Royal Ascot 2023: Day 2 Betting News and Big Race Previews

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Royal Ascot 2023: Day 2 Betting News and Big Race Previews

Day 2 of the 2023 Royal Ascot meeting features a host of top-class races including the eagerly anticipated Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

A small but select field of six runners will go to post for the prestigious ten-furlong event which was won by State of Rest last year.

We have scoured the top horse racing betting sites to find the best value odds for the big race and two other Group 2 events on the same day.


  • Luxembourg will be tough to beat.
  • Gosdens eyeing Duke of Cambridge success.
  • Peking Opera a likely type for the Queen’s Vase.

Big Guns Set for Prince of Wales’s Clash

A minor setback has forced last year’s Derby winner Desert Crown to miss the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, but the race should still be a cracker.

Adayar, Bay Bridge and Luxembourg are the standout names in the line-up and there are form lines linking them which could help to unravel the puzzle.

Luxembourg was an all-the-way winner from Bay Bridge in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on his most recent outing and has since produced some sparkling workouts.

With Bay Bridge beating Adayar in the Champion Stakes at Ascot last season, the odds of 5/2 on Luxembourg on several new betting sites will attract plenty of interest from punters.

Grande Dame Could Shine in the Duke of Cambridge

Training duo John and Thady Gosden have withdrawn Laurel from the Duke of Cambridge Stakes after she sustained a minor injury over the weekend.

However, they have an able deputy in Grande Dame, who looks a tempting each-way proposition at odds of 10/1 with Rhino Bet.

She finished third behind Fonteyn and Laurel in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes on her last run and would have been closer to the front two with a clearer passage.

Jumbly and Prosperous Voyage are both expected to run well on Wednesday, but Grande Dame has the ability to finish in the money.

Peking Opera Aiming to Strike a Chord in the Queen’s Vase

Peking Opera ended his two-year-old campaign with an impressive victory in a one-mile Leopardstown maiden that has since produced several winners.

Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo colt continued in the same vein on his seasonal reappearance with an eye-catching success in a Listed event at Naas.

Stable connections suggested after the race that the Queen’s Vase would probably be next on the agenda rather than a tilt at the Epsom Derby.

Odds of around 7/1 on UK betting apps look good value given that O’Brien is attempting to equal Henry Cecil’s record of eight victories in the race.

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