Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips - Race times & Fixtures
Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips 2020 – Wednesday 17th June
Day 2 at Royal Ascot 2020 has a very different feel to it, with seven races now and the Queen Mary moved to later in the week (to give the juveniles a bit more time with the flat season opening delayed until June 1st). The Silver Royal Hunt Cup gets things underway and is sure to be an ultra competitive handicap over the straight mile (providing an opportunity for those runners that did not make the cut for the main prize later in the day).
The highlight on Wednesday is the Group 1 Prince of Wales Stakes 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).
Royal Ascot Day 2 2020 – Race Times & Fixtures
Royal Ascot Day 2 2020, Wednesday 17th June, Schedule
|01:15 PM||Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap Tips||3+||1m|
|01:50 PM||Hampton Court Stakes Tips||3||10f|
|02:25 PM||King George V Handicap Tips||3||1.5m|
|03:00 PM||Price Of Wales’ Stakes Tips||4+||10f|
|03:35 PM||Royal Hunt Cup Tips||3+||1m|
|04:10 PM||Windsor Castle Stakes Tips||2||5f|
|04:40 PM||Copper Horse Handicap Tips||4+||1.75m|
Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap 2020
Race 1, Wednesday, June 17th, 01:15pm
Wednesday at Royal Ascot 2020 has a brand new look to it, and the opening Silver Royal Hunt Cup seems sure to pose a very difficult puzzle for punters to solve. 24 runners will head to post and the race should provide an excellent guide to any track or draw bias for the actual Royal Hunt Cup run as race five on the card later in the afternoon (over the same course and distance).
Open to three year olds an upwards, this provides a terrific opportunity for the slightly lower rated runners who did not make the final cut into the original race.
The Hampton Court Stakes 2020
Race 2, Wednesday, June 17th, 01:50pm
A Group 3 that gives an opportunity for those tricky to place performers who are not quite top class (but are often rated too highly to take part in the vast majority of handicaps through the turf season). Run over one mile one furlong and 212 yards, this race is for three year olds only (and is not open to previous Group 1 or Group 2 winners). All runners carry 9 stone, with fillies getting a 3lb allowance and there is a 4lb penalty for any previous Group 3 winners.
Sir Michael Stoute has now won the Hampton Court three times and is very much a trainer to follow at the meeting, with his Sangarius running out a very impressive winner in 2019 under a strong ride from Ryan Moore.
The King Georges V Stakes 2020
Race 3, Wednesday, June 17th, 02:25pm
A competitive handicap, run over one mile three furlongs 211 yards and confined to three year olds only. Prize money is over £90,000 (winner receives over £56,000), and Mark Johnston is very much a trainer to keep an eye on for this contest which he targets every year (often with multiple entries). He has won the race a remarkable six times (starting off with Diaghilef in 1995) and was back in the groove in 2018 when Baghdad landed strong market support under Andrea Atzeni.
2019 saw a remarkable feat from Aidan O’Brien as he trained the first three home. Unfortunately for most punters the winner South Pacific was sent off an unconsidered 22/1 chance, just touching off the gambled-on Constantinople in a blanket finish (with another stablemate Eminence running on late to take third on the post).
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes 2020
Race 4, Wednesday, June 17th, 03:00pm
This race was introduced at Royal Ascot in 2004 as a way of encouraging fillies and mares to stay in training longer, and is run alongside a programme across Europe that has so far worked very well. The Group 2 contest is run over a mile, confined only to filles and mares aged four and upwards, and had prize money in 2019 of £175,000 (£99,243 to the winner). There is a 5lb penalty for Group 1 winners and 3lb for Group 2 winners (came into force last August).
Usually attracting a competitive field, this is one of the lighter betting races of the week, and has thrown up some big priced winners over the years. Move Swiftly proved a game winner at 9/1 in 2019 under a strong ride from Danny Tudhope, edging out the well backed Rawdaa in a 17 runner field on the prevailing soft ground.
The Royal Hunt Cup 2020
Race 5, Wednesday, June 17th, 03:35pm
One of the most competitive and compelling handicaps of the whole week, with the straight mile providing a unique test in a maximum field of thirty runners charging up the straight. Open to three year olds and upwards this is often wide open, with the bookmakers often calling 10/1+ the field, and big priced hard to fathom results have made this something of a punters minefield over the years.
Winners prize money topping £100,000 in 2020 means a typically high quality field will assemble, with all the big yards plotting up their unexposed 3-y-o’s to get an attractive mark to attack from. William Haggas’s Afaak sprang a 20/1 surprise in 2019, (gaining compensation for a narrow defeat in 2018 in the same race), and he seems sure to be targeted at the prize again this year.
Windsor Castle Stakes 2020
Race 6, Wednesday, June 17th, 04:10pm
This five furlong sprint is confined to two year-olds who are not quite upto Group company at this stage of their careers, and is usually a wide open contest with a maximum field attracted (with some of the smaller yards not scared to have a tilt at the big guns). Each runner carries 9 stone 3lb (with the fillies allowed 5lb), and the prize money is an attractive £90,000 for a listed prize.
Wesley Ward and Aidan O’Brien have both landed the prize twice in the last ten years, with Southern Hills landing the spoils in 2020 under a power packed drive from Ryan Moore (proving just too strong in a 21 runner field having been sent off a well backed 7/1 chance).
Copper Horse Handicap 2020
Race 7, Wednesday, June 17th, 04:40pm
A new staying handicap to bring Wednesday at Royal Ascot to a close, run over one mile and six furlongs and open to four year olds and upwards. This provides a terrific opportunity for older stayers (who otherwise are extremely hard to to place with any kind of winning chance at a meeting of this prestige).
The Gold Cup and Queen Alexandra Stakes over extreme distances later in the week are usually a bridge too far for lesser handicappers, and this trip should be more suitable for lower rated runners from yards who otherwise might struggle to taste victory. The name originates from the Copper Horse statue that depicts King George III that is found at the end of the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park.
Royal Ascot 2020 Day 2 Races
Wednesday at Royal Ascot features some extremely competitive action, while lacking the Group 1 depth of the opening day. The highlight is undoubtedly the Prince of Wales Stakes, a cracking contest between the best colts and fillies of their generation, and one that has produced some thrilling finishes over the years. In 2019 Crystal Ocean narrowly denied old rival Magical on the nod, and the field is always made up of top performers from around the world (competing for around £750,000 worth of prize money).
The Royal Hunt Cup is a cracking spectacle for those who love a competitive top level handicap, with a maximum field of 24 runners charging down the straight mile. This is always a wide open betting heat, with numerous “plots” laid out for the day, and bookmakers have certainly enjoyed more than their fair of results in recent times.
Charles Hills Afaak winning at 20/1 in 2019 did nothing to stop that trend of shocks, while GM Hopkins (8/1) in 2015 for John Gosden is the only single figure priced winner in the last decade. The Silver Royal Hunt Cup is a one-off new race this year, and provides a terrific opportunity for runners who did not make the cut for the main contest later in the day.