Royal Ascot Ante Post Betting
Get the best Royal Ascot Tips and odds for June 2021. We have taken a look into at the Ante-post market of one of the most prestigious horse races. All best available Royal Ascot odds for ante-post betting will be listed here.
Royal Ascot Ante Post Tips 2021 | Best Odds*
With Royal Ascot betting odds on offer in the months and weeks leading up to the event, you have the opportunity to bet on this prestigious race well in advance.
*Updated last on 16/06/2021. Best Odds are subject to change & will be continuously updated.
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Unlike the Cheltenham Festival and the Aintree Grand National the ante-post betting at Royal Ascot isn’t quite as popular all year round. You’ll need to wait until nearer to the event. In case you are not familiar with ante-post betting – this is when you can place a bet on a horse race well in advance of the race being run.
Favourites Tips | Royal Ascot Ante post Betting
Royal Ascot is always one of the most hotly anticipated race festivals of the year. Some of the best horses around come together in an attempt to join an exclusive club of winners.
While there is always going to be a favourite for any given race, you will find that a lot of the races at Royal Ascot will be hotly contested.
Many viable candidates will be able to win any given race, which represents some great opportunities for bettors to get good odds for their preferred horse.
Who are the Ante Post Favourites?
Ante post betting allows you to get your bets placed well in advance of the meeting. This is another way in which you can get the best odds for a given horse. As there is still a lot of time between when you are placing your bet and the race taking place, a lot can happen.
You are compensated with enhanced odds. Here is a look at some of the biggest Royal Ascot races and the current favourites:
Stradivarious, Gold Cup
The Ascot Gold Cup is the biggest race each year for stayers, with horses needing plenty of endurance to be a contender. Stradivarious is looking to become the second horse to win this race four times. Yeats is the only other horse to do so, claiming his last victory in 2009.
The win last year by Stradivarious was pretty routine, setting a steady pace before pulling away as the horse entered the straight. He ultimately won by ten lengths and is perhaps the best horse in the world over these distances. Therefore, there is no doubt that Stradivarious is the clear favourite for the 2021 renewal.
Nothing points towards a dip in form, so a fourth consecutive win could very well be on the cards. Among the horses that will be trying to stop this from happening include Santiago and Subjectivist. With these long races, anything can happen and some of the outsiders could represent some decent value.
Battaash, King’s Stand Stakes
The Irish-bred Battaash has a reputation for being a specialist sprinter, making him an ideal fit for this race. He was twice a runner-up in the King’s Stand Stakes before finally emerging from the race victorious in 2020.
Numerous horses have managed to capture multiple wins in this race in recent decades, so it is no surprise that Battaash is the favourite.
He has the track record in this race and at Ascot in general to deserve the favourite tag. Once his temperament is right on the say, he should be there or thereabouts come to the end of the race. Harder ground will be preferable to help Battaash maximize his speed and drill home his advantage in this regard over the rest of the field.
There are still plenty of challengers in the King’s Stand Stakes. Golden Pal and Bivouac are next in the betting currently. Wesley Ward has high hopes for Golden Pal, believing that he is the best horse the trainer has ever worked with.
Palace Pier, Queen Anne Stakes
Palace Pier is already a Royal Ascot winner, capturing the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes. Frankie Dettori rode Palace Pier to victory in the one-mile race. Palace Pier also was a runner at Ascot in October, being handed a first defeat in six career starts, finishing in 3rd place.
This was largely due to a poor start, getting back into contention before losing a show towards the end of the race which ultimately led to the third-place finish.
Generally, the big-name favourites dominate the Queen Anne Stakes each year, with Palace Pier fitting the bill in this regard. With a good track record around Ascot, the four-year-old will be looking to bounce back from its previous performance and try to become a back-to-back Royal Ascot winner.
There are plenty of other notable horses near the top of the Queen Anne Stakes betting. The likes of Order of Australia and Alpine Star will fancy their chances to cause an upset. One of these horses may even end up starting the race as a favourite depending on how things go.
Lord North, Prince of Wales Stakes
Lord North is looking to join the illustrious company in his attempt to become just the fourth horse to win the Prince of Wales Stakes title. The last time this was done was back in 1995 when Muhtarram claimed victory.
Lord North garnered a lot of good experience last season both at home and abroad, which should stand him in good stead. He had a comprehensive win last year in a small field, but the competition does look a bit stiffer for the 2021 renewal. Among the close challengers will be Love, Mogul, and Japan, each of which is currently at short prices.
Campanelle, Commonwealth Cup
The Commonwealth Cup is a race that has only been running since 2015, so there are not a ton of betting trends to consider. It is only open to three-year-olds, so you will not find any repeat winners here, so you are largely going off the recent form of the participants. The odds often change a lot in the lead-up to this race.
Campanelle is currently the joint-favourite with Supremacy, with the rest of the field being a bit back in terms of their odds. Campanelle beat out 17 other horses last year to win the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, so the pedigree is certainly there. After a long break, he did have a fourth-place finish last time out in the United States but will be more comfortable on home turf in the UK.
In terms of Supremacy, it will be his first race at Ascot. With three consecutive victories under his belt, including an impressive showing in Newmarket, he is also at the top of the betting.
Mother Earth, Coronation Stakes
Aidan O’Brien has yet another strong hand of classic-generation horses this year, including Mother Earth.
The daughter of Zoffany had shown a liking for soft ground. In the mud, she was a fine third at 18/1 in the Fillies’ Mile last season but we know a lot more about her now.
