Alex’s tips: Thursday, June 16th
Rumh in the Ribblesdale Stakes at 3.05 @ 7/2 with Skybet
Fame and Glory in the Ascot Gold Cup at 3.45 @ 2/1 with Skybet
Geordieland in the Ascot Gold Cup at 3.45 @ 20/1 with Skybet (each-way).
Royal Ascot Day 3 Preview: Thursday 16 June
The Ribblesdale Stakes looks Saeed bin Suroor’s for the taking, he has won it five times. Last Thursday’s Newbury winner Rumh will be bidding to make it winner number six for Godolphin’s number one trainer and Frankie Dettori.
She is likely to be sent off favourite (currently 7/2 at Skybet) and if you saw her Newbury win you will know why. She made light work of that Listed contest and before that had finished third to subsequent Oaks 3rd and 1st respectively Izzi Top and Dancing Rain.
Highest could take her on for the lead and she ran well in the race formerly known as the Lupe last time out. Crème Anglaise is a progressive filly for Michael Bell and although she isn’t an extravagant horse she could run well for Hayley Turner.
Fame and Glory is the standout horse in the Ascot Gold Cup now last year’s winner Rite of Passage misses the race. He is 2/1 favourite with Skybet, which is short enough given the question mark over his stamina for this two-and-a-half mile race. However, he is the class act and should be hard to beat.
It’s been fun following the progress of Geordieland on Twitter. His trainer Jamie Osborne has been giving daily updates on his fitness and the old horse looks well. If we get no more rain he could be one for each-way punters at 20/1 (Skybet) with three placed finishes in this race in the past.
He has looked fresh and well in his work and although he is 10 years old now, bar the favourite I think it’s very open. I’ll be having an each-way bet on him at those prices.
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