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  • on 16.06.2011
  • at 09:27 AM
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Royal Ascot 2011 – Day 3 Preview

Race 1 (2:30) – The Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)

The Norfolk Stakes is for two year old fillies and colts only and is run over five furlongs. The race was upgraded to a Group 2 in 2006.

This race is notorious for being difficult to bet on as there is very little form to compare.

A decent place to start would be with Richard Hannon, who has an abundance of top class two year olds. He has 3 runners in the race; Crown Dependency (13/2), Marcus Augustus (50/1) and Tell Dad (66/1).

Crown Dependency will be ridden by Richard Hughes who has been in fine for this week already. He comes from stall 5 and is sure to come on from his previous run.

The favourite, Bapak Chinta (5/1) was impressive when winning over 5 furlongs on his only start to date. Kevin Ryan has been bigging this horse up in the press and is confident of a big ride under Philip Makin. He also has a good draw here coming from stall 2.

Another interesting runner is Mark Johnston’s Bannok (8/1). Although the trainer is better known for his success in Handicaps, his runner here was unlucky against Pyman’s Theory and could well run into a place at least.

Be sure to check your bets as there are 5 Non-Runners here already (Casper Netcher, Ebony Clarets, Ballesteros, Lupo Doro and Frederick Engels).

Bapak Chinta to win (5/1 with Paddy Power)
Crown Dependency each-way (13/2 with bet365)

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Race 2 (3:05) – The Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2)

The Ribblesdale Stakes is for three year old fillies only and is run over a mile and a half.

Goldolphin have saddle the winner of this race 5 times between 1998 and 2010 (including the last 2 renewals)and so are the stable to watch.

Here Saeed Bin Surooor saddles second favourite Rumh (7/2) with Frankie Dettori taking the ride who will be looking to follow up his impressive win in The Prince of Wales’ Stakes yesterday. The only doubt here is whether this race comes a little soon after her listed win at Newbury last week.

The favourite Banimpire (11/4) is the form horse of the race and if in good condition will take some beating.

It is worth noting that six of the last ten winners of this race have never won at Group level before, so there way well be some value further down the betting.

Kieren Fallon rides Mick Channon’s Zain Al Boldan (9/1) who was full of promise going in to the Oaks but for whatever reason failed to deliver. The horse may well be better than that form suggests and may run a big race here.

Rumh to win (7/2 with bet365)
Zain Al Boldan each-way (9/1 with bet365)

Race 3 (3:45) – The Gold Cup (Group 1)

This is one of the races of the week and one that will bring out some of the best horses on show. It is known as Britain’s premier race for flat horses over longer distances.

Run over two and a half miles, the race is open to horses aged four or older, of either gender.

The race has been dominated by Aiden O’Brien’s Ballydoyle yard in recent years, with superstar Yeats winning the Gold Cup four years in a row.

This year will be no different and O’Brien will be looking to lif the Gold Cup again, this time with Fame And Glory (13/5).

The former Coronation Cup and Irish Derby winner is favourite for this, and rightly so. That said a price of around 9/4 makes little appeal in a strong 15 runner field so it may be better to look elsewhere.

The race is a tough test of stamina, so Group One form over 1m 6f is crucial as no other race compares to this. Horses must have had at least one run this season to make the shortlist as they must be in peak physical fitness to stand a chance.

John Gosden’s Duncan (7/1) landed the Yorkshire Cup last month and ran a big race in the Hardwicke Stakes at last years Royal Ascot meeting, finishing an eventual second to Harbinger. He must have a big chance here is staying the 2m 4f.

Godolphin’s main runner in the race, Holberg (9/1) could run a big race should the rain stay at bay.

Selection: Duncan to win (7/1 with bet365)

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