Royal Ascot Tips
Get the best Royal Ascot Tips for the 2020 meeting!** This free horse racing tips guide will be updated closer to the next Royal Ascot Carnival. Coming out on top at Royal Ascot can always be tricky, but we have taken an in-depth look at the prestigious meeting and provided some tips to follow.
Betting on Royal Ascot doesn’t really get going until the 2020 season’s new flat turf season is underway. The new turf season in Britain starts at the end of March each year with Royal Ascot not until the third week of June. Ascot betting tips don’t really pick up until the weeks leading into the meeting.
This is because there are many two-year-old races at Royal Ascot, where we will see horses that are only making their debuts that season and – in most cases – will have only run a handful of races.
Royal Ascot horse racing tips also depend heavily on how that season’s Classic generation have performed in earlier races each season. Races like the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas, plus the Epsom Oaks and Derby always have a huge bearing on Ascot tips.
Royal Ascot Ante Post Tips 2020 | Best Odds**
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Positive Royal Ascot Trends to look for
These Royal Ascot Tips will help pinpoint key trends that have built-up over the years in the Ascot races.
For example, if a certain age group, or horses with a particular weight have performed well in certain Royal Ascot races then there is every chance horses that tick those Ascot trends will be well tipped in the betting markets. This is how you can pick the best horse racing tips.
While, of aspects like the Ascot draw can play a huge role in a horses chance and there are often races that certain trainers and stables also like to target year-after-year at Royal Ascot. Again, these can be found on our Royal Ascot trends page.
Follow Lockinge form in the Queen Anne
A total of 12 of the last 21 winners of the opening race, the Queen Anne Stakes, had previously run in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. The form does not always translate directly, though.
Last year’s Queen Anne winner, 14-1 shot Lord Glitters, had finished second last in the Lockinge.
The Guineas is a natural feeder race for the St James’s Palace Stakes, but it also tends to inform the Jersey Stakes, a 7f Group 3 later in the meeting. Eight of the last 11 winners had contested a major European version of the 2,000 Guineas (English, Irish or French) prior to their Royal Ascot success.
These races are for 3 year-olds only and are the first Classics of the new flat season. They are run in May and earlier June – just before Royal Ascot. Therefore, horses that have performed well in these races, along with contest like the Irish 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas are often well backed and tipped in various Royal Ascot races later that season.
Last year’s winner Space Traveller had taken the secondary route, from the sprint ranks, although he had run in a 2,000 Guineas trial.
Biometric spoiled the Frankie Dettori party last year on Gold Cup day with odds of 28-1, denying the heavily-backed Dettori mount Turgenev. He did however fit the other two major trends for the race. He was rated between 88 and 92, and had been placed on one of his last two starts. Most winners tend to start at an SP of 10-1 or less, too.
The King Edward VII Stakes is often known as the ‘Ascot Derby’, being run under similar conditions to Epsom. However, it is Newmarket that has provided the main guide in this race. Of the 20 winners this century, 14 had previously run at Newmarket in their careers.
Jumping for joy
There are two Royal Ascot races over extreme distances: the Ascot Stakes (a 2m4f handicap) and Queen Alexandra Stakes (2m5f conditions race). Since 2012, Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott have won four of the eight runnings of the latter.
Andrew Balding and Mark Johnston are the only other trainers to train the winner in that time. In the same time period, Mullins has also trained four winners of the Ascot Stakes, as well as last year’s second Buildmeupbuttercup.
Negative Royal Ascot Trends to look for
The straight track tends to favour horses drawn high. Horses drawn in the lowest third of stalls have not come out top in terms of number of placed runners, going back to 2013.
Conversely, there is no advantage in the draw on the round course. Those drawn high do every bit as well as those on the inside.
The Chesham Stakes favours lightly-raced sorts. None of the last ten winners had run more than twice previously. Eight had run just once, but one of the exceptions was Pinatubo.
Since Elite Army won the race as joint-favourite in 2014, no favourite for the King George V Stakes has finished in the money.
Royal Ascot Trends & Tips – Dos and Don’ts
Do be sure to look at the markets at the declarations stage. Royal Ascot does not have the sort of build-up Cheltenham does, so antepost markets are less mature and, in turn, early day-of-race markets may contain ricks.
Don’t get too bogged down in the draw. The draw bias is a function of pace more than anything, but may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. As ever, be sure to check where the pace is before deciding if your selection is badly drawn on the straight course.
Top Royal Ascot Tips to beat the bookies
Get your money down early. Prices tend to shorten as race time approaches, especially if you are betting on popular trainers and jockeys.
Do not be scared to back favourites. They generally have a good record at Royal Ascot, especially in races for older horses.
Look at how any biases might affect races on later days. Most adjustments made on account of ground etc. are only for the current day.
How do I bet on Royal Ascot?
Royal Ascot is one of the biggest meetings of the year and all bookmakers will be betting on the meeting. The Tote and Betfair’s Exchange will also offer extensive betting on Royal Ascot races.
What horses are running at Royal Ascot?
Royal Ascot tends to attract the best runners from around the world. Superstars like Battaash and Stradivarius are almost certain to line up once more, while some Classic winners are sure to turn up in the St James’s Palace and Corontation Stakes. Enable has never won at Royal Ascot, but was an intended runner in the 2019 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes
What is the minimum bet on the tote?
Tote bets come to a minimum of £2, although it is possible to use lower amounts as a unit stake on, for instance, a Placepot.
How do you bet on race tracks?
On course in Britain, your options are either the on-course bookmakers, who are competing for your custom (tip: always scan the boards for the best available price on your selection) or the tote booths.
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