ROYAL ASCOT DAY THREE TIPS: Young pretender Kyprios looks tuned up to take the top prize… while Mukaddamah has plenty of promise
- Sportsmail tipster SAM TURNER gives his take for day three at Royal Ascot
- Gold Cup hope Kyprios looked a stayer with speed at Navan and Leopardstown
- Mukaddamah stands out in a small field in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes
- Israr was a workmanlike winner of a prestigious Newbury handicap last time out
Sportsmail’s expert tipster Sam Turner delivers his verdict ahead of day three at Royal Ascot.
2.30: WALBANK shaped with considerable promise on his debut at this venue behind Noble Style and enjoyed a runaway success at York last time. He tackles notable competition in unbeaten Irish colt The Antarctic, but the stiff five furlongs should suit the selection. Bakeel is respected, while Crispy Cat should outrun his odds.
Danger: CRISPY CAT
Ascot Gold Cup contender Kyprios looked a stayer with speed at Navan and Leopardstown
3.05: Just one winner from a single-figure draw in the last 10 years (Hukum in 2020) suggests it is fine to be drawn wide so ISRAR, a workmanlike winner of a prestigious Newbury handicap over 10f last time, may prove the answer. As long as he is in contention turning for home, he boasts the pedigree and class to launch a major challenge. Two that look attractively treated are Mandobi and Balhambar.
3.40: A small field, but a tricky puzzle with preference for MUKADDAMAH based on her price. The selection shaped with plenty of promise over what appeared an inadequate 10f at Newbury but, with the winner Nashwa running well subsequently in the Oaks and runner-up Stay Alert winning since, the form looks useful.
Danger: MAGICAL LAGOON
4.20: An intriguing Gold Cup with young pretender KYPRIOS bidding to establish himself as a genuine Group One stayer as Stradivarius bids to sign off with a historic fourth win in Royal Ascot’s marquee event. Kyprios was only weeks old when Stradivarius landed his first win in this race, which says plenty about the latter’s durability. However, Kyprios looked a stayer with speed at Navan and Leopardstown and may just have too much for Stradivarius. Of the outsiders, Burning Victory appeals.
Stradivarius bids to sign off with a historic fourth win in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot
5.00: ATRIUM is 2-2 at this track and signalled his improvement with a smooth three-length win here from a subsequent winner last time. His come-from-behind style and ability to travel strongly stand him in good stead and he makes some appeal at a decent price. Saga looks to have had this race as a target all season, while Whoputfiftyinyou did plenty wrong at Haydock yet still won tidily and is progressing fast.
Selection: ATRIUM (nap)
5.35: REACH FOR THE MOON faces just five rivals and he will take some beating if home reports are to be believed. Once regarded as a Derby hope, his career hasn’t gone to plan but this represents an ideal opportunity to get back on track. There may be improvement to come from Claymore now he steps up in trip and he could prove the biggest threat to the selection.
Selection: REACH FOR THE MOON
6.10: VAFORTINO impressed when landing the Victoria Cup here on his second start for new connections. His stable has enjoyed a good run of late and his rider has returned from an absence in superb form. Chiefofchiefs, a veteran of this type of handicap, should be competitive given some fortune.
5.00 Atrium (nap)
5.35 Reach For The Moon
4.20 Stradivarius (nb)
5.00 Mr Mccann
5.35 Reach For The Moon (nap)
6.10 River Nymph
Newmarket – 5.00 King Of Time (nap); 5.35 Reach For The Moon (nb).
Northerner – 2.30 Pillow Talk (nap)