Royal Ascot 2022: Seven horses to watch on Day Two

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

After a lively opening of this year’s Royal Ascot festival on Tuesday, day two looks likely to offer more of the same, with several fascinating races lying in wait.

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Names like Coroebus, Nature Strip and Baaeed all stood out with wins on Tuesday and there are a number of horses looking to match their performances on Wednesday afternoon.

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Mazic News takes a look at the coveted rides as Japan searches for a first Ascot winner and Sir Michael Stoute looks to continue Desert Crown’s stunning derby win with Bay Bridge in the Prince of Wales Stakes.

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2:30 p.m.: Queen Mary Stakes:

After a slow start to a debut race at Newmarket in April, favorite Dramatized edged out William Buick’s Malrescia and 3/1 second favorite Chassaral. Daniel Tudhope was on board for the day and he will be hoping to repeat that promising start with a second win.

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A favorable draw could be enough to complete the challenge of the coveted Love Reigns, with trainer Wesley Ward a multiple Queen Mary Stakes winner.

3:05 p.m.: Vase of the Queen

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Trained by David Egan, this three-year-old has had a good start to life on the track with two wins from as many races.

After winning by five lengths on his debut in Nottingham in October, a second victory followed last month as David Egan Eldar Eldarov rode to a comfortable triumph at the Newcastle all-weather track.

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A major threat could come from Nahaani, who will be hoping to improve on his slightly disappointing seventh place finish in the derby earlier this month.

3.40pm: Prince of Wales Stakes

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There’s plenty of competition in what’s sure to be a tough Prince of Wales Stakes, but it’s the Japanese Shahyar who catches the eye here.

Race-mad Japan are still waiting to break their Royal Ascot duck, but they have a golden chance at Shahryar. Already a two-time Group 1 winner, the four-year-old stallion is aiming for greater glory in Wednesday’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes, where he faces just four rivals. Arc-winning jockey Cristian Demuro exudes confidence. (PHOTO BY: Mahmud Khaled/Getty Images)

Comes to Ascot with four wins from seven races and has never finished outside the top four in that span.

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A narrow win at the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan and hopes to make the most of the fast ground.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Bay Bridge will have much to say and has shown enough to suggest a six-race winning streak could continue on Wednesday afternoon.

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4.20pm: Duke of Cambridge Stakes

After losing to Mother Earth in the 1,000 Guineas last May, Saffron Beach underperformed in subsequent races at Epsom and Newmarket before finding form.

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A three-way rematch victory over Mother Earth on a return to Newmarket in the Sun Chariot Stakes last October showed quality, and fourth-place finish at Dubai Turf in Mayden in March continued his momentum.

A reunion with Mother Earth will be exciting, but with William Buick on board, Saffron Beach is the place to be.

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5 p.m.: Royal hunting cup

Bless Him is by far the biggest prize pick of the day for us. It’s an inconsistent ride but could enjoy the fast ground that’s on offer.

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A narrow win as 13/8 favorites at the All Weather Championships Mile Handicap in Newcastle in March caught attention and a third-place finish on a return to the North East in April could reinforce belief that a win either way is the way to go is forward.

5.35pm: Windsor Castle Stakes

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This two-year-old has shown plenty to excite over the past two months with an impressive opening to what could be a showy career.

Narrowly beaten by Tough Talk on debut at the Curragh in April, Little Big Bear followed up last month with a triple win as a 4/9 favorite as Naas.

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Confidence will be boosted with Aidan O’Brien on board, having ridden to victories in this race at Southern Hills and Washington DC for the past six years, but Bolt Action and Chateau will pose a threat.

6.10pm: Kensington Palace pilings

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After returning from a hiatus in late April, Improvised was a stunning performer at Newmarket and Ripon but found form earlier this month with a promising second place finish to Snooze N You Lose at Mussleburgh.

Getting even better will be a challenge in what appears to be an open race with State Occasion, and last year’s runner-up Ffion will likely be among the front runners in this race as well.

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