Who To Follow Day Two Of Royal Ascot 2023

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Ascot - June 20 2023
Ascot 15:20
Richard Kingscote

Bay Bridge

J: Richard Kingscote
T: Sir Michael Stoute
Age: 5
Weight: 9-2
OR: 122
Days: 24

The feature race of the afternoon on Wednesday is the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes over 1m2f and we are giving another chance to Bay Bridge for Sir Michael Stoute.

A superstar for the yard over the last few years, winning four straight races in 2021 making a mockery of his handicap mark At Newbury and York off 90 and 105, he then finished that season at Newmarket when landing the Listed James Seymour Stakes by 1/2 a length from Majestic Dawn.

Back last term with bigger races on his plate he put in a unreal performance in the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes to beat Mostahdaf by five lengths, but then went to Royal Ascot and could not chase down State Of Rest from the front in the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes over 1m2f.

Running below par in the Group One Coral Eclipse at Sandown when fifth of six finishing four lengths behind the winner Vadeni, with Mishriff, Lord North and Native Trail just ahead of him.

He was not seen again until his final run of the season in October at Ascot over course and distance in the Group One Champion Stakes and under a superb ride by Richard Kingscote he went on to defeat Adayar, My Prospero and Baaeed in a race for the ages.

Back as a five year old this term he made his seasonal debut in the Group One Prix Ganay over at Longchamp on ground slower than he would of liked he finished a good third behind a mud lover.

Last seen at the Curragh when narrowly going down to Luxembourg in the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup, at his price we hope he can reverse the form having travelled like the best horse in the race last time out.

Trainer To Follow - Joseph O'Brien

Joseph O'Brien could have a good second day at Royal Ascot with plenty of chances up and down the card starting in Kensington Palace Fillies' Handicap and he has two big chances in Yerwanthere and Indian Wish who both should go close.

One of his best chances of the afternoon on Wednesday comes in the Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes over a mile and Jumbly making her second start for the yard is interesting.

O'Brien then sends three in the Group Two Queen's Vase with St Vincent's Garden, Etna Rosso and Nurburring all looking to outrun their odds at double figure prices.

The Irishman heads into the meeting sporting a strike rate of 24% for the last two weeks managing to land 12 winners from 51 runners.

Jockey To Follow - Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore has a nice book of rides on the second day of the royal meeting starting in the opener with french raider Balsam one of the most experienced in the field.

Moore then teams up with Sir Michael Stoute with Crystal Caprice in the Kensington Palace Fillies' Handicap with the filly rated 101.

One of his best chances of the day comes in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes with Jumbly having his second start for the yard having made a good debut.

Another nice chance for the nine time champion jockey at the Royal meeting is Luxembourg in the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes holding the leading form heading into the race.

In the competitive Royal Hunt Cup Moore rides the Ralph Beckett trained Sonny Liston who has been tried last season in Listed and Group races and now has his second start in a handicap.

He teams back up with Aidan O'Brien with Peking Opera in the Group Two Queen's vase and to finish the afternoon he rides for the same trainer on Johannes Brahms.

Moore heads into the meeting sporting a strike rate of 33% for the last fortnight, managing to land seven winners from 21 runners.