Can You Pick a Winner Over the Final Two Days of Royal Ascot?
This week has seen one of the most pleasant Royal Ascot meetings in recent times, with the weather, for once, being somewhat more pleasant than in past years meaning that spectators and those involved in the races have enjoyed better going than in recent times.
Of course, better weather has also produced some stellar racing over the opening two days, which many punters have enjoyed with a flutter on sites such as bet365 Sport. Highlights of the opening two days of action include a fabulous first day for trainer John Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori who enjoyed a super opening day of the meeting.
Their winning trio started in the 2.30 race the Coventry Stakes, which Dettori rode Calyx, the 2/1 favourite, home to victory. This was then surpassed in the biggest race of the day, the St James’s Palace Stakes, where the trainer/jockey duo combined again to land a win, this time on the 9/4 favourite Without Parole.
Then to wrap things up nicely on the first day, the duo landed another winner when Dettori rode Monarch’s Glen to victory at 8/1 in the Wolferton Stakes in what was the last race of the day. Gosden even had the cheek to see his other runner in the race, Muntahaa, earn a third place finish in that race at 33/1.
If Gosden was the winner on the opening day, it was Sir Michael Stout and Aidan O’Brien who were the winners on the second day. In the 3.05 Queens Vase Stakes, O’Brien celebrated a fantastic treble with his three runners in the race finishing 1-2-3. Kew Gardens was the winner at 100/30, with Southern France and Nelson finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively, each at 9/2.
However, in the big race of the day, there was a real shock as the odds on favourite, Gosden and Dettori’s Cracksman had to settle for second spot in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, as James Doyle rode Sir Michael Stoute’s 11/2 chance Poet’s Word home for the win. Then in the final race of the day, the Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs, James McDonald rode Stoute’s only runner in the race, Expert Eye into first place at 8/1.
Today is Ladies Day and there are six outstanding races to enjoy at Royal Ascot, in what is always one of the most prestigious and glamorous days of the racing calendar.
Royal Ascot – Thursday 21st June – Ladies Day
- 2.30 – Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)
- 3.05 – The Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3)
- 3.40 – The Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2)
- 4.20 – Ascot Gold Cup (Group 1)
- 5.00 – The Britannia Stakes (Handicap)
- 5.30 – King George V Stakes (Handicap)
The big race of the day sees Order of St George going for a second victory in the Ascot Gold Cup. The 2016 winner of the race was pipped to victory last year by Big Orange but is back for a third time to try and secure a second win for Aidan O’Brien in what should be another outstanding race.
However, we are instead going to focus on the big races coming up over Friday and Saturday on the final two days of racing and we are going to bring you our top tips for some of the key races to look forward to across both days.
Royal Ascot – Friday 22nd June – Schedule
- 2.30 – Albany Stakes (Group 3)
- 3.05 – King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
- 3.40 – Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
- 4.20 – Coronation Stakes (Group 1)
- 5.00 – Sandringham Stakes (Handicap)
- 5.30 – Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)
There are two big races taking place on Friday in the two Group 1 races, the Commonwealth Cup and the Coronation Stakes.
Commonwealth Cup – Our Tip – Sioux Nation (5/1 with bet365)
With a total of 22 runners in the six-furlong sprint, this should be a very closely contested race with no horse a massive odds-on favourite. There’s been plenty of money for the Charles Hills trained Equilateral in recent days, which has seen it backed in from 8/1 down to around 4/1 at the moment and either this horse or my tip, Aidan O’Brien’s Sioux Nation, will likely start the race as the favourite.
That’s not to say this is a two horse race, Invincible Army, Sands of Mali, Eqtidaar, Laugh a Minute ad Unfortunately all should go well too, but Sioux Nation is the class act in the field for me and with a previous win over the course last year under its belt, I feel that O’Brien’s entry in the race will be the one celebrating another Ascot win. Here.
Coronation Stakes – Our Tip – Billesdon Brook (9/2 with bet365)
With 13 runners confirmed, this should be another competitive race and it is possible that we could see joint favourites here with both Alpha Centauri and Clemmie rated as current 7/2 shots with bet365 in the antepost markets. Teppal is the other danger in this race but my tip here is Billesdon Brook, who is a 9/2 chance at present.
Richard Hannon’s ride won its last race out at Newmarket at the 1000 Guineas meeting winning the classic itself at a massive 66/1, a handy return to form after finishing 5th and 4th in its previous two outings. After that shock win, it deserves backing in a race that won’t see as many talented runners as the Guineas.
Royal Ascot – Saturday 23rd June – Schedule
- 2.30 – Chesham Stakes (Listed)
- 3.05 – Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)
- 3.40 – Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)
- 4.20 – Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)
- 5.00 – Wokingham Stakes (Handicap)
- 5.30 – Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions)
There’s just the one big race on Saturday, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes Group 1 race over six furlongs.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes – Our Tip – Harry Angel (5/2 with bet365)
There’s a number of eye-catching runners in this race including Aidan O’Brien’s Merchant Navy and the improving Redkirk Warrior, both of whom will feel that they have a decent chance. In truth, you can also count the likes of The Tin Man, Bound for Nowhere and Librisa Breeze and City Light (who are both 12/1 currently with bet365) as having a solid chance.
My tip here however is the Clive Cox trained, Godolphin owned Harry Angel, which will be ridden in the race by Adam Kirby. The horse came back into action in 2018 with victory at York back in May and that showed it has continued to develop from a fine 2017 season which saw it earn three wins from five races (plus a second and fourth place in the other races).