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Royal Ascot Day 3 tips for Thursday's racing

Thursday is day three of Royal Ascot 2024 and the main event is without doubt the showpiece even of the entire meeting, the Gold Cup.

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Royal Ascot Day Three Tips and Predictions

15:05 - Poniros @ 7/1
16:25 - Trawlerman @
8/1
17:40 - King’s Gambit @
5/2

King George V Stakes tip

15:05 - Poniros @ 7/1

Newbury’s London Gold Cup is one my favourite handicaps of the season as it’s always stacked with future Group horses. Poniros was second that day and looks capable of taking the next step up the ladder in the King George V Stakes. 

The son of Golden Horn stayed on strongly into second on his handicap debut behind impressive winner King’s Gambit, who contests the Hampton Court Stakes later on this card.

Poniros should be well suited by an extra two furlongs and a 4lb rise looks on the lenient side with the prospect of additional progress for Ralph Beckett, who excels with slow-burning types like this.

The form of his Windsor novice second to King Edward VII hope Harper’s Ferry looks red-hot.

Gold Cup tip

16:25 - Trawlerman @ 8/1

I’m not convinced Kyprios is the force of old as he is yet to produce a performance anywhere near the quality of his Prix Du Cadran romp in October 2022.

He missed the majority of the last campaign through injury and might be primed to peak for this, but faces a couple of interesting new rivals.

Vauban and Gregory, second and third in the Yorkshire Cup, are two intriguing sorts but Trawlerman also needs serious consideration.

Trawlerman beat Kyprios fair and square in the Long Distance Cup here in October, outfighting him after being headed having set a strong pace and looking likely to throw in the towel.

John and Thady Gosden’s early season runners in Meydan are seldom at their zenith and this horse produced a solid effort when attempting to give 6lb to the speedy Tower Of London in the Dubai Gold Cup in March.

He wasn’t given the hardest of races by Kieran Shoemark there and rates the type to handle this extreme distance.

Hampton Court Stakes tip

17:40 - King’s Gambit @ 5/2

If Poniros does what is expected in the King George V Stakes then King’s Gambit’s price will only harden in the Hampton Court Stakes. I’ll be playing the double in anticipation of that market move.

King’s Gambit readily beat Poniros in that London Gold Cup and attempts to emulate a raft of other Hampton Court Stakes winners this century by achieving the Newbury-Ascot double.

He could have easily gone for a higher-quality race than this for his next outing and can do the business under William Buick, with the prospect of significant progression to come after only four starts, having improved at least 11lb on Racing Post Ratings with every outing prior to Newbury.

Harry Charlton appears to have an outstanding prospect on his hands and the son of Saxon Warrior can emulate the yard’s 2015 winner Time Test.

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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