2.30 Jersey Stakes
Twenty-one horses will line up for Wednesday’s opener, with this Group 3 race taking place over seven furlongs and Garswood looks set to go off favourite, with the Richard Fahey horse trading at odds of 9/2 (Paddy Power).
The three-year-old found company too hot to handle in the 2000 Guineas although seventh place wasn’t too shabby a result and we should note that he justified favouritism in April when winning at Newmarket.
Aidan O’Brien has two runners in the race and that includes Gale Force Ten who is a 5/1 chance (William Hill), with his son taking the ride and the horse has finished in the frame on all three occasions this term, finishing second to Magician in the Irish 2000 Guineas.
Mutin is the other interesting runner in the race, with the French raider boasting a 100% record, having won twice at Saint-cloud in recent months after opening up with two victories last season.
3.05 Duke of Cambridge Stakes
The second race on Wednesday is a competitive looking Duke of Cambridge Stakes, with ten horses set to compete in this Group 2 race.
Chigun is a 10/3 chance with Ladbrokes and it would be an emotional victory if the four-year-old were to oblige, with Henry Cecil having trained the charge until his recent passing. Tom Queally is on board and there is sure to be plenty of patriotic money for this horse.
Duntle looks set to go off favourite at 11/4 (BetVictor) and the Irish filly claimed victory in her only previous race this season, winning at Leopardstown, having been equally as impressive last season when winning three races.
Dank beat Chigun on her last outing although in May when the pair met at Newmarket, reversing the form of last September, with the Sir Michael Stoute horse looking decent each-way value at 4/1. Thistle Bird is another that can’t be ignored after that Epsom victory in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes.
3.45 Prince of Wales’s Stakes
The jewel in the crown on Wednesday is this Group 1 contest, with the winner set to scoop a pot of £283,550 and many are regarding this as a two-horse race.
Al Kazeem is the 5/2 favourite (Coral) and the five-year-old is heavily fancied after lowering the colours of Camelot at the Curragh in May. The latter was the 4/11 favourite to win the Tattersalls Gold Cup, although the Roger Charlton horse demonstrated that he was the real deal that day.
Charlton sees no reason why this progressive horse can’t oblige with another win on a good surface and Al Kazeem should relish the ten furlong trip as he looks to beat last year’s 2000 Guineas and Derby winner.
As for Camelot, the horse can be backed at 7/2 and some will be expecting the four-year-old to frank the form of the last race, although it’s arguable as to whether these will be the first two horses home in what looks to be a competitive renewal.
Maxios merits plenty of respect and claimed a Group 1 victory at Longchamp last month, while The Fugue appears on the track after 229 days out of action and John Gosden is sure to have this talented performer primed for a big run.
4.25 Royal Hunt Cup
Thirty horses are set to compete in this one mile contest, with punters advised to select two or three runners for each-way stakes for what should be a competitive battle in this fourth race of the day.
Prince of Johanne ran a creditable second at York last month when missing out to Navajo Chief and at 12/1 looks a solid bet to feature at the business end of this race, while Two For Two looks to be another one for the shortlist considering the five-year-old has made the frame on all four occasions.
Excellent Guest runs for George Margarson and won on his only outing so far this season, with Burke’s Rock also a winner last time out and Frankie Dettori is on board this 16/1 shot.
5.00 Queen Mary Stakes
A five-furlong dash at 5pm and twenty-four fillies will take part in this stampede of a race, with Beldale Memory currently the well-backed favourite at odds of 9/2 (Paddy Power).
This race for two-year-olds means that the form is often difficult to ascertain, although the Clive Cox runner has claimed the spoils at Bath and York this season, with the horse boasting the best rating.
Rizeena runs for Clive Brittain and she’s a 6/1 chance with Coral, while many will be backing Fast to live up to her name and the Richard Hannon horse can be backed at 10/1 (William Hill) with the bookies paying up to five places.
5.35 Sandringham Handicap
The get-out stakes looks to be a particularly trappy contest, with twenty-six horses lining up for the Sandringham and Woodland Aria is the currently favourite at 5/1 (Ladbrokes), with the John Gosden horse having claimed two wins from three outings.
Mango Diva also arrives with solid credentials after two second places and a victory in the three races to date, while Bracing Breeze is an 8/1 chance and Dermot Weld has high hopes for a horse that obliged as favourite on the all-weather at Dundalk last September.