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The Royal Ascot is one of the premier horse racing events in the world, spanning over 5 days and showcasing over 30 races. The Royal Ascot was founded all the way back in 1711 by Queen Anne, and has since then been attended annually by the British Royal Family. With over 300,000 people joining the Royal Family to observe the races and take part in the festival, the Royal Ascot is the most attended race in Europe.

The following betting guide may be used to learn everything there is to know about the upcoming Royal Ascot 2018. Horse racing tips, favorites and odds will all be exposed to give you the chance to make the most educated bets possible when the Royal Ascot kicks off again next year.

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Royal Ascot Venue

The home of the Royal Ascot racing event is the Ascot Racecourse. The racecourse is located in Ascot, Berkshire, England. The venue hosts nine of the nine of Britain’s 32 annual Group 1 horse races. The course is owned by Ascot Racecourse Ltd, which is closely affiliated with the Royal Family being only 6 miles away from Windsor Castle.

The ascot Racecourse has twenty-six days of racing over the course of the year as of today, which comprises of eighteen flat meetings held between the months of May and October. It also stages important jump racing which takes place during the winter months. The Royal Ascot which is held each June is a major draw, with the biggest highlight of the event being The Gold Cup.

The Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne and continues to be one of the most hyped horse racing events in Europe. Visiting the races is a once in a lifetime experience, the Royal Ascot in particular is 5 days of racing and betting fun, with loads of entertainment and deals to be enjoyed.

The Royal Ascot 2018 Races

The Royal Ascot is made up of a series of races which take place over 5 full days. In total there are 30 races – each race offers different rules and courses which give betters and race fans multiple opportunities to make an assortment of bets. Some of the rules and regulations are listed below.

In Europe the designations for flat races are agreed upon by the European Pattern Committee. The Committee grades all races into one of three levels. The level is determined by the average official ratings achieved by the first four finishers in a race over a period of three years. The breakdown for the rating system is as follows:

  • Group 1 – Minimum official rating of 115 (110 for 2 year olds) – Classics and other races of major international importance
  • Group 2 – Minimum official rating of 110 (105 for 2 year olds) – less important international races
  • Group 3 – Minimum official rating of 105 (100 for 2 year olds) – primarily domestic races

The Royal Ascot – Day 1

Race #1 – The Queen Anne Stakes

The Queen Anne Stakes kicks off the Royal Ascot as the first race of the event. The race is a Group 1 horse racing race which is open to horses who are 4 years or older. The course is exactly 1 mile long, straight in nature, and is run on turf by the racers.

The Queen Anne Stakes was created back in 1840 and was initially called the Trial Stakes until it was renamed after the founder of the Royal Ascot in 1930.

The most successful horses at the event have been able to take down the title twice. The horses include, Flambeau – 1840, 1841, Toastmaster – 1885, 1886, Worcester – 1895, 1896, Dean Swift – 1906, 1907.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Ribchester 11/10 fav W Buick R Fahey

Richard Fahey’s top class performer got the punters off to a flying start with a breathtaking display in the opening Queen Anne Stakes, showing his trademark turn of foot to readily assert under a confident ride, clocking a new course record in the process (going description changed to “good to firm” after the race).

Since the Queen Anne Stakes is a straight flat race, the main things to look out for as a better are the conditions of the surface. If it has rained over the past couple of days the soggy surface will generally favor riders who are used to those conditions.

Race# 2 – The Coventry Stakes

The Coventry Stakes is the second race at the Royal Ascot, the race is a Group 2 race and is open to horses who are 2 years of age. The distance of the race is 6 furlongs or 1207 metres on a straight turf track. The purse for the race is $150,000.

The event was established in 1890, and it was named after the 9th Earl of Coventry. No horse has taken this event down more than 1 time due to the age restrictions.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Rajasinghe 11/1 S Donohue R Spencer

This was a real breakthrough win for trainer Richard Spencer when his classy juvenile got up in a bunched finish to a substandard looking Coventry Stakes. Although the time clocked broke a new track record for 2-y-o’s, this was more to do with the very fast conditions underfoot on the day.

As another straight flat race, bettors should take the conditions of the grounds as their main focus going into the Coventry Stakes. The favorites should do well in this race, however, with no possibility of repeats due to the age filter, a new set of horses will be running this event every year. Look out for top 1 year old horses who will graduate into the field next year.

Race # 3 -The King’s Stand Stakes

The third race of the Royal Ascot, The King’s Stand Stakes, features Group 1 horses aged three years or older. The distance of the course is 5 furlongs or 1006 metres which is straight in nature and the course is run on a turf ground texture.

The King’s Stand Stakes became is part of the international race series, the Global Sprint Challenge as of 2005. As a result it features a number of top contenders from overseas. It is now the fourth leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, preceding the KrisFlyer International Sprint and following the Golden Jubilee Stakes.

A few horses have been able to take down the race on more than one occasion, most recently Equiano in 2008 2010 and Sole Power in 2013 & 2014.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Lady Aurelia 7/2 J Valazquez W Ward

Wesley Ward’s American raider had wowed the UK when winning the Queen Mary in 2016 here, and returned to her best to land the Kings Stand in fantastic style under a more patient ride. She clocked just over 57 seconds in doing so, quickening clean away from the furlong pole, and seems sure to be back in 2018 for her excellent trainer.

