Royal Ascot Favourites

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We take a look at some the 2021 Royal Ascot favourites popular on the Royal Ascot ante-post betting markets. Currently, Stradivarious is the favourite for Royal Ascot 2021 according to the ante post odds. Trained by John Gosden, the runner could be the winner for the Gold Cup.

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Royal Ascot Favourites

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Stradivarius flag

Ascot Gold Cup Favourite
Day: 3 Age: 7 Jockey: TBC Trainer: Mark Johnston
Best Odds* 10/11
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Palace Pier flag

Queen Anne Stakes Favourite
Day: 1 Age: 4 Jockey: TBA Trainer: John & Thady Gosden
Best Odds* 8/15
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Battaash flag

The King's Stand Stakes Favourite
Day: 1 Age: 7 Jockey: TBC Trainer: Charles Hills
Best Odds* 85/40
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Campanelle flag

Commonwealth Cup Favourite
Day: 4 Age: 3 Jockey: TBC Trainer: Wesley Ward
Best Odds* 7/2
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Lord North flag

Prince of Wales Stakes Favourite
Day: 2 Age: 5 Jockey: TBC Trainer: John & Thady Gosden
Best Odds* 6/4

The favourites can change over time, with some horses performing well in races leading up to Royal Ascot coming to the fore, while others fall away. There might be issues with injuries or trainers that could also impact the horses that will be lining up at the starting line come race day.

Read on to find out which horses are already standing out to become the winners of the Royal Ascot races this year.

Royal Ascot Who to Bet On?

With more Royal Ascot Favourites on the way, we are doing our research and there are a few stand out horses at the top of our list when it comes to who to bet on Royal Ascot 2021. Here are a few of the leading horses to consider when placing ante post bets on Royal Ascot:


  • Race: Gold Cup, Thursday 3:35pm
  • Age: 7
  • Trainer: John Gosden
  • Previous Royal Ascot Form: Winner of Royal Ascot Gold Cup 2018, 2019 & 2020 and the Queens Vase 2017

Dubbed the million-pound horse as this John Gosden champion stayer landed the £1million bonus put up by the sponsors in 2018 after winning the Yorkshire Cup, Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup and Lonsdale Cup.

He’s won the Ascot Gold Cup at Royal Ascot for the last three seasons (2018, 2019, 2020) too and since being upped in trip back in 2017 has certainly taken this division by storm.

Mr Royal Ascot – Frankie Dettori – is his regular jockey and with age still on his side – he won the 2019 Ascot Gold Cup as a 5 year-old – then providing his trainer, John Gosden, can keep him injury-free, then he looks sure to be a hot Ascot favourite with punters for many years to come.

If lining-up again at Royal Ascot 2021, then he’ll be trying to follow in the hoof-prints of Yeats, who landed the Ascot Gold Cup four times between 2006 and 2009.


  • Race: King’s Stand Stakes, Tuesday 3:35pm
  • Age: 5
  • Trainer: Charles Hills
  • Previous Royal Ascot Form: Runner Up of the King’s Stand 2018 & 2019, Winner 2020

One of the fastest flat racing horses in the world, Battaash finally claimed his first win at Royal Ascot last year and he’ll still be a firm favourite at the meeting if lining-up in 2021. He’s expected to run in the Group One King’s Stand Stakes to defend his title, which is run over the minimum trip of 5 furlongs, on the opening day of the 2021 Royal Ascot Meeting.

He’s been runner-up in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot twice (2018 and 2019) and romped to victory in the 2020 renewal after the victor from the previous two years retired. All signs point towards Battaash being a warm favourite at the 2021 Royal Ascot meeting as this talented 7 year-old sprinter looks to claim back-to-back Royal Ascot wins.


  • Race: Queen Anne Stakes, Tuesday 1:50pm
  • Age: 4
  • Trainer: John Gosden
  • Previous Royal Ascot Form: 2020 St James’s Palace Stakes winner

This 4-year-old managed to come out on top in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot – winning under top jockey Frankie Dettori at 4/1.

It was a well-judged ride, with Dettori recovering from a slow start to starting to get into contention with a furlong to go before overtaking the pre-race favourite Pinatubo at the very end, winning by a length.

