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2020 Royal Ascot Day Two Tips – Through the card tips on Wednesday

  • The Prince Of Wales's Stakes headlines day two's card
  • Punters will be eager to sink their teeth into the competitive handicaps
  • We have tips for all seven races
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A view of the stands on day two of Royal Ascot. (Getty)

We bring you our Royal Ascot day two tips, providing selections for all seven races at Ascot on Wednesday 17th June.

The second day of festivities at Royal Ascot is headlined by the historic Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. There’s also a couple of good Group races on day two’s card, along with the thrilling Windsor Castle Stakes sprint, and several fascinating handicaps.

We had three winners, two seconds and a third in Tuesday article. I’ve taken a look through the betting for all seven races at Ascot on Wednesday to provide you with my best bets!

Royal Ascot Day Two Card


Race Time
Race Title
1:15pmSilver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap (Consolation Race For Royal Hunt Cup) (Class 2) 1m
1:50pmHampton Court Stakes (Group 3) 1m2f
2:25pm King George V Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) 1m4f
3:00pmPrince Of Wales's Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 1m2f
3:35pm Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2)
4:10pmWindsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) 5f
4:40pmCopper Horse Handicap (Class 2) 1m6f

Royal Ascot Day Two Tips


Race 1 - Silver Royal Hunt Cup Tips


Ouzo E/W1:15pm Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap (A Consolation Race For The Royal Hunt Cup) (Class 2) 1mGET 6/1 HERE
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It’s very easy to make a case for OUZO, who’s done nothing but progress since the start of 2019. Last time out, Richard Hannon’s charge was narrowly beaten by Bell Rock in a good-quality Class Two at Newmarket. Ouzo received an RPR of 101 for that display, but the handicapper has decided not to up his rating, meaning he will, again, run off an official mark of 91.

Although he’s been drawn down on the stand’s rail, it’s much better to be drawn high than low in handicaps over this sort of distance at Royal Ascot. Likely pacesetters Nicklaus and Zhui Feng have been drawn a couple of stalls on his inner in 20 and 22, so Ouzo should be able to slot in behind the pace quite comfortably.
Apart from Nicklaus and Zhui Feng, it’s hard to find many other pace angles in this consolation race. One who could be hard to peg back if he makes the running is RED BOND, who stayed on to place behind Daarik on his reappearance at Newcastle. Keith Dalgleish’s four-year-old has won both of his most recent starts over a mile, and ran a cracker to place second to Good Birthday on his only turf start to date. Red Bond looks a solid each-way punt at 16/1.

Race 2 - Hampton Court Stakes Tips


Russian Emperor1:50pm Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) 1m2fGET 7/2 HERE
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First Receiver would be a popular winner for the Queen, and both Juan Elcano and Kenzai Warrior bring 2000 Guineas form to the table. My preference, however, is for Aidan O’Brien’s RUSSIAN EMPEROR, who was the beaten favourite in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial last week.

O’Brien’s charge came from off the pace and tried to track down front-running stablemate, Cormorant, but eventually went down by half-a-length. I’m confident this son of Galileo – who holds entry into both the Irish and Epsom Derby – will come from that reappearance run. Unlike his main rivals, Russian Emperor has proved he can see out ten furlongs and the softer ground conditions will be to his liking.

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Ouzo looks a strong bet in Wednesday opener. (Getty)

Race 3 - King George V Stakes Tips


Convict E/W2:25pm King George V Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) 1m4fGET 10/1 HERE
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On paper, this looks a very poor renewal of this great handicap. In 2019, the lowest rated horse in the field had an official mark of 90. Whereas this year, only seven of the 18 confirmed runners are rated 90 or above.

We’re now left with a conundrum. Do you take a risk backing a lower-rated runner making the step up into deeper waters? Or, do you side with a runner near the top end of the weights who brings better form to the table? On this occasion, I’m going to go with the latter of those two tactics and bank on CONVICT building on that excellent victory he secured at Newmarket back in October.

