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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 2017. 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

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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 2017 Races

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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 purse for the Queen Anne Stakes in 2016 was $600,000.

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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Tepin 11/2 Julien Leparoux Mark Casse Robert Masterson

The winner of the 2016 race was Tepin who was considered a favorite of the race but dropped a few positions in the odds due to the wet surface. The overall favorite of the race was Belgrado with 9/2 odds, who was able to get second place.

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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Caravaggio 5/2 Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John ‘Susan’ Magnier, Derrick Smith

Caravaggio was an overwhelming favorite to win the Coventry Stakes at the Royal Ascot 2016. The horse was able to do so quite handily, remaining unbeaten in competition. The soft ground texture due to rain favored the horse.

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 purse for the race was $400,000 in 2016 and is expected to rise at the Royal Ascot 2017.
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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Profitable 4/1 Adam Kirby Clive Cox Alan Spence

The winner of the King’s Stand Stakes was Profitable coming in a 4/1 odds. Profitable was one of the favorites to take the race and will be a horse to look out for in the 2017 race, at only 4 years of age.

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 $400,000.

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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Galileo Gold 6/1 Frankie Dettori Hugo Palmer Al Shaqab Racing

The winner of the 2016 St. James’s Palace Stakes was Galileo Gold who was able to edge out the strong favorite of the event The Gurkha, who took second place. Galileo Gold came into the race at 6/1 odds compared to the 4/5 odds that The Gurkha was receiving.

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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Jennies Jewel 6/1 Ronan Whelan Jarlath Fahey Mr A N McIntyre

The nine year old horse Jennies Jewel took home the Ascots Stakes title in 2016 proving that age is no barrier in this longer distance event. Much of determining a handicapped race winner is based on knowing how much weight is being added on to each horse. When those numbers come out, look for the horses in the middle of the pack to come out with the greatest betting advantage.

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 Windsor Castle Stakes

The last race of the first day at the Royal Ascot, the Windsor Castle Stakes is one of the hardest to predict races. This is due to the fact that the event is listed, which means it is a grade below group level races. The riders in listed events are relatively unknown compared to group races, which leads to less notoriety. Listed races do however tend to give better odds for betting.

The Windsor Castle Stakes is open to all horses which are 2 years old and is competed over a 5 furlong or 1003 metre racecourse. The ground type used for the course is turf and the track is straight in nature. Being a listed event the purse for the Windsor Castle Stakes is $80,000.

Winner 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Ardad 20/1 Robert Havlin John Gosden Mr Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah

The winner of the 2016 Windsor Castle Stakes was Ardad, ridden by Robert Havlin. The horse was a surprise winner coming into the race at 20/1 odds. AS this race is only open to 2 year old horses, there are not any multiple winners of the event. To make bets for this event it is advised that betters take a look at the competitors and their form in past months leading up to the event. Expect some upsets in this event, as it is difficult to give listed groups odds.

The Royal Ascot – Day 2

Race # 7 – 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 purse for the event for the 2016 edition was $90,000.

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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Ribchester 7/1 William Buick Richard Fahey Godolphin

The Jersey Stakes was won by Irish horse Ribchester in 2016, ridden by jockey William Buick. Ribchester was given 7/1 odds to take the race making him one of the favorites. As there is an age limit on the horses, a new set of horses will make their way into the event next year.

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.

Race # 8 – Queen Mary Stakes

The second 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 purse for the Queen Mary stakes in the 2016 Royal Ascot was $110,000.

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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Lady Aurelia 2/1 Frankie Dettori Wesley Ward Stonestreet Stables/g Bolton/p Leidel

The 2016 Queen Mary Stakes was taken by American bred horse Lady Aurelia, the horse was a huge favorite entering the race at 2/1 odds. The age limit provides a fresh field every year that may require a little extra research to comb through top one year old racehorses from this year.

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 # 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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Usherette 9/4 Mickael Barzalona André Fabre Godolphin S N C

The 2016 Duke of Cambridge Stakes was won by the Irish Usherette who came in the race at 9/4 odds. The horse was 4 years old last year and will be a definite challenger in next year’s race in 2017.
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’s Stakes

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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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
My Dream Boat 16/1 Adam Kirby Clive Cox Paul & Clare Rooney

The 16/1 My Dream boat was able to top the field and take home the majority of the large purse from the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. My Dream Boat was able to top the favorite in the race Found, who was at 4/1 odds. As a longer race, the race can provide more upsets than shorter races. Expect horses from the middle of the odds pack to make runs for the trophy and don’t be surprised if a huge underdog is found standing on top of the podium at the end of it all.

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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Portage 10/1 James Doyle Michael Halford Godolphin

The odds to the horses in the Royal Cup are generally high, which makes it a great race to place bets on. Most winners of the Cup come from odds which were 10/1 odds or higher. The 2016 winner, Portage won the Cup with 10/1 odds and the second place finisher Librisa Breeze, came into the race at 8/1 odds.

