Royal Ascot Thursday : Firm paying out 6 places on Britannia Stakes as Estimate takes Gold Cup centre stage

Its the Royal Ascot Gold Cup, Norfolk Stakes, Ribblesdale Stakes as Paddy Power report free bets and a new racing offer for punters for Day Three.

The popular Dublin based firm are paying out 6 places on the Britannia Stakes at 16:25, where other firms are only paying out 4 and 5 places, which is welcomed by savvy racing punters on a tough looking card at Royal Ascot Thursday.

Day three of Royal Ascot is of course Ladies’ Day and many eyes will be on the dresses and hats in the grandstand, but that isn’t to say their isn’t some top quality action taking place on the turf.

Royal Ascot Day Three: Paddy Power Free Bets Offer

Its Day 3 at Royal Ascot as Paddy Power release a free bet offer worth £250/€250 to customers to spend on any race, while the firm is also offering 6 places each way on the Britannia Stakes at 16:25! – claim here!

We will see six races get underway on Thursday and there is no doubt that the Gold Cup is the pick of them. The Norfolk Stakes, Ribblesdale Stakes, Britannia Stakes, Tercentenary Stakes and King George V Stakes will also take place – so it is an action-packed few hours at this famous festival.

There is nowhere else to start other than the Gold Cup though and this encounter that is all about the stayers is run over a distance of two miles and four furlongs. It is Britain’s most famous race for those that run over a longer distance and the field looks to be full of quality right now.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Estimate is being tipped as the current favourite at 11/2 and after an impressive win over two miles at Ascot last month, she looks to be the one to beat.

It is now three wins in her last five races and the other two encounters have seen Estimate finish in third, so she is sure to be involved come the closing stages.

The famous Rite Of Passage was the favourite leading up to this encounter, but has moved to 13/2 now, which some might see as good value.

We last saw this gelding at Ascot in October 2012 and he managed to win that one. This will only be his third run since May 2011, so it is safe to say he is lightly raced. Rite Of Passage won the Gold Cup back in 2010 though, so he can’t be written off.

There are then a number of contenders in the shape of Simenon (7/1), Saddlers Rock (8/1), as well as High Jinx and Times Up, who are both at 10/1.

A horse that might be good each-way value is Colour Vision, who won this race last year of course. El Salvador might be another good bet at 25/1 for the O’Brien team of Aidan and Jospeh.

The opening race of the day is the Norfolk Stakes, which is run over just five furlongs, so we start off with a sprint.

This could be one of the closest races of the day and Coach House is the current 3/1 favourite. The horse has the trainer/jockey pairing of Aidan and Joseph O’Brien and has two wins to his name this campaign.

No Nay Never, Coulsty and Saayerr are being offered between 5/1 and 15/2, so could be in contention. However, the favourite looks tough to beat here.

The Ribblesdale Stakes follows the Norfolk Stakes and this is where the three-year-old fillies take centre stage. This is a one mile, four furlong contest and is all set to be another close race.

Alive Alive Oh is the 11/4 favourite, but there could be some good value in The Lark at 9/2, who ran well at the Epsom Oaks last time out.

Other horses sure to be involved include Winsili at 5/1 and Just Pretending at 11/1.

The Britannia Stakes follows this one and this is a bit of a lottery with 30 runners entered at this stage. It is a one mile race and it is a race that might be worth finding some each-way value.

Wentworth will be tough to beat at 5/1, but Sea Shanty at 16/1 and Fehaydi at 25/1 could be ones to watch.

The Tercentenary Stakes and King George V Stakes finish off what is sure to be an enthralling day three at Royal Ascot.

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