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ROYAL ASCOT
DAY 3 - THURSDAY

At the half-way point we see the prestigious Ascot Gold Cup take the limelight.

Can Kyprios retain his crown or will one of his rivals take the spoils?

See who we're tipping in all of Wednesday's races.

14:30

SATURDAY FLIRT
(E/W)

US trainer Wesley Ward has had a mixed bag of results at Royal Ascot over the years but SATURDAY FLIRT isn't without a chance in the opener. A solid winner on debut and she could be staying on strong at the finish to pick up prize money.

15:05

FRENCH DUKE (E/W)

GILDED WATER (E/W)

A couple of handicap debutants not to ignore in race two.
Owners Wathnan Racing are having a stellar week so far and they could add to their tally in the form of FRENCH DUKE who wasn't far away last time out.
We'd all love a Royal winner and the King's best hope this week could come in the form of William Haggas' GILDED WATER. A last time out winner who should appreciate this step up in trip.

15:45

DIAMOND RAIN
(WIN)

Impressive listed victor at Newbury last time out, it's hard to look anywhere but the former course winner DIAMOND RAIN. Should keep her unbeaten record intact and get add to Godolphin's victories.

16:25

VAUBAN
(E/W)

Looks a very competitive renewal where a case could easily be made for at least half of the field.
Short priced favourite Kyprios will be hard to beat but at such short odds he's not an attractive betting proposition.
VAUBAN was disappointing in Australia and since then it seems this has been the main aim. Will come on for his recent York performance and should appreciate this longer trip. A defnite each-way player.

17:05

COGITATE (E/W)

LAUTREC (E/W)

A nightmare race to be confident about anything so a couple at decent prices looks the tentative way to go.
COGITATE and LAUTREC both filled the runners-up spot in their most recent performances but I get the feeling both have been handled carefully with this race in mind. Beautifully bred and hailing from very shrewd yards, worth a little wager.

17:40

TARAJ
(E/W)

Purchased by Amo Racing since his last run TARAJ wasn't far away in a Derby Trial last time out. Should appreciate the extra distance and will come on for his reappearance run. Slight concern that he's yet to win on turf but not without a chance.

18:15

FRESH (E/W)

TACARIB BAY (E/W)

FRESH is a multiple course and distance winner who now finds himself off a very attractive mark. Looks to have been mapped out for this race and no doubt Hayley Turner will throw the kitchen sink at it to see him get in front. An open race but quite a strong fancy.
Of the remainder TACARIB BAY could go well at a big price. He has a good record in big handicaps here at Ascot without ever tasting success. Another opportunity to pick up more prize money.

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