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ROYAL ASCOT | Three Value Picks to consider for Day 3

An unbeaten colt, an Oaks runner and a progressing handicapper make up the trio of selections for the third day of Royal Ascot

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We’ve hit the halfway point of Royal Ascot, as Gold Cup day is up next on the five-day schedule in Berkshire.

The seven-race card gets underway with the Norfolk Stakes at 2.30 and concludes with the Buckingham Palace Stakes at 6.10, with the feature race scheduled for 4.15.

Our team have taken a look through the bumper fields and have picked out a few selections that could outrun their price tags on Thursday.

Here are our three value picks to consider for day three of Royal Ascot.

Second Wind – 2.30 Ascot (12/1 – Various)

An unbeaten two-year-old colt hailing from William Haggas’ yard, Second Wind could have more to offer when making the step up to Group company in the Norfolk Stakes.

The son of Kodiac has claimed two victories over the minimum distance and he dealt with a penalty with relative ease last time out.

William Haggas
William Haggas holds a smart two-year-old colt in Second Wind

His front-running style could be too much to handle for some and does hold each-way claims at a decent price of 12/1.

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Dubai Fountain – 3.40 Ascot (11/1 – Ladbrokes)

After disappointing in the Oaks at the beginning of the month, Dubai Fountain has a chance to redeem herself for Mark Johnston in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

The three-year-old had shown some promise when winning the Listed Cheshire Oaks last month, justifying favouritism to win by a length. 

Dubai Fountain
Dubai Fountain will be hoping to return to form at Royal Ascot

This is a less daunting assignment for the filly and she could well bounce back at the first attempt here.

Soapy Stevens – 5.35 Ascot (22/1 – Boylesport)

Another representative of Mark Johnston’s yard, Soapy Stevens holds a huge price tag in the King George V Stakes.

The gelding has made a rapid rise in the ratings as of late, jumping up 12lbs after two successes in handicaps in the last three weeks.

The three-year-old has shown his versatility in terms of ground and distance and he could well have more to offer in this company. 

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