Expect the main variable in the race to again be the texture of the ground and weather. Favorites should be considered heavy frontrunners if the conditions are normal. Make sure you also pay attention to any 2 year old horses which may turn 3 by next year, such as Caravaggio.

Race #4 – The St. James’s Palace Stakes

The St. James’s Palace Stakes is the 4th race that takes place on the first day of the Royal Ascot. The race is a Group 1 fixture for horses 3 years and older. The distance covered by the race is 1 mile; the track is right handed and uses turf for the ground. The prize pool for the event is $500,000.

The St. James’s Palace Stakes was established in 1834 and named after St. James’s Palace, which was a Royal Residence in the Tudor period. Unique to the St. James’s Palace Stakes are the riders who are usually horses which ran previously in the 2,000 Guineas, the Poule d’Essai des Poulains or the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Barney Roy 5/2 J Doyle R Hannon

The feature race of the day saw a heavily backed favourite in Churchill, but he was unable to live with the turn of foot of Richard Hannon’s stable star in a thrilling finish to this valuable Group 1 prize.

The course favors horses with good right handed track records. The turf ground will require decisions to be made the morning of the race depending on the dampness of the ground. Softer ground conditions will greatly favor certain horses. Trainer, Aidan O’Brien is known for having a fantastic record at this event, having been the trainer for 7 winning horses, including the winning horses in 2009 Mastercraftsman and 2015 Gleneagles. Look out for whatever horse is trained by O’Brien in 2017, they will be a definite favorite to win the race.

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Race # 5- The Ascot Stakes

The Ascot Stakes is one of the final races of the first day at the Royal Ascot. It is different to the previous races as it is a handicap race. The horses for the event must be 4 years or older to qualify. The race is a much longer than most races at the Royal Ascot as well, at 2 miles and four furlongs or 4,023 metres.

Handicapped horse races involve horses carrying different weights, allocated by the handicapper. Thus, a horse which is considered a favorite will carry a heavier weight, to give him or her a disadvantage when racing against slower horses. Handicapped racing is generally harder to predict than other normal horse racing as it is unknown how each horse will cope with the added weight.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Thomas Hobson 4/1 fav R Moore W Mullins

Better known as the champion NH trainer, Willie Mulliins proved he can deliver the goods on the flat too as this well backed stayer landed a sustained gamble in game style under Ryan Moore.

The ground conditions will also play a key part in the race, with extra weight pushing the horse’s hooves further into the ground when racing. If conditions are soft such as in 2016, the race will favor horses with less weight added greatly.

Race # 6 – The Wolferton Stakes

The Wolferton Handicap is the final race of the first day of the Royal Ascot. It is a flat handicapped race open to all horses 4 years and up. The distance of the track is 1 mile and 2 furlongs equivalent to 2,012 metres. The track is right handed in nature and consists of a turf ground. The purse is $100,000.

The race is quite new to the Royal Ascot, having first been run in 2002 when the event was extended to 5 days. The race is named after the village of Wolferton near Sandringham House.

Winner 2017

Horse Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Snoano 25/1 D Allan T Easterby

A rare win for the North here, and a real result for the bookmakers in a typically competitive renewal of the Wolferton handicap.

The Royal Ascot 2017 will also feature a number of horses which will be ridden and trained by this combo of Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien, expect them to do just as well as they did in 2016. When their names are in the field, the correct bet is almost always on them.

The Royal Ascot – Day 2

Race # 7 – Queen Mary Stakes

The first Day 2 race, the Queen Mary Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race open to all two year old fillies. Fillies are young female horses which are too young to be called mares. The Queen Mary Stakes is run over 5 furlongs or 1006 metres of flat and straight turf.

The event, inaugurated in 1921, is named after Queen Mary– the consort of King George the fifth. The Queen Mary Stakes was long classified as a Group 3 event but recently in 2004 was able to hit Group 2 status.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Heartache 5/1 A Kirby C Cox

Clive Cox is rapidly gaining a terrific reputation as a trainer going to the top, and this cracking filly took advantage of a good high draw to land the Queen Mary Stakes under Adam Kirby. There were amazing scenes in the winners enclosure afterwards, with the owners made up of 75 enthusiasts who formed the “Hot to Trot” syndicate.

Favorites in this event should be strongly considered as they tend to be overwhelmingly better than the rest of the field. In last year’s race Lady Aurelia came in first with 2/1 odds and Al Johrah came in second with 9/2 odds. Expect similar results from the top horses Queen Mary Stakes at the Royal Ascot 2017.

Race # 8 – Queens Vase

The second race of day two at Royal Ascot is the Queen’s Vase race. The Queen’s Vase is a listed flat race open to three year old horses only. The distance of the course is 2 miles or 3,219 meters, which is run on a right handed turf track. The purse for the Queen’s Vase race is $200,000.

The event was established in 1838 and was open to horses older than 3 years for a brief stint. The race was only given the name Queen’s Vase in 1960 and for the longest time was a Group 3 event until downgraded in 2014.

