Royal Ascot Favourites

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We take a look at a few 2020 Royal Ascot favourites in the betting markets. As we draw nearer to the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting, there will be more added to this list, with the betting markets becoming more popular in the build-up to the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting in June.

2019 Royal Ascot Results

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Royal Ascot Who to Bet On?

With more Royal Ascot Favourites on the way, we are doing our research and there are two stand out horses at the top of our list when it comes to who to bet on Royal Ascot 2020.

STRADIVARIUS

  • Race: Gold Cup
  • Age: 5
  • Trainer: John Gosden
  • Previous Royal Ascot Form: Winner of Royal Ascot Gold Cup 2018 & 2019

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 season seasons (2018 and 2019) 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 2020, 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.

BATTAASH

  • Race: King’s Stand Stakes, Tuesday 3:40pm
  • Age: 5
  • Trainer: Charles Hills
  • Previous Royal Ascot Form: Runner Up of the King’s Stand 2018 & 2019

One of the fastest flat racing horses in the world and despite having never won at Royal Ascot he’ll still be a firm favourite at the meeting if lining-up in 2020.

He’s been runner-up in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot for the last two years (2018 and 2019), but most importantly the horse that has beaten him both times – Blue Point – is now retired. Therefore, with this Godolphin runner now out of the picture this should pave the way for Battaash to be another warm favourite at the 2020 Royal Ascot meeting.

NATURE STRIP

  • Race: King’s Stand Stakes, Tuesday 3.40pm
  • Age: 5
  • Trainer: Chris Waller
  • Previous Royal Ascot Form: 2020 will be his Royal Ascot debut

Australian-trained sprinter who has won eight of 16 career starts, including four Group 1 contests. Trainer Chris Waller has placed him fantastically well throughout the early part of his career and he looks set to make the long trip to Royal Ascot in the summer.

Ascot runners who make the long journey from Australia, Japan or the United States are at a disadvantage given the flight, time in quarantine and the fact they have to acclimatise to Britain, but foreign raiders have a notably good record at the Royal meeting, especially in this race.

If you look at recent Ascot results, since 2005 seven of the 15 winners of the King’s Stand Stakes have come from France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand or the United States, and if anything Nature Strip comes into this contest with the strongest form in the book out of all of them.

His last-time-out score in the T J Smith Stakes at Randwick was mightily impressive, and the fact he handles quick and slow ground only plays to his advantage.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE

  • Race: Commonwealth Cup, Friday 3.40pm
  • Age: 3
  • Trainer: W. A. Ward
  • Previous Royal Ascot Form: 2020 will be a Royal Ascot Debut for this 3 year old.

A $525,000 yearling purchase who has speed in abundance and remains unbeaten in the United States after three starts for trainer Wesley Ward, who does extremely well with his Royal Ascot favourites.

Son of the Triple Crown-winning American Pharoah, Four Wheel Drive proved he was the best two-year-old colt last year when winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile turf at Santa Anita, blitzing out from a good draw to make virtually all of the running.

The scopey sort will have improved a chunk over the winter and is likely to dwarf his European counterparts. He can enhance Ward’s record at the meeting.

KING OF CHANGE

  • Race: Queen Anne Stakes, Tuesday 2.30pm
  • Age: 4
  • Trainer: Richard Hannon
  • Previous Royal Ascot Form: 2020 will be his Royal Ascot debut.

The first contest on the Royal Ascot racecard is the Queen Anne, which hasn’t proved a good hunting ground for Royal Ascot favourites. However, that can change this year if Richard Hannon decides to run King Of Change in the curtain raiser.

A sharp improver over a mile last year, King Of Change was last seen winning the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on QIPCO Champions Day at Ascot in October and in the process marked his name down as a future superstar in this division.

He has only had six starts, so remains open to improvement, and this division is seriously lacking an up-and-coming type. King Of Change, who is highly regarded by his trainer, is the most likely runner to fill that void.

BUILDMEUPBUTTERCUP

  • Race: Ascot Stakes, Tuesday 5:00pm
  • Age: 6
  • Trainer: W. P. Mullins
  • Previous Royal Ascot Form: 2nd in the Ascot Stakes 2019

The Ascot Gold Cup is the number one long-distance event at the Royal meeting but the Ascot Stakes might well trump that contest in terms of favouritism among racegoers.

A vast number of jumps performers compete in the stamina-sapping test and Willie Mullins often has a strong hand. The top trainer in Ireland almost plundered the prize last year but his Buildmeupbuttercup just found one too good on the day.

She was given a lot to do from the rear of the pack, though, and a more aggressive ride would have probably seen her come out on top, so it’s worth sticking with her to get the job done 12 months on.

The six-year-old mare has caught the eye on several occasions over hurdles over the winter and looks well-handicapped back on the Flat.

NAYEF ROAD

  • Race: Queen Alexandra Stakes, Saturday 5.35pm
  • Age: 4
  • Trainer: Mark Johnston
  • Previous Royal Ascot Form: 2020 will be his Royal Ascot debut.

Mark Johnston’s name is synonymous with Royal Ascot favourites and his Nayef Road could be the next top staying prospect to take this prize. Johnston, who has been successful twice in this race in the last five years, often keeps back a couple of his top young stayers to contest this prize.

Nayef Road found himself just below Group 1 class last year, although he did finish third in the St Leger behind Logician, but regularly framed in some of best three-year-old staying events on the calendar.

He has never run over anything like this trip but appears to have plenty of stamina and can reward long-range punters.

Take a punt on one of Britain’s most famous races and bet on the 2020 Royal Ascot! For a few extra tips and best odds, have a look at our Royal Ascot betting tips.

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