Royal Ascot day two tips: All you need is Love for day two Royal Ascot highlight?
The quality continues on day two of Royal Ascot when the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes takes pride of place on the schedule.
Lord North, something of a surprise winner last year, will attempt to retain his crown but the star attraction is Love.
Aidan O’Brien’s filly looked out of the ordinary last year in an unbeaten three-year-old campaign in which she won both the 1000 Guineas and Oaks but didn’t race after August.
The action arrives at the Prince of Wales after a trio of Group 2 prizes, the Queen Mary Stakes, Queen’s Vase and Duke of Cambridge Stakes.
Lady Bowthorpe, a plucky second place behind Palace Pier in the Lockinge Stakes, tackles the Duke of Cambridge and the tea-time showpiece is the ultra-competitive Royal Hunt Cup.
Wednesday’s action unfolds from 13:30pm on ITV which will show the first six races before switching to ITV4 at 17:50pm for the final contest, and we have previewed the three most significant races of the day in our Royal Ascot day two tips.
The week’s premier race for two-year-old fillies has an international feel to it, with two runners from the United States. We all know about Wesley Ward, whose Twilight Gleaming will try to secure a fourth win in seven years for the trainer, but George R Arnold II, better known as Rusty Arnold, has his first runner at the meeting in Artos.
Frankie Dettori’s booking for Artos is a big plus but there is a decent home contingent, notably in Nymphadora who is already a Listed winner. While Nymphadora can keep the British end up, there could be each-way value in Eve Lodge, who followed up a decent debut over the track by getting off the mark at Lingfield.
Now run over 1m6f, this Group 2 prize has produced a lot of great talent. Last year it was won by Irish Derby winner Santiago and among its other alumni have been Kew Gardens, Stradivarius, Leading Light and Estimate. Aidan O’Brien, winner of four of the last six, runs three with Ryan Moore on Wordsworth, brother of Kew Gardens.
In total there are six Irish challengers of which Taipan could prove the pick. The son of Frankel has yet to add to last year’s maiden win but has run well in three outings this term without getting the rub of the green. Blinkers are now fitted and over this extra distance there should be less chance of him meeting trouble.
Love comes to town for the first time this year when last year’s 1000 Guineas and Oaks winner has her first start since last August. The understanding is she has been absent only because of soft conditions, having missed engagements in the Arc and the Tattersalls Gold Cup when the ground was testing.
That should not be an excuse this time with conditions on the fast side when her pretensions to greatness will be put to the test. Last year’s winner Lord North, who returned to G1-winning form in Dubai and the Breeders’ Cup winner Audarya provide the main opposition but as long as she is straight after a long absence, Love could be all you need.
ITV Racing Schedule, Wednesday, 16th June
14:30 Ascot – Queen Mary Stakes
15:05 Ascot – Queen’s Vase
15:40 Ascot – Duke of Cambridge Stakes
16:20 Ascot – Prince of Wales’s Stakes
17:00 Ascot – Royal Hunt Cup
17:35 Ascot – Windsor Castle Stakes
18:10 Ascot – Kensington Palace Stakes
All odds and markets are correct as of the date of publishing.