Timeform Royal Ascot SmartPlays: Wednesday June 17

Free Eagle makes his belated return on Wednesday in the Prince of Wales's Stakes
Free Eagle makes his belated return on Wednesday in the Prince of Wales's Stakes

It's day two of Royal Ascot on Wednesday and the Timeform Smartplays Team have another three bets for you...


"Last year's Silver Cambridgeshire winner GM Hopkins has another major handicap in him"

Ascot 14:30 - Bossy Guest

Bossy Guest met a bit of trouble before running on into fourth in the 2000 Guineas and, at likely odds, might represent a bit of value to turn the tables on Ivawood, who was just a ½ length ahead of him in third on that occasion. Dutch Connection also ran at Newmarket and the way he travelled for a long way suggests he may be seen in a better light back over 7f.


Ascot 16:20 - Free Eagle

Runners from four different continents clash. The fact Free Eagle has managed to show high-class form at such an early stage in his career marks him down as a top prospect and he can make a winning return to action. The Grey Gatsby hasn't been quite at the top of his game so far this term but cheekpieces might just give him an edge and he can provide the main threat ahead of Cannock Chase.


Ascot 17:00 - GM Hopkins

Last year's Silver Cambridgeshire winner GM Hopkins has another major handicap in him, and was arguably unlucky when just failing behind Spark Plug at Newbury last time, so he could well be the answer. Spring-Cup winner Ayaar is just about the pick of the weights, but is rather a hostage to fortune tactically from stall 1, so American Hope is feared most providing he's ridden with more restraint.


Timeform UK SmartPlays: (Royal Ascot)

Back Bossy Guest in the 14:30
Back Free Eagle in the 16:20
Back GM Hopkins in the 17:00



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