Royal Ascot is one of the highlights of the calendar in flat racing in the UK as the meeting is packed full of Group One races across the various different divisions in the sport. Here is a look at the best bets across the five days at the Berkshire racecourse.
Rhododendron Can Get You Off To A Winning Start
The Queen Anne Stakes, run over 1m, is the opening race of Royal Ascot and Rhododendron can claim contest this year at odds of 3/1. Aidan O’Brien’s filly has made a brilliant start to her campaign as she was victorious in the Lockinge Stakes last month. Horses who win the Group One race at Newbury have an excellent record in the Queen Anne and there is no reason why Rhododendron can’t continue that trend. The Ballydoyle filly looks much stronger as a four-year-old, so she should have a lot of success in this division in 2018. Rhododendron will be partnered by Ryan Moore who rides Ascot better than any jockey in the sport today.
Stick With Lady Aurelia In King’s Stand Stakes
Lady Aurelia has lit up Royal Ascot for the past two years with her lightning speed in the sprint races as she won the Queen Mary Stakes in 2016 and King’s Stand Stakes in 2017. Wesley Ward’s star is returning again in 2018 to defend her crown in the King’s Stand Stakes, the biggest five-furlong contest of the season. The four-year-old always seems to find her best form and be in the best shape for this meeting, therefore, she is worth sticking with again to land her third straight victory at Royal Ascot. The biggest danger in the race this year will be Battaash, winner of last season’s Prix de l’Abbaye, however, Lady Aurelia will ensure it is a strong pace with a front-running performance and that could be enough to run her rivals into the ground again.
Stradivarius Ready To Outstay Rivals In Ascot Gold Cup
The Ascot Gold Cup is the highlight of the season in the stayers’ division and it is a race in which Order of St George won in 2016 and finished second 12 months ago. O’Brien’s runner is six years old now and he is worth taking on this year with Stradivarius who won the Yorkshire Cup. As reported by Oddschecker, he was cut into 5/2 from 11/2 to win the Ascot Gold Cup on the back of that success at York. The Sea The Stars colt proved his class when he landed the Goodwood Cup last season and there does not appear to be many newcomers who look good enough to trouble the consistent stayer here.
Saxon Warrior To Bounce Back In St James’s Palace Stakes
Saxon Warrior went off as the odds-on favourite to win the Derby earlier this month, however, unfortunately, he met some trouble in running which almost certainly ruined his chances of coming out on top at Epsom. The 2000 Guineas winner is likely to be stepping back down in trip for the St James’s Palace Stakes over one mile at Royal Ascot. The Ballydoyle runner has proved how effective he is at that distance, therefore, connections may change their plans for the season and instead target those races over eight furlongs, starting with this race where he is 5/1 to defeat some of the older horses.
Lah Ti Dar Can Still Prove To Be Champion Filly In 2018
Lah Ti Dar was unable to run in the Oaks at Epsom as a blood test in the lead up to the fillies race came back unsatisfactory, therefore, her trainer Gosden was forced to withdraw her from running and instead allow her time to recover. Although credit has to go to Forever Together for her victory in the British Classic, there is still plenty of time for Lah Ti Dar to establish herself as the leading filly this season. The Ribblesdale Stakes is her likely comeback race and at 5/2 she can be backed to make up for lost time and maintain her unbeaten record following two victories from two starts so far in her career.
Good luck with your bets at Royal Ascot and enjoy the action across the five days.