Royal Ascot Placepot tips: devilishly difficult day two card needs some coverage
It's probably worth remembering you can bet to as little as a penny on the Tote app for Placepots as there aren't too many easy races among the six on day two of Royal Ascot.
The Queen Mary Stakes (2.30) is a bit of a guess-up as all the juvenile races are, but this is one of the races Wesley Ward has a really good record in, so his Twilight Gleaming is the first selection. The other two are Get Ahead and Orinoco River, who travelled better than her conqueror Yet for most of the way on their debuts.
Aidan O'Brien and Mark Johnston are the kings of the Queen's Vase (3.05), so it makes sense to have a good look at their runners.
In the feature Prince of Wales's Stakes (4.20), Love has not run since August 2020, but she looked top class on every start last year and Lord North might struggle to give her 3lb.
The Royal Hunt Cup (5.00) is always a minefield, but with the suspicion most of the jockeys will head stands' side as usual I'll go for two in high numbers and just one drawn low.
In the Windsor Castle Stakes (5.35), Ruthin is stupidly short for Wesley Ward, but may get shorter if her six-length victim Artos wins the Queen Mary. I'd be tempted to leave her out and go with Dig Two and Superior Force from the home team.
Royal Ascot Placepot selections
9 Get Ahead
16 Orinoco River
19 Twilight Gleaming
1 Arturo Toscanini
3 Dancing King
2 Lady Bowthorpe
6 Double Or Bubble
7 Beat Le Bon
19 Astro King
11 Dig Two
23 Superior Force
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