Thursday ITV Racing tips: Best bets for day three of Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot isn't just about Pimm's and Royal processions, it's about payouts. Let Planet Sport guide you in the way of a few. We have tips for all seven races live on ITV Racing on Thursday, June 16.

14.30 Ascot - Walbank

The highly regarded Walbank was top lop lot at the Craven Breeze Up Sale where he was purchased for a cool 525,000 guineas.

He quickly proved his worth with a runaway seven lengths victory for David Loughnane in a York Novice Stakes in late May.

With plenty of running speed this two-year-old Amp Racing Kodiac colt isn't quite a banker but looks a very serious proposition in the five furlongs Norfolk Stakes.

15.05 Ascot - Newfoundland

A full brother to Aidan O'Brien's wonderful late filly Snowfall, this well-bred colt is by top Japanese sire Deep Impact who made hay at one mile, four furlongs

Holding an Irish Derby entry, the three-year-old got off the mark with a comfortable Navan maiden win over a mile and five furlongs where he won by a cosy one and half lengths.

Stamina shouldn't be a problem and there may be a touch of value with the market focusing on the William Haggas' Post Impressionist in the King George V Stakes.

15.40 Ascot - Magical Lagoon

Emily Upjohn swerving the Ribblesdale Stakes has taken some of the sheen off but that does leave the race wide open.

Jessica Harrington's well regarded Galileo filly was beaten just a short head by Ballymore's useful Concert Hall last time out at Navan,

Holding plenty of top class entries including the Pretty Polly and the Irish Oaks this filly can take advantage of Emily Upjohn's absence.

16.20 Ascot - Stradivarius

Although new kid on the block Kyprios presents a stern challenge, who could bet against the superlative stayer Stradivarius winning a record-equalling fourth Gold Cup?

"The Strad" has been there, done it and bought the t-shirt factory at Ascot and bounced back to form to win the Yorkshire Cup last time out.

Much will depend on if the eight-year-old can still find that gear change but he will bring the house down if he does, along with tears down Frankie Dettori's cheeks.

17.00 Ascot - King Of Time

A tremendously competitive Britannia Stakes can go the way of the boys in blue of Godolphin with King Of Time.

The Kingman gelding is unbeaten in three career starts, and went from all-weather novice wins at Lingfield to a comfortable handicap victory at Newmarket in the style of an improver.

With all the right credentials and William Buick up top, this one could well start as favourite and looks a sensible bet.

17.35 Ascot - Reach For The Moon

This looks the banker of the week for the Queen in her Platinum Royal Ascot.

Once a Derby hope, Reach For The Moon never made it to Epsom but can make amends for John and Thady Gosden, with Frankie Dettori up top.

Hoo Ya Mal's defection has left the race bereft of quality and Reach For The Moon can make amends for a second last time out in the Heron Stakes at Sandown.

18.10 Ascot - Montassib

A seven furlong Buckingham Palace Stakes cavalry charge can go the way of William Haggas' unbeaten Montassib.

A versatile performer who has prevailed on both soft and good to firm, the four-year-old Exceed and Excel gelding should be able to handle sun baked ground in Berkshire.

A win last time out at Goodwood saw Montassib succeed going away and Tom Marquand can get the business done.

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