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Dream win for Appleby's youngster? Get 2019 Royal Ascot day 2 tips

Chasing Dreams (credit:Mike Egerton/PA Wire/PA Images)

Our expert takes a look through the ante-post betting for the feature races on day two at Royal Ascot and provides readers with his tips on Wednesday 19th June.

Wednesday at Royal Ascot features just one Group One, but it’s one of the most important races of the meeting, with a stellar cast set to line up in this year’s renewal of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. Around that prestigious contest, there’s a trio of Group Two contests to enjoy, with a strong field already entered into the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.

Our expert has taken a look through the ante-post betting for both of these races, along with the thrilling Queen Mary Stakes, and provided readers with his tips.

2019 Royal Ascot Day Two Tips

2:30pm Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) (2yo) 5f


I usually prefer to back an American raider over the minimum trip at Royal Ascot, which is why Lady Pauline was my initial, each-way selections. However, after she was ruled out through injury, I'm going to desert Wesley Ward, as I don't think Anna's Fast would enjoy ground slower than fast.

Final Song won nicely on debut and Ickworth boasts obvious chances. That being said, Godolphin’s leading chance in this year’s Queen Mary has to be CHASING DREAMS (4/1 bet365), who made a lasting impression on debut and this daughter of Starspangledbanner could be hard to beat. 

Charlie Appleby's youngster entered the stalls at Newmarket as the overwhelming favourite to win on debut and Chasing Dreams didn't disappoint, cruising to a convincing triumph on the Rowley Mile. Runner-up, Good Vibes looks a strong each-way bet at Royal Ascot herself - having scored in the Marygate Fillies' Stakes last time out - with third-placed Kemble helping to boost the form of Chasing Dreams' debut win further by winning easily on her very next start.

Appleby's record with juvenile's this term has been impeccable and Startspangledbanner's progeny have proven themselves on good and even good-to-soft ground. Confidence in the camp must be high to send Chasing Dreams to Ascot on the back of one solitary outing, She looks like one of the strongest ante-post favourites of the week.

Main Bet - CHASING DREAMS (4/1 bet365)
Next Best - GOOD VIBES each-way (10/1 Ladbrokes)

3:40pm Prince Of Wales's Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 1m2f


The potential return of Derby hero Masar adds a little extra spice to the race. While I doubt the 2018 king of Epsom will be fit enough to trouble the stars ahead of him in the market, it will be wonderful to see Charlie Appleby’s colt back out on the race track again.

Magical won here on Champions Day and pushed Enable all the way to the line at the Breeders’ Cup last term. Aidan O’Brien’s filly has picked up where she left off in the autumn, completing a hat-trick by running away with the Tattersalls Gold Cup. Waldgeist also travels to Ascot on the back of a Group One victory, having trounced Study Of Man and Ghaiyyath with a superlative performance in the Prix Ganay.

Of the two, Magical looks the biggest threat to favourite SEA OF CLASS (5/2 William Hill). O’Brien’s filly has the upper-hand on her rivals in terms of race fitness and course form. Yet, I was so taken with the way Sea Of Class progressed and acquitted herself at the highest level last season, I’ll be keen to keep William Haggas’ filly onside wherever she turns up in 2019.

This daughter of Sea The Stars outlined her potential with back-to-back Listed triumphs last summer, winning comfortably over this trip at Newbury. James Doyle then timed his charge from the rear of the field to absolute perfection in the Irish Oaks, swooping down the centre of the track to beat Epsom queen, Forever Together under the shadow of the post.

An impressive victory in the Yorkshire Oaks followed, before Haggas’ stable star travelled to France for the first time to take on Enable in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Hold-up tactics are very difficult to pull off in a race as competitive as the Arc and Doyle still had 18 top quality rivals to pass turning for home.  

Under a masterful ride, Doyle bobbed and weaved his way through the pack, eating into Enable deficit. Just when it looked like Sea Of Class was going to claim a famous victory, the finishing line appeared to save the fading favourite. 

In my opinion, Sea Of Class’s performance was just as impressive, if not more outstanding than Enable’s in the Arc. Dropping back a couple of furlongs shouldn’t be a problem and she must be working well at home, otherwise Haggas would have chosen an easier race for her reappearance. I backed Sea Of Class when Enable was still expected to run. I’m not going to desert her now.

Main Bet - SEA OF CLASS (5/2 William Hill)
Next Best -
MAGICAL (3/1 Ladbrokes)

4:20pm Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) (Str) 1m



Rawdaa heads the betting for this Group Two but I’m keen to take Sir Michael Stoute’s filly on. Yes, she ran well to push Lah Ti Dar all the way to the line at York. The winner was clearly under-par that day, however, and Lah Ti Dar did nothing to boost the form with that dismal effort in the Coronation Cup.

Billesdon Brook hasn't been able to recapture the run which saw her win the Guineas since that Classic triumph, but she's highly capable on her day and remains a danger. Indian Blessing has held her own at a high level over the past 12 months and won a Listed contest very easily on her last start. Ed Walker's mare is well worth a second glance on a huge price of 40/1.

I Can Fly flew home to give Roaring Lion a real scare in the QEII last season and she could be a factor, even under a three-pound penalty. Pretty Baby is unexposed at this level and could relish the step up to a mile, but it’s with her stablemate, BESHAAYIR (6/1 William Hill), where I would prefer to pin my colours.

Following a fantastic victory on the straight mile in a handicap here at Ascot, I was expecting Beshaayir to earn black-type fairly soon afterwards. Haggas’ filly was beaten into fifth in both the Valiant Stakes and when dropped back into handicap company in September, before finally securing a Listed victory with a powerful triumph in the Rosemary Stakes at Newmarket.

Frankie Dettori then took the ride as Beshaayir tackled I Can Fly on her reappearance in the Group Two Lanwades Stud Stakes. The Iffraaj filly was frequently held up at the back to strike last during 2018. Dettori, on the other hand, pushed Beshaayir straight to the front and the duo never looked back, holding I Can Fly and Red Tea comfortably at arm’s length to land an impressive win.

It’s clear from that performance that Beshaayir has taken a big step forward during the off-season, clocking highly respectable time despite making her own pace. Haggas’ filly has some impressive form on the track here at Ascot and I expect Beshaayir to continue her progression on this grandest of stages.

Main Bet - BESHAAYIR (6/1 William Hill)
Next Best -
INDIAN BLESSING e/w (40/1 bet365)


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Dream win for Appleby's youngster? Get 2019 Royal Ascot day 2 tips

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