Royal Ascot 2024: Day Three Review

The third day of this year’s racing at Royal Ascot was enthralling, and here we will review Thursday’s action whilst also looking ahead at the final two days at Ascot Racecourse.

Thursday 20th June 2024 was the third day of Royal Ascot 2024, and over the course of that day, some enthralling action took place in the seven races that took to the track at Ascot Racecourse across that Thursday afternoon. Here, we will review the action, whilst also looking ahead to what is to come on Day Four and Day Five of this year’s Royal Ascot.

The seven races that took place on Day Three were as follows: The Norfolk Stakes, the King George V Stakes, the Ribblesdale Stakes, the highly coveted and prestigious Ascot Gold Cup, the Britannia Stakes, the Hampton Court Stakes, and finally the Buckingham Palace Stakes.

In the opening race on Thursday, it was James Doyle who managed to ride Shareholder to victory in the Norfolk Stakes ahead of runner-up Tropical Storm and Arizona Blaze in third place. The pre-race favourite, Whistlejacket, came in 4th place in the end.

The 2024 King George V Stakes then followed, and the favourite once again failed to come out on top. Gilded Water had been seen as the leading contender to win this race, only to come in 12th in the end. Instead, it was Rossa Ryan’s Going The Distance who came out on top, ahead of runner-up Neski Sherelski, third place Go Daddy, and Fouroneohfever in fourth.

Race Three on Thursday was the latest running of the Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot, and this year’s winner was Ryan Moore’s Port Fairy, who was able to fend off some stern competition coming from the likes of Lava Stream and pre-race favourite Kalpana, who came in second and third place respectively in the end.

Then came the highly prestigious, historic, and iconic Ascot Gold Cup for its 2024 renewal. The winner of it on this occasion was the pre-race favourite Kyprios, who was ridden to this famous victory by Ryan Moore, with Aidan O’Brien as trainer. Trawlerman and Sweet William had to settle for a second and third place finish respectively overall.

Then came race five, which was the Britannia Stakes. Mickley, trained by Edward Bethell and ridden by Jockey Callum Rodriguez, came away from this race as this year’s winner, with Skukuza, Native Warrior, and Mission To Moon rounding off the top four.

The penultimate race of the day on Thursday 20th June was the Hampton Court Stakes. The pre-race favourite, William Buick’s King’s Gambit, came in second place, whilst it was Sean Levey’s Jayarebe who came out on top in first place. It was Oisin Murphy’s Bellum Justum who rounded off the top three in third place.

Then, it was the 2024 Buckingham Palace Stakes that rounded off the action on day three, and it was the pre-race favourite, James Doyle’s English Oak, who won the race ahead of runner-up Billjoh, as well as Pat Dobbs’ Carrytheone and Jim Crowley’s Mostabshir, who indeed had to settle for a second and third place finish in the end respectively.

All eyes will now be on the action to come at Ascot Racecourse on the fourth and penultimate day of action at Royal Ascot 2024 on Friday 21st June 2024.

There will, of course, be seven more races, and they will be as follows: The Albany Stakes (14:30), the Commonwealth Cup (15:05), the Coronation Stakes (15:45), the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (16:25), the Sandringham Stakes (17:05), the King Edward VII Stakes (17:40) and finally the 18:15 Palace Of Holyrood House Stakes.

The fifth and final day of action at Royal Ascot 2024 will then arrive on Saturday 22nd June 2024, and the following races will be the final seven to take place at this year’s event, and they are as follows: The Chesham Stakes (14:30), the Hardwicke Stakes (15:05), the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes (15:45), the Jersey Stakes (16:25), the Wokingham Stakes (17:05), the Golden Gates Stakes (17:40) and finally the 2024 Queen Alexandra Stakes at 18:15 to finish off the action at Royal Ascot 2024 on Saturday evening.

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