Royal Ascot Betting Tips
After the Grand National and the Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot is arguably the third biggest event of the year for horse racing fans. At Bet UK, we’re previewing the full event, as well as bringing you daily Ascot betting tips for each day’s races. Ahead of Royal Ascot, Bet UK are offering horse racing betting odds on all races throughout the week.
Royal Ascot Betting at Bet UK
At Bet UK, we offer the latest horse racing betting for all races throughout Royal Ascot. Ahead of the Festival, we offer Ante Post betting markets for the week’s biggest races, but as soon as the cards are confirmed, we’ll offer final betting markets for each day. In the lead up to Royal Ascot, why not take a look at our other online betting markets for races up and down the UK this weekend.
Royal Ascot Day 3 Betting Tips
The opening race on Day 3 of Royal Ascot is the Norfolk Stakes at 2:30. We’re picking 7/2 shot Cadamosto to open the day with a win for Aiden O’Brien. It would be a third Norfolk Stakes in the last 6 years for Aiden O’Brien, who clearly favours this race when preparing for Royal Ascot. In his only career run, Cadamosto won comfortably at Dundalk and a similar performance at Ascot will surely give him a win. That race was at 5f, the same length as the Norfolk Stakes, so it’s no surprise that he is being considered as an early favourite in the betting.
Ahead of the 3:40 Ribblesdale Stakes, we’ll be backing Frankie Dettori to ride Gloria Mundi to a win. Noon Star is the short price favourite, but we’re hoping that the experience of Dettori will help Gloria Mundi out. It’s been two close races so far in her short career, with a win by a nose and a loss by a neck in two races at Newbury. A win on Thursday would be the third consecutive win for Frankie Dettori, after a 2019 win with Star Catcher, followed by a 2020 win riding Frankly Darling. Everything points to Gloria Mundi being at least competitive, in what should be a fascinating race.
The Ascot Gold Cup is undoubtedly one of the biggest races at Royal Ascot, so it’s only right that we’ll be taking a look at the cards. There’s obviously one main name that stands out in this card, with Stradivarius set to lead the line as a 5/6 favourite. There’s not much to say about Stradivarius’ esteemed career that hasn’t already been said, as one of the greatest racehorses of his time continues to impress. 2 poor runs at the end of last year tarnished his record somewhat, but an easy win at Ascot back in April showed signs of him being back to his best. In 4 appearances at Royal Ascot, Stradivarius is undefeated and we expect that run to continue.
Royal Ascot Betting Schedule
Tuesday 15th June
|2:30||Queen Anne Stakes||1||1m|
|3:40||King's Stand Stakes||1||5f|
|4:20||St James's Palace Stakes||1||1m|
|5:00||Ascot Stakes||2||2m 4f|
|5:35||Wolferton Stakes||1||1m 2f|
|6:10||Copper Horse Stakes||2||1m 6f|
Wednesday 16th June
|2:30||Queen Mary Stakes||1||5f|
|3:05||Queen’s Vase||1||1m 6f|
|3:40||Duke of Cambridge Stakes||1||1m|
|4:20||Prince Of Wales’s Stakes||1||1m 2f|
|5:00||Royal Hunt Cup||2||1m|
|5:35||Windsor Castle Stakes||1||5f|
|6:10||Kensington Palace Stakes||2||1m|
Thursday 17th June
|3:05||Hampton Court Stakes||1||1m 2f|
|3:40||Ribblesdale Stakes||1||1m 4f|
|4:15||Gold Cup||1||2m 4f|
|5:35||King George V Stakes||2||1m 4f|
|6:10||Buckingham Palace Stakes||2||7f|
Friday 18th June
|3:05||King Edward VII Stakes||1||1m 4f|
|5:35||Duke of Edinburgh Stakes||2||1m 4f|
|6:10||Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes||2||5f|
Saturday 19th June
|3:40||Hardwicke Stakes||1||1m 4f|
|4:20||Diamond Jubilee Stakes||1||6f|
|5:35||Golden Gates Stakes||2||1m 2f|
|6:10||Queen Alexandra Stakes||2||2m 5 1/2f|
Common Royal Ascot Betting Terms
Antepost Betting - Antepost betting is very common in horse racing betting markets, particularly ahead of big races. Antepost betting is when you bet on a race before the official racecard has been confirmed. This means that there is a chance your horse won’t actually run in the race. Whilst you risk losing your stake without seeing your horse run, you can also get much better odds for horses in the Antepost. If you can follow a specific horse’s route to a festival and correctly predict the race it will run in, then you can get much better odds than if you waited for race day.
