Royal Ascot Day 3 Tips

Time Race Our Tip Place Bet
2:30 The Norfolk Stakes Walbank Bet Now
3.05 The King George V Stakes Newfoundland Bet Now
3.40 The Ribblesdale Stakes Magical Lagoon Bet Now
4.15 The Gold Cup Kyprios Bet Now
5.00 The Britannia Stakes Amortentia Bet Now
5.35 The Hampton Court Stakes Reach For The Moon Bet Now
6.10 The Buckingham Palace Stakes Star Of Orion Bet Now

Royal Ascot Feature Race On Thursday

4:20pm Gold Cup

The feature race on Day 3 of Royal Ascot 2022 is the Gold Cup. One of the most prestigious races in the entire racing calendar, the Gold Cup is available for horses aged four and over and is a Group 1 run over 2m4f. Records suggest that the Gold Cup was established back in 1807, and the most successful jockey in the race’s history is currently Lester Piggott – who took the prize on no fewer than 11 occasions. The most successful horse in the history of the Gold Cup is currently the mighty Yeats, who won four straight renewals from 2006 to 2009. Stradivarius has won the Gold Cup in three of the last four seasons, looking slightly unfortunate in fourth when sent off the favourite 12 months ago. He will be bidding to emulate Yeats’s four Gold Cup wins when lining up for this year’s renewal. On the page, our tipster provides tips for every race on day 3.

It is Trueshan that currently heads the betting for this year’s Royal Ascot Gold Cup. Alan King’s charge has developed into a top-class stayer on the level having been bought initially as a Jumps prospect, claiming Group 1 honours in both the Goodwood Cup and Prix du Cadran last season. A late withdrawal from last year’s Gold Cup on account of the quick ground, a fast surface would once again make Trueshan a questionable runner in this year’s race, which should be a concern for potential backers. Godolphin last tasted Gold Cup success in 2012 with Colour Vision, and they have a live contender here in Manobo, who was an impressive French Group 2 winner last season. It would be folly not to mention Stradivarius as a possible contender, despite the horse coming into this an 8yo, with interference in last year’s Gold Cup dismissing whatever little chance he had behind runaway winner Subjectivist – who, due to injury, will not be around to attempt to retain his crown.

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Royal Ascot Day 3 Races & Tips

2.30pm Norfolk Stakes

Day 3 of Royal Ascot begins with the Norfolk Stakes. Promoted to Group 2 status in 2006, the Norfolk Stakes is run over 5f and open to horses aged two years old. The race acts as a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint run at the backend of the year. Last year’s Norfolk Stakes winner Perfect Power decided against a trip to the States, but still managed to gain a pair of Group 1 juvenile wins, those victories coming in the Prix Morny at Deauville and the Middle Park at Newmarket. Lester Piggott’s nine Norfolk Stakes wins make him the most successful jockey in the race’s history.

3.05pm Hampton Court Stakes

Following the Norfolk Stakes is the Hampton Court Stakes.  The Hampton Court Stakes is a Group 3 for three-year-olds which is run over a distance of 1m2f. The most successful jockey in the race’s history is Ryan Moore (4 wins), whilst Aidan O’Brien is the most successful trainer (4 wins). The duo have teamed up to land the Hampton Court Stakes on two occasions, in Hunting Horn (2018) and Russian Emperor (2020). William Haggas and Jim Crowley teamed up to land last year’s race with Mohaafeth.

3.40pm Ribblesdale Stakes

The Ribblesdale Stakes has Group 2 classification and is available solely to fillies, with three-year-olds able to contest the race. Run over a distance of 1m4f the Ribblesdale Stakes often sees entrants that have contested the Epsom Oaks. Winners of the Ribblesdale can go on to compete in the Irish Oaks, with the Aidan O’Brien trained Bracelet the last horse to complete the Ribblesdale – Irish Oaks double. Frankie Dettori has claimed an incredible eight Ribblesdale wins, and John Gosden has landed four of the last five renewals. Frankie Dettori chose wrong twelve months ago, however, when picking Gloria Mundi ahead of Gosden’s Loving Dream, who ultimately ran out an 18/1 winner under Rab Havlin,

5.00pm Britannia Stakes

The Britannia Stakes is a notoriously difficult handicap. The race is run over a distance of a mile – the same distance as the Royal Hunt Cup – yet the Britannia Stakes is only available for three-year-old colts and geldings. Run in its current guise since 1988, 1997 winner Fly to the Stars went on to become a Group 1 operator, landing the 1999 Lockinge Stakes. Trainer John Gosden took four renewals of the Britannia Stakes from 1996 to 2001, yet he has been winless in the race since. Perotto took the Britannia Stakes last year for trainer Marcus Tregoning and jockey Oisin Murphy.

5.35pm King George V Stakes

The King George V Stakes is a 1m4f handicap that is open to three-year-old horses. A regular fixture at the Royal Meeting since its inception back in 1984, trainer Mark Johnston has a particularly strong record in the race having won six renewals – the most recent of those coming via Baghdad in 2018. Popular globetrotter Brown Panther won the race in 2011.

6.10pm Buckingham Palace Stakes

The Buckingham Palace Stakes is run over a straight 7f and was won last year by Highfield Princess, who was trained by John Quinn and ridden to victory by Jason Hart. 2020 saw the Buckingham Palace return to the Royal Ascot race list after a five-year hiatus – with the race not being run between 2015 and 2019. Its return proved so popular that Royal Ascot organisers kept the race for 2021, moving it to Thursday’s card – where it remains in 2022.

Royal Ascot Day 3 Betting Tips

There are a number of factors to consider before placing any bets on Royal Ascot. How the ground is riding on the day is a crucial element, the meeting may be run in June, but we’ve had going descriptions reading everything from Good To Firm to Heavy in recent years and how horses have previously performed on the forecast ground is crucial. 

Whilst it’s not impossible to win at Ascot with out of form horses, in the Group 1s particularly, strong recent form is often imperative to a horse’s chances of winning. You can often see handicaps won by horses at big prices, yet the Group 1s tend to be more condensed and therefore it often pays to side with a horse in the top three in the market.

Despite all of these factors, however, the Draw is arguably one of the most important things to consider when placing Royal Ascot bets. Ascot is considered a relatively fair course (particularly the straight course), but pace maps and identifying where the stronger fancied horses are likely to be racing are important. On races contested over Ascot’s round course, it is generally considered that low draws are favoured as it allows horses to get into a good track position, with those drawn wide needing to break well from the gates to prevent themselves from being forced to be held up. Read our 2022 royal ascot tips to improve your chances of betting on a winning horse

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Other Days of Royal Ascot 2022

Day 3 of Royal Ascot is a show-stopping affair, but the action is far from over, with two more days of top-class action scheduled at the Royal meeting for punters to feast upon – check out our dedicated daily tips pages below.