Royal Ascot Day 2 latest news, odds and free bets

Day Two of the 2012 Royal Ascot meeting involves five races which are being televised on BBC starting at 2.30 with the Jersey Stakes

After the excitement of watching Frankel in the Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday, attention now turns towards the Windsor Forest Stakes and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, the latter of which will feature Carlton House trying to topple So You Think.

3.05 Windsor Forest Stakes
This is a Group 2 race for fillies and mares including the Dermot Weld-trained Emulous who goes off a mark of 9-3 but could take all the beating after winning her last four races. She obliged at odds on at the Curragh in May and can be backed at 3/1 (Paddy Power free bets) to land the spoils in this race.

Nahrain is the other top weight horse but possibly her biggest challenger and the four-year-old steps out after 229 days off the track but with a host of wins under her belt last term including impressive performances at Sandown and Longchamp.

3.45 Prince of Wales´s Stakes
So You Think was involved in an exciting finish in this race twelve months ago when the New Zealand raider was narrowly touched off by Rewilding although the six-year-old returns to Royal Ascot hoping to let nothing get in the way.

The bookies are prepared to offer even money (bet365 £200 free bets) about the Aidan O’Brien horse this time around and it will take all the beating again although there are some classy animals in the race and that includes the Queen’s horse Carlton House. Sir Michael Stoute has the charge in great shape and odds of 10/3 are available.

Planteur is a 9/1 chance although the Irish raider hasn’t won in over a year, although Farhh looks like a more viable contender and the Godolphin connections are confident of another Rewilding moment.

4.25 Royal Hunt Cup
This will be an entertaining race, with 33 runners entered for the fourth race of the Wednesday and we should expect an almighty stampede down the home straight, with Captain Bertie likely to go off favourite at odds of 11/1 (Paddy Power free bets).

Dimension also looks like a useful-looking animal although the truth is that this is a wide-open contest which would reward each-way backers looking for the best value in the race. Rock Critic ticks a lot of boxes at 16/1 (Ladbrokes) and perhaps Dermot Weld will be looking for a second victory of the afternoon after Emulous’ run.

Boom and Bust also deserves respect with several wins last season and Hayley Turner on board, although it has been 327 days since we last saw the five-year-old race.

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