Winner 2017

Horse Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Rare Rhythm 20/1 W Buick C Appleby

A remarkable sixth win of the week so far for Godolphin, and a big priced winner for William Buick in a typically competitive handicap to round off Day 4.

The victory is an illustration of how listed events seem to give much more surprises that the Group events which feature much more established horses. While these listed races may be hard to predict they also give away very good odds which can be extremely fruitful, even if you only get lucky in one of the many listed races at the Royal Ascot.

Race # 9 – Duke of Cambridge Stakes

Race number 9 on the docket which is raced on the second day is the Duke of Cambridge Stakes. The race involves Group 2 fillies or mares of four years or older, racing a distance of a mile or 1609 metres on a straight, flat turfed surface. The purse for the race is $175,000.

The race is one of the newly formed races in Europe, designed for older mares. The race was added to the Royal Ascot in 2004. The event was originally titled the Windsor Forest Stakes, and was renamed the Duke of Cambridge Stakes in 2013 to honour Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge. Due to its short history no horse has been able to capture the title more than once.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Qemah 5/2 fav G Benoist J Rouget

Last years Coronation Stakes winner clearly relishes Ascot and capped a memorable day for French trainers by taking the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, getting first run on the strong finishing Aljazzi under an excellent ride from Gregory Benoist.

The top horses tend to be more unpredictable in longer races. Although this race was won by a favorite in 2016, the history of the vent shows that it is prone to victories from underdogs. An illustration of this was place winning Furia Cruzada in 2016 who was a 20/1 long shot to take the race.

Race #10 – Prince of Wales’ Stakes

The prince of Wales Stakes is one of the more celebrated events at the Royal Ascot. The event involves top Group 1 horses on a flat right-handed course which is 1 mile and 2 furlongs in length (2,012 metres). The Prince of Wales’s Stakes has one of the larger purses of the Royal Ascot at $750,000. As with most of the events run at the Royal Ascot the race is run on turf, so the weather the day before and day of the race is very important to the outcome.

The race is open to only horses who are four years or older in age. The event was established back in 1862, named after the Prince of Wales at that time, the future King Edward VII. Not many horses have been able to take home the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on more than one occasion, with the last horse to do so being, Muhtarram in 1994 and 1995.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Highland Reel 9/4 R Moore A O’Brien

Aidan O’Brien’s global superstar took the feature Prince of Wales Stakes in tenacious fashion, finding for pressure under an incredibly strong ride from Moore. He took his career earnings to over six million pounds with this gallant victory, and few horses at the highest level can match his attitude off the bridle whatever the circumstances around the world.

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes is considered the highlight of the second day and is the race that shouldn’t be missed if betters are looking for big odds.

Race # 11 – Royal Hunt Cup

The Royal Hunt Cup is the 11th race and the second handicap race of the Royal Ascot. It is open to horses who are 3 years or older and is run on a mile long course which is straight and turfed. The purse for the event is $175,000.

The event was established in 1843 as a right handed course which was contested over 7 furlongs. The races length was extended and changed to a straight race in 1956. The Royal Hunt Cup is one out of the three perpetual trophies at the meeting, along with the Gold Cup and the Queen’s Vase, which are permanently kept by the winning owners of the race.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Zhui Feng 25/1 M Dwyer A Perrett

A boilover for the bookmakers here as Amanda Perret’s unconsidered outsider got the better of a blanket finish, making all of the running and digging deep to see off numerous challengers up the straight.

As a handicapped race the racers with the strongest horses must weigh down their horses based on the opinions of the handicapper of the race. It is due to this uncertainty that handicapped races provide such good odds, they of course also make the race much more unpredictable with the favorite of the race rarely being able to take home the trophy.

Race # 12 – The Jersey Stakes

Day two of the Royal Ascot kicks off the Jersey Stakes. The race is a Group 3 flat horse race which is open to only three year old horses. The total distance of the course at the Ascot is 7 furlongs or 1408 metres of straight track with a turf ground.

The Jersey Stakes was originally introduced as a replacement of the second leg of what was known as the Triennial Stakes in 1919. The race was named after the fourth Earl of Jersey, who served as the Master of the Buckhounds in the late eighteenth century.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Le Brivido 2/1 fav P Boudot A Fabre

Andre Fabre has a terrific record when bringing over raiders from France, and this top class performer landed hefty market confidence to take the opening Jersey Stakes under a confident ride. The fast ground (which had been a concern previously to connections), seemed to suit ideally and he travelled and quickened like one who will be winning plenty of Group races in the future.

By the second day of the Royal Ascot, how the course is playing will be a known factor. With the ability to take conditions into consideration to a greater degree, betters can make more educated bets than on the first day. It is recommended that betters try and bet larger amounts after taking a look at the way the ground is holding up on the first day of the Royal Ascot.

As a group 3 event the Jersey Stakes doesn’t bring the best horses, however, it does bring some competitive horses from the three year old age group. Expect, one of the favorites to take this race in 2017, after odds makers make adjustments.

