he's running off a career-high mark, but I think this son of Sir Prancealot has more to offer over this new trip, and looks worthy of an each-way punt.

Grove Ferry E/W4:10pm Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 1mGET 20/1 HERE
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While there may be pace down the centre of the track, I can see the likes of Kondratiev Wave, Toro Strike and Harrison Point leading up a group down the stand’s rail, and GROVE FERRY could be perfectly positioned to mount a challenge. Andrew Balding’s charge ran well on his reappearance, staying on to place third ahead of Verboten in a handicap won by Ziggle Pops at Lingfield. 

Stepping up to a mile should suit this son of Excelebration perfectly and he’s only gone up a pound for that fine, staying on effort on his reappearance. Balding and jockey, David Probert have history in the Britannia too, having won this handicap with Born In Bombay in 2014. 

Race 7 - Sandringham Stakes Tips

Although Thanks Be triumphed under bottom-weight 12 months ago, she was the first winner to shoulder less than 8-07 since Frankie Dettori rode Cask to victory in 1995. African Dream is the hot-favourite to follow in Thanks Be’s footsteps, but I’m not one to back favourites at such a short price in handicaps, and I’d rather side with one of the classier horses sitting further adrift in the betting.

Like the Britannia, there seems to be lots of pace drawn down the centre of the track. One who could be well placed to strike is ALABAMA WHITMAN, who was well-beaten in two Group races during the autumn. Richard Spencer’s three-year-old ran on well for fourth in the Albany Stakes here at Ascot last year, and comfortably held off a future winner in Tulip Fields when winning her maiden. She could give speculative each-way punters a run for their money.


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