Andrew Mount provides his analysis and best bets for Day 3 of Royal Ascot
GREAT SCOT (stall ten of 15) looks ready for the step up to 1m2f and can be backed in the Hampton Court Stakes (3.05). This heavy-ground winner was only ninth in the 2000 Guineas but was up against a draw and pace bias, doing well to get within seven lengths of the winner. He was made favourite for the German 2000 Guineas next time but his come-from-behind style was at a disadvantage and he had to settle for a close third.
It paid to be drawn high on the straight course at Ascot yesterday and while the bias is not guaranteed to be the same on Thursday, I’m happy with stall 27 for BEATBOXER in the Britannia Stakes (5.00). John Gosden’s son of Scat Daddy has run a couple of shockers on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket but his record elsewhere reads 111 (3-3) and he’s likely to be ridden patiently.
High draws traditionally enjoy an advantage in the 1m4f King George V Handicap (5.35) with recent winners coming from stalls 16, 22, 11, 20, 14, 10, 17 and 12. SINJAARI (stall 22 of 22) looks ideally positioned to give in-form William Haggas yet another winner. He’s shown progressive form in a trio of 1m2f runs this season, going down by just a short head in a hot handicap at Newbury last time. The step up to 1m4f will suit.
Great Scot – Ascot 3.05 (1pt each-way, 14-1 Skybet, Paddy Power, Betfair, four places)
Beatboxer – Ascot 5.00 (1pt each-way, 18-1 Ladbrokes, six places)
Sinjaari – Ascot 5.35 (1pt each-way, 6-1 Skybet, Ladbrokes, William Hill, all five places)