The Mandarin’s Royal Ascot Racecard for Thursday 16th June 2022

Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) 2.30
The Antarctic
A full brother to the mighty Battaash, he arrived on the scene full of promise, and has not disappointed yet. After a win on debut at Tipperary, he won the Calyx Race at Naas, beating Wodao once more, and looks ready for a step up to Pattern level. Walbank from David Loughnane’s resurgent yard has plenty making much of his chances, but Antarctic has more to come, interesting

King George V Stakes 3.05
Based on his last outing at Newbury, Israr could still be ahead of the handicapper, so gets the vote for this hot renewal. There’s always plenty of likely types lining up here, and this year Post Impressionist, Secret State and Irish raider Newfoundland tick plenty of boxes, but Israr is the one top of our shortlist. Super each way claims with Jim Crowley adding to the appeal

Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) 3.40
Sea Silk Road
One definitely going the right way this term, winning on her seasonal reappearance at Nottingham before winning a fillies Listed contest at Goodwood last month. She got to the front late in that race, so there’s every expectation that this extra trip will suit, go close

Gold Cup (Group 1) 4.20
Stradivarius (nap)
With the temperature rising every day this week, the feature on day three of Royal Ascot promises to be a red-hot showdown between crowd favourite Stradivarius and new kid on the block, Kyprios. Frankie Dettori will be hoping he can get one final tune out of his old fellow, and Stradivarius showed he retains plenty of zest when landing his third Yorkshire Cup at York last month. With arch rival Trueshan unlikely to run unless the ground eases, Stradivarius can have one last day in the sun, with Kyprios to make a race of it

Britannia Stakes 5.00
A tremendous improver for Clive Cox this season, winning a couple of moderate races as a juvenile, but really upping his game this season with wins at Newbury and Haydock in Class 2 contests. He’s entitled to be right in there at the business end of things in a hot handicap on the straight course, with Adam Kirby a sure pair of hands on the reins. Each way claims at the least

Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) 5.35
Reach For The Moon (nb)
Queen Elizabeth’s banker for the week, and with Frankie Dettori booked for the trip, there’s sure to be a huge roar should they be first past the post. He couldn’t get to The Derby after a winter setback, and looked in need of the run in the Heron Stakes at Sandown Park on his seasonal reappearance. That run should have blown out the cobwebs, and he’s the one to beat

Buckingham Palace Stakes 6.10
Another ultra competitive handicap to close up affairs on Thursday, where we’ll side with Montassib from William Haggas’s in-form Somerfield Lodge yard. He missed all of last season, after a sole win as a juvenile on debut at Newcastle, but showed that all the promise remains when scoring this year at Wetherby and Goodwood. This ground won’t be a concern, and with the excellent Tom Marquand up top, and the inside rail draw, sure to be in the mix

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