Day 2 at Royal Ascot begins with the Queen Mary Stakes, a Group 2 contest for two-year-old fillies. Wesley Ward has a great record in the race but our panel of experts are not convinced about the wisdom of backing Twilight Gleaming at 9/4 up against 21 rivals.
There is more agreement for the second race of the day, the Queen’s Vase, where Wordsworth is seen as the right favourite even if his price of 5/2 with Paddy Power isn’t quite big enough to tempt Ed Quigley who puts up Kemari as the value option at 8/1 with bet365*.
Lady Bowthorpe is another favourite who faces a tough ask and in our daily preview Ed Quigley points out that her price has been drifting steadily on the morning even if Peter Scudamore believes that she sets the standard in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.
It is a shame that Lord North has been pulled out of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes but we still get to see the brilliant Love and she should have little trouble winning at Evens with BetVictor.
There are some tough choices for punters to make over the remainder of the day’s racing on Wednesday with the Royal Hunt Cup looking a bit of a lottery, unexposed potential stars everywhere you look in the Windsor Castle Stakes and an 18 runner handicap in the shape of the Kensington Palace Stakes to finish.
* Ascot odds correct at the time of writing. All odds are subject to change.