Royal Ascot 2022: Seven horses to watch on Day Three ahead of King George Stakes and Gold Cup

The latest tips and horses to keep an eye on as Royal Ascot prepares for day three.

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Stradivarius ridden by Frankie Dettori on his way to winning the Paddy Power Yorkshire Cup Stakes on day three of the 2022 Dante Festival (Image: PA)

Day three at Royal Ascot begins with a race map of excitement and intrigue.

Stradivarius’ attempt to win the fourth Gold Cup will rightly dominate the headlines as the Frankie Dettori ride looks set to deserve a place in the history books.

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But there’s a lot more going on as the festival ventures into its third day.

2.30pm: Norfolk Stakes

Promising two-year-old Walbank catches the eye on the track after a strong start in life.

Walbank finished second in the debut of Godolphin-trained Noble Style in the Novice Stakes at Ascot last month and went one better just two weeks later at York.

As a strong 2/7 favourite, a comfortable seven-length win justified such slim odds and continued to believe that a big Ascot win could be possible today.

3:05 p.m.: King George V Stakes (Group 2)

In a wide-open race, Israr and Newfoundland feel like the standout picks, and there’s little choice between them.

With two wins out of four and with Jim Crowley on board, many might be looking to Israr – but I’m leaning towards Newfoundland after an impressive win as an 11/8 favorite at Navan last month.

This continued the progress shown during an opening quartet of races and it would not be a surprise to see another win at Ascot today.

15:40 Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2)

Only six horses go into the Ribblesdale, but it feels like making it a two-horse race when you can see the market.

Magical Lagoon and Sea Silk Road are both short priced to start the day and are hoping to justify those odds.

Magical Lagoon will present a stern challenge, but I tend to choose Sea Silk Road as my pick for the Ribblesdale.

The three-year-old made his debut in December with a sixth-place finish as a 25/1 shot at the all-weather track at Kempton and won at Nottingham and Goodwood last month.

Tom Marquand was on board for the last of those wins and he’s hoping to show a similar ride at Ascot.

4:15 p.m. Gold Cup (Group 1)

All eyes are on the legendary Stradivarius as he attempts to take on Yeats to become a four-time Gold Cup winner.

There’s no doubt who the week’s favorite winner would be – eight-year-old veteran Stradivarius, another Frankie Dettori horse, who shoots for his FOURTH Gold Cup on Thursday to equal the record Yeats set between 2006-2009. John Gosden’s stayer is at his best and his cause has been helped by the likely absence of favorite Trueshan due to fast ground. ([PHOTOBY:AlanCrowhurst/GettyImages)[PHOTOBY:AlanCrowhurst/GettyImages)[FOTOVON:AlanCrowhurst/GettyImages)[PHOTOBY:AlanCrowhurst/GettyImages)

Having missed Subjectivist last year, Stradivarius has won three of the last five races and lost twice to Trueshan in October at Longchamp and Ascot.

A singles win at the Yorkshire Cup in York last month was ideal preparation for a challenge keen to make the history books – although Kyprios may have something to say about that.

5pm Britannia Stakes

There is plenty of choice in the Britannia Stakes with a field of 30 set to get underway later this afternoon.

A number of vehicles enter the race in good shape, but perhaps none better than William Buick’s ‘King of Time’ drive.

With a rating of 11/2 on the early morning market, the three-year-old owned by Godolphin remains undefeated in the early stages of a promising career.

A strong opening show with a win at Lingfield in February was followed by a similar performance at the same track just over two weeks later.

A warm-up for Ascot saw a third success in April with a win over Bullet Force and Spirit Catcher at the Betfair Exchange Stakes at Newmarket.

Buick has been on board for the last two of those wins and will be eyeing up his chances of turning that into a hat-trick in the Britannia Stakes.

5:35 p.m. Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3)

The obvious choice is the strong favorite Reach for the Moon as Frankie Dettori looks to deliver a jubilee year winner for the Queen.

There isn’t much value at 4/9, but the odds are justified by an impressive record so far.

Reach for the Moon has yet to finish inside the top 2 in six races and is hoping to improve on its second place finish in the Heron Stakes at Sandown last month.

Claymore looks to be the obvious threat but Dettori could and should celebrate another win over the favourite.

6.10pm Buckingham Palace Stakes

Navigating this field is quite a challenge as 29 horses start in the last race of day three.

ChiefofChiefs, Tactical and Fastnet Crown but Tom Marquand rider Montassib looks like the clear choice as he looks to defend an unbeaten record.

After opening with a narrow win at Newcastle in September 2020, Montassib came back from a lengthy hiatus and won by two-and-a-half lengths at Wetherby in April before claiming a third win at Goodwood last month.