Thursday’s Racing Tips: Gosden to the fore on day three at Royal Ascot

 | Wednesday 19th June 2024, 18:20pm

Wednesday 19th June 2024, 18:20pm

Ascot Racecourse 2

Flat racing holds sway across Britain and Ireland on Thursday with six meetings taking place across the afternoon and into the evening. First off is Ripon before they go to Chelmsford, Royal Ascot, Leopardstown, Wolverhampton and Lingfield.

Amongst my Thursday racing tips are a pair for training duo John & Thady Gosden who look set to have a fantastic day at the Berkshire venue if things fall right.

Thursday Racing Tips - June 20

  • 14:30 Royal Ascot - Moving Force @ 25/1
  • 15:45 Royal Ascot - Queens Fort @ 22/1
  • 16:25 Royal Ascot - Gregory @ 6/1

Horse Racing Odds

14:30 Royal Ascot - Moving Force @ 25/1

The Norfolk has thrown up surprise winners in recent years with Perfect Power (14/1) winning in 2021, The Ridler (50/1) in 2022 and Valiant Force (150/1) last year, so it can pay to steer away from those at the head of the market in the Group 2 juvenile sprint.

Responsible for two of the last three winners of the contest, Richard Fahey has another very live outsider this year courtesy of MOVING FORCE, with Oisin Orr booked for the job.

The son of Mehmas made a winning debut over 5f at Beverley last month, doing his best work at the finish which would suggest this track will play to his strengths.

Moving Force was beaten a short-head by the reopposing Shareholder at Beverley this month but had to give the winner 7lb on the day. Now facing each other off level weights, he is taken to reverse that form on his way to big run in the day three opener.

This is an Extra Place race meaning that Betfred are paying four places instead of three at 1/5 odds.

Moving Force to win 14.30 Ascot at 25-1

15:45 Royal Ascot - Queens Fort @ 22/1

Team Gosden have won the Ribblesdale four times since 2017 and will throw three darts at this year's renewal. Of the trio, QUEENS FORT might be the one to side with despite being a bigger  price than her stablemates, Danille and Siyola.

Closely related to March Moon, who is from the family of Oaks and Irish Oaks winner Sariska, the daughter of Galileo stepped up on her debut Ascot fourth over 1m2f when scoring in a 1m4f Lingfield maiden this month.

Obviously she has to step up a lot from that performance to play a part here, but she's a raw filly who is open to a lot of improvement and there's no doubt we haven't seen close to the best of her yet.

This is an Extra Place race meaning that Betfred are paying four places instead of three at 1/5 odds.

Queens Fort to win 15.45 Ascot at 22-1

16:25 Royal Ascot - Gregory @ 6/1

Kyprios is a strong favourite for the Ascot Gold Cup but Ryan Moore is going to have to time his run to perfection as he idles these days when he hits the front.

With that in mind a chance is taken on Team Gosden to come up trumps again with GREGORY, who seems to be crying out for this step up in distance.

Last year's Queen's Vase winner disappointed in the Great Voltigeur and the St Leger after his Royal Ascot heroics, but he made a very pleasing reappearance when third in the Yorkshire Cup last month.

This has been the sole target for Gregory and if he does see out the trip he might take some beating.

Gregory to win 16.25 Ascot at 6-1

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