Royal Ascot Results 2020 – Day 2
The rain came just before racing started on Day Two of the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting, but it didn’t last too long, and the ground probably needed a bit of the wet stuff anyway.
With three winners after day one, jockey Jim Crowley would be looking to following that up as the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting moved into its second day on Wednesday 17th 2020.Get Royal Ascot Tips for Day 3
Royal Ascot Day Two – Wednesday 17th June 2020
The day’s feature contest was the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (3.00) – a race that last year’s King Edward VII Stakes winner – Japan – was bidding to add to his Royal Ascot haul. We also had some ultra-competitive handicaps, that included the Royal Hunt Cup (3.35), plus the Group Three Hampton Court Stakes.
1.15 – Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap (3yo+) 1m
|1st||Sir Busker||12/1||W J Knight||Oisin Murphy|
|2nd||Salayel||12/1||R Varian||Andrea Atzeni|
|3rd||Alternative Fact||9/1||E A L Dunlop||L Dettori|
|4th||Almufti||33/1||H Palmer||James Doyle|
We got going on day two of the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting with the Silver Hunt Cup – a consolation race for the horses that didn’t make it into the Royal Hunt Cup at 3:35. With 21 horses going to post it was always going to be a tricky race for punters to start with and that proved the case. We saw the well-touted pair of Maydanny and Ouzo being sent off as the joint 4/1 favourites but despite both running respectable race they could only manage 7th and 8th in the end.
However, backers didn’t have to look too much further down the betting to find the first three home. Salayel, who cut off much of the running did well to hold on for second, while each-way Frankie Dettori followers would have been paid out with his ride Alternative Fact filling third. But it was a late run from the William Knight-trained SIR BUSKER (12/1) that won the day in the end and gave top jockey Oisin Murphy his first winner of the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting. With 16+ runners and being a handicap then the bookmakers also pay out on their place terms on the fourth – Almufti.
1.50 – Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) (CLASS 1) (3yo) 1m2f
|1st||Russian Emperor||10/3||A P O’Brien||R L Moore|
|2nd||First Receiver||9/4 Fav||Sir Michael Stoute||L Dettori|
|3rd||Berlin Tango||4/1||A M Balding||Oisin Murphy|
A decent renewal of the Group Three Hampton Court Stakes, that saw the Queen’s First Receiver well-fancied and it was probably a combination of Frankie Dettori riding and being owned by the Queen that saw this one backed into 9/4 favourite. And the weight of support for the royal runner almost paid off after going down by just ½ a length at the line. The race looked to be going to the Andrew Balding-trained Berlin Tango, who led for much of the final few furlongs, but a late run from both First Receiver and the eventual winner – RUSSIAN EMPEROR (10/3) – overhauled Berlin Tango in the closing stages.
The winner provided trainer Aidan O’Brien with his fourth success in the race and his second in the last two years. It was also jockey, Ryan Moore’s fourth victory in the race, after recording wins in 2009, 2014 and 2018 too. Having run on so well over this 1m2f trip, then it would be no shock to see the winner being stepped up in trip as the season moves on.
2.25 – King George V Stakes (Handicap) (CLASS 2) (3yo 0-105) 1m4f
|1st||Hukum||12/1||Owen Burrows||Jim Crowley|
|2nd||Kipps||9/2Fav||H Morrison||David Probert|
|3rd||Subjectivist||22/1||M Johnston||R L Moore|
|4th||Group One Power||28/1||A M Balding||S De Sousa|
Jockey Jim Crowley stole the headlines on day one of the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting and it wasn’t long before his supporters were cheering again on day two. The former champion jockey was riding the Owen Burrows-trained HUKUM (12/1) in this 17-runner race and after just two runs was one of the least exposed runners in the field.
This 3 year-old looks a class above handicap company based on this run and it will be interesting to see where he heads next – this gave Crowley his fourth 2020 Royal Ascot winner and we are not even halfway through the second day! It was another blow for favourite backers too as the Hughie Morrison runner – Kipps – could only manage second. Jockey Ryan Moore got on the podium again as he steered home the Mark Johnston runner – Subjectivist – to take third, while Group One Power filled fourth.
