Royal Ascot 2020 Day Two Racecards - Betting Odds Tips - Wednesday 17/06



Royal Ascot 2020 Day Two Betting Tips

After the excitement of the Queen Anne Stakes and the King’s Stand Stakes on Day One of the 2020 Royal Ascot meeting, there is the chance to enjoy another stellar card of horse racing on Day Two, with the Prince of Wales’s Stakes taking centre stage.

Can Japan Put His Name on the Map of Horse Racing?

JAPAN is the market leader for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and it’s hard to pick fault with a horse that should have no problem getting the one mile, one furlong and 212 yards trip.

Aidan O’Brien is the master trainer when it comes to these big Flat races at Royal Ascot and there was everything to like about the horse’s performance as a three-year-old a year ago when Japan claimed the spoils in the King Edward VII Stakes.

Interestingly, the horse drifted on the betting market due to sweating in the paddock that day, although he still ended up winning by over four lengths and can be backed at 13/8 to claim victory in this encounter.

The slight concern is that there’s an unknown concerning a horse that hasn’t been seen at a track since finishing fourth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last autumn and it only ever takes one horse to better this favourite over the distance.

BARNEY ROY could be the runner to lower Japan’s colours, with the horse having won the St James’s Palace Stakes three years ago and the Charlie Appleby-trained charge has bags of experience when it comes to the big occasions.

The Godolphin-owned horse has a break of 226 days after finishing well down the field in last year’s Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, although he has since run well twice at Meydan to scoop first on both occasions and the last run was as recently as 7 March.

GHAIYYATH has had market support in recent days and this is another Charlie Appleby horse who could run a big race, with the money coming for the five-year-old after winning the recent Coronation Cup Stakes when obliging as the favourite.

HEADMAN is the other horse on the betting shortlist and Roger Charlton trains this four-year-old who has never run at Ascot before, although the runner did claim victories at Newbury, Saint-Cloud and Deauville last year.

More Beautiful Heads Albany Stakes Betting Market

The Albany Stakes is the second biggest race on Day Two of the 2020 Royal Ascot meeting and MORE BEAUTIFUL is potentially the one to watch in this race.

This is a six-furlong dash for two-year-old fillies and perhaps we should expect the unexpected, with More Beautiful running for trainer Aidan O’Brien and she recently won a five-furlong encounter at Naas to cement her place at the top of the betting market.

FLYING ALETHA is another interesting runner who is trained by the legendary Wesley Ward and her one appearance to date saw the filly claim a victory at Gulfstream Park on 21 May, with more potentially to come.

Racing Tips

After the Group 1 onslaught on the opening day, the pace slows just a little as we head into Day 2. Highlight of the day is one of the very best 1m2f races in the world, the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. Read on for our Royal Ascot day 2 betting tips.

Queen Mary Stakes: Final Song to win at 5/1 with bet365

US trainer Wesley Ward is no stranger to success with his juvenile sprinters here at Royal Ascot. And nowhere has he been as deadly as in this race. Having taken the prize in 2009 with Jealous Again, 2015 with Acapulco and in scintillating fashion last year with Lady Aurelia, he sends Happy Like A Fool into battle in 2017. By Scat Daddy, who has already sired Royal winners Caravaggio, No Nay Never and the aforementioned, Lady Aurelia, the trainer/sire combination simply looks too good to resist. Ward himself bred this one, and the promise shown on her debut win at Keeneland suggests she may well have what it takes.

Duke Of Cambridge Stakes: Rawdaa to win at 4/1 with bet365

John Gosden looks to boast a particularly strong hand here with his duo of Persuasive and Laugh Aloud high up on our shortlist. We couldn’t put you off Persuasive at an each way price, but with that filly lacking a recent run and likely to be encountering good to firm ground for the first time, preference is for Laugh Aloud. Unbeaten in three starts over a mile on good to firm ground, she was stepped into Group 3 company for the first time last time out at Epsom. Her response was a five-length demolition of the field and we see her coping with this further rise in class here. The 3/1 with Coral is the stand out price in our live odds comparison below and should be snapped up.

Prince Of Wales’s Stakes: Magical to win at 9/2 with SportingBet

The best horse in this race on official ratings is the Aidan O’Brien runner, Highland Reel, but we just wonder if he will be seen to best effect over this trip. Five from 11 at 1m4f, he is only one from seven at around this distance. Likewise, Jack Hobbs, whose two career Group 1 wins have both come at 1m4f. Ulysees was promising last year for Sir Michael Stoute, and his only effort so far this season suggested he may well be a much-improved performer as a four year old. A super smooth success in the Gordon Richards Stakes over this distance was an ideal prep for this and he looks a good bet at the odds.