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The Royal Ascot – Day 3

Race #13 – Norfolk Stakes

The Norfolk Stakes is the first race on the 3rd day of the Royal Ascot. It is a Group 2 event which features horses that are 2 years old in age. The distance of the race is 5 furlongs or 1006 metres. The race is a straight one that is run on turf. The purse for the event is $100,000.

The event was established in 1843 and was originally named the New Stakes. For a long time the race was a Group 3 event but was recently promoted to Group 2 in 2006. The Norfolk stakes was long dominated by jockey, Lester Piggott who was able to capture the trophy for the event a whopping 9 times all the way back from 1961 to as recent as 1992.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Sioux Nation 14/1 R Moore A O’Brien

For once the bookmakers were cheering an Aidan O’Brien/Ryan Moore winner as this unfancied 14/1 chance took the Norfolk, getting first run on the well backed favourite Santry who finished strongly on the other side of the track.

The Norfolk Stakes is generally won by favorites, however like last year horses who are in the middle of the odds pack have also made it to the winning circle. Expect the 107 winner to also be one of the pre race favorites, with a lot depending on the conditions on the third day of the Royal Ascot.

Race #14 – Hampton Court Stakes

The Hampton Court Stakes is the third race on the Thursday of the Royal Ascot. It is a Group 3 event which confined to horses that are three years old in age. The distance of the race is one mile one furlongs or 2004 metres. The race is run on the round course that often favours those ridden prominently or making the running on the fast turf. The prize money for the event was 90,000 in 2017.

The event has been run under numerous different titles over the years, with the Tercentenary Stakes in 2011 named to mark 300 years of racing at Ascot (before reverting to its original name in 2017)

Winner 2017

Horse Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Benbatl 9/2 O Murphy S bin Suroor

The consistent globetrotter Benbatl showed a tenacious attitude under pressure to land this Group 3 prize in 2017, in a finish dominated by the principals in the betting. The runner-up OrderoftheGarter was backed into 10/3f for the all conquering O’Brien/Moore combination, but he was given an unusually poor ride from the champion jockey, dropped out miles out the back and never quite able to land a blow despite finishing really strongly from the hometurn.

Race # 15 – Ribblesdale Stakes

The midway point of the Royal Ascot as the 15th race, the Ribblesdale Stakes is a Group 2 flat race which is open only to three year old fillies. The distance of the course is 1 mile and 4 furlongs, making it longer than most other Royal Ascot events. The course is also right handed with a ground texture of turf. The purse at the Ribblesdale Stakes is $200,000.

The race is named after the 4th Baron Ribblesdale, who served as the Master of the Buckhounds from 1892 to 1895. Established in 1919, the race was originally a 1 mile race open to 3 and 4 year olds of both genders. Jockey, Frankie Dettori has had a great time at the Ribblesdale Stakes being able to take home the title a record 5 times. His last win came atop Hibaayeb in 2010.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Coronet 9/1 O Pesllier J Gosden

The Ribblesdale was won in dramatic fashion as Olivier Peslier swooped in the dying strides, benefitting from a rapid early gallop set by The Sky is Blazing which strung out the field turning for home.

Look out for both the jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Aidan O’Brien in Ribblesdale Stakes of the Royal Ascot 2017, both names have been seen a lot in the winning horses over the past few years at the event. Expect the two to continue their domination of the race on a different horse.

Race # 16 – Gold Cup

The Gold Cup takes place in the middle of the third day of the Royal Ascot and is considered one of the most important races of the event. The race is a Group 1 fixture open to all horses 4 years and older. The relaxed entry and large purse of $500,000 attracts some of the top riders in the world.

The track is a right handed one, which is a total of 2 miles and 4 furlongs in length which is equivalent to 4,023 metres. The large length of the course makes the Gold Cup the most prestigious race for long distance horses in Britain.

The event was established in 1807, and originally opened to horses three years of age and older. The Gold Cup is the first leg of the Britain’s Stayers’ Triple Crown, which also features the Goodwood Cup and the Doncaster Cup. The most successful horse in the history of the event was Yeats, who was able to win the title 4 times.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Big Orange 5/1 J Doyle M Bell

A thrilling battle between Michael Bell’s stayer and last years winner Order of St George was the highlight of Day 2 in the Ascot Gold Cup, with the frontrunning winner raising the roof as he rallied when pressed hard in the last 100 yards.

Expect the Order of St George to be back in the next Gold Cup with low odds again. It may be hard to bet against the horse though, with its clear dominance in 2016.

Race # 17 – Britannia Stakes

The Britannia Stakes is one of the last events of day 3, Ladies day, of the Royal Ascot. The race is a flat handicapped race open to three year old colts and geldings. It is run over 1 mile on a straight course made of turf. The purse for the Britannia Stakes is $120,000 in 2018. As a handicapped event it requires that some horses carry weight n order to level the playing field.

The Britannia Stakes was first held in 1928, taking place over the exact same course as the Royal Hunt Cup.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Bless Him 25/1 J Spencer D Simcock

Another masterclass in strongly run handicaps at this meeting from Jamie Spencer, who found the gaps at the right times on board David Simcock’s unconsidered 25/1 outsider to take a wide open Brittania.

