Royal Ascot Day Two

Royal Ascot 2024: Day Two Review

We will review an enthralling second day of action on Wednesday, whilst looking forward to the racing action to come on Ladies’ Day at Ascot.

The 2024 renewal of Royal Ascot is well and truly underway, and the second day of action at Ascot Racecourse on Wednesday afternoon was enthralling, and here we are going to take a look back at all seven races to have taken place on day two, before looking ahead to the racing to come on Ladies Day on the afternoon of Thursday 20th June 2024.

As with each day of the event, there was a spectacular Royal Procession that preceded all of the action to come on the track.

As previously mentioned, seven races took place on Wednesday, and they were as follows: The Queen Mary Stakes, the Queen’s Vase, the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes, the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, the Royal Hunt Cup, the Kensington Palace Stakes, and finally the Windsor Castle Stakes.

And, just like the day before, very few of the races on day two were won by the pre-race favourites. Only two were won by the horse that was seen as the most likely candidate to emerge victorious before the race got underway.

It was the Queen Mary Stakes that opened the action on Wednesday, and it was Leovanni, ridden by James Doyle, who came first place ahead of Gary Carroll’s Mighty Eriu and Hollie Doyle’s Maw Lam in second and third place respectively. Pre-race favourite Kassaya came in 12th in the end.

This was then followed by the Queen’s Vase, and it was the pre-race favourite who would come out on top in this enthralling contest. Ryan Moore, onboard Illinois, came away victorious after managing to fend off stern competition from the likes of Highbury and Birdman, who had to settle for a second and third place finish respectively.

The third race on Wednesday was the 2024 edition of the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes. Running Lion, trained by John & Thady Gosden and ridden by Jockey Oisin Murphy was victorious, with Laurel and Doom coming in second and third place. Pre-race favourite Rogue Millennium came in 5thplace overall.

Then came this year’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, which, in the end, was won by the pre-race favourite Auguste Rodin, with the Aidan O’Brien trained horse being ridden to a superb victory by Jockey Ryan Moore. Maxime Guyon’s Zarakem and Mickael Barzalona’s Horizon Dore came in second and third place respectively to round off the top three.

This was then followed by the prestigious Royal Hunt Cup, the third to last race of the second day of Royal Ascot 2024. Wild Tiger, ridden by Oisin Murphy, came across the line in first place, with Sonny Liston, Perotto, and Daysofourlives coming in second, third, and fourth place respectively. The pre-race favourite Crack Shot came in 17th place.

The 2024 Kensington Palace Stakes was the penultimate race to take place on Wednesday afternoon, and it was Doha, ridden by Jockey Hector Crouch, who came out on top in the end. Pre-race favourite Hopeful had to settle for a second place finish, whilst Victoria Falls and Rowayeh came in third and fourth overall.

Then came the Windsor Castle Stakes, the final race of the second day of Royal Ascot 2024. Jamie Spencer’s Ain’t Nobody won it, and he managed to fend off the competition from runner-up Gabaldon and Aviation Time in third place.

We now move on to looking ahead to the enthralling action to come on Ladies Day on the afternoon of Thursday 20th June 2024.

The following seven races will be taking place: The Norfolk Stakes (14:30), the King George V Stakes (15:05), the Ribblesdale Stakes (15:45), the Ascot Gold Cup (16:25), the Britannia Stakes (17:05), the Hampton Court Stakes (17:40), and finally the Buckingham Palace Stakes (18:15), which rounds off the action for the day.

The Ascot Gold Cup is most certainly the race that stands out most from the action to come on Thursday, with the winner set to take home prize money worth no less than an incredible £500,000. In 2023, it was won by Frankie Dettori, who led Courage Mon Ami to victory ahead of some stern competition from runner-up Coltrane (ridden by Oisin Murphy) and Subjectivist (ridden by Joe Fanning) in third place.

Speaking of Coltrane, Coltrane is set to take part once again in 2024 and will be looking to go one better and win this year’s Ascot Gold Cup.

With only a few more days of the 2024 renewal of the iconic Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse left, excitement, and anticipation are certainly on the rise amongst horse racing fans.

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