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 – Sandringham Handicap

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 $80,000. 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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Persuasive 11/4 Frankie Dettori John Gosden Cheveley Park Stud

Unusually the favorite of the Sandringham Handicap, Persuasive was able to triumph in the event at 11/4 odds. The second and third place competitors however, were Diamond Fields and Sharaakah coming in at 33/1 and 25/1 odds respectively. This illustrates how the race is quite difficult to pick but can be extremely lucrative to those who do their homework.

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.

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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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Prince of Lir 8/1 Luke Morris Robert Cowell The Cool Silk Partnership

Sitting in the middle of the odds pack, Irish horse Prince of Lir was able to win the Norfolk Stakes in 2016. The horse was ran the race at 8/1 odds and was able to beat big favorite Silver Line at 7/2 odds, who only managed to finish the race in 3rd place.
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 – Tercentenary Stakes

A group 3 race, the Tercentenary Stakes takes place on the 3rd day of the Royal Ascot. The Tercentenary Stakes is another of the Royal Ascot’s flat horse races which features turf ground. The Tercentenary Stakes is however, a right handed race. It is open to all horses which are three years of age. The distance of the course for the Tercentenary Stakes is one mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres), making it one of the longest races at the Royal Ascot. The purse for the race is $90,000.

The race has been run under many different names. In the 1990’s the car dealers Milcars began to sponsor the race and it became known as the Milcars Conditions Stakes. The event was promoted to a Group 3 level and renamed the Tercentenary Stakes in 2011.

Winner 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Hawkbill 11/2 William Buick Charlie Appleby Godolphin

In 2016 the race was taken down by the American bred horse Hawkbill. Coming in at 11/2 odds the horse was one of the front runners behind the second and third place finishers Prize Money and Long Island Sound, who came into the race with 4/1 and 9/2 odds respectively.

The Tercentenary Stakes has seen most of its winners come from the pre race favorites. However, the length of the race has sometimes given the odd underdog story. As a Group 3 event the Tercentenary Stakes should be considered a good race to make a bet on, without limits or handicaps.

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 as of 2016.

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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Even Song 15/8 Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien Mrs. John Magnier

Overwhelming favourite Even Song was able to win the Ribblesdale Stakes in 2016 at 15/8 odds. The horse was ridden by Ryan Moore who had been able to take the titles in 2015 as well. Trained by the famous Aidan O’Brien, Even Song ran away with the race winning easily.

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 $400,000 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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Order of St George 10/11 Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor

Last year’s Gold Cup was dominated by gigantic favorite Order of St George, who was ridden by top jockey Ryan Moore and trained by the legendary Aidan O’Brien. The odds for Oder of St George were a meager 10/11, some of the lowest odds in Royal Ascot history. This raised the odds of all other horses to above 10/1, skewing the race. At only 4 years of age this was the first year that Order of St George was qualified to run in the Gold Cup.

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

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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 was $120,000 in 2016. 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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Defrocked 13/2 Jamie Spencer Jamie Osborne Smith / Magnier / Tabor

The winner of the 2016 Britannia Stakes was one of the favorites of the race Defrocked. Ridden by Jamie Spencer and trained by Jamie Osbourne, the Irish Bred Defrocked was able to edge out the competition.

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 – N Farrell, L Field, T Mellor & B Cognet

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 as of 2016.

Winner 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Primitivo 13/2 William Twiston-Davies Alan King N. Farrell, L Field, T Mellor & B Cognet

The winner of the King George V Stakes was another favorite, Primitivo. At 13/2 odds the Irish horse was able to beat the field quite handily. The horse was ridden by jockey, William Twiston-Davies and trained by Alan King.

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 in 2016 was $80,000.

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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Brave Anna 16/1 Seamie Heffernan Aidan O’Brien Mrs E. M. Stockwell

The winner of the Albany Stakes in 2016 was Brave Anna. The American horse was trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Seamie Heffernan. The horse got 16/1 odds to win the race, which may make Brave Anna look like a huge underdog but Group 3 fixtures generally give out good odds.

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 in 2016 was $200,000.

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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Across the Stars 7/1 Frankie Dettori Michael Stoute Mr Saeed Suhail

The Irish Born Across the Stars was able to take down the The King Edward VII Stakes at the 2016 Royal Ascot. The horse was 7/1 to win the race, which was behind the second place finisher Beacon Rock who came into the race at 7/2 odds.
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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Quiet Reflection 7/4 Dougie Costello Karl Burke Ontoawinner, Strecker & Burke

The winner of the second Commonwealth Cup race in 2016 was Quiet Reflection who came in the race as a heavy favorite at 7/4 odds. Quiet Reflection has a preference to soft ground which was available at the Royal ascot events in 2016 due to rain which plagued proceedings.

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 2016 Royal Ascot for the Coronation Stakes was $400,000.

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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Qemah 6/1 Gregory Benoist Jean-Claude Rouget Al Shaqab Racing

The winner of the 2016 Coronation Stakes was Qemah, who was 6/1 to take down the race. The second place horse in the race was Nemoralia who came into the race as the favorite at 4/1 odds. Alice Springs rounded out the top three with 8/1 odds.

