Royal Ascot starts on Tuesday and the five days are some of the best racing seen anywhere in the World. There are six quality races each day, featuring the best equine talent from the UK, Ireland, USA and Europe.
More Royal Ascot 2017 Coverage
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- Trading Focus: 2017 Royal Ascot
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- Royal Ascot 2017 – Bankers Or Blowouts?
- Royal Ascot Tips And Trends: DAY ONE through FOUR
For betting and trading purposes, consider the following. Just like Cheltenham the markets will have huge liquidity so even well backed horses will not move much on the exchanges making scalping difficult. If a horse does move hugely in the market then you can be sure that there is a lot of money behind it. Consider watching for front runners and horses that sit handy as horses that lead or are close to the pace can nick a few lengths around the home turn as the rest bunch in behind and there will be many horror “didn’t get a clear run” stories by the end of the meeting.
A brief overview
Tuesday 20th June 2017
We start with the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes and the first “banker” of the week in Ribchester. The Godolphin horse trained by Richard Fahey will be many peoples banker to get the meeting off to a fast start and he will be tough to beat. Second favourite Lightning Spear is well fancied by connections to give Ribchester a race and it really should be between the two of them
Elsewhere, Churchill will go off a short priced favourite for The St James Palace Stakes, around 4/6 but there is a lot of confidence behind second favourite Barney Roy who has been kept fresh for this. Marsha is well fancied for The Kings Stand stakes over 5 furlongs whilst the penultimate race is the Ascot Stakes where a number of these will be familiar to jump racing fans with the 2 mile 4 furlong trip suiting dour stayers. Oceane has been well backed Ante-Post for the Alan King stable.
Wednesday 21st June 2017
The Prince Of Wales Stakes is the main event and there are three horses disputing favouritism, Jack Hobbs, Highland Reel and Ulysses, preference is for the battle hardened Highland Reel. In the other races, The Royal Hunt Cup is an impossible handicap over the straight mile, try Bossy Guest for a fun each-way bet whilst in the Sandringham Stakes, Queen Of Time is an interesting contender.
Thursday 22nd June 2017
Ladies Day, and The Gold Cup is the main event of the day with last year’s winner, Order Of St George bidding to repeat that success. He is a short price to win again but Sweet Selection is an interesting each-way selection. She has to improve again but is still maturing and the trip will suit. In The Ribblesdale Stakes, Mori, the daughter of Frankel will be popular and she has improved with each race. She will be staying on when others have had enough and looks a solid bet.
Friday 23rd June 2017
Two Group 1 races here with the 6f Commonwealth Cup and the 1 mile Coronation Stakes for Fillies. In the former, Caravaggio is around Evs in the market and this unbeaten colt will take some beating. Harry Angel and Blue Point will give him a race and many see this as the highlight of the week. The Coronation Stakes also has a short priced market leader in Winter, the English and Irish Guineas winner, who is as short as 4/7, and there looks nothing in the field to really trouble her. If there is to be a shock it may be the French filly Precieuse who won their 1,000 Guineas.
Saturday 24th June 2017
The Main race here is The Diamond Jubilee Stakes, a Group 1 over 6 furlongs for four year olds and older. Limato is likely to be a warm order but this is a competitive race and Librisa Breeze for Tony Bloom may run well at a price. The Wokingham is the big sprint handicap of the week and a pin is your best hope of a winner here. Fiercely competitive, something will get a clear run and nick the prize. Culturati has been heavily backed Ante-Post from the Charlie Appleby yard but will do well to make the cut. In the concluding 2m 6f Queen Alexandra Stakes look for a horse that stays longer than the mother in law! A National Hunt horse often goes well in this marathon.