Rule 4 - Rule 4 comes into place when a horse has to pull out of a race at the last minute after you have already placed your bet. If a horse pulls out, your horse has a better chance of winning against a smaller field, so the odds of a winner will automatically decrease from the odds you placed your bet at. To make up for the difference in odds, a Rule 4 will be applied to your bet, which will mean your winnings will slightly decrease, depending on a few different factors. You can find more information about Rule 4 with Bet UK’s Rule 4 Betting Guide.
Each Way - An Each Way bet is one of the most popular types of bets when it comes to horse racing, and Royal Ascot is no different. Placing an each way bet allows you to still see a return on your bet, even if your horse doesn’t win. Each race has a set number of ‘places’ that will still pay out a reduced win as a result if you place an Each Way bet. An Each Way bet will double your stake and will put half towards a straight win, and halfway towards a place bet. If your horse finishes in the places, the half put towards a win will lose, but the half put towards a place will win instead.
Accumulator - An accumulator is formed when you bet on a number of different races, to form one larger bet. For example, placing a bet on the 1:15, 1:50 and 2:25 races will form a treble, or a 3-fold accumulator. This will add all of the odds of the individual winners together to calculate one figure. In order for your accumulator to win, each of your choices will have to win. Even if just one loses, then the whole bet will be lost. You can also place each way accumulators, which means some of your choices can place and you can still win.
Jockeys At Royal Ascot
If Ruby Walsh is the king of the Cheltenham Festival, then Ryan Moore surely holds the crown for Royal Ascot. For the last 5 years, Moore has been the top jockey at Ascot and no other rider can boast as many wins as he can. In 2015, he also managed to record the most amount of wins for one jockey at a Royal Ascot meeting with 9 across the 5 days. He’ll be the favourite for this year’s top jockey crown again, particularly when teaming up with trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Ryan Moore might be the new kid on the block, but Frankie Dettori is by far the most experience jockey at this year’s Royal Ascot. Since he has been riding at Ascot, he has won 53 races, including 7 in one day in 1996. That day in 96 proved that regardless of what horse he is riding, as long as Dettori is involved then there is a chance it can win.
Not instantly one of the most recognisable names for casual racing fans, but James Doyle could be the one that will shock a few at Royal Ascot. Doyle has placed or won 29% of his 151 career races at Ascot and has particular success on Charlie Appleby trained horses. Behind the big two of Moore and Dettori, Doyle is the main jockey who should be challenging for that top jockey award.
Trainers At Royal Ascot
Just like Ryan Moore, in recent years Aiden O’Brien has dominated Royal Ascot. Only John Gosden and Mark Johnston have won more races at Ascot, although both have entered more than 100 more horses than O’Brien. His winning percentage of 14.4% is almost unrivalled by trainers that have raced a similar amount of horses, so it would be no surprise if he wins top trainer in 2021. As we already mentioned, when working with Ryan Moore, the pair has seen success constantly throughout the last 5 years.
Each trainer has a favoured jockey and for John Gosden, that’s Frankie Dettori. Gosden is the most successful trainer of all time at Ascot Racecourse, with 68 wins from 433 runs. That’s a win percentage of 15.7%, the best winning percentage of anyone with over 125 runs. He has always been successful, but he has failed to win top trainer since the modern day domination of O’Brien and Moore.
