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2016 Royal Ascot tips - Day two race-by-race selections and best bets for the fantastic Royal meeting

Brian Healy 15 Jun 2016
Royal Ascot enters its' second day on Wednesday where another top quality racecard awaits.

Brian Healy looks ahead to the second day of Royal Ascot, and he has tips and selections in every race on another quality racecard.


The 2016 Royal Ascot meeting continues into a second day on Wednesday, and a further high-class six race line-up awaits punters, where the feature race is the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

Also on the card are two Group Two contests  with the Queen Mary Stakes, and also the Duke Of Cambridgeshire Stakes; and Nick Luck and the team will have all the action from all six races live on Channel 4 Racing.

2:30: Jersey Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 7f
3:05: Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 5f
3:40: Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 1m
4:20: Prince of Wales´s Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) Cl1 1m2f
5:00: Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 1m
5:35: Sandringham Handicap (Listed Race) (Fillies) Cl1 1m

Brian Healy goes through the second day racecard, and he gives his selections for every race on Wednesday at the top-class meeting.

DAY TWO SELECTIONS


2.30 - CASTLE HARBOUR (11/2, Paddy Power

3.05 - KACHESS (10/1, Coral)

3.40 - JAZZI TOP (8/1, Coral

4.20 - A SHIN HIKARI (4/6, Paddy Power

5.00 - SPIRIT RAISER (16/1, Netbet

5.40 - DOLCE STREGA (12/1, Paddy Power)



2:30: Jersey Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 7f


The day two opener can go to CASTLE HARBOUR (11/2, Paddy Power) who looked a Group horse in the making when winning a shade cosily at York in May to uphold her unbeaten record and double up on an earlier soft ground Newmarket success from which the runner-up in that race has also won since.

John Gosden’s Kyllachy colt is a highly regarded sort, holding an entry in the Sussex Stakes, and he has seen the form of that York outing boosted with several subsequent winners coming out of the contest, albeit at a lower level than this contest.

Nevertheless, while this undoubtedly requires a shade more from him stepping into Pattern company, he is capable of a bold bid given he most certainly has more to offer over this trip and with no concerns over the ground.


Castle Harbour can make it three wins from three starts by landing the day two opener.

3:05: Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 5f


US raider Lady Aurelia is likely to take some stopping if coping with the soft ground, but her price is skinny enough and KACHESS (10/1, Coral) could be worth an interest to make the frame.

Tom Dascombe’s charge looked a good prospect when easily winning a small-field event at Goodwood early in June, where she barely came off the bride in registering a three lengths’ win over Waqt. She was well-supported that day, suggesting that she is held in some regard at home and a winning debut wasn’t unexpected.

While there is a doubt over her ability to handle conditions and stepping up considerably in class, she is open to plenty of improvement and is an interesting contender who can find the places.

3:40: Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 1m


Andre Fabre’s Usherette looks the obvious starting place given the brilliant French filly has won five of her six starts, including a hat-trick this term which includes a defeat of proven Group One performers in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket on her last outing.

Her price is skinny though, and she may be worth taking on with JAZZI TOP (8/1, Coral) who won three times last term, including in a French Group Two at Deauville, and she lost little caste in defeat in a trio of Group One contests which included a good fifth in the Epsom Oaks, and a runner-up effort behind Covert Love in the Prix de l’Opera.

John Gosden’s charge was well beaten behind Andre Fabre’s filly when the pair clashed at Newmarket, but the Danehill Dancer filly was making her first start of the season and shaped as if in need of the run as she weakened out of contention.

Likely to strip much fitter now with that run under her belt, she is sure to prove an altogether different proposition now, offering sterner resistance against the likely favourite assuming she copes with the slower conditions.


Jazzi Top can post a big performance in the Duke of Cambridgeshire Stakes.

4:20: Prince of Wales´s Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) Cl1 1m2f


Japanese contender A SHIN HIKARI (4/6, Paddy Power) produced arguably the performance of the season when routing rivals in the Prix d’Ispahan at Chantilly last month in what was a spectacular European debut.

The Deep Impact horse destroyed his field by ten lengths and more, which included the likes of Dariyan, Vadamos and New Bay with contemptuous ease to take his win tally to ten from twelve starts.

Masahiro Sakaguchi’s charge bids to become the first Japanese winner at the Royal meeting, and he spearheads what looks a relatively weak renewal of this Group One contest whereby a repeat of that Chantilly demolition would make him nigh on impossible to beat on ground that will hold no fears given that French win came on heavy ground.

While the likes of Found and Western Hymn should offer up some resistance, both will have to produce career-best efforts to lower the colours of the international superstar.


Japanese superstar A Shin Hikari looks impossible to oppose in the day's feature race.

5:00: Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 1m


Probably the toughest races to predict across the five days of the Royal Ascot meeting, the big field contest can nevertheless go the way of SPIRIT RAISER (16/1, Netbet) who can usually be relied upon to run up to her best form, and the Invincible Spirit mare won twice last term on the all-weather at Kempton, as well as finding the frame on turf at both Newmarket and Newbury.

James Fanshawe’s charge made a winning return to action when scoring with a bit in hand at Nottingham earlier in June, beating Off Art by just over one length, and is likely to make another bold bid despite shouldering a 5lbs penalty for that success.

Placed efforts earlier in her career in the mud at Doncaster show that the softer conditions here won’t pose an issue, and she is likely to have been laid out for this event by her shrewd handler who  has won this race twice in the recent past with Macadamia and Cesare.

5:35: Sandringham Handicap (Listed Race) (Fillies) Cl1 1m


No less competitive than the preceding race, the day two finale can go to Ireland and DOLCE STREGA (12/1, Paddy Power) who comes into the race in search of a hat-trick, having won both starts this term.

William McCreery’s charge was a soft-ground winner at Tipperary last August, and subsequently placed in a Listed race at the Curragh on her final start of the term, prior to returning at Dundalk in April to beat Lady Oak in a minor event.

However, better was to come from the Zoffany filly as she got up late to deny Steip Amach in the Group Three Athasi Stakes back at the Curragh in May, and that form has since been given a boost by the runner-up subsequently beating Cougar Mountain in the Amethyst Stakes.

This is no easy task despite taking a slight drop in Grade back into Listed level, but she looks a progressive sort who could still have more to come and she can run a big race under Pat Smullen.


Pat Smullen can land the second day finale aboard Dolce Strega.

2016 ROYAL ASCOT - DAY TWO SELECTIONS


2.30 - CASTLE HARBOUR (11/2, Paddy Power

3.05 - KACHESS (10/1, Coral)

3.40 - JAZZI TOP (8/1, Coral

4.20 - A SHIN HIKARI (4/6, Paddy Power

5.00 - SPIRIT RAISER (16/1, Netbet

5.40 - DOLCE STREGA (12/1, Paddy Power)
 


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