Timeform pick out the three best bets on the second day of Royal Ascot.
"...showed when second in last year's Britannia Stakes that this stiff mile plays to his strengths..."
Timeform on Finest Sound
Twilight Gleaming is bred very much for turf, so it was perhaps unsurprising that she was unable to make a winning start on dirt, finishing runner-up at Keeneland in April. However, it proved a very different story when she was switched to turf at Belmont for her next start, basically winning in a canter by seven and a half lengths. An exciting prospect, she fully deserves her place at the head of the market and will make a bold bid to provide trainer Wesley Ward with a fifth success in this Group 2.
Lady Bowthorpe showed a good attitude to make a successful reappearance in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket at the beginning of May, and she then improved again to fill the runner-up spot behind Palace Pier in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last time, keeping on well to be beaten just a length and a half. This represents a drop in grade back against her own sex and, despite having a 3 lb penalty to carry for her Dahlia win, she still comfortably sets the standard on Timeform's weight-adjusted ratings. Therefore, she rates a confident selection to regain the winning thread.
Finest Sound has progressed well this season, putting up an excellent effort when runner-up in a red-hot handicap at Nottingham before registering a narrow success at Haydock. The talented runner-up very much had the run of the race at Haydock, so Finest Sound did well under the circumstances to get on top close home. He is well handicapped from just a 3 lb higher mark and showed when second in last year's Britannia Stakes that this stiff mile plays to his strengths, so another bold bid is on the cards.
TWILIGHT GLEAMING - 14:30 Royal Ascot
3 - Wesley Ward's number of winners in past 10 runnings