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Royal Ascot Day 3 Tips - Race times & Fixtures

Royal Ascot Day 3 Tips 2021 – Thursday 17th June

Gold Cup Day at Royal Ascot, and one of the most eagerly awaited races of the week as John Gosden’s superstar stayer Stradivarius bids to make history and win a fourth renewal of this historic pirize.

With 50-y-o veteran Frankie Dettori on board, this race seems sure to attract worldwide media attention this season, and he is sure to be one of the shortest priced favourites of the entire five days.


Royal Ascot Day 3 2021 – Race Times & Fixtures

Royal Ascot Day 3 2021, Thursday 17th June, Schedule

Time Race Name Age Distance
2:30 Norfolk Stakes Tips 2021 2yo 5f
3:05 Hampton Court Stakes Tips 2021 3yo 1m2f
3:40 Ribblesdale Stakes Tips 2021 3yo 1m4f
4:20 Gold Cup Tips 2021 4yo+ 2m4f
5:00 Britannia Stakes Tips 2021 3yo 1m
5:35 King George V Stakes Tips 2021 3yo 1m4f
6:10 Buckingham Palace Stakes Tips 2021 3yo+ 7f

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Norfolk Stakes 2021

Race 1, Thursday, June 17th, 2:30pm

A competitive Group 2 for two year olds only, run over the five furlong sprint trip and with over £100,000 in prize money up for grabs (over £47,360 to the winner alone in 2021).

The big stables target the race with some of their best juveniles, but Simon Crisford did land a breakthrough winner in 2019 when his very useful A’Ali took the prize under Frankie Dettori. In 2020 Michael Bell’s The Lir Jet took the prize, well ridden by Oisin Murphy, and the form proved particularly strong afterwards through the summer.

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Hampton Court Stakes 2021

Race 2, Thursday, June 17th, 3:05pm

This Group 3 is open to three year olds only, run over a distance of one mile one fiurlong and 212 yards, with prize money of £44,000 to the winner in 2021.

It provides an opening for horses just below top class, and has produced some competitive betting heats and tight finishes over the years, with Aidan O’Brien landing his fourth win in the race in 2020 with Russian Emperor (brilliantly ridden by Ryan Moore).

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Ribblesdale Stakes 2021

Race 3, Thursday, June 17th, 3:40pm

A historic Group 2 contest named after the 4th Baron Ribblesdale, it was established in 1919 and originally run over a mile. After a gap for World War II, it returned as a race confined to three year old fillies in 1950, and the distance was upped to one mile four furlongs.

In 2020 John Gosden notched a fourth win in the race with his useful filly Frankly Darling, expertly ridden by Frankie Dettori. Both Gosden and O’Brien have dominated this race in the last decade (with six winners between them), and it will be interesting to see who they target at the 2021 renewal.

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Gold Cup 2021

Race 4, Thursday, June 17th, 4:20pm

Britain’s most prestigious race over a marathon trip, dating back to 1807 and part of the Triple Crown for stayers (followed by the Goodwood Cup and Doncaster Cup). Double Trigger was the last horse to win all three races in 1995 for Mark Johnston, showing a typically tenacious attitude for pressure to repel all his rivals from the front.

Yeats completed a magnificent four timer between 2006 and 2009 for Aidan O’Brien, and Stradivarius became the latest horse to capture the imagination of the wider public by winning the prize in 2018, 2019 and 2020. His regular rider Frankie Dettori continues to wow the Royal Ascot crowd, even at the age of 50 now still riding at the very height of his powers.

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Britannia Stakes 2021

Race 5, Thursday, June 17th, 5:00pm

A really competitive and high class handicap over the straight mile, this is confined to three year old colts and gelding only, with prize money in excess of £120,000 a maximum field of thirty is nearly always assured.

John Gosden has a very good record considering the competitive nature of the race, with four wins since 1996, and he seems sure to have one laid out for the 2021 renewal.

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King George V Stakes 2021

Race 6, Thursday, June 17th, 5:35pm

A cracking handicap run over one mile, three furlongs and 211 yards, confined to three year olds only and with over £90,000 in prize money on offer (£35,100 to the winner in 2021).

Aidan O’Brien sent out the first three home in 2019 for the first time in the races history, with South Pacific edging out stablemates Constantinople and Eminence in a tight finish. He is sure to have targetted an unexposed 3-y-o at this race again this time around, and astute punters are advised to watch the late market moves carefully.

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Buckingham Palace Stakes 2021

Race 7, Thursday, June 17th, 6:10pm

A high quality handicap (originally a regular fixture at the Royal meeting until 2014) was a new one-off addition to the 2020 programme, and has now been retained going forwards with a new slot as the concluding race on day 3.

The seven furlong contest is open to three year olds and upwards, and seems sure to attract a maximum field size of 30 runners chasing the £33,501 to the winner.

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Royal Ascot 2021 Day 3 Races

Thursday begins with a competitive 2-y-o contest in the Norfolk Stakes, providing an opportunity for those juveniles who may be just below the top class level required in the Coventry Stakes.

This is a very competitive card for punters to try and solve, with huge fields likely in the handicaps and the Group contests featuring runners with different formlines from Britain and Ireland. The highlight of the day is undoubtedly the Ascot Gold Cup at 4.20pm, with Stradivarius bidding to make history in 2021 by winning an incredible fourth renewal of this historic prize under Frankie Dettori.


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