As a handicapped race the Britannia Stakes is harder to predict than other races, but can be very rewarding if you have the right information, such as the form of the horses, the conditions on the day, and the weight that each horse is handicapped with its ratio to the horse’s strength.

Expect the Britannia Stakes to give some good odds away on some top horses next year which will be well worth a bet.

Race # 18 – King George V Stakes

The last race of day 3 of the Royal Ascot is the King George V Stakes which is another handicapped flat race. The race is only open to horses who are three years of age. The distance of the course is 1 mile and 4 furlongs or 2,414 metres of right handed turf. The purse for the King George V Stakes is $90,000 in 2018.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Atty Persse 7/1 K Shoemark R Charlton

This was the first win at Royal Ascot for an offspring of the legendary Frankel, asserting late on under a brilliant ride from the up-and-coming young rider Kieran Shoemark.

It is expected that the 2017 King George V Stakes will also feature a favorite at the top of the podium, although much will be up to the conditions that meet the racers on the third day. If the weather stays clear and the ground is hard, expect the top ranked horses to do well.

The Royal Ascot – Day 4

Race # 19 – Albany Stakes

The fourth day of the Royal Ascot kicks off with the Albany Stakes. The Albany Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race which is open exclusively to two year old fillies. The race is run over a distance of 6 furlongs on a straight turf racetrack. The purse for the Albany Stakes is $90,000.

The event was established only recently in 2002, it was originally called the Henry Carnarvon Stakes and was a listed event. It was promoted to Group 3 status in 2005.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Different League 20/1 A Hamelin M Palussiere

A remarkable win for this unfancied 20/1 chance in the opening Albany Stakes, particularly in this million pound age as she was bought for just 8000 pounds by her connections as a yearling (and won 45000 pounds here in one hit).

Also the fact that the race was open to only 2 year of fillies creates uncertainty around oddsmakers, as they don’t have sufficient information to make exact odds. These Group 3 races are some of the best to bet on, if you can ascertain information about the 2 years the horse has been competing. The best odds for the race were given to Queen Kindly at 13/2, who ended up coming in 3rd.

Another piece of advice to keep in mind is that certain trainers such as Aidan O’Brien are known for doing a great job with young horses, thus anytime his name is on the race-card it’s a good idea to pay attention.

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Race # 20 – King Edward VII Stakes

The King Edward VII Stakes is a Group 2 event which is run during the morning of the fourth day of the Royal Ascot. The course is flat and right handed open only to three year old colts and geldings. The course is run over 1 mile and 4 furlongs or 2,414 metres making it one of the lengthier courses at the Royal Ascot. The purse for the King Edward VII Stakes is $225,000.

The event was established in 1834, and was originally called the Ascot Derby. It was also open to fillies in its early days. In 1926 the race was renamed King Edward VII Stakes. The King Edward VII Stakes has a strong connection with the Epsom Derby, it takes place usually two weeks after the derby and features horses who also rode at the Epsom.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Permian 6/1 W Buick M Johnston

A first win of the week for the powerful Middleham team of Mark Johnston, with this classy performer putting a dismal effort in the Epsom Derby behind him in typically game style.

Betters of the King Edward VII Stakes have the fortune of having almost a test run in the Epsom Derby. The Derby uses many of the same horses in a similar racetrack. With only 2 weeks between the races, it’s quite easy to see which horses will come out on top at the King Edward VII Stakes.

Race #21 – The Commonwealth Cup

The Commonwealth Cup is one of the most prestigious events at the Royal Ascot. It is a Group 1 flat race open exclusively to horses aged 3 years old. The Commonwealth Cup is one of a kind as it is the only Group 1 flat race in all of Great Britain which is exclusive to three year olds that allows geldings to compete and it is the first age restricted Group 1 race which is open to geldings in Europe.

The distance of the Commonwealth Cup race is 6 Furlongs or 1,207 metres. The race is run over a straight turf racetrack. The Commonwealth Cup was introduced very recently in 2015, when it replaced the Buckingham Palace Stakes, which was removed from the Royal Ascot events.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Caravaggio 5/6 fav R Moore A O’Brien

The unbeaten Caravaggio claimed his sixth win of his career and landed hefty market support in the process, quickening smartly to deny Harry Angel in a cracking renewal of the Commonwealth Cup.

The second and third place horses were Kachy and Washington DC who came into the race with 14/1 and 8/1 odds respectively. While the Commonwealth Cup is still young at the Royal Ascot, the horses that compete in the event are quite well known, making the favorites of the race likely to come out on top.

Race # 22 – Coronation Stakes

Another Group 1 fixture on the 4th day at the Royal Ascot, the Coronation Stakes, is open to strictly three year old fillies. The race is run over 1 mile on a right handed racetrack with a turf ground. The purse for the Coronation Stakes is $500,000.

The event was established in 1840 in commemoration of the coronation of Queen Victoria, two years earlier. The Coronation Stakes generally involves fillies which had run in the 1,000 Guineas, the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches or the Irish 1,000 Guineas races.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Winter 4/9 fav R Moore A O’Brien

A facile win in the Coronation for this top class performer, easing clear on the bridle and leading home a 1,2,3 for Aidan O’Brien.

