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Royal Ascot Day 3 Placepot tips from the Racing Post

It's day three of Royal Ascot on Thursday and the Racing Post's Phill Anderson has provided his placepot selections for what promises to be a thrilling afternoon.

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Royal Ascot Day 3 Placepot Tips and Predictions

Leg 1 - Norfolk Stakes
10 Shareholder
13 Whistlejacket

Leg 2 - King George V Stakes
8 Poniros
12 French Duke

Leg 3 - Ribblesdale Stakes
2 Diamond Rain

Leg 4 - Gold Cup
3 Kyprios

Leg 5 - Britannia Stakes
16 Cracking Gold
23 Mickley
24 Skukuza

Leg 6 - Hampton Court Stakes
3 Bracken's Laugh
7 King's Gambit

Perm 2x2x1x1x3x2 = 24 lines

Norfolk Stakes Placepot Tips

Whistlejacket, who is a full brother to 2022 Windsor Castle winner Little Big Bear, recorded a triple-figure Racing Post Rating on his second start and will be hard to beat in the Norfolk if coping with much quicker ground.

The vibes were very positive about Shareholder before his debut at Beverley, indeed he was sent off favourite against a trio of previous winners.

Karl Burke's Wathnan Racing-owned colt did plenty wrong in the first half of the race and didn't look entirely sure what was required once hitting the front, but got the job done and very much looks the type to take a significant step forward here.

King George V Stakes Placepot Tips

Supporting a maiden in a competitive Royal Ascot handicap wouldn't be for everyone, but we don't need French Duke to win and he produced a good speed figure on his return at Newbury.

The way he rallied there gives real hope for this further step up in trip and the likes of Secret State and Hukum took this on handicap debut.

Settling better in this large field looks highly likely too.

The other one to include is Poniros, who has been aimed at the race. His RPR has improved with each start and he was runner-up in what looks a typically strong London Gold Cup last time.

Ribblesdale Stakes Placepot Tips

Aidan O'Brien and the Gosdens have taken eight of the last ten runnings of the Ribblesdale and five of the 13 runners this time around hail from those yards.

It might be time for a banker, step up unbeaten Diamond Rain who represents Charlie Appleby and Godolphin.

She made a winning debut at the track despite taking a bit of time for the penny to drop (she traded at 10-1 in running) and looking in need of further than a mile.

Winning the same prep race, but recording a better RPR, as last year's winner Warm Heart when stepped up to 1m2f at Newbury 17 days later bodes very well for this.

Being out of an Oaks winner, she could have even more to offer over that trip this afternoon.

Gold Cup Placepot Tips

You're not going to get a result in every leg of the Placepot and an on-song Kyprios will be impossible to knock out of the three in the Gold Cup.

A first crack at this extreme trip saw him beat the likes of three-time winner of the race Stradivarius two years ago and his second attempt saw him storm to a 20-length success at Longchamp.

Having to run at shorter trips since may not have been ideal and the figures he posted in winning two from two this year shouldn't be judged too harshly as he only did what was needed in lesser company.

Britannia Stakes Placepot Tips

Three picks are needed in the Britannia, what I consider to be the toughest puzzle of the week to solve.

Ed Bethell and Callum Rodriguez hit the crossbar with Regional on Tuesday and Mickley could be overlooked in favour of runners with sexier profiles.

His handicap debut win at Doncaster received a form boost from the fourth and he was value for a higher figure as he hit the front soon enough.

Clive Cox is a trainer I like to keep on side at the royal meeting and the pick of his two runners might be Cracking Gold. He's been crying out for a good pace to aim at.

Skukuza did well to win as convincingly as he did at Newmarket last time and William Buick is a positive booking.

Hampton Court Stakes Placepot Tips

King's Gambit looked a Group horse in a handicap at Newbury last month and can prove it in the final leg, the Hampton Court Stakes.

A positive showing from Poniros (second) or Chantilly (third), who he was much too good for, in the 3.05 would give the form a boost and the fourth won the opener on Derby day next time.

King's Gambit's revised mark leaves him with a few pounds to find with First Look but his mark is questionable and he has little or nothing to find with everything else.

We've kept our perm quite tight so can include Bracken's Laugh. He beat King's Gambit when giving up experience last year.

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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