5-day Royal Ascot Previews
Day 1 – St James’s Palace Stakes – A Group 1 contest on the round mile at Ascot for three-year-olds only. Invariably won by a high-class performer, three of the last five winners have started odds-on – including the mighty Frankel (3/10) back in 2011 – so strong favourites have a good recent record in the race.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien has landed three of the last six renewals and he is clearly a man to follow in this race so, with this year’s likely favourite, Magician, coming from his Ballydoyle stables and likely to start odds-on, the trends speak for themselves.
Day 2 – Prince of Wales’s Stakes – The highlight of the second day of Royal Ascot, the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes over 10 furlongs invariably brings together some of the very best horses at the distance from Britain and Europe.
It’s rare for an outsider to win, with each of the last 10 winners having started at 8/1 or shorter. Nearly all race winners have previous Group 1–winning form, the French having a particularly good recent strike-rate, having won three times in the last six years, most recently with Byword in 2010.
France’s Maxios (currently around 5/1) won in Group 1 company last time out and appears to have a big chance on recent stats. For this reason this might be a tempting entry point to start getting involved with UK horse racing betting sites online.
Day 3 – Ascot Gold Cup – The highlight of the whole week on what is traditionally Ladies Day at the royal meeting, this two-and-a-half mile Group 1 event is one of the longest Flat races on the British racing calendar.
Ireland’s Aidan O’Brien has won the race a remarkable five times from the last seven renewals – four times with the outstanding performer, Yeats – but this year appears to have no outstanding candidate. Godolphin trainer, Saeed bin Suroor, has won the race five times in the last 17 years and saddles last year’s hero, Colour Vision.
Previous winners have a good record in this marathon, as so few horses genuinely stay the distance – the likes of Yeats, Royal Rebel, Kayf Tara, and Drum Taps have all won it at least twice – so Colour Vision might be worth a second glance, despite a modest effort last time out.
Day 4 – Coronation Stakes – Invariably won by a top-class three-year-old filly who has won or run well in either the English or Irish 1000 Guineas, this Group 1 mile event looks to be a cracker this year with the winners of both those races – Sky Lantern and Just The Judge – set to lock horns in this year’s renewal.
Surprisingly, Aidan O’Brien has only won the race once in the last 10 years (Lillie Langtry, 2010), while only one of the last eight favourites has obliged (Ghanaati, 2009), although second-favourites have done significantly better. Trainer, John Gosden, has won the race twice in the last six years with decent priced representatives, including last season with 12/1 shot Fallen For You.
Day 5 – Diamond Jubilee Stakes – A top-class six furlong sprint that attracts some of the fastest horses in the world, this Group 1 cavalry charge has thrown up a host of long-priced winners in recent years, four of the last seven winners starting at 20/1 or bigger with horse racing online at betfair.
Australian sprinters invariably go well, including last year’s heroine, Black Caviar, and the 2003 winner, Choisir. The draw can play a big part in the outcome of the race and previous races over the trip earlier in the meeting are worth using as a guide to where the winners are coming from.
Shame Express, who is a double-figure price and might well outrun his odds based on race statistics, represents Australia this year.