Royal Ascot Day 2 racing preview & best bets | Wednesday, June 19

Royal Ascot Betting Tips

What Royal Ascot 2024 – Day 2
Where Ascot Racecourse – High St, Ascot SL5 7JX, United Kingdom
When Wednesday, June 19, 2024
First Race 2:30pm BST (11:30pm AEST)

The Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2000m) is the headline act for Day 2 of the Royal Ascot Carnival, with an ultra-competitive seven-race program set for decision. The forecast continues to look positive for all participants, with a genuine Good 4 surface expected. The opening event is scheduled to get underway at 2:30pm local time. Check out our best bets for the Royal Ascot races on June 19.

Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Tip: Auguste Rodin

A classy field of 10 is set to line up in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, and although he’s been mixing his form of late, the Aiden O’Brien-trained Auguste Rodin gets the nod. The son of Deep Impact didn’t fire a shot at Meydan in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic (2400m) on March 30, but showed glimpses of a return to form at Curragh on May 26 in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup (2100m) finishing within three lengths of White Birch. Ryan Moore should get the economical run of the race from stall three, and provided Auguste Rodin can replicate his electrifying best, he must be considered the one to beat.

Prince Of Wales’s Stakes

Race 4 – Auguste Rodin Silks#2 Auguste Rodin (3)

4yo Colt | T: Aiden O’Brien | J: Ryan Moore (58kg)

+150 with Picklebet

Best Bet at Royal Ascot: Laurel

Laurel has the ability to take out the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (1600m) despite being first-up in over a year. The John & Thady Gosden-trained mare was Group 1 placed last preparation in the Chariot Stakes (1600m) at Newmarket in October of 2022, going on to secure an impressive Listed victory at Kempton Park in the aftermath. She’s been put away and targeted for this a long way out, and with Ryan Moore set to take the reins from the inside draw (1), Laurel should get every chance to make a statement on return.

Best Bet

Race 3 – Laurel Silks#6 Laurel (1)

5yo Mare | T: John & Thady Gosden | J: Ryan Moore (58kg)

+280 with Neds

Next Best at Royal Ascot: Illinois

The Group 2 Queen’s Vase (2800m) is for the three-year-olds, where the Aiden O’Brien barn lines up four genuine chances. Illinois appears to be the one bringing the best form to this, however, with an impressive runner-up performance behind Ambiente Friendly at Lingfield in the Listed Derby Trial Stakes (2300m) on May 11. He should relish the step-up in trip, and with Ryan Moore electing to hope aboard Illinois, take that as a guide to which of these has the most upside.

Next Best

Race 2 – Illinois Silks#4 Illinois (5)

3yo Colt | T: Aiden O’Brien | J: Ryan Moore (58kg)

+210 with Bet365

Best Value at Royal Ascot: Ultima Grace

Ultima Grace represents the Wesley Ward barn in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes (1000m) and looks a terrific each-way price with online bookmakers. The daughter of American Pharoah cruised to victory at Keeneland on April 18, making every post a winner to score by 3.8 lengths. She’s drawn the right part of the track to scoot along the near-side running rail, and if Ultima Grace can pinch a break, she could prove hard to chase down.

Best Value

Race 1 – Ultima Grace Silks#24 Ultima Grace (17)

2yo Filly | T: Wesley Ward | J: Joel Roario (58kg)

+1000 with Dabble

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