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Royal Ascot - Horse Racing: Day Two Preview

Day two of Royal Ascot features seven more fascinating races, as the top class action continues from the royal meeting in Berkshire.

(Article originally published 14.06.2022)

The feature race is the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes, which includes a strong international field at 15:40, including the unbeaten Sir Michael Stoute colt Bay Bridge.

Here's our preview of day two of Royal Ascot, which you can watch via our Sports Live Streaming service.

14:30 – Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2, 5f)

The two-year-old fillies are in action in the opening race on day two of Royal Ascot, the Queen Mary Stakes. American trainer Wesley Ward has won this race four times, with Lady Aurelia (2016) and Campanelle (2020) being his notable victories.

Love Reigns is 3/1 to give Ward a fifth victory. She comes into this race on the back of an impressive performance in her debut success at Keeneland where she scored by just short of 10 lengths.

Dramatised looked a smart filly when she prevailed on her opening start of her career at Newmarket. She is 4/1 to give trainer Karl Burke a Royal Ascot winner this year. The British contenders also include 10/1 shot Maria Branwell, who has a little more experience, as she has had two starts to date, with her second win coming in a Listed contest at Sandown last month.

15:05 – Queen's Vase (Group 2, 1m6f)

A field of 12 have been declared to run in the Queen's Vase and the top of the betting is dominated by two Charlie Appleby runners. Nahanni at 7/2 and 5/1 Hafit will carry the Godolphin blue silks and both have an excellent chance of landing the top prize.

Hafit is stepping up in distance after finishing a close third in a Listed contest over 1m4f at Longchamp last time out. Connections have opted to apply the cheekpieces for the first time for this race. His stablemate Nahanni has won two of his three starts this season. His only defeat came in the Derby where he came home seventh of 17.

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15:40 – Prince Of Wales's Stakes (Group 1, 1m2f)

It has been an excellent start to the season for Sir Michael Stoute. Desert Crown's Derby success has sprung the trainer back into the spotlight. He could have another exciting colt on his hands with Bay Bridge. The Brigadier Gerard winner is 5/4 to maintain his unbeaten record and land the first Group One of his career.

Japan Derby winner Shahryar is one of the most exciting international runners featuring at Royal Ascot this year. He is 7/2 to score on his opening start in the UK, while Grand Glory is 8/1 to hand France a first winner of this race since Andre Fabre prevailed in 2010 with Byword.

16:20 – Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2, 1m)

Mother Earth ended 2021 as one of the leading three-year-old fillies, with the pick of her performances being her victory in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmaket. She is 5/2 to give Aidan O'Brien a first victory in this Group Two contest.

Saffron Beach was successful in the Sun Chariot Stakes last season, reversing the form with Mother Earth from the British Classic earlier that year. Jane Chapple-Hyam's filly finished fourth in the Dubai Turf at Meydan back in March. The daughter of New Bay is 9/4 to come out on top in her first appearance of the campaign in the UK.

17:00 – Royal Hunt Cup (Handicap, 1m)

One of the biggest fields of the week is set to come in the Royal Hunt Cup as 30 runners will contest the 1m contest, including 8/1 C & D winner Dark Shift. Charles Hills' colt has been given a 5lb penalty as he looks to successfully follow up from his victory at Nottingham just 24 days ago.

Astro King finished second in this race 12 months ago for Stoute and Ryan Moore behind the impressive Real World. The same connections team up again here, and off just a 4lb mark, the 7/1 shot has a great chance of going once place better.

17:35 – Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed, 5f)

The Windsor Castle is another of the two-year-old races which O'Brien looks to target with the best juveniles from his Ballydoyle yard. The vibes this year seem strong about 9/4 shot Little Big Bear.

He broke his maiden in impressive fashion at Naas last time out. As a son of No Nay Never, he is sure to have lightning speed and he is a colt who should progress with move experience on the track.

Far Shot put himself in the mix for this race when he got off the mark in his sole appearance at York. John and Thady Gosden's colt is 8/1 to follow that up with a second straight win. Bolt Action is another unexposed colt who made a winning start when he prevailed by four lengths at Leicester. He is 8/1 to give Roger Varian victory here.

18:10 – Kensington Palace Stakes (Handicap, 1m)

Haziya moved to Joseph O'Brien's yard earlier this year and she made a winning start for her new trainer when scoring in a 17-runner handicap at Leopardstown. She had to settle for third place last time out at the Curragh but it was another positive run in a big field. The Irish runner is 5/1 to score in the final race on day two.

White Moonlight looked a smart novice when she won both of her races in her debut year in 2019. Unfortunately for her connections, a setback kept her off the track for two years.

Given the length of time she had been off the track, she ran well to finish third on her comeback run at Chelmsford earlier this month. Saeed bin Suroor's mare is very much unexposed, so it would be no shock if the 6/1 shot was to prevail in this 1m handicap off a mark which could be lenient.

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