Royal Ascot Day 3 Tips – Niall Cronin
Aidan O’Brien has only won the Ascot Gold Cup with three different horses but already he is the most successful trainer in the race as Yeats accounted for four of the trainer’s six wins, with Fame And Glory and Kingfisher winning in 2011 and 2014.
Another victory looks to await him on Thursday.
Order Of The Day
Aidan O’Brien’s Royal Ascot hasn’t gone just as smooth as other years thus far but a repeat of Order Of St George’s emphatic success in the Irish St Leger would surely be enough to see him come out on top.
Naturally, Order Of St George is priced accordingly and went a shade of odds on yesterday evening with BoyleSports at 10/11 but even that could prove a big price shortly before 4.30pm tomorrow evening.
Depending on Coolmore’s intentions, Order Of St George could well go on to become a legendary stayer just like Yeats and having been bought into by Lloyd Wiliams last year it will be interesting to see if he finds himself taking a trip to Melbourne for their Spring Carnival later in the year.
If 10/11 isn’t for you, a horse who should be placed and big up some minor honours is 10/1 chance Flying Officer. John Gosden and Frankie Dettori have already enjoyed notable success this week and there’s nothing better to have on your side than a confident Frankie but Flying Officer definitely handles the ground, the track and the staying trip
and if there is to be a chink in the armour of Order Of St George, Flying Officer looks to be the horse to find it.
Speaking of the great Italian and he should already have bagged at least one winner going into Thursday’s Gold Cup. In the Epsom Oaks Minding was probably value for more than the official length and three parts that was the winning distance but that said, the run from Architecture was massive and she can follow that up by winning the Ribblesdale.
Frankie and Hugo Palmer defied the odds on the opening day with Galileo Gold and although Architecture is the current favourite, she is disputing with Aidan O’Brien’s Even Song and I just don’t think that should be the case.
Architecture can be backed at 10/3 with BoyleSports and that is a price you don’t want to miss.
She is a filly on the up and while you’d never expect her to reverse the form with Minding, there is no Minding in this race and Architecture is a smashing bet.
Blue and Silver
The Godolphin Blue was the prominent colour on day two of Royal Ascot as the operation had three winners, trained in three different countries and ridden by three different jockeys and Thursday’s opener may see their fantastic week continue with Silver Line in the Norfolk Stakes.
There was something very impressive about his victory and the way he picked up and went away at Nottingham last month. That wasn’t the strongest of races and this represents a massive step up but the 7/2 shot may well be a very nice colt. Hopefully he proves that here.
Silver Line 7/2 – 2.30 Ascot
Architecture 10/3 – 3.40 Ascot
Order of St George 10/11 – 4.20 Ascot
*Prices correct at time of publication.