Royal Ascot Thursday Betting Tips – Two to Back in Ribblesdale Stakes

Ascot Betting Tips · Thursday, 17th Jun 2021 - 15:05

These are our Royal Ascot Thursday betting tips from the supporting card on Ladies Day. Away from the Gold Cup, there are two Group races for three-year-olds of interest. These are the Hampton Court Stakes and Ribblesdale Stakes for fillies. Both middle-distance events could set horses up for bigger and better things later in the season, so read on and find out who the fancies are…

Royal Ascot Thursday betting tips – One Ruler the Hampton Court choice

In the 1m 2f Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes, ONE RULER could find the trip, halfway between two Classics he ran in, his optimum. This Godolphin runner beat St James’s Palace fourth Maximal at Sandown on his second start as a juvenile and went on to score in this grade at Newmarket last autumn.

After chasing home subsequent Irish 2000 Guineas hero Mac Swiney at the highest level in the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster, One Ruler ran sixth in the English equivalent. This Dubawi colt was only beaten five lengths into sixth with the winner Poetic Flare since confirming the form with the third and fifth home, Lucky Vega and Chindit.

One Ruler didn’t get the trip in The Derby on Epsom Downs, so dropping back in distance and down in grade makes sense. He does have a penalty in this for his Autumn Stakes success last season. That’s not ideal, but any forecast rain should help his cause. It may also result in William Haggas inmate Mohaafeth coming out of the race.

In anticipation of that, the standout 6/1 with Bet365 about One Ruler probably won’t last. While trainer Charlie Appleby also runs Secret Protector, Godolphin’s retainer rider William Buick still sticks with One Ruler. That may be a tip in itself. In an open renewal of the Hampton Court, One Ruler could get his head back in front.

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Ribblesdale Stakes betting tips – Noon Star could go one better

For the 1m 4f Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes (15:40), our Royal Asco Thursday betting tips have fancies at the head of the betting and an outsider to back each-way. Dealing with the former first, NOON STAR has seen the Musidora Stakes form advertised in spades since. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute for Juddmonte, she is bred in the purple as a daughter of Galileo out of Midday.

Noon Star took a Nottingham maiden on her second and final start as a juvenile, and the fact that she got 10 furlongs last autumn strongly suggests going up in trip will suit her. After making a winning return at Wetherby, she went to York’s Dante Festival in search of black type. She got that when chasing home Snowfall in the Group 3 Musidora.

The winner has since won The Oaks at Epsom, so that reads well in the context of this. Mystery Angel, who finished behind Noon Star in fourth, also improved to chase home Snowfall in the fillies’ Classic. That makes the form look really strong. James Doyle now takes the ride on Noon Star for the first time here.

There is plenty of value in odds of 11/4 with 888sport about her chances here. This is easier than taking on a subsequent 16-length Classic winner. Noon Star does have any number of dangers to worry about as there are other potential improvers in the Ribblesdale field.

Nicest overpriced and the each-way punt

At mega odds, NICEST is another bred to appreciate going up in trip. Trained in Ireland by Donnacha O’Brien, this American Pharoah filly won first time out as a juvenile and then ran into Epsom Oaks third Divinely, who re-opposes here, in a Group 3 ran on heavy ground.

Although only fifth that day and then not handling the unique track at Chester well on her reappearance during the May Festival, there was some promise in the way Nicest shaped last time out. She ran fourth to Reve De Vol in a Listed affair at The Curragh, but the way she finished the race off suggests going back up in trip should suit her.

As Nicest was only beaten just over a length that day after keeping on well late on, she may benefit from the extra couple of furlongs. Her dam landed the Irish Oaks, so the pedigree also gives encouragement. Massive odds of 50/1 with BetVictor about Nicest look worth a speculative each-way bet, especially with that bookmaker paying four places.

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