Royal Ascot: two big weeks for the two-year-olds

Bet on any of these unraced two-year-olds to win any race at Royal Ascot this year!

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The news that Royal Ascot is going ahead is extremely welcome, but it does pose one or two important questions. Not least about the fate of this young crop of two-year-olds. The juvenile races at Royal Ascot this year will certainly feature a different dimension.

Many horses will be going to Ascot first time out. The season has not even started yet and trainers are in a quandary. Do they try and get a run into their horse before Royal Ascot? If they do, will two runs in quick succession prove too much?

It will be interesting to see the different tactics the trainers take. If you remember, 2018’s Coventry winner Calyx ran on the 9th June and then again on 19th. So, there is certainly still time for the right types to do it.

We spoke to ten-time Royal Ascot winner Wesley Ward for our upcoming printed Fitzdares Times, an interview we will publish online on the week of Ascot. He was holding his cards very close to his chest regarding his young sprinters. However, we anticipate that he will still be sending over a few runners for the two-year-old races, some of which he hinted would run in the next week. Check the entries at Gulfstream, I would!

Looking ahead to Royal Ascot, there are five races for this batch. The Coventry (6f, colts), Norfolk (5f, colts), Albany (6f, fillies), Queen Mary (5f, fillies) and the Chesham (7f, colts & fillies). The mighty Pinatubo, who runs in next week’s 2,000 Guineas as favourite, won the Chesham last year. Perhaps we will see another superstar, and more importantly, perhaps you might find him below!

With it being so hard to know which two-year-olds are going for which races this year, we have priced up this intriguing market: To win at Royal Ascot.

Basically, it does not matter what race they go for, as long as they win. See the prices here. Win only. Antepost rules apply. Here are a few that have caught my eye:

The Hulk (20/1), trained by Michael Bell for the same owners as last year’s promising two-year-old Maxi Boy.

Golden Bear (25/1), trained by last year’s Royal Ascot winning trainer Charlie Fellowes. His sole entry amongst the two-year-old races.

Virginia Place (16/1), trained by John Quinn, who came so close last year with Liberty Beach.

Lockdown (10/1), trained by Hugo Palmer. There certainly wouldn’t be a more appropriately named Royal Ascot winner in history!

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