The opening day at Royal Ascot spared the bookies a potential major headache with two of the four Tuesday hot-pots being turned over, and we are hoping for more of the same on Wednesday.
The Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes is the only Group 1 of the day, but with three fillies’ contests on the cards, it could be a good day for the girls.
Nevertheless, we gave three of the contests the once over in the next edition of our daily Royal Ascot podcast.
But we are interested in winners, as I’m sure you are with our Free Bet offer continuing in full flow, so let’s get down to business.
Here are the three fillies we are putting our faith in at the Berkshire course…
Ivawood is a worthy favourite but at his likely cramped odds, it may pay to take on Richard Hannon’s colt.
Receiving 8lbs from the jolly, Fadhayill could be a spot of value at near-double-figure odds.
She ran a stormer first time out this season to finish fifth in the 2000 Guineas, and before that had got to within a length of the classy Lucida in the Rockfel Stakes.
She was a bit green when hitting the front that time, but showed a good turn of pace to pull clear, before getting collared by Jim Bolger’s filly.
Back at 7f, on ground that will be bang up her straight, she is capable of building on her reappearance and challenging the market leader.
A similar story entails here with Integral the class act in the race, yet too short in comparison with some of her challengers.
Marco Botti singled out this filly as his best hope for the week in an exclusive interview with Ladbrokes News, and if living up to that billing will surely threaten.
She met trouble in running when staying on strongly for third in the Coronation Stakes at this meeting last year, before making amends in a Listed contest over course and distance next time out.
Defeat to Solow in Dubai last time out doesn’t look quite so bad now with Freddy Head’s gelding obliging in the Queen Anne, so take that loss with a pinch of salt.
Michael Bell has spoken about how this filly “has been trained for this race”, and how “very excited about her” he is, so the vibes are good ahead of the final race of the day.
The three-year-old ran a cracker over course and distance behind subsequent Listed winner Sperry, finishing 6l ahead of Montalcino who chased home Crystal Zvezda in another race of the same standard next time out.
The step up from 6f looks to have brought out more from this filly and came be expected to come on for her reappearance, as she did last year.
Off a mark of 92, the Queen could well be celebrating her first win of the week at the hands of Jamie Spencer.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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