William Haggas’ colt was backed into 6/5 favouritism for that £25k Class Two, and duly obliged in excellent style, beating King’s Caper by a comfortable four lengths. By a former Derby winner in Australia, and a half-brother to Hamish - who won the Melrose Handicap at York during a strong three-year-old campaign last season – there’s no doubting Convict will be even better over this sort of trip. 9-03 is by no means an insurmountable burden and a wider draw in stall nine looks ideal.

Race 4 - Prince Of Wales's Stakes Tips


Read my full preview of the Group One feature on day two here, and find out if I’m taking on hot favourite, Japan.

If you’re looking to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet, take a look at our Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Live Streaming page.

Race 5 – Royal Hunt Cup Tips


Indeed E/W3:35pm Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2)GET 16/1 HERE
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In the last 15 years, only three horses have carried a single-figure price to victory in this handicap. There’s only been one winning favourite in that time too. With that in mind, I’m going to chance my arm with two sitting on longer prices, the first of which being Dominic Ffrench Davis’ stable star, INDEED.

Indeed placed in two pattern races at the back-end of his four-year-old season, finishing second in the Darley Stakes and third behind Lord North in the Jane Seymour. Earlier in the season, Davis’ charge had finished a close second to Chatez in the frenetic Spring Cup at Newbury, before running up to an RPR of 112 when beating Thrave in a very competitive handicap down the July Course. 

Qaysar E/W3:35pm Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2)GET 14/1 HERE
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All the pace may seem to be coming from between stalls 12 and 19, but Indeed should be able to latch onto that from gate eight and looks a solid each-way option.

As does QAYSAR, who ran a bizarre race on his reappearance at Newmarket. In a meeting where virtually nothing won from off the pace, Ryan Moore held his mount up out the back and still had plenty to do entering the final two furlongs. Qaysar made eye-popping late progress, but still went down by half-a-length. 

Richard Hannon’s charge secured some very classy victories last season, over both seven furlongs and a mile. He should be able to slot in behind the pacesetters very comfortably from stall 22, and could come flying home with a wet sail in the final furlong.

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Qaysar scoring at Kempton in 2018. (Getty Images)

Race 6 – Windsor Castle Stakes Tips


Astimegoesby E/W4:10pm Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) 5fGET 16/1 HERE
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I never have a big bet in the Windsor Castle Stakes, as I find the race to be a complete lottery. It’s very hard to draw anything from the limited form available, and trying to figure out where the pace will come from is very difficult. 

Although powerhouses like Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden have won this race in recent years, small-time handlers have tasted success too, and I’d love to see ASTIMEGOESBY run well for up-and-coming trainer, George Boughey. 

Astimegoesby made his debut over six furlongs during the Guineas meeting, making the running on the rail. He was still leading going into the final furlong, until two Godolphin runners came through and relegated Ben Curtis’ mount back to third.

Like Boughey, first-season sire Mehmas has made a solid start to life in the big time in 2019. Astimegoesby is also a half-brother to the once-raced Bomb Proof, who was the ante-post favourite for last year’s Windsor Castle, before injury ruled him out of contention. 

Race 6 - Copper Horse Handicap Tips


Themaxwecan E/W4:40pm Copper Horse Handicap (Class 2) 1m6fGET 14/1 HERE
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Day two’s card closes with the second of the brand-new races at this year’s Royal Ascot. This looks a devilishly tricky staying handicap, but I fancy taking a punt on THEMAXWECAN, who ran a decent enough race on his return to action at Haydock.

Mark Johnston’s four-year-old finished fifth of six, but only faded out of contention in the final furlong of that trappy little two-mile handicap. Themaxwecan ran in the Queen’s Vase over course-and-distance last term, before winning the Brown Jack Handicap under James Doyle at Ascot in July. Doyle takes the ride again, and he’ll be confident that Johnston’s sturdy stayer has come on enough to see them get competitive in Wednesday’s final race.

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