Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips - Race times & Fixtures
Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips 2021 – Wednesday 16th June
Wednesday at Royal Ascot 2021 provides a stern test for punters, with big fields and very competitive action at the top level.
The Royal Hunt Cup at 5.00pm is always a fiendishly hard handicap to solve (and one of the big betting races of the day), and punters are advised to shop around for bookmkakers offering enhanced place terms on the day (often offering down to 6,7 or 8 places for each-way betting).
Royal Ascot Day 2 2021 – Race Times & Fixtures
Royal Ascot Day 2 2021, Wednesday 16th June, Schedule
|2:30||Queen Mary Stakes Tips 2021||2yo||5f|
|3:05||Queen’s Vase Tips 2021||3yo||1m6f|
|3:40||Duke of Cambridge Stakes Tips 2021||4yo+||1m|
|4:20||Prince of Wales Stakes Tips 2021||4yo+||1m2f|
|5:00||Royal Hunt Cup Handicap Tips 2021||3yo+||1m|
|5:35||Windsor Castle Stakes Tips 2021||2yo||5f|
|6:10||Kensington Palace Stakes Tips 2021||4yo+||1m|
Queen Mary Stakes 2021
Race 1, Wednesday, June 16th, 2:30pm
A prestigious Group 2 contest to begin Day 2 at Royal Ascot 2021, confined to two year old filles that was inugurated in 1921 (named after Queen Mary who was a consort to King George V). It became a Group 3 in 1971 before being upgraded to a Group 2 in 2004.
There have been some high class fillies that have taken the prize, with Wesley Ward’s Lady Aurelia bursting onto the wordwide scene with an explosive display in 2016. Ward seems sure to have another speedball lined up for this years renewal, but the competition is likely to be fierce with £47,360 on offer to the winner.
Queen’s Vase 2021
Race 2, Wednesday, June 16th, 3:05pm
This staying prize was first established in 1838 where it was originally run over two miles (reduced to one mile six furlongs in 2017 when it was upgraded to Group 2 status).
Aidan O’Brien has won the race a remarkable six times in the last thirteen years, but he suffered a reversal in 2019 as Andrew Balding’s tough campaigner Dashing Willoughby landed the prize under Oisin Murphy. In 2020 the useful Santiago proved a popular winner for Aidan O’Brien, landing a hefty gamble for his ultra-shrewd connections.
Duke of Cambridge Stakes 2021
Race 3, Wednesday, June 16th, 3:40pm
This Group 2 prize is one of the newer races at Royal Ascot, started as part of a worldwide effort in 2004 to provide encouragement for older fillies and mares to stay in training. It was originally run as the Windsor Forest Stakes until 2013, and was renamed in honour of Prince William,
Duke of Cambridge. Move Swiftly and Daniel Tudhope ran out a narrow winner in 2019 for William Haggas, just edging out the well backed Rawdaa on the nod, while in 2020 John Gosden’s Nazeef proved and tough and genuine winner under an inspired ride from Jim Crowley.
Prince of Wales’s Stakes 2021
Race 4, Wednesday, June 16th, 4:20pm
A fantastic Group 1 contest with a rich history, that was was first established in 1862 and run over one mile and five furlongs. During World War II the race was discontinued, but returned in 1968 over a new distance of one mile two furlongs. It became a Group 2 in 1971 and was upgraded to Group 1 status in 2000, while at the same time the minimum age of runners was raised to four.
In 2019 Crystal Ocean proved a very game winner under Frankie Dettori, too strong for the well backed favourite Magical (with the pair trapping miles clear of the rest). Last year John Gosden’s Lord North proved a very popular winner, and he is currently installed as favourite to retain his crown in 2021.
Royal Hunt Cup 2021
Race 5, Wednesday, June 16th, 5:00pm
A top class handicap with a long history dating back to 1843 (where it was run over a slightly shorter trip and on the round course). The switch to the straight mile happened in 1956, and this is always one of the biggest betting heats of the week (both ante-post and on the day with punters faced with a maximum thirty runner field).
Charlie Hills Afaak sprang a 20/1 surprise in the 2019 renewal, getting up close home in a race where those drawn highest seemed at a big advantage. Astute punters should watch the early races during the day to check for any track bias, though usually the main factor will be where the pace in the race is located from the stalls.
Windsor Castle Stakes 2021
Race 6, Wednesday, June 16th, 5:35pm
A competitive listed contest for two year olds only run over five furlongs, with prize money in excess of £90,000 and fillies receiving a valauble 5lb allowance. Smaller yards often target the meeting with the best of their juveniles, and John Best, Kevin Ryan, Olly Stevens and Archie Watson have all landed the prize in recent history.
This race is not without some criticism, seemingly rather diluting the quality of the other two year old races throughout the five days.
Kensington Palace Stakes 2021
Race 7, Wednesday, June 16th, 6:10pm
This handicap (originally a regular fixture at the Royal meeting until 2014) was a new one-off addition to the 2020 programme, and the move has been broadly welcomed by owners and trainers alike.
The seven furlong contest is open to three year olds and upwards, and seems sure to attract a maximum field size, and it has been widely welcomed as a permanent feature from now on at Royal Ascot (with 7 races a day now the new normal).
Royal Ascot 2021 Day 2 Races
Day 2 at Royal Ascot 2021 returns to its original schedule after 2020 saw a complete rearrangement of the running order (after the start of the flat season was delayed until June 1st).
The Queen Mary gets things underway and is sure to be an ultra competitive sprint for juveniles over the over five furlong trip, with American trainer Wesley Ward sure to have an explosive filly primed for the day.
The highlight on Wednesday is the Group 1 Prince of Wales Stakes at 4.20pm over one mile two furlongs, and this always attracts a top class field chasing one of the biggest prizes of the entire week.
In 2019 Crystal Ocean showed a tenacious attitude on soft ground to land the spoils for Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute, and this years renewal promises to be equally exciting (albeit run on much faster summer ground).