Day Two of the Royal Meeting at Ascot was billed as the day that the tipster league starts to hot up. It was billed as the day where we would separate the men from the boys, the cream would rise to the top and tipster league champions would slowly emerge. It did look like the latter would happen but after two weird races it is still all to play for! Here is how we scored.
Before we dive in, I can confirm that both The Fox and Square Leg both failed to pick up a point in the tipster league at all so stay on 6 points overall. Anyway, here is how everyone else got on.
3:05pm – The Queen Mary Stakes
1) Heartache (5/1)
2) Happy Like A Fool (10/11 F)
3) Out of The Flames (14/1)
This race was a big one in terms of the league. Seven out of ten competitors picked the favourite Happy Like a Fool and only 3 of them collected points for the favourite placing. A well earned 1 point went to Bacon & Sweet Prince who foresaw the favourite just coming up short. There was 3 points for The Gee Gee Girls who were one of the three who didn’t pick the favourite but correctly tipped Heartache. The big winners were On The Outside who picked Heartache each way and the favourite to win meaning they had the reversed forecast so scored 4 points for the result.
4:20pm – The Prince of Wales’ Stakes
1) Highland Reel (9/4)
2) Decorated Knight (10/1)
3) Ulysses (9/2)
In what was a low scoring day on the whole the tipsters were spread with opinions going into this one. There were 3 points for Highland Reel for Sweet Prince, Bacon and The Press Officer. Four competitors scored 1 point for picking one of the placers with On The Outside and On Blast siding with Decorated Knight and Mr & Mrs Severn Sport and The Bear siding with Ulysses. This set us up for a massive final race of the day.
5:00pm – The Royal Hunt Cup
1) Zhui Feng (25/1)
2) Blair House (16/1)
3) Tashweeq (66/1)
4) Ballet Concerto (20/1)
To cap a horrendous day for some of our tipsters only two competitors scored points. Both The Press Officer and The Gee Gee Girls scored 1 point for Ballet Concerto getting a place. It was desperation for everyone else.
So let’s see how the table is shaping up after day two:
As you can see the four biggest movers are The Gee Gee Girls who have gone from 10th to 7th, The Press Officer who has gone from 8th to 6th as well as Sweet Prince and Bacon who leapfrogged The Bear to fill the top four spots with the unchanged top two, On The Outside and Mr & Mrs Severn Sport. A bad day at the office for the bottom three sees Square Leg, The Fox and On Blast flailing in the rear.
How will everyone fare on day three? We will find out tomorrow, but here are the all important races for day three:
2:30pm – The Norfolk Stakes
3:40pm – The Ribblesdale Stakes
4:20pm – The Gold Cup
We will see you in the morning for day three. A day which may not decide who will win the league but will give us an idea as to who will need a miracle to take the crown.