Paddy Power’s racing traders’ tips for day three of Ascot

After Cracksman cracked yesterday our traders are in bullish mood for day three, where Stradivarius is set to play a sweet tune in the Gold Cup...


16:20 Ascot Gold Cup

At the prices, Stradivarius would look to be the bet from the front two. He’s the up and comer, will love the ground with the only small question mark being the trip, though all his form suggests he should get it fine. One we also like is Desert Skyline. He has plenty of form with Stradivarius and looks likely to improve for this trip. He’s currently 11/1 which would look the value EW bet in the race.

14:30 Norfolk Stakes

This looks a wide-open race. Two we we’re quite keen on are Glory Fighter for Charlie Hills, 11/1 right now, who broke the Lingfield track record for a juvenile last time, and Charming Kid who looked impressive on his debut at York and promises to improve again.

15:05 Hampton Court Stakes

This looks even more competitive than the Norfolk. Wadilsafa is one we’re quite keen on after winning a strong novice race last time. We also like National Army, whose strong performance on debut stood out and he looks sure to improve for this trip. He has a bit to find against some in this field, though everything about that run suggested he was potentially group class. He’s currently available at 11/1 and is worth taking a chance on.

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15:40 Ribblesdale Stakes

Sun Maiden is one we like here, particularly with her stable in such flying form yesterday. She’s only won a maiden, though she did bolt in, and she’s a half-sister to the high-class Midday, which bodes well for her potential. We also quite like Magic Wand, who looks likely to leave her form from Epsom behind back on this better ground.

17:00 Brittania Stakes

The two we like here are Crack On Crack On – so impressive last time, the track and likely race pace are positives here too – and First Contact, who looks very well handicapped off a mark of 100 with soft ground the only slight concern.

17:35 King George V Stakes

First Eleven stands out here for us. He’s related to the likes of Kingman and Remote, and finally started to put it all together on his last start after being disappointing early in his career. He still looks well handicapped too, we make him 11/2 which looks worth taking. At bigger prices, Lucky Deal is interesting for Mark Johnston, who does so well in these staying handicaps. He should get a decent position early and still looks well treated off a mark of 88. We’ve got him at 16/1, and he should offer some each-way value.

    *All odds correct at time of posting
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