Meanwhile, the Norfolk Stakes kicks off proceedings, while Alive Alive Oh is the big fancy for the competitive fillies’ race that is the Ribblesdale Stakes.
2.30 Norfolk Stakes
Coach House looks like the horse they all have to beat and the fact that Aidan O’Brien trains this talented two-year-old increases the likelihood that we could have a potential superstar on our hands.
The trainer’s son Joseph is on board a horse that won at Tipperary in a facile fashion, while the same charge obliged at odds-on at the Curragh, although there are plenty of other progressive two-year-olds in the race open to improvement.
Saayerr runs for William Haggas and has a rating of 108 after wins at Salisbury and Windsor, while Legend Rising also merits respect and the Irish horse won at Chepstow just six days previously which formed an ideal warm-up for this race.
3.05 Ribblesdale Stakes
A wide-open contest on the cards for Thursday’s second race at Royal Ascot, with Alive Alive Oh trading at odds of 11/4 (Paddy Power) and there have been easy wins at Cork and Navan this season, while finishing third behind Magician at the Curragh last autumn looks to be decent form.
There are plenty of viable candidates to top the jolly, with The Lark having finished third against top-class opposition in The Oaks, with the Michael Bell runner surprising everyone at odds of 16/1 when topping race favourite Moth.
John Gosden has two runners in the race and Winsili is a 5/1 chance to claim the spoils, while the trainer’s other horse is Gertrude Versed and perhaps we might see a big run from her at 25/1.
3.45 Gold Cup
The Queen will be among the interested spectators for the Gold Cup as Ryan Moore dons her famous purple and red colours in the hope of steering Estimate to a success in this race.
There’s a pot of £200,000 for the winning connections although her Majesty will care little about the cash when there’s the chance to see her four-year-old be the first runner past the post in one of the most exciting races at Royal Ascot.
It’s one of the rare races at the meeting where you can settle down and enjoy a few minutes of action, with Estimate having won the Queen’s Vase at the same meeting twelve months ago, while another victory was recorded at the same track at the beginning of May.
Rite Of Passage is another horse that acts well at the Ascot track, with the veteran runner having won this race three years ago, while a long-awaited reappearance saw the nine-year-old win the Long Distance Cup back in October.
You can get 6/1 about the Dermot Weld runner, while the likes of Saddler’s Rock and Simenon also provide stiff competition and we could fitness a real hammer and tongs finish to the line.
Saddler’s Rock hasn’t won on any of his last six outings although John Oxx has the horse primed for this contest, while Simenon runs for Willie Mullins and finished a creditable fourth place in the competitive Chester Cup.
4.25 Britannia Stakes
A one-mile stampede represents the fourth race at Royal Ascot on Thursday, with Wentworth the current favourite at 5/1, with Richard Hannon saddling a runner that finished third at Goodwood last month behind the surprise winner Piscean.
Wentworth scored victories at York and Newbury towards the back end of last season, with Richard Hughes looking to steer the three-year-old to victory.
Cape Peron has done little wrong in two outings this term, with Henry Candy having seen his charge oblige with a win at Newbury in April before obliging as favourite at Doncaster. Odds of 6/1 are available about victory in the Britannia.
At a bigger price, Market Town is an interesting runner at 20/1, with the American horse having ran well at Sandown in April when finishing second in the Esher Cup behind Haafaguinea.
Prophets Pride is on offer at 14/1 with bet365 and the Jeremy Noseda charge has scored a hat-trick on wins already this term, with the three-year-old having registered those victories on the all-weather at Kempton and now makes the switch to the turf of Ascot.
5.00 Tercentenary Stakes
Twelve runners line up for the penultimate race of the day, with Remote the slight 4/1 favourite at the time of writing and he is one of two John Gosden runners in the race.
Remote produced a shock when winning at 25/1 in a Maiden Stakes at Newbury, while the horse proved this was no fluke with another success at Doncaster and deserves to go off as the jolly for this contest.
Chopin arrives from Germany and can be backed at 9/2, with seventh place in the Derby no mean feat and the horse might appreciate being among lesser company in this race.
5.35 King George V Stakes
Nineteen horses line up for this Class 2 contest, with this looking a wide-open race, although if Estimate wins the Gold Cup, we might well see Bold Sniper well backed which boasts the same trainer-jockey combination.
Wins at Leicester and Thirsk suggests that the horse could be in the frame, although there are several horses with victories under their belt and that includes Pether’s Moon. The Irish horse was second behind Swing Easy in a handicap last month, while Eshtiaal runs for Brian Meehan and can be backed at 15/2 with bet365.