Brown Panther can win the Gold Cup for Michael Owen
Day 3 of the Royal Ascot meeting will feature the Gold Cup, with the Queen enjoying a famous success in this race twelve months ago and Brown Panther looks the value bet to win the race.
Meanwhile, the Ribblesdale Stakes takes place beforehand and there are some exciting fillies going for the one mile four furlong encounter.
Ribblesdale Stakes 3.45pm
Twelve horses line up for this encounter and there are two horses vying for favouritism, with Vazira currently having her nose in front at odds of 10/3 with Betfair Sportsbook.
This French raider has done little wrong on her three outings to date, winning at Chantilly and Longchamp in the spring before a second-placed finish towards the end of May in a Group 1 contest.
Inchila is trading at a similar price although the Peter Chapple-Hyam horse has not done the business in her last two outings, finishing fourth in a listed race at Newbury before a creditable fourth place in the Oaks where Taghrooda was too good for them all.
Aidan O’Brien has two horses in the race and it is Bracelet that merits the most respect, with victory recorded in the 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes before flopping rather badly in the Guineas itself.
Joseph O’Brien gets the ride there, while Ryan Moore is on Terrific and the three-year-old has had a couple of disappointing outings this season.
Gold Cup, 4.25pm
Leading Light has been all the rage with punters leading up to this race, with Sky Bet the only firm at the time of writing to offer 11/8 about what appears to be a talented four-year-old.
Just one outing so far for Leading Light who claimed a facile win at Navan in May, having recorded five other victories in his short career to date and that includes the Queen’s Vase at the Royal Ascot meeting last year.
Brown Panther runs for Michael Owen, with trainer Tom Dascombe expecting a bold bid from a horse that won the Ormonde Stakes at Chester and Sandown’s Henry II Stakes already this year.
Dascombe said: “Everything is fine, he’s really well and he’s seems to be well drawn (stall four), so we’re really looking forward to it. He goes there in great form having won his two starts this year and all the horses are running well at the moment.
“The ground is immaterial to him and he must go there with a live chance.”
However, there will be plenty of patriotic money for the Queen’s horse Estimate who won this race twelve months ago, with racing manager John Warren bemoaning the horse’s stilted preparation for the race.
“In my mind I’ve got her finishing third, there are two other very good horses in there, but if the ground keeps drying out – she likes top of the ground – and if it helps her maybe use her stamina better than the others, then things can happen.
“Sir Michael seems upbeat and confident that she can put up a bold show. If she shows the same form as last year, and as she’s a year older she might improve a pound or two, then hopefully she can be right up there.
“She has been working extremely well and Sir Michael is confident that he has got her ready for the challenge ahead.”