Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips
Queen Mary Stakes – Result
Queens Vase – Result
Duke Of Cambridge Stakes – Result
Prince of Wales’s Stakes – Result
Royal Hunt Cup – Result
Windsor Castle Stakes – Result
Kensington Palace Handicap – Result
Royal Ascot Day 2 Races
Day 2 of Royal Ascot 2021 begins with the Queen Mary Stakes. The Queen Mary Stakes is a 5f Group 2 which is open to two-year-old fillies. The race was promoted to its current Group 2 classification in 2004, and since then has been won by the likes of Rizeena and Lady Aurelia. American-based trainer Wesley Ward has enjoyed notable recent success in the Queen Mary Stakes, sending out four winners since 2009 – including last year’s winner Campanelle. Anything sent over by Wesley ward for this year’s meeting should obviously be respected, but check out our Royal Ascot 2021 Day 2 Tips to see whether we are with, or against, his entrants this time around.
3.05pm Queen’s Vase
Following the Queen Mary Stakes is the Queen’s Vase. The Queen’s Vase is a Group 2 run over 1m6f which is open to three-year-olds. The legendary Sir Henry Cecil trained eight winners of the Queen’s Vase. In recent years, the Queen’s Vase has become a good trial for the Ascot Gold Cup, with Estimate, Leading Light and Stradivarius all going on to supplement their Queen’s Vase victories with success in Wednesday’s feature race. Last year’s Queen’s Vase winner – and subsequent Irish Derby winner – Santiago will be aiming to join that list.
3.40pm Duke Of Cambridge Stakes
One of the newer Group races to be added to the Royal Ascot calendar, having had its inaugural renewal in 2004, the Duke of Cambridge Stakes is a Group 2 run over Ascot’s straight mile track. The race is open to fillies and mares aged four or older, and has proven a good race for French-based trainers – who have won three renewals since 2008. The most successful trainer in the race’s history, however, is Sir Michael Stoute, who has trained four previous Duke of Cambridge Stakes winners, the most recent of those being Integral in 2014. Our Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips will cover all seven races on the card, including the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.
5.00pm Royal Hunt Cup
Notoriously one of the trickiest races to decipher in the entire Royal Ascot schedule, the Royal Hunt Cup is a mile handicap open to horses aged three or older. With a history dating back to 1843, the Royal Hunt Cup is also one of the longest standing at Royal Ascot. 15/2 shot Dark Vision won the 2020 Royal Hunt Cup for Mark Johnston, William Buick and Godolphin, yet in the years prior to his victory four of the last seven winners had been priced 20/1 or bigger, so the race certainly has previous for producing shock results. Check out our Royal Ascot 2021 Day 2 Tips to see whether we are siding with one at big odds for this year’s renewal.
5.35pm Windsor Castle Stakes
The Windsor Castle Stakes is a 5f Listed race open to horses aged two-years-old. Having had its inaugural renewal back in 1988, the race is now arguably the most competitive juvenile race at Royal Ascot – with fields often seeing 20+ participants. Last year’s renewal of the Windsor Castle was won by Tactical – a horse owned by the Queen.
6.10pm Kensington Palace Stakes
Day 2’s card closes with the Kensington Palace Stakes, this race is run over a distance of 1m and is available to fillies and mares aged four or older. It is a brand new race, and it’s available to horses with an official rating of 105 or lower.
Royal Ascot Feature Race On Wednesday
4.20pm Prince of Wales’s Stakes
The feature race of day 2 of Royal Ascot 2021 is the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. This Group 1 is run over a distance of 1m2f and open to horses aged four or older. The Prince of Wales’s Stakes was promoted to Group 1 status in 2000, and since then has a roll of honour which includes the likes of Nayef, Duke Of Marmalade and So You Think. Only three horses have won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on more than one occasion, with those being Connaught (1969, 1970), Mtoto (1987, 1988) and Muhtarram (1994, 1995). Last year’s winner of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes – Lord North – is attempting to join that illustrious list when he lines up in 2021.