Charlie Appleby is one of the top trainers in the game and shares the brunt of the Goldolphin stable training with Saeed bin Suroor. Whilst bin Suroor has more success in Dubai, Appleby has been the one who has broken into Royal Ascot and announced himself as a contender. He had his first winner with Space Age in 2015, before Blue Point won the King’s Stand Stakes to become Godolphin’s first winner of that race.
Past Royal Ascot Betting Tips
Royal Ascot Day 2 Betting Tips
We’re again starting our betting off with the first race of the day, the Queen Mary’s Stakes. Twilight Gleaming is the 5/2 favourite, but we’re looking towards Yet at 8/1. This is a novices race so there’s not plenty of form to go off for any of the entries, so we’re focusing on the trainer/jockey combination. With Ryan Moore as jockey, and A P O’Brien as trainer, that’s as good a reason as any to pick a horse at Royal Ascot. Although Aidan O’Brien is yet to train a winner in this race, his Ascot record suggests that it’s only a matter of time before that changes. Yet has a great chance of giving O’Brien his first Queen Mary’s win.
The 3:40 is our next focus and we’re going to be recommending the favourite here. Lady Bowthorpe is the 15/8 favourite as it stands, and with good reason. At the Lockinge Stakes last month, Lady Bowthorpe was a solid runner up at 22/1, losing to Palace Pier by just over a length. That run followed a win at Newmarket at the start of May, giving Lady Bowthorpe the best form of the field. Last year. Lady Bowthorpe also won at Ascot, which as we always mention, is one of the most important factors when considering a potential Royal Ascot winner. She is a heavy favourite, but also a deserving one, which makes Lady Bowthorpe a horse to look out for.
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes is the highlight of Day 2 at Royal Ascot, and Bet UK are boosting Lord North to 15/8 ahead of the race. It’s a right race at the top of the betting, with Love, Lord North and Armory all reasonable bets. But with the boosted odds for Lord North, that sets him apart from the crowd. More importantly however, Lord North will be ridden by Frankie Dettori, who was the star of the show at Royal Ascot last year. He has consistently performed on the biggest stage, and often proves to be the difference in tight racecards such as this. At 15/8, we’ll definitely be backing Lord North on Wednesday afternoon.
Royal Ascot Day 1 Betting Tips
We’ll start our daily treble off with the first race of the day, the Queen Anne Stakes at 2:30. Normally, we like to avoid the heavy favourite coming into the first race of a big meeting, but there is no reason we can see to back against Palace Pier. Palace Pier has plenty of experience at this distance, but more importantly, has already won at Royal Ascot in his career. That sort of experience often makes a horse stand out, and with Frankie Dettori on his back as well, it’s no surprise that Palace Pier is odds on favourite to open up Royal Ascot.
Bataash comes into Royal Ascot looking to repeat his winning run from last year. It was actually in this very race that Bataash won by 2L as a 4/5 favourite. That makes Bataash’s early odds of 2/1 seem stranger already. Even after that Ascot win last year, Bataash is unbeaten and has never really looked like being beaten. 2/1 is the longest odds that Bataash has had since 2019 and it would be tough to avoid suggesting backing him. He’ll also be ridden by Jim Crowley, who was close to winning top jockey last year, if not for Frankie Dettori’s final day hattrick. Expect Crowley to go all out and earn that top jockey crown that just alluded him last week.
As we mentioned earlier, having experience at a course is always a massive positive, especially when it comes to big meetings like Royal Ascot. That’s why we are looking slightly further down the racecard here and backing Euchen Glen. On his last outing, Euchen Glen won at 20/1, although that was on soft ground. With good ground expected at Ascot, that is the only slight worry over Euchen Glen’s potential. However, with that Ascot win in his back pocket, there’s every chance that we could see Euchen Glen in the places in the Wolferton Stakes. It’s a wide-open race, with the favourite only being priced at 4/1 at the time of writing, so this is definitely a race we can afford to take a risk on.