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Royal Ascot Tips - Race-by-Race guide to Day 3
- The Ascot Gold Cup headlines day three of Royal Ascot on Thursday 17th June
- The Norfolk Stakes, Ribblesdale and Britannia Handicap also take place on Gold Cup day
- Instinctive Move, Mohaafeth, Surefire feature amongst our tips
Mohaafeth is the one to beat in this year's Hampton Court Stakes. (Getty)
Day three at Royal Ascot revolves around one of the most prestigious races in all of flat racing, the Ascot Gold Cup.
The Norfolk Stakes and Ribblesdale also take place on day three, as do the Britannia and Buckingham Palace Stakes handicaps.
We've taken a close look at every race on Thursday and published our Royal Ascot day three tips.
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Royal Ascot Day Three Tips
Race 1 - Norfolk Stakes Tips
Clive Cox and Adam Kirby teamed up to win the 2012 Norfolk with Reckless Abandon, and in INSTINCTIVE MOVE they look to have another live contender.
This son of top sire Showcasing scored on debut at Bath, comfortably beating a horse who had finished a very close third behind Tuesday's Coventry Stakes winner, Berkshire Shadow on his previous start. Instinctive Move was well on top as he crossed the line at Bath and he looks a likely improver. 10/1 seems like excellent value.
Race 2 - Hampton Court Stakes Tips
It's hard to shy away from MOHAAFETH, who sat prominently in the ante-post betting for the Epsom Derby until he was withdrawn when the ground turned soft. William Haggas' budding star swept Secret Protector aside when they clashed in the Newmarket Stakes, clocking a fantastic RPR of 117. He'll clearly take all the beating.
Race 3 - Ribblesdale Stakes Tips
I'm a big fan of Noon Star, and I wouldn't be surprised to see her get the win. Divinely cannot be ruled out either, but I'd rather take a risky each-way punt on Hollie Doyle's mount, ARISTIA.
Despite looking very green and shying away from the whip, Richard Hannon's filly flew home from the rear to win on debut at Newbury. Aristia then finished a two-length third behind Eshaada and Gloria Mundi, where she still looked green and couldn't find that change of gear on softer ground.
Quicker going should suit this daughter of Starspangledbanner and there's plenty of stamina in the dam's side of her breeding. 33/1 is too tempting to pass up.
Race 4 - Royal Ascot Gold Cup Tips
Read our full guide to the 2021 Ascot Gold Cup to see if we're siding with or against the history-chasing Stradivarius.
Race 5 - Britannia Stakes Tips
DUBAI HONOUR was my selection at York on his final two-year-old start, but Daniel Tudhope found himself stuck in traffic on the inside rail, and couldn't finish any better than fourth. On his previous start, William Haggas' charge had comfortably beaten two horses now rated in the high 80s at Haydock, and he could run a massive race on his seasonal reappearance.
I'm also going to take a punt on GIOIA CIECA, who's been drawn very kindly down in stall 23. Keith Dalgleish's charge was last seen finishing a two-length third behind Apollo One, Megallan and El Drama in the Spring Cup at Lingfield. That was an excellent effort in an extremely hot Listed race, and this son of Kitten's Joy has the potential to out-run his odds.
Race 6 - King George V Stakes Tips
Another huge field to sift through, but the one I'm really keen on is SUREFIRE, for Hector Crouch and Ralph Beckett. Surefire built on some really promising performances with a fine victory at Leicester ten days ago, where Crouch's mount powered home in the closing stages after looking a little outpaced half-a-mile out.
Surefire carries a six-pound penalty for that success, but Beckett's colt is due to go up to 91 after this, so he's three-pound well-in at the weights. This Fastnet Rock colt is out of a high-quality mare in Modesta, and it's safe to say there could be plenty of improvement left in his locker.
Race 7 - Buckingham Palace Stakes Tips
LORD RAPSCALLION was rated 102 when he arrived at Stuart Williams' yard last season, and placed fourth behind Kinross on his stable debut in Listed company. Eight defeats since then have seen Williams' recruit drop down to a mark of 92 and top conditional Marco Ghiani takes three extra pounds off his back. He could challenge in this wide-open race.
As could MAGICAL WISH, who'll also feel the benefit of a claimer, after Richard Hannon booked Liam Browne to take the ride. Magical Wish was rated 95 when he made all to win a seven-furlong handicap at Doncaster at the end of August. Hannon's five-year-old has dropped down to an official rating of 92, and a quick scan through his results will tell you that Magical Wish does his best work on quick ground.
Our best bets for day three of Royal Ascot:
Best Bet: Instinctive Move Race 1 Winner @1000.0 at Sportsbet - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Mohaafeh Race 2 Winner @137.00 at Palmerbet - 5 Units
Best Bet: Surefire Race 6 Winner @900.00 at Sportsbetting - 1 Unit