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 – Duke of Edinburgh Stakes

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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 2016 showing of the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes was $80,000.

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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Kinema 8/1 Fran Berry Richard Hughes The Ashes

The handicapped race was eventually won by Kinema at the 2016 Royal Ascot. The horse was given 8/1 odds prior to the race. In second place came Elite Army who had been the favorite for the race at 9/2 odds.

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.

Race #24 – Queen’s Vase

Rounding out the fourth day of competition at the 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 $90,000.

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 2016

Horse Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Sword Fighter 33/1 Colm O’Donoghue Aidan O’Brien Mr M Tabor, D Smith & Mrs John Magni

The winner of the 2016 Queen’s Vase was massive underdog coming into the race Sword Fighter. The horse was given 33/1 odds to win the race but with a great jockey in the form of Colm O’Donoghue and a top trainer Aidan O’Brien, the horse was able to pull out a victory over the favorite of the race Harbour Law who came in second place with 8/1 odds.

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.

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 $80,000.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 2016

Horse Royal Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Churchill 8/11 Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier

Once again a horse trained by Aidan O’Brien was able to win an event at the 2016 Royal Ascot. The trainer is by far the most winningest in the past decade. Churchill came into the race a massive favorite at 8/11, ridden by all star jockey Ryan Moore. While most easily being able to predict the winner of the race, the second place finisher was a big surprise. The 25/1 Isomer was able to take home second prize, followed by other top contender Cunco at 7/2 in third place.The 8/11 odds signal that Churchill was a massive favorite to win the race, which is almost a sure win, unless something goes wrong for the horse.

Race #26 – Wolferton Handicap

The Wolferton Handicap is raced on the morning of the fifth and last 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 for the 2016 running of the event was $80,000.

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 2016

Horse Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Sir Isaac Newton 7/1 Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier

The combination of Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien were at it again in the Wolferton Handicap in 2016, this time on the back of Sir Isaac Newton. The horse was a favorite at 7/1 odds and was able to beat Second Wave and Revolutionist who took 2nd and third place having 20/1 and 9/1 odds respectively.

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.

Race #27 – The 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 2016 was $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 2016

Horse Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Dartmouth 10/1 Olivier Peslier Michael Stoute The Queen

Another top trainer to look out for is Sir Michael Stoute who is known for training winning horses in the Hardwicke Stakes. As the winning trainer of 4 out of the last 5 Hardwicke Stakes it seems he has this race down to a tee. 2016 was no exception, as he and jockey Olivier Peslier were able to ride Dartmouth to victory, even as a 10/1 dog. The favorite for the event Highland Reel was only able to pick up second place, despite coming into the race as a 6/1 favorite.

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

Race #28 – Diamond Jubilee Stakes

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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 2016 Diamond Jubilee Stakes was $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 2016

Horse Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Twilight Son 7/2 Ryan Moore Henry Candy Godfrey Wilson & Cheveley Park Stud

One of the world’s best jockeys, Ryan Moore was able to take the win on top of Twilight Son in the Diamond Jubilee in 2016. The horse was a 7/2 favorite to take the race over the second place finisher Gold-Fun, who came into the race with 7/1 odds. Signs of Blessings was a big surprise in 3rd place rounding out the top three with 25/1 odds to take down the race.

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 on 2016 was $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 2016

Horse Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Outback Traveller 10/1 Martin Harley Robert Cowell Lordship Stud & Mrs J Morley

The race in 2016 was won by Outback Traveller who was able to edge out the competition with jockey Martin Harley. Outback Traveller was in the middle of the odds pack with 10/1 odds behind the second place finisher Brando. As with most handicapped races, the winner is difficult to predict, with the weight and ground type playing such a large role in the overall outcome of the race.

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 was $80,000 in the 2016 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 2016

Horse Ascot Odds Jockey Trainer Owner
Commissioned 12/1 Adam Kirby Gordon Elliott Nick Bradley Racing Nineteen Partnership

The race in 2016 was won by Commissioned coming in at 12/1 odds. The horse was ridden by jockey, Adam Kirby and trained by Gordon Elliot. Commissioned was able to beat out joint favorites Clondaw Warrior and Oriental Fox who could only make it into 3rd and 4th place with 7/2 odds to take the race.

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)

View down the track during a race from Panoramic restaurant in the Royal Enclosure on Day 1 of Royal Ascot, 17th June 2014.

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)

3. Countryside RacedayThe 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)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A general view of the Royal Enclosure Gardens during Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot racecourse on June 16, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)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)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: A general view of the Royal Procession on Day 2 of Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot racecourse on June 17, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse) *** Local Caption *** Queen Elizabeth II;Prince Phillip;the Duke of EdinburghASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: A general view of the Royal Procession on Day 2 of Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot racecourse on June 17, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)

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

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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 2017 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 2017. 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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