3.00 – The Prince of Wales´s Stakes (Group 1) 1m2f
|1st||Lord North||5/1||J H M Gosden||James Doyle|
|2nd||Addeybb||7/2||W J Haggas||Tom Marquand|
|3rd||Barney Roy||8/1||C Appleby||W Buick|
Next up was the feature race on the day two 2020 Royal Ascot card as some classy middle-distance performers headed to post for the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. All eyes were on the Aidan O’Brien runner Japan here, who was last seen running fourth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last October. That was the best form in the race and he was also a Royal Ascot winner last season when taking the King Edward VII Stakes. Therefore, it was no shock to see him going off as the 6/4 favourite as O’Brien was eying his third win in this race.
However, Japan failed to reward his backers and could only manage fourth – well beaten in the end. It was left to the William Haggas runner – Addeybb and the one of the two John Gosden entries LORD NORTH (5/1) to fight things out, but when Lord North showed a cracking turn-of-foot to put 3 ¾ lengths between himself and the rest of the field there was only going to be one winner. This 4 year-old is yet another fast-improving middle distance performer for the yard and has now finished in the first two in 7 of his 8 turf starts. Barney Roy, for the ‘boys in blue’ of Godolphin took the bronze medal.
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3.35 – Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) 1m
|1st||Dark Vision||15/2||M Johnston||W Buick|
|2nd||Montatham||8/1||W J Haggas||Dane O’Neill|
|3rd||Pogo||25/1||C Hills||K Shoemark|
|4th||Vale Of Kent||22/1||M Johnston||J Fanning|
Another tough race for punters as 23 horses lined-up for the Royal Hunt Cup – and generally over the years it favoured horses that were drawn in double-figures. Before the race all the money came for the John Gosden-trained Lord Tennyson, who was sent off as the 6/1 favourite, but it turned out to be another good race for the bookmakers as the market leader could only manage 11th.
It was left for the Godolphin-owned DARK VISION (15/2) to come with a well-timed late run under jockey William Buick to win the £48k first prize. It provided popular trainer – Mark Johnston – with his first win in this race too. Montatham took second for the William Haggas yard, while last year’s winning yard of Charles Hills managed to grab third with Pogo. The icing on the cake, however, for the winning yard came as they also saddled the fourth home – Vale Of Kent.
4.10 – Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) (CLASS 1) (2yo) 5f
|1st||Tactical||7/2 Fav||A M Balding||James Doyle|
|2nd||Yazaman||20/1||W J Haggas||Tom Marquand|
|3rd||Muker||40/1||Phillip Makin||P Mulrennan|
It was a shame there was not a crowd present for this race as we had a Royal winner. Yes, the Queen’s TACTICAL (7/2) burst through the pack to improve on his debut third at Newmarket earlier this month and win in the style of a nice horse. Breeding suggests this horse will want further that this 5f trip in time, but he looks a lovely prospect for the Queen. It was also the first winning favourite on day two of the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting to give the backers a bit of respite. Second place was filled by Yazaman for the William Haggas yard, while Muker took third at 40/1 for former jockey Phillip Makin.
4.40 – Copper Horse Handicap (4yo+) 1m6f
|1st||Fujaira Prince||3/1 Fav||R Varian||Andrea Atzeni|
|2nd||Selino||8/1||J R Fanshawe||Oisin Murphy|
|3rd||Almania||12/1||D M Simcock||Jim Crowley|
We ended day two of the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting with another new race, but after a winning favourite in the previous race the backers were looking to end the afternoon on a high with the Roger Varian-trained FUJAIRA PRINCE (3/1) well supported before the race to be sent off as the 3/1 favourite.
This lightly-raced grey has only had six career runs and was running here off the back of a 362-day break. He was last seen running third in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at this meeting 12 months ago. But he got in here off the same mark, so it was clear that if fit he’d have every chance. That proved the case as he travelled well through the whole and looked the winner some way from home – he eventually got the job done by 3 ¾ lengths – a win that gave both trainer Roger Varian and jockey Andrea Atzeni their first winners of the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting. Selino ran on well to take second for the James Fanshawe yard, while third went to Almania for trainer David Simcock.