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For owners, trainers and jockeys, winning at the royal meeting is incredibly difficult. We take an in-depth look at this historic and prestigious meeting, giving you some tips on how to be successful.
Betting on Royal Ascot races gets going as soon as the flat turf season kicks off with the Lincoln Handicap at the end of March. Every meeting that goes by gives further clues as to who may be successful at Ascot.
After the Guineas weekend at the beginning of May, the betting starts to peak. There are a handful of juvenile races at Royal Ascot too and with the lack of form on offer there, markets don’t really settle until the very week of the meeting.
Royal Ascot horse racing tips depend on various factors. How the classic generation have performed in the Guineas, Oaks and Derby, as well as how the more precocious two-year-olds are performing. The older horses may have already been seen in the Lockinge, or over in Dubai during the Carnival in March.
Positive Royal Ascot Trends to look for
Our Royal Ascot tips will help to identify key trends which have developed over the years. For instance, those drawn in a certain position, of a particular age or carrying a certain weight having done well can be pinpointed to help you with your Royal Ascot selections.
Found on our Royal Ascot trends page is information on a number of factors. How the draw affects races and how well certain stables do in races being a couple of examples. Watch out for these pointers:
Follow Lockinge Form in the Queen Anne
In total, 12 of the last 20 Queen Anne Stakes winners have previously taken in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. Considering two of those horses had previously been trained overseas, it is effectively 12 from 18.
Only Medicean, Canford Cliffs and Frankel managed to win both races, so don’t be put off a horse beaten in the Locking coming into Royal Ascot’s opening race.
Clues in the Guineas
Both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas successfully feed several races at Royal Ascot. For the colts, the natural step from the 2000 Guineas is the one-mile St James’s Palace Stakes.
Those who have shown more pace tend to drop down to the seven-furlong, Group 3 Jersey Stakes. Even the Irish 2000 Guineas and the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French Guineas) are good pointers. As for the fillies, plenty of Guineas horses end up in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes.
The Britannia is a competitive race. A full field will stretch right across the track, while the event is only for three-year-olds meaning there is plenty of improvement left in nearly all of them.
That being said, most winners are rated between 88 and 94. They are usually near the head of the market too, at around 10/1 or lower.
Get the Right Draw in the Coventry
The Coventry Stakes is another tough race, one featuring a ton of juveniles. While the form is tough to judge, the draw is less complicated.
Being drawn on the near side (high numbers) is by far the best outcome here. In recent times, only the brilliant Calyx has managed to buck that trend and score.
Jumping for Joy
In the staying races at Ascot, especially outside of the Gold Cup, jumping form comes to the fore. The 2½-mile Ascot Stakes and the 2-mile, 5-furlong Queen Alexandra Stakes tend to be dominated by those trained usually to go hurdling.
In the Ascot Stakes, popular jumps trainers David Pipe, Nicky Henderson, Willie Mullins, Jonjo O’Neill, Ian Williams and Alan King have been responsible for 9 winners since 2010. The picture is similar in the Queen Alexandra. 6 more winners have been trained by jumps handlers in the same time period.
Negative Royal Ascot Trends to Look For
As we mentioned regarding the Coventry Stakes where it is particularly prevalent, a high draw is often needed on the straight track. Those drawn low against the far rail have struggled greatly in recent years.
Conversely, while the draw isn’t a massive deal on the round track a high number may be negative. Should there be a field of significant size, having to come wide on the turn will not benefit your horse.
The longer juvenile race, the Chesham, favours lightly-raced individuals. The same can be said for the Britannia Stakes for the three-year-olds. Those having had plenty of experience in such events tend to have already played their hand and are likely to be surpassed by improving types.
Royal Ascot Trends and Tips – Dos and Don’ts
Keep an eye on the weather as much as on the draw. The final declaration stage is two days before each race, and plenty can change. If the ground comes up soft at Ascot, you really do need a horse who specialises on such going.
Don’t be too focused on the ante-post markets. Most runners here will be turning out only 2-3 weeks after their last run, some even less. Plenty can change on the run-up to Royal Ascot so make sure you’re not too set in your ways.
Top Royal Ascot Tips to Beat the Bookies
Don’t be afraid to follow the money. While you don’t want too short a price, when confidence is in a horse in a Group 1 at Ascot, they tend to be very well-backed, especially by the owners.
Use day one as a template for the remainder of the week. With many big handicaps to come, you can see for certain the effect of the draw and how the ground is riding on the first day of the meeting.
You can look for improvement in the three-year-old races but aim for proven top-level form with the older horses. In the 4yo+ races, favourites do very well at this meeting as the top-level form tends to stack up here.
How do I bet on Royal Ascot?
All major online bookmakers have comprehensive Royal Ascot markets. This meeting is the biggest on the planet for flat racing, as such it is a major source of income for all on-course and off-track bookies.
What horses are running at Royal Ascot?
The world’s best come to this meeting. Generally, the top-rated horses in Europe for every category are aimed at the week. In 2021, Battaash, Lord North, Palace Pier and Stradivarius may all make their intended engagements and all are at the head of their divisions.
** Best Royal Ascot Betting Tips only constitutes the opinions of our writers.
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