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Norfolk Stakes - Royal Ascot 2017


Published on: 22/06/2017

Norfolk Stakes - Royal Ascot 2017

June 22, 2016 14:30pm - Ascot, Berkshire

Royal Ascot 2017

Category: Group 2, Class 1

Distance: 5f

Going: Good to firm

Runners: 18

Winner: £ 56,710.00

Day three of Royal Ascot kicks off with the Norfolk Stakes, a Group 2 race open to two-year-olds. The Mark Johnston-trained Cardsharp is one of the most experienced in the field and has performed well against some quality opposition. The trainer does has previous in this race having guided Russian Valour to victory way back in 2003. Given his credentials, he looks a decent price at 14/1.

American trainer Wesley Ward bagged a more recent winner here when No Nay Never posted a second-ever fastest time in this event back in 2013. His entry Mcerin was third when favourite last time out but can be expected to improve on this surface.

Havana Grey has shown some stunning pace in previous outings at Ayr and Sandown, the latter against a decent looking field including Windsor Castle Stakes winner Sound And Silence and fellow competitor here Frozen Angel. He has progressed well in every race and will enjoy the conditions here.

Frozen Angel was a length back in that race at Sandown and may have done better with a smoother run. And for that reason many may feel tempted to back Tom Dascombe`s runner to exact revenge this time out. His course and distance knowledge could also work in his favour.

Betting odds and tips

Despite Frozen Angel`s credentials, Havana Grey just gets the pick with Cardsharp marked as an each-way contender.

You can back Havana Grey at a best price of 10/1 with Bet365, while Cardsharp is on offer at 14/1 with the same bookmaker.

Remember, Bet365 are offering guaranteed best odds on all Royal Ascot races and a 100% deposit bonus up to £200 for new accounts.

Norfolk Stakes - Last three years:

2014: Baitha Alga - Frankie Dettori (Richard Hannon Jr.)

2015: Waterloo Bridge - Ryan Moore (Aidan O`Brien)

2016: Prince of Lir - Luke Morris (Robert Cowell)

By Neil Morris

Published on: 22/06/2017

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (22/06/2017 09:02:50) but are subject to change.