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Royal Ascot - Horse Racing: Day Three Preview

The middle afternoon of five at Royal Ascot and it's all about the Gold Cup, the centrepiece of this great meeting.

Will Stradivarius and Frankie Dettori be able to seal a record-equally fourth win in the big race?

Here's our preview of day three of Royal Ascot, which you can watch via our Sports Live Streaming platform.

What: Royal Ascot Day Three

Where: Ascot, Berkshire

When: 14:30 to 18:10

How to watch: Sports Live Streaming, ITV and Sky Sports Racing

14:30 - Norfolk Stakes (Group 2, 5f)

This should be an ideal test for The Antarctic - a brother to the speed-ball Battaash - and he's quickly won both starts in Ireland for Aidan O'Brien.

He's amongst the leading contenders and is 2/1 in the betting for Ryan Moore. Walbank, trading at 5/2, was runner up over course and distance on debut for David Loughnane and has since run out an emphatic winner at York.

Michael Bell's Brave Nation had lots to spare at Doncaster last time and represents a trainer who won this in 2020 - he's 8/1 to go in again.

Crispy Cat was inched out in the National Stakes at Sandown last month and is 12/1 to make amends for Irish trainer Michael O'Callaghan in a wide open Norfolk Stakes.

15:05 - King George V Stakes (Heritage Handicap, 1m4f)

Mandobi is 9/1 to make it 3-3 this season for William Haggas and he goes into handicaps off a mark of 95.

There's lots of depth to this and Irish eyes could be smiling if 12/1 Yashin can score for Jessica Harrington. The Churchill gelding seemed to score with something up his sleeve last time at Navan and could have more to come.

Newfoundland represents Aidan O'Brien at 6/1, while other key players look to include Israr for the Gosdens and Secret State for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby.

15:40 - Ribblesdale Stakes (Fillies' Group 2, 1m4f)

Sea Silk Road is 13/8 to maintain her unbeaten record on grass. She took the step up into Listed company at Goodwood last month over a mile and a quarter and powered home between horses late on for a decisive win. This longer trip should prove to her liking.

Magical Lagoon was only inched out by Concert Hall at Navan on her comeback in April, the winner twice going well since in Group 1 company and the third, Cairde Go Deo, bagging a brace of Listed wins in Ireland. Jessica Harrington's daughter of Galileo must be a player.

History was well held in the Irish 1000 Guineas but could bounce back for Ballydoyle, while 10/3 chance Life Of Dreams won well at Newbury on debut and then finished second to Oaks bridesmaid Emily Upjohn in the Musidora at York.

She's open to doing better for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby.

16:20 - Gold Cup (Group 1, 2m4f)

The centrepiece of the Royal Ascot crown. A field of ten were declared, but Alan King decided to take Trueshan out on Thursday morning due to fears over the ground.

Kyprios is now 13/8 for Aidan O'Brien despite stepping up markedly in trip, while last year's second Princess Zoe is 8/1 to go one spot better for the inimitable Tony Mullins.

Burning Victory for Willie Mullins and Nigel Twiston-Davies' Earlofthecotswolds ensure the National Hunt ranks are well represented.

This, though, is a race set to revolve around Stradivarius and he's 9/4 to equal Yeats' record of four Gold Cup wins.

He was well held last year but he was back in business at York last month and Frankie Dettori will be at his most determined to atone for 12 months ago.

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17:00 - Britannia Stakes Heritage Handicap (1m)

Real World proved himself a 'group horse in a handicap' when stylishly winning the Hunt Cup a year ago and plenty will be forecasting a similar display from unbeaten Godolphin colt King Of Time now.

He made a winning turf debut at Newmarket in April and while he's 7lb higher in a tougher race now, he looks more than useful and is 9/2 to carry on his winning sequence.

Yonafis is another with three wins from three starts, all of them on synthetic surfaces, and that man Haggas will be hoping the 12/1 chance can show up well on turf bow.

With Whoputfiftyinyou having also won each of his four starts for Clive Cox so far, there are a trio of perfect records going on the line.

17:35 - Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3, 1m2f)

If there's to be a Royal winner this week then it looks extremely likely that Reach For The Moon will provide it.

John and Thady Gosden's colt had lots of good form last season, including the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown, and his runner-up effort behind My Prospero at the Esher venue in last month's Heron Stakes was a positive effort.

Dettori will be ever-so keen to provide Her Majesty with a winner this week and 8/13 Reach For The Moon holds the ace-hand here.

18:10 - Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap, 7f)

A packed field will bring down the curtain on day three, with 29 set to contest the Buckingham Palace Stakes. The Royal colours are right in the mix again with 12/1 Tactical - winner of the Group 2 July Stakes in 2020 and he was also a course winner here that summer.

The unbeaten Montassib made it three from three when starting off in handicaps with a convincing win at Goodwood last month over this trip. He's at home on any ground and 11/2 to maintain his perfect record.

Al Rufaa lost his way to some degree last summer, but remains relatively low-mileage and he was second in a Southwell Conditions race in March.

A further revival is possible for the 16/1 chance, who can get plenty of cover in a field such as this.

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