Royal Ascot on ITV Racing – Day Three preview

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Published: 20th June 2018

It’s Day Three of Royal Ascot on ITV Racing – the biggest festival of the flat racing season in the UK with 19 Group races.

The first race on ITV Racing on Day Three is the Norfolk Stakes (Fillies’ Group 2).
Wesley Ward won this in 2013 with No Nay Never and there are high hopes for Shang Shang Shang.
The horse drew clear of a subsequent winner when making all on debut at Keeneland.
Next up is the Hampton Court (Group 3).
Godolphin has won the last two renewals and Charlie Appleby runs two this year alongside one trained by Saeed bin Suroor.
Nordic Lights was ahead of Crossed Baton when fifth in the Dante.
Key Victory was a couple of places behind Hunting Horn in the French Derby,.
Race four is the Ribblesdale Stakes (Fillies’ Group 2).
Sir Michael Stoute often has one laid out for this and Sun Maiden is his entry this year.
She is a half-sister to Midday and won in a canter stepped up to 1m2f at Salisbury.

GOLD CUP

The Gold Cup can be traced back to 1807 and is the most enduring race of the meeting.
Although staying races went out of fashion many years ago, the Gold Cup has retained its status as the signature race of the meeting.
Aidan O’Brien will be hoping for a record eighth victory in the race with Order of St George.
The 2016 winner was denied by Big Orange in a thrilling finish.
His old rival is on the sidelines through injury and his biggest danger could be Stradivarius.
He won the Goodwood Cup last year and looked better than ever when winning the Yorkshire Cup last month.
The Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) is the first of two impossible-looking three-year-old handicaps to end the day’s action.
Last, but not least, on the card is the King George V Stakes (Handicap) where Godolphin have won three of the last four renewals.

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