That 2020 Royal Ascot success was no fluke, with those in the know know that this is a very talented horse. He was able to back up this win with a victory in France in the Group 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois race.

He was last seen finishing third in October at Ascot. After a poor start, he managed to get back into contention before a lost horseshoe ultimately costing him a chance of victory. With the long break, he is sure to be well-tuned up for a return to Royal Ascot.


  • Race: Commonwealth Cup Friday 12:00pm
  • Age: 3
  • Trainer: Wesley Ward
  • Previous Royal Ascot Form: Winner of the 2020 Queen Mary Stakes

After winning the Queen Mary Stakes last year, Campanelle is looking to strike up another Royal ascot win this year when he enters the Commonwealth Cup. The American-trained horse also won a prestigious race in France last year before returning to the United States.

Utilizing blinkers, she won her first three races, with a fourth-place finish last time out in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf race resulting in a 4th place finish. With no race since November, the break could be a blessing in disguise for Campanelle. The field at the Commonwealth Cup can sometimes be unpredictable, with a number of other horses vying for the favourite tag. However, Campanelle’s class should stand out come race day.


  • Race: Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Wednesday 3:00pm
  • Age: 5
  • Trainer: John Gosden
  • Previous Royal Ascot Form: Winner of the 2020 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes

This 5 year-old has been held in high regard for most of his career and is another top middle-distance performer from the John Gosden yard.

He will be attempting to be just the four-horse to ever win multiple Prince Of Wales’s Stakes titles when he lines up at the starting gate for the 2021 renewal. This achievement was last done in 1995, so history is ready to be made.

Since his win last year, there has been somewhat of a mixed bag of results for Lord North. He raced again in Ascot last October but finished last in a field of ten in the Champion Stakesdespite being the third favourite pre-race.

However, he managed to start off his 2021 season on a good note, claiming victory as favourite in the appealing Dubai Turf, ridden by Frankie Dettori. With confidence now being sky-high, there is a lot to be excited about upon Lord North’s return to Royal Ascot in 2021.

Favourites for Royal Ascot Races 2021

  • Coventry Stakes: Kaufymaker
  • St. Jamess Palace Stakes: Poetic Flare
  • Ascot Stakes: Rayapour
  • Wolferton Stakes: Patrick Sarsfield
  • Copper Horse Stakes: M C Muldoon
  • Queen Mary Stakes: Twilight Gleaming
  • Queens Vase: Wordsworth
  • Duke of Cambridge Stakes: Lady Bowthrope
  • Windsor Castle Stakes: Ruthin
  • Kensington Palace Stakes: Lights On
  • Royal Hunt Cup: Haqeeqy
  • Norfolk Stakes: Lucci
  • Ribblesdale Stakes: Noon Star
  • Albany Stakes: Flotus
  • King Edward VII Stakes: Bay Bridge
  • Chesham Stakes: Point Lonsdale
  • Coronation Stakes: Mother Earth
  • Hardwicke Stakes: Broome
  • Diamond Jubilee Stakes: Starman
  • Wokingham Stakes: Kings Lynn

Royal Ascot Bookmaker Offers

Before you make a bet on your favourite horse, we recommend checking the top Ascot bookmakers 888sport, William Hill and Paddy Power. Besides sign up offers, they will also have various ongoing promotions for existing customers. These can include free bets, money back, price and odds boosts.

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2019 Royal Ascot Results

20.06.2019, Ascot, Windsor, GBR – Stradivarius with Frankie Dettori up wins the Ascot Gold Cup. Ascot racecourse. (Pferd, Jockey, Stradivarius, Dettori, Sieg, Ziel, Zielankunft) 190620D588ROYAL_ASCOT. JPG *** 20 06 2019, Ascot, Windsor, GBR Stradivarius with Frankie Dettori up wins the Ascot Gold Cup Ascot racecourse Horse, Jockey, Stradivarius, Dettori, Victory, Finish, Arrival 190620D588ROYAL ASCOT JPG. Via Frank Sorge/Imago Images/Ritzau Scanpix

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