Royal Ascot day two tips, best bets and preview plus picks for Hamilton, Uttoxeter, Nottingham and Ripon
Our man Garry Owen scoured the map for day two of Royal Ascot.
BASHKIROVA (4.20) matches William Haggas’ bill in the Duke of Cambridge’s stakes on day two of Royal Ascot.
The filly looked smart as she picked up her first two stars by taking style at Nottingham and Newcastle.
She quickly got better again pounding Madame Tantzy on his handicapped bow in Newmarket.
The four-year-old then definitely didn’t stay at 1m 2f despite being only seventh on her Listed debut at Doncaster.
She got back on track when she was overtaken by Ms Fitzherbert on her return over a mile at Goodwood.
The daughter of Pivot achieved another personal best while routing Potipova in an Epsom Group 3.
The Cheveley Park raider is open to a lot of progress so she can add that superb Group 2 to her CV.
LADY TILBURY (2.30) can clinch the odds for shrewd David Marnane in the Queen Mary Stakes.
The two-year-old looked smart as he was second to Ocean Vision on his all-weather Dundalk debut.
The filly immediately confirmed this impression when watering Woman Chief on Turf in Cork.
She oozed class again as she decisively beat the helpful Mehmar in rank at Tipperary.
There’s plenty more to come from this quick youngster that may deny some up-and-coming rivals.
BALTIC BIRD (3.05) can soar for John Gosden in another warm renewal of the Queen’s Vase.
The son of frankel caught the eye when he was third behind the talented Nahanni on his Leicester debut.
The colt built on that effort when he was narrowly beaten by the progressive New Comedy at Haydock.
He then made no mistake with an impressive loss to Naval College at Yarmouth last month.
The three-year-old remained well to be able to win this Group 2 of 1m 6f under Frankie Dettori.
BAY BRIDGE (3.40) can give Sir Michael Stoute more joy in Group 1 in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.
The colt loved stepping up to 1m 2f with a string of impressive handicap wins last summer.
He ignored promotion to Listed level by comfortably turning down Majestic Dawn at Newmarket.
Stoute excels with his older enhancers, so big things were expected from the four-year-old this year.
He certainly looked better than ever as he crushed Mostahdaf on his return in a Group 3 Sandown.
The son of New Bay is a good Group 1, so he can pass his toughest test yet.
The Royal Hunt Cup is still trapper but I support Roger Varian’s LEGEND OF DUBAI (5.00).
The four-year-old finished second behind the chic Lone Eagle on his handicap arc at Doncaster in 2020.
The son of Dubai had a long time to mature, so it only reappeared in August 2021.
However, he defied his absence by comfortably beating Golden Crusader over 1m 4f at Ffos Las.
Off for another 241 days, the gelding pushed Carolus Magnus back a mile at Newmarket.
Obaid Al Maktoum’s horse is likely in group class so he can shine some light on a well-deserved 11-pound ride.
Exciting sprinters compete in the Windsor Castle Stakes, but I choose CASTLE (5.35).
Andrew Balding’s horse was a good third at Remarkable Force on his debut in a hot Novice from Salisbury.
The colt then challenged a difficult edge pass rogue spirit in the two-year-old Beverley Trophy.
The juvenile clearly has a bright future, so he can still arrive late and fast in this Listed event.
At Joseph O’Brien’s HAZIYA (6.10) is well worth a punt in the tough Kensington Palace Stakes.
The four-year-old didn’t exactly set the heather on fire on 1m 2f for Michael Halford last season.
However, she beat Jungel Cove for the first time for her new yard over a mile at Leopardstown.
The filly ran another blinder when she placed third close to Celtic Crown in the Emerald Mile at the Curragh.
The Qatar Racing raider is on full display for Team Owning Hill so it can get back to winning ways.
GHOSTLY (1.50) may terrify bookmakers for Stella Barclay on Lookers Audi Raceday in Hamilton.
The turn-like gray was close when just denied by Haven Lady on 1m 5f at this spot.
John Quinn is in good shape so I’m sure SANTABELLA (2.20) in EBF Restricted Novice Stakes.
The filly is a sure improver after her excellent debut behind New Hope Bullet at Catterick.
REWARD SMILE (2.55) can maintain Hugo Palmer’s formidable run in the EBF Maiden Stakes.
The juvenile can open his account with a repeat of his third at Bradsell in a deeper event at York.
The Cheshire Ace can also take the Bothwell Castle Handicap with SPARKLING CHOICE (4.40).
The filly left her lackluster juvenile form behind when she was narrowly beaten by Amanzoe at Leicester.
The three-year-old stayed well a mile that day so she could earn some compensation in a strong contest.
Palmer can do three with PRINCE OF PERSIA (5.15) in the Lookers Classified Stakes.
The gelding has shown enough in three to two runs to suggest he can do a lot of damage this year.
QUANAH (3.30) can make another successful raid on Hamilton in the DM Hall Handicap.
Liam Bailey’s charge worked well again when second behind the helpful Refuge over five furlongs here.
The gelding is even better over 1,400 meters to take full advantage of a good mark.
SOPHIESTICATE (4.10) can activate the style of successful Jim Goldie in the VIP Handicap.
The three-year-old didn’t quite come home on 1m 1f when he was second behind Shahnaz here last week.
It was still a career high, so this little run filly should do better on the road.
2.30 LADY TILBURY
3.05 BALTIC BIRD
3.40 BAY BRIDGE
4.20 BASHKIROVA (NAP)
5.00 LEGEND OF DUBAI
2.20 SAINTE BELLE
2.55 REWARD SMILE
4.40 GLITTERING CHOICE
5.15 PRINCE OF PERSIA
1.00 COULD BE PROBLEM
2.10 BRANSON MISSOURI
2.45 POWER OF MAHANAKHON
3.20 SOUL ICON
4.33 HANA COLLONGE
5.10 GOOD TREAT
5.45 DESERT TEAM
6.20 MAINLY CLOUDY
7.20 SIENA BREEZE
8.20 NEVER GET HURT
5.26 NEVER ANY PROBLEM
6.00 BOOM BOOM POW
6.40 BLACK CURRENT
7.10 REAL DRESS
8.10 TRUE COURAGE
5.20 DINERO FALSO
5.50 LUCKY SHANTOU
6.25 SAVE YOUR MONEY
7.00 NELLY’S MONEY
7.30 CALL ME LYREEN
8.00 MALPIC MICA
8.30 REALISTIC OPTIMISM