Royal Ascot Day 2, Free Picks, Predictions and Preview (6/15/22)
According to numberFire Racing's analysis, these are the best bets and plays to make on TVG on Wednesday, June 15th.
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R1: QUEEN MARY STAKES (Group 2)
Plenty of potential as expected for a 2-y-o event at Royal Ascot but the 2 who have created the deepest impression are DRAMATISED and Love Reigns. The former posted an outstanding time figure for a first-time-out filly at Newmarket and, at likely bigger odds, is narrowly preferred to Love Reigns, who could hardly have been more impressive in a maiden at Keeneland and represents a yard that has won this 3 times (4 in total) since 2015. Katey Kontent and Maria Branwell are also likely to figure.
Betting Forecast : 4/1 Love Reigns, 13/2 Dramatised, 11/1 Katey Kontent, 11/1 Maria Branwell, 18/1 Lady Tilbury, 22/1 All The Time, 22/1 Manhattan Jungle, 22/1 Olivia Maralda, 22/1 Omniqueen, 22/1 Yahsat, 25/1 Grand Oak, 25/1 Maylandsea, 28/1 Funny Money Honey, 28/1 One More Olly, 33/1 Miami Girl, 33/1 The Platinum Queen, 50/1 Carmela, 50/1 Lady Beano, 50/1 Queen Of Deauville, 125/1 Lost Angel, 150/1 Primrose Ridge
R2: QUEEN'S VASE (Group 2)
ELDAR ELDAROV has made a highly promising start to his career and looks sure to go on to better things now tackling 1 3/4m, so he looks the way to go, especially with his form proving strong. Nahanni didn't quite get the rub of the green in the Derby and still has better days ahead of him on that evidence, while others to consider are Baltic Bird and Anchorage.
Betting Forecast : 9/2 Nahanni, 5/1 Eldar Eldarov, 8/1 Baltic Bird, 17/2 Hafit, 9/1 Al Qareem, 10/1 Anchorage, 10/1 Perfect Alibi, 16/1 Ruler Legend, 22/1 Zechariah, 25/1 Green Team, 25/1 Typewriter, 28/1 Emotion
R3: PRINCE OF WALES’S STAKES (Group 1)
BAY BRIDGE looked out of the top drawer when storming clear in the Brigadier Gerard at Sandown and can take the step up to Group 1 level in his stride and provide Sir Michael Stoute with a fifth success in this contest. Japanese-raider Shahryar proved himself on the international stage with his Sheema Classic win in March and can follow the selection home.
Betting Forecast : 11/10 Bay Bridge, 9/2 Shahryar, 6/1 State Of Rest, 15/2 Lord North, 17/2 Grand Glory
R4: DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES (Group 2)
A tightly-knit affair that could go the way of the improving BASHKIROVA provided she's not undone by a relatively quick turnaround. She was impressive at Epsom last time and could take another step forward to get the better of Saffron Beach and Mother Earth. French-raider Sibila Spain also arrives on the up and warrants respect.
Betting Forecast : 3/1 Bashkirova, 7/2 Saffron Beach, 7/2 Mother Earth, 7/1 Sibila Spain, 7/1 Novemba, 25/1 Primo Bacio, 40/1 Kennella, 50/1 Thunder Beauty
R5: ROYAL HUNT CUP (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
SYMBOLIZE signed off in 2021 with a couple of excellent efforts in big-field Ascot handicaps behind the now 124-rated Aldaary and made a pleasing comeback at Thirsk in April. He's partnered by the yard's excellent 5 lb claimer Harry Davies for the first time here and a huge run could be on the way. Last year's second Astro King looks poised to go well again, with Dark Shift, Magical Morning and Totally Charming just a handful of the other leading players.
Betting Forecast : 8/1 Astro King, 9/1 Dark Shift, 12/1 Legend Of Dubai, 14/1 Totally Charming, 16/1 Greatgadian, 18/1 Magical Morning, 20/1 Rebel Territory, 22/1 Symbolize, 25/1 Sinjaari, 25/1 Desert Peace, 25/1 Isla Kai, 28/1 Escobar, 33/1 Intellogent, 33/1 Fantastic Fox, 40/1 Bopedro, 40/1 Tempus, 40/1 Bless Him, 40/1 Cruyff Turn, 40/1 Excel Power, 40/1 Notre Belle Bete, 50/1 San Andreas, 50/1 Aratus, 50/1 What's The Story, 50/1 Percy's Lad, 66/1 Etonian, 66/1 Via Serendipity, 66/1 Real Force, 100/1 Lunar Space, 100/1 Hortzadar, 125/1 Humanitarian
R6: WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES (Listed)
Not only is LITTLE BIG BEAR's form 10 lb+ clear of the opposition on numberFire ratings, he also has the scope for plenty of progress so there's no desire to look elsewhere. John Gosden used the same Yarmouth maiden won by Far Shot last week to introduce the 2016 winner of this race and he is feared, with Union Court completing the shortlist following a faultless start to her career.
Betting Forecast : 11/4 Little Big Bear, 9/1 Far Shot, 12/1 Chateau, 14/1 Bolt Action, 14/1 Seismic Spirit, 18/1 Union Court, 20/1 Wodao, 25/1 Eddie's Boy, 25/1 Knebworth, 25/1 Mehmar, 28/1 Kaasib, 33/1 Rocket Rodney, 40/1 Jumbeau, 40/1 Star Of Lady M, 50/1 Guiteau, 50/1 Kuwait City, 50/1 Whistle And Flute, 66/1 Ramazan, 80/1 Rocking Ends, 80/1 Yahtzee, 125/1 Democracy Dilemma, 125/1 Edgar Linton, 125/1 Silencer, 200/1 Finn Russell
R7: KENSINGTON PALACE STAKES (HANDICAP)
HAZIYA has made a bright start for Joseph O'Brien and another big effort could be on the way. White Moonlight made a pleasing comeback at Chelmsford after a long time off and could emerge as a big player. Improvised and State Occasion are a couple of others to consider.
Betting Forecast : 9/2 Haziya, 6/1 White Moonlight, 14/1 State Occasion, 14/1 Improvised, 16/1 Isola Rossa, 18/1 Farhh To Shy, 18/1 Ffion, 18/1 Spirit Of The Bay, 20/1 Angel Power, 25/1 Pretty Sweet, 25/1 Serenading, 25/1 Professional Widow, 33/1 Dubai Love, 33/1 Neptune Rock, 33/1 Don't Tell Claire, 33/1 Random Harvest, 40/1 Rosemary And Thyme, 40/1 Rising Star, 66/1 Talabaat, 66/1 Celtic Empress