Day Three Races Betting Odds - Royal Ascot 2017 Predictions - Thursday 22/06



Racing Tips

Stamina is the order of the day as we reach the half way stage of this year’s Royal Ascot Festival, as Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of St George bids to become the first multiple winner of the Ascot Gold Cup since the incomparable Yeats. Here we pick out our three best betting tips for day three of this fantastic feast of flat racing.

Hampton Court Stakes: Mirage Dancer to win at 5/1 with William Hill

Sir Michael Stoute’s Mirage Dancer ran an excellent race behind subsequent Derby runner up, Cliffs Of Moher, in the Dee Stakes last time out. The son of Frankel stayed on nicely from off the pace around Chester’s turning track, giving every impression that a stiffer test at the distance would serve him well.

We expect to see him take up a more prominent position this time around and whilst he has a few pounds to find with a few of these rivals, he would be more open to improvement than most on what will be just his third career start. The 5/1 on offer with William Hill in our odds comparison table is the standout price and one we would suggest is worth taking.

Ribblesdale Stakes: Naughty Or Nice each way at 12/1 with Bet365

Alluringly and Coronet represent the Oaks form, and whilst those coming from a run in a classic are always to be respected, they don’t look to set an insurmountable standard. We suspect stamina may be the most crucial factor to success here and as such the one to be on is the John Oxx runner, Naughty Or Nice.

A winner over 1m5f at Listed level last time out, she was still green that day but the fact that she is now stepped up into Group 2 company on what will be just her third career start suggests she is making all the right noises at home.

Gold Cup: Order Of St George to win at 5/6 with Coral

It really is difficult to see past the favourite in what is the flagship staying contest of the flat racing year. Three pounds clear of the field on official ratings and three lengths to good in this very race last year. Take Order Of St George to add to Aidan O’Brien’s already excellent record in this race.

The 2015 Irish St Leger winner was good enough to finish third in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe over fully a mile shorter than this and is the undoubted class act in the field. Whilst he was beaten by Torcedor at Navan in April, that came over 1m6f and he is 5lbs better off at the weights with the Jessica Harrington runner here. Back up to this trip, we don’t see him being beaten.