The Coronation Stakes has the advantage of watching horses previously in the Guineas, the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches or the Irish 1,000 Guineas races. Betters may look at the results in the races and then make educated choices as to the winner of the Coronation Stakes based on the conditions. Expect the horses that did well in the previous races to also be in the front running to win the Coronation Stakes.

Race #23 – Sandringham Stakes

The Sandringham Handicap is the last race on day two of the event and is another handicapped horse race, the third in the Royal Ascot. Once again the race type is flat and straight in nature and the distance run by the horses is 1 mile. The race is however, restricted to three year old fillies. The purse for the event is $90,000. The race was called the Fern Hill Rated Stakes until 2001.

The race is known for being one of the least predictable races of the Royal Ascot, due to the handicap and restriction to 3 year old fillies.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Con te Partiro 20/1 J P Spencer W Ward

A second win of the week for American ace Wesley Ward, as his unfancied 20/1 chance benefitted from a typically patient ride from Jamie Spencer to deny Ryan Moore on Rain Goddess in an ultra-competitive Sandringham handicap.

The Sandringham Handicap should be bet on by all betters who are looking to make big wins. Although it may require a bit of luck to properly predict, the payoff at the end is well worth the risk.

Race #24 – Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes

The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes slots in late on the fourth day of Royal Ascot competition. The race is a flat handicap open to horses three years and older. It is run on right handed turf racetrack which is 1 mile and 4 furlongs in length. The purse for the 2018 showing of the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes is $90,000.

The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes was first run in 1914 under the name the Bessborough Stakes. In 1999 the race was named after Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh which changed the name of the race to the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes.

Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Stradivarius 11/2 A Atzeni  J Gosden

The Queens Vase was run over a new trip this season, dropping to 1m6f from 2m, but it did not inconvenience John Gosden’s progressive stayer.

As with most handicapped races it is expected that conditions and the handicapping of the horses will be the ultimate deciders of which horse comes out victorious. Handicapped events require a little extra information and homework for betters to make decisions, however they are well worth it, as the odds as often higher than that of Group races.

The Royal Ascot – Day 5

Race #25 – The Chesham Stakes

The first race coming into the final day of the Royal Ascot is the Chesham Stakes. The race features two year old horses in a listed flat race. The race track is a straight turf one that is 7 furlongs or 1408 metres long. The purse for the Chesham Stakes race is $90,000.The event is named after Baron Chesham, who served as the last Master of the Buckhounds in the early 1900’s. It was established in 1919 and was originally a 5 furlong race. The race is currently restricted to horses whose sires won at a distance in excess of 1 mile and 1½ furlongs, or in excess of 1,900 metres.


Winner 2017

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
September 11/8 fav R Moore A O’Brien

A cracking start to Saturday for punters, and a sixth win of the week for Ryan Moore which saw him comfortably land the jockeys championship over the five day meeting (for the seventh time in eight years).

Race #26 – Hardwicke Stakes

The Hardwicke Stakes takes place on the morning of the last day of the Royal Ascot. The race involves Group 2 horses which are aged four years or older. The race is a flat race over a 1 mile and 4 furlong racetrack which is the equivalent to 2,414 metres. The track has a right handed distinction, as is made up of turf. The purse for the event in 2018 is $225,000.

The event is named after the 5th Earl of Hardwicke, who served as the Master of the Buckhounds in the 19th century. The race was established in 1879, and it was originally open to horses aged three or older. The leading horses that compete in the Hardwicke Stakes often return to the venue to compete in the following month’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, so keeping a good eye on the races can be fruitful to betters in later stages.

Winner 2017

Horse Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Idaho 9/2 J A Heffernan A O’Brien

A sixth win of the week for Aidan O’Brien that secured him the trainers title over the five days, but it saw Ryan Moore choose wrongly as he was on board the Queen’s Dartmouth (who was backed down to favouritism but faded two furlongs out).

Make sure you add Michael Stoute to your shortlist of trainers who must be looked out for when making bets.

Race #27 – Windsor Castle Stakes

The Windsor Castle is the third race on the fifth and final day of the Royal Ascot. It is a Listed class event which is confined to horses that are 2 years old in age. The distance of the race is 5 furlongs or 1003 metres. The race is a straight one that is run on turf and usually attracts a big field. The prize money for the event was 80,000 in 2017 and is usually the weakest of the juvenile races run over the five days. The race was established in 1988 and has been run at the meeting every year since (staged at York in 2005 when the grandstand was being rebuilt here), and usually attracts runners from around the globe. In 2009 Wesley Ward’s Strike the Tiger gained a popular win for America, and he often targets the race with one of incredible juveniles.

Winner 2017

Horse Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Sound Of Silence 16/1 W Buick C Abbleby

The bookmakers were cheering a real result in 2017 when this exposed sort sprang a 16/1 surprise, foiling some well backed runners ahead of him in the market. This race has a record of shocks, with only Washington DC in 2015 in recent years favoured by the punters, so perhaps it is best to concentrate on bigger priced outsiders in this ultra competitive contest.