In quicker conditions, Mother Earth was an impressive second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. On that form, she shouldn’t have been a 10/1 shot for the 1000 Guineas but her double-figure price stood.
Frankie Dettori was on board at HQ as she scored nicely. She was beaten next time in France, but quick ground is her game now and this event should be right up her street.
What Are the Best Odds for Ascot Favourites in the Ante-Post Market?
Royal Ascot markets tend to pop up in no particular order across betting firms, with the race coming in the middle of the Flat season. Most firms offer betting on the King’s Stand Stakes, Gold Cup and Commonwealth Cup early on, as they are the firmest destinations.
You can find a good idea of the best odds in these races here. For any other races, it is advised to check out individual bookmaker sites.
What Are Odds on the Gold Cup?
The John Gosden-trained Stradivarius has dominated the staying scene for the last few years and has won the last three runnings of the Gold Cup. He is 3/1* for a record-tying fourth successive victory in the race. His main challengers this year are Santiago and Subjectivist, who are going off at odds of 8/1*.
Royal Ascot Predictions
Royal Ascot tends to be run before the three-year-olds take on older horses and that will only be more marked at Royal Ascot 2021. A likely lack of foreign-trained sprinters will also add in a novel element. Historically, American and Australian sprinters have performed well, as have American-trained two-year-olds.
Aidan O’Brien tends to send his best early two-year-olds to the Coventry Stakes and it is not unheard of for that to include his best hopes for the following year’s 2,000 Guineas.
On the straight course, draw is all important, especially in big fields. Those tend to be handicaps and certain two-year-old races, which do not have an awful lot of ante-post betting.
Why is antepost advantageous for Royal Ascot Bets?
Antepost betting is advantageous as it allows punters to get odds they could not dream of on the day of a race, if they are willing to take an extra risk in advance.
There is a particular advantage to betting on big meetings, such as Royal Ascot, as in most cases the races there are a sure-fire destination for horses that are likely to be up to the right standard. All top stayers will run in the Gold Cup, all the best early two-year-olds will run at the meeting, and so on.
There is some risk attached to ante-post betting. Yes, you might get bigger odds betting so far in advance of the race, but should your horse fail to run in the race – you don’t get refunded as a non-runner and lose your money.
For example, as soon as the Aintree Grand National is run, there are many bookmakers that will price up certain horses for the following years’ race. However, these days the ante-post betting at Royal Ascot only gets more popular in the few months before the meeting in June. There are many reasons for this.
Flat horses tend to not have as long a career as jumpers – meaning that only a handful of horses come back year-after-year to run in races at Royal Ascot. The horses that run over the longer distance – like the Ascot Gold Cup – and the sprint distances tend to have longer careers than other flat horses and often come back year-after-year at Royal Ascot.
However, with a lot of 2 year-old races for young horses, it’s hard for the bookmakers to price up these contests – mainly because most of these horses won’t have run until a few months before.
If you fancy an early punt, these Ascot tips could help you pick a winner and if you feel your horse will improve through the season then it’s very likely the odds will get shorter nearer to the race. Remember, all odds are subject to change as when the race draws closer certain horses might not run, while others will head into Ascot in better form than others – both key factors that will make Ascot tips and betting odds for many of the runners change in the months and weeks leading up to the race.
The Epsom Derby and Oaks – which are both run in early June are big guides to certain races at Royal Ascot. These two English Classics are only open to 3 year-olds so we’ve a new batch of runners being targeted at these races each season.
Once the Derby and Oaks have been run, then many bookmakers will use the result of these races to price up Royal Ascot contests, while many horse racing pundits will now start to give out more and more Royal Ascot betting tips in the build-up to the meeting.
Royal Ascot races, like the Ascot Gold Cup, Prince Of Wale’s, St James’ Palace Stakes, Coronation Stakes, Kings Stand, Diamond Jubilee and Commonwealth Cup are popular ante-post betting races at Royal Ascot.
However, you are more likely to find Royal Ascot betting odds for these races in the few months before the meeting in June.
*Remember, all odds are subject to change.
How do I bet on Royal Ascot?
All bookmakers will be betting on Royal Ascot, as it is one of the biggest Flat meetings of the year. Until the week of the race, these markets will be found in the antepost section of any bookmaker or odds comparison site.
What horses are running at Royal Ascot?
The best horses from around the world tend to run at Royal Ascot. Occasionally, the British and Irish-trained runners tend to make plans later than international runners, whose intentions will tend to be known well in advance.
Do you get money back on antepost bets?
Generally not. The flipside for punters getting attractive prices on ante-post bets means that they would lose their money if their selection does not run. There are some exceptions to this, but generally if you bet more than 48 hours in advance of a race, stakes will not be refunded.
What does antepost betting mean?
It means betting before the final declarations stage, which adds greater uncertainty in terms of knowing the runners. Identifying likely runners is a big part of successful antepost betting.
What happens if you bet on a horse and it doesn’t run?
If you bet on a horse after the final declarations stage (10am two days before on British Flat races), you will get your stake back if it does not run. Prior to that, when antepost rules apply, you would not. Occasionally bookies offer non-runner no bet (NRNB), although these tend to come with less attractive odds.
Do bookies refund non-runners?
Only if bets are placed after the final declarations stage or a market is explicitly stated to be NRNB.
What happens if a horse is withdrawn in an accumulator?
It is treated as a non-runner. As we have already discussed, what that means depends on whether the bet was struck antepost or not.
*Odds subject to change.