The Group 3 Jersey Stakes is the first race on the second day of Royal Ascot and we have got free horse racing betting tips.
It sees three-year-old's who usually haven't quite got the one mile trip in the Guineas drop down to seven furlongs and often attracts a large and competitive field.
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Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips 2.30pm – Jersey Stakes.
Heading the betting is the Richard Hannon-trained Ivawood. He was a top-class two-year-old last campaign winning his first three races and then being beaten in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on unsuitably soft ground. This year, however, he hasn't become the colt many thought he would and on his three starts, Ivawood hasn't found himself in the winner's enclosure. He ran sub-par in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury on seasonal reappearance when conditions were ideal, but, ran very respectably in both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas, finishing third to Gleneagles on both occasions. Based on pedigree, the son of Zebedee's stamina may have been slightly overstretched at one mile against the best and connections see no point in re-opposing Gleneagles in the St. James' Palace Stakes. Conditions should be ideal back at seven furlongs, but, at the prices he is difficult to back for our Royal Ascot day 2 tip. There's no doubt he has the strongest form of the field, but, looks a little too short.
Hannon also enters Kool Kompany and the plan was always to go for this race following an average effort in the 2000 Guineas. He took the Group 2 Railway Stakes at Curragh and the Group 2 Prix Robert Patin as a juvenile and also made all to win the Group 3 Craven Stakes on his first start of the term at Newmarket in April. However, Richard Hughes has chosen to ride Ivawood and it's likely Kool Kompany will not be allowed to dictate from the front as easily as he did in the Craven.
Muhaarar was the conqueror of Ivawood in the Greenham and the pair could lock horns once again. Charlie Hills' charge was impressive winning a strong 2000 Guineas trial when seeing the trip out with minimal fuss, but, ran well below his best in the French 2000 Guineas. Dropping back in class should suit the son of Oasis Dream, but, the French Guineas was a gruelling contest and one questions how much it has took out of him.
Hills too runs DUTCH CONNECTION who looks a sound each-way bet for the Jersey Stakes. The son of Dutch Art looked to have a decent future ahead of him when clinching a Class 2 at Goodwood and the Group 3 Ascomb Stakes at York last year. I was at York that day and he travelled beautifully throughout the race to win with some still in hand and then finished a bold third in the Group 1 Vincent O'Brien Stakes at Curragh behind Gleneagles last year. His first start of this season came in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and arguably outran his 25/1 price by finishing seventh. However, that was after a lengthy lay-off and he should come on plenty from the run after blowing out the winter cobwebs and also relish the drop down to seven furlongs.
Sir Isaac Newton was a leading Derby contender this year after being gunned down by Dermot Weld's classy Zuwraq on his racecourse debut at Leopardstown last October. He entered a Chester maiden this campaign a very short-priced favourite, however, could not justify odds of 1/6 and his effort was significantly underwhelming and could just manage second. However, Aidan O'Brien's charge soon bounced back by clinching a Gowran Park maiden with minimal fuss and seemed to appreciate the seven-furlong trip. O'Brien's runners can never be rejected but based on pedigree, he will likely want further as time progresses. He's sired by Galileo, out of Shastye and is a full brother to former Epsom Oaks second Secret Gesture which suggests that this distance could prove too sharp.
Ivawood is certainly the form horse in this contest and will take a lot of beating. However, he offers little value and Dutch Connection should be in the places.
Jersey Stakes Betting Tip
Dutch Connection (each-way) – best odds 18/1 with Paddy Power.
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