Race #28 – Diamond Jubilee Stakes

The Diamond Jubilee is one of the most prestigious and hardly fought races in the world. The event is a Group 1 flat horse race open to all horses that are four years of age or older. The race is on the shorter side, run over 6 furlongs the equivalent of 1,207 metres on a straight turf racetrack. The purse for the 2018 Diamond Jubilee Stakes is $600,000.

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes was established in 1868, and it was originally called the All-Aged Stakes. After going through a few names, the race was renamed to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, it also gained Group 1 status at this point.The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is also part of a new international race series, the Global Sprint Challenge. The race is the sixth leg of the series.

Winner 2017

Horse Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
The Tin Man 9/2 T Queally J Fanshawe

A popular win for this top notch sprinter, who had to survive a stewards enquiry after causing interference to both the 3rd home Limato (who then hampered the runner-up Tasleet). Although the placings remained the same, Queally did pick up a two-day ban for careless riding.

Expect more top jockeys and trainers finding themselves winning the Diamond Jubilee stakes which has a large prize pool and bragging rights.

Race # 29 – The Wokingham Stakes

The Wokingham Stakes is one of the last featured races at the Royal Ascot. The handicapped race involves horses aged three years or older, competing on a straight turf track over a distance of 6 furlongs equivalent to 1,207 metres. The purse for the event is $175,000.

The event is named after the market town of Wokingham, which is several miles to the west of Ascot. The race was established in 1813, but for a long time the Wokingham Stakes was divided into two or three separate classes, until it became a single race in 1874.

Winner 2017

Horse Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Out Do 25/1 D Tudhope D O’Meara

A game win for this injury prone performer, who showed remarkable toughness to see things out in the final 100 yards having looked sure to be swamped by the closing pack.

As one of the last races of the Royal Ascot, all conditions will be revealed prior to this race. This will help betters immensely in making good decisions. By the fifth day the ground type and how the weather is affecting the horses will be well known, bets should reflect this information.

Race # 30 – Queen Alexandra Stakes

The Queen Alexandra Stakes is the final race of the Royal Ascot. The flat race is open to all horses four years or older. It is run at the Ascot over a distance of 2 miles and five furlongs which is equivalent to 4,370 metres. This makes it Britain’s longest flat horse race. The race track is a turf right handed one and the purse for the event is $90,000 in the 2018 edition of the Royal Ascot.

The event is named after Queen Alexandra, the consort of King Edward VII and was established in 1864. The race can sometimes feature horses that ran in the opening day of competition.

Winner 2017

Horse Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer
Oriental Fox 10/1 J Fanning M Johnston

The 2m5f Queen Alexandra is always a unique one-off in the racing calendar, and the 2018 version produced a thrilling finish, with Joe Fanning timing his late run to perfection as the market principals rather cut their throats going for home too soon.

The Queen Alexandra Stakes long length often brings in a varied field of competitors which can result in some surprise winners.

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Royal Ascot OddsHow to Pick a Winner at The Royal Ascot 2017
There are no secrets to picking a winner at the Royal Ascot 2017 but rather just some due diligence. A number of factors contribute to the overall outcome of the races, each of which can be researched and used to help you come up with the ideal and most profitable bets for each race. The following should be taken into consideration before placing any bet at the Royal Ascot 2017.

The Weather and Ground Conditions
The weather and ground conditions play a massive part of every race at any horse racing event. Some horses don’t fare well in overcast conditions, whereas other horses don’t fare well when the heat is beating down. Likewise, many horses favor a certain type of ground type when racing. While most horses like firm ground to avoid falling and gaining maximum traction, there are some horses that do very well on softer ground. It is these horses that betters must keep an eye on when making bets if there has been rain in the forecast of the previous day. Since the Royal Ascot is run in England, where the weather conditions are quite unpredictable, it is advised that bets are made close to the actual running of the race to avoid bad weather nullifying your bets.

Top Jockeys and Trainers
Many of the Royal Ascot events feature age brackets which don’t allow the same horse to compete in an event more than once. Thus, the only repeating factors from the past years will be the jockeys and trainers. Certain trainers are known for being able to breed flat racehorses which succeed in almost all conditions. One such trainer is Aidan O’Brien who has been the driving force between many Royal Ascot Winners. Makes sure you note down the top trainers and jockeys and put them into the equation before making any bets against them.

Past Performance on Surface Type
The surface type used at the Royal Ascot is turf. When making bets make sure that you take into consideration the past performances of the horses on a turf ground type. Horses perform differently on each type of surface. While some horses love and excel on dirt tracks, others do their best on artificial tracks. Generally the betting program tells you each horse’s past performance on the different surface types. Use this information to your advantage.Consider the Odds
For every race at the Royal Ascot each horse will have the odds of it winning next to its name in the program. The favorite to win is the horse with the lowest odds. The best bets will always pick favorites but in relation to the odds. The best ratio of odds-winning chance is the best way to maximize your earnings. If a race involves a horse that is a massive favorite sometimes it is best to avoid the race, as even if you win the race your winnings will be small, whereas losing the bet might not be worth the risk.

