Through The Card: Royal Ascot, Wednesday June 21

Royal Ascot continues on Wednesday
Royal Ascot continues on Wednesday

Timeform take you through the card on day two of Royal Ascot 2017.

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14:30 - Three or four of this field could prove a cut above the others, namely DREAM CASTLE (6), who looked something out of the ordinary when striking the front in the Greenham at Newbury back in April before eventually being worn down by yesterday's St James's Palace winner Barney Roy. He didn't get the rub of the green in a messy 2000 Guineas last time and didn't help himself by refusing to settle, but the bigger field and drop in trip here should help him, provided he can get cover from stall 19, and he should go close.

15:05 - Though she is a very short price on the face of things HAPPY LIKE A FOOL (8) does make plenty of appeal here based on connections alone, given her trainer's record in this race with similar types such as Lady Aurelia last season. She looked a smart juvenile in the making when winning at Keeneland in April (just as Lady Aurelia had done prior to last year's renewal) and is expected to be hard to beat if improving for that run.

15:40 - USHERETTE (15) has seemingly had a few issues since winning this race impressively last season under a penalty (reportedly bled on her only other start last season, which came in the Falmouth Stakes) but she looked to be working her way back to full strength when third in the Prix d'Ispahan at Chantilly last time and with no penalty to carry in this year's race she should go very close.

16:20 - There is a suspicion that ten furlongs on lightning-quick ground may not be ideal for Jack Hobbs, while Highland Reel's very best form has come over a mile and a half. With that in mind, this could be a good chance for ULYSSES (7) to make his breakthrough at Group 1 level. He progressed slowly throughout his three-year-old season and is very much the type to continue improving this term, looking better than ever when landing the Gordon Richard's Stakes at Sandown last time with plenty in hand from Queen Anne third Deauville. He is well worth backing as third favourite.

17:00 - One of the biggest puzzles of the meeting. The pace seems to be towards the middle and high draws, which isn't particularly good for George William, Yuften or Banksea. John Gosden is the only trainer to win this race more than once in the last 10 years, and his runner GM Hopkins (who won this inn 2015) and REMARKABLE (5) are of interest, though the latter probably more so. Remarkable isn't completely straightforward, but he progressed nicely during 2016 and ended the season with an excellent second in the Balmoral Handicap over this C&D. He shaped with plenty of encouragement on his reappearance in the Victoria Cup last time, having done markedly better than the other horses that raced wide that day, and it is worth forgiving him his run at Epsom last time, where he didn't seem at ease on the track. A return to the scene of his best efforts (also fifth in last season's Jersey Stakes) is a positive, and he can outrun big odds. Of those nearer the head of the market FASTNET TEMPEST (21) makes plenty of appeal, having taken down two valuable prizes on his last two starts, including when beating several of this field in the Victoria Cup. He should have more to offer yet, and looks well drawn in stall 14.

17:35 - This doesn't look much easier than the Royal Hunt Cup. It's easy to see why GYMNASTE (17) is at the head of the market, however, after she shaped with plenty of promise when a potentially unlucky loser on her handicap debut at Kempton last time (hampered final 1f, conceded first run). SIBILANCE (16) gives the impression that this mark is not beyond her if she settles down a bit more, and is well worth a go in a race where she can potentially get a bit more cover than she did last time. Finally RAIN GODDESS (1) is also worth including as she drops in class following a good fifth in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) last time.


Recommendation:

Win back ULYSSES in the 16:20 at Ascot
Win back REMARKABLE in the 17:00 at Ascot

Placepot permutation:

14:30 - 6
15:05 - 8
15:40 - 15
16:20 - 7
17:00 - 5, 21
17:35 - 1, 16, 17

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