Handicaps
The Royal Ascot features many handicapped races. Races which are handicapped generally give out better odds than Group races, which are far easier to predict. The weight added to the horses as a handicap adds as another factor that betters need to take into consideration when placing a bet.Betters may use this information to their advantage however if they are able to do their homework and work out which horse is handicapped the best in ratio to the strength of the horse. What betters might find is that the most profitable races are the ones which are lowest in purse size.Make sure you use these tips when betting on the Royal Ascot 2017. The favorites for the races can be ascertained after the horses are announced for each race. Expect many of the top rider and jockeys to be in the mix.Royal Ascot TicketsA number of different ticket types are available to watch the Royal Ascot. The following are the possible vantage points to catch all the action from.

The King Edward VII Enclosure: (Previously known as the Premier Admission)

The King Edward VII Enclosure is the Ascot Racecourses premium ticket providing race watchers exclusive access to Level 4 of the Grandstand.From the balconies on Level 4, viewers may enjoy the beautiful sights of both the thrilling action on the track as well as the Winners’ Enclosure in the Parade Ring. Patrons can also be enjoy a wide selection of bars and restaurants.

Queen Anne Enclosure: (Previously known as the Grandstand Enclosure)

The Queen Anne Enclosure gives racegoers excellent facilities and a great viewing area at ground level. The Parade Ring and track are both a short walking distance, which can be reached by crossing the main Grandstand.There is no shortage of places to eat and drink from as well with loads of restaurants all over the place. Betting is available from the bookmakers in the betting ring, totepool kiosks, and betting shops in the main Grandstand.

Royal Enclosure: (Royal Ascot)

The Royal Enclosure is at the very heart of the Royal Ascot, with exclusive viewing areas and some of the best facilities available to racegoers at the course. The enclosure includes an exclusive access to the viewing area right by the Winning Post and the Royal Enclosure Gardens. This area is ideal for relaxing with friends and guests.

Windsor Enclosure (Royal Ascot – Previously known as the Silver Ring)

You may enjoy the close up views of the Royal Procession as it passes by the lush lawns of the Windsor Enclosure. The horses pass this enclosure first when racing. The atmosphere in the Windsor Enclosure is always vibrant and loud filling up the senses and creating excitement. Guest may enjoy the betting facilities, food stalls, Champagne and Pimm’s bars, and picnics on the lawn. Live music is also on offer at the lawn in the evening.Tickets to the Royal Ascot should be booked well in advance to avoid disappointment. Most of the grandstand will sell out very early so if you plan on getting the best vantage points for the races make sure you look into booking tickets as soon as possible.

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Royal Ascot Dress code

The dress code at the Royal Ascot is one that exudes elegance. The organizers of the Royal Ascot ask viewers to join in the theme of the event by dressing accordingly. Each enclosure has a different dress code that is asked to be upheld by the Royal Ascot Committee.The following are basic dress codes each enclosure issues:The Royal Enclosure

Ladies
Formal daywear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure for women, it is defined as follows:

  • Dresses and skirts worn by lady racegoers should be ‘modest’ length defined as falling just above the knee or longer.
  • Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater.
  • Jackets and pashminas can be worn but with the dresses and tops underneath still complying with the Royal Enclosure dress code.
  • Trouser suits are welcome with full length and matching material.
  • Hats should be worn.

Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:

  • Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted.
  • Midriffs have to be covered.
  • Fascinators are not permitted.

Gentlemen
Gentlemen who attend the Royal Enclosure must wear either black or grey morning dress which must include:

  • A waistcoat and tie
  • A black or grey top hat
  • Black shoes

Children
Girls – girls are asked to follow the rules that were put out in the Ladies’ Dress Codes. However, they may wear a headpiece or fascinator as an alternative to a hat.

Boys – As an alternative to the Gentlemen’s Dress Code boys may wear a dark colored lounge suit with a shirt.

Serving Military
Are welcome to wear their service uniform or equivalent to the Royal Ascot 2017.

Queen Anne Enclosure
Ladies
Ladies within the Queen Anne Enclosure are always encouraged to dress for a formal occasion when attending the Royal Ascot.

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator must be worn at all times.
  • Strapless tops are not permitted.
  • Trousers must be full length.
  • Midriffs must be covered.
  • Shorts are not permitted.
  • Gentlemen

Gentlemen must wear a matching suit and tie.

The Windsor Enclosure

There is no formal dress code to the Windsor Enclosure but racegoers are strongly encouraged to wear smart clothes. However, one rule for the Windsor Enclosure is that replica sports shirts may not be worn.

Conclusion

The Royal Ascot is one of the Premier horse racing events in the world and has a culture and history that brings out an atmosphere like no other in racing. Expect the Royals Ascot 2018 to be just as charming and exciting as past editions with 30 different spectacular events.With 30 events in the cards, betters also have the opportunity to win big bucks. With the right research and a few things going their way a better has the potential to have multiple wins in the Royals Ascot 2018. Use the guide above to take a look at the Royal Ascot results as well as the main indicators of winning horses. Readers don’t even have to make their way all the way to the races at the Ascot Racecourse, they may just place bets online from the comfort of their home while watching the races online.Sign up to your online sports betting accounts now to ensure you don’t miss out on an opportunity to win tonnes of money.

 

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