Royal Ascot Betting Tips
After almost 3 months without horse racing in the UK, we are back with a bang as we look forward to Royal Ascot. After the Grand National was cancelled this year, Royal Ascot is arguably the second 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.
Ascot Betting Tips - June 19th
Stradivarius was the obvious highlight of another entertaining day at Royal Ascot on Thursday. Frankie Dettori rode Stradivarius perfectly and it was a return to his best after a couple of poor finishes. With two days left, we look forward to Friday’s action today. With another treble picked out, we’ve picked tips from the 3 races that feature in Bet UK’s Extra Place promotion.
1:15 - Palace Of Holyrood Handicap
With the extra places on offer at Bet UK in the Palace Of Holyrood Handicap, we’re looking for some value slightly down the field. Mighty Spirit might not be an obvious choice for a winner, but there’s some each way value to be found. In his last 3 outings at this level, Mighty Spirit 5th, 3rd and 2nd, all of which would be enough to finish in the 5 places on offer today. He’s also a career runner at 5f and the ground at Ascot today should suit. Barring Art Power as a slightly short priced favourite, this is an open field, so backing a 14/1 shot is a more than viable strategy.
3:35 - Commonwealth Cup
The highlight of the days racing comes in the Commonwealth Cup, and we’re backing Pierre Lapin to take home the win. In 2 races so far, Pierre Lapin is unbeaten, including a Class 1 effort at Newbury. Andrea Atzeni was riding him that time and he’ll be the chosen jockey again today for Roger Varian. Unlike the previous highlight races of the day, there is no obvious favourite in the Commonwealth Cup. An open field of 16 makes this one of the most interesting races of the entire Royal Ascot. With 4 places being paid out at Bet UK, Pierre Lapin is definitely worth a look.
4:40 - Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes
Our final tip comes in the final race of the day, and we are hoping Good Birthday gives us a promising end to Friday. In another 5 place race at Bet UK, we’re looking further down the card again in another open race. As we’ve often looked for at Ascot, Good Birthday has already ran in June so we can at least have a look at how he’s been running. In a 3rd place finish at Newmarket, there was some rustiness, but there was enough in the tank for a podium finish. Stamina wasn’t a huge issue, so an extra 2f today shouldn’t be a problem. Silvestre de Sousa has as much experience as anyone else at Royal Ascot today, so expect a well ridden race and Good Birthday can slip into the places.
Bet UK’s Extra Place Races
Each day of Royal Ascot, Bet UK will be offering a selection of extra place races to our customers. That means your each way bets on those races will have an even better chance of coming in. Take a look at the table below for the extra place races for Wednesday.
|Time||Race||No. Of Places|
|13:15||Palace Of Holyrood Handicap||5|
|16:40||Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes||5|
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 are offering 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 Betting Schedule
Tuesday 16th June
|1:15||Buckingham Palace Handicap||2||7f|
|1:50||Queen Anne Stakes||1||1m|
|2:25||Ribblesdale Stakes||1||1m 4f|
|3:00||King Edward VII Stakes||1||1m 4f|
|3:35||King’s Stand Stakes||1||5f|
|4:10||Duke Of Cambridge Stakes||1||1m|
|4:40||Ascot Stakes||2||2m 4f|
Wednesday 17th June
|1:15||King George V Stakes||2||1m 4f|
|1:50||Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap||2||1m|
|2:25||Copper Horse Handicap||2||1m 6f|
|3:00||Hampton Court Stakes||1||1m 2f|
|3:35||Prince Of Wales’s Stakes||1||1m 2f|
|4:10||Royal Hunt Cup||2||1m|
|4:40||Windsor Castle Stakes||1||5f|
Thursday 18th June
|1:50||Gold Cup||1||2m 4f|
|4:10||Wolferton Stakes||1||1m 2f|
|4:40||Golden Gates Handicap||2||1m 2f|
Friday 19th June
|1:50||Hardwicke Stakes||1||1m 4f|
|3:35||Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap||2||5f|
|4:10||Queen’s Vase||1||1m 6f|
|4:40||Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes||2||1m 4f|
Saturday 20th June
|1:50||Queen Mary Stakes||1||5f|
|2:25||Silver Wokingham Handicap||2||6f|
|3:00||St James’s Palace Stakes||1||1m|
|3:35||Diamond Jubilee Stakes||1||6f|
|4:40||Queen Alexandra Stakes||2||2m 5 1/2f|
What’s Different At Royal Ascot in 2020?
Given the situation around the world, and with the amount of change we have already seen to racing this year, it’s no surprise that Royal Ascot will be a bit different this year. For starters, Royal Ascot will take place completely behind doors this year. That means that the Queen won’t be in attendance for the first time in her reign. The action will still be on TV for all to watch as normal however.
On the course, there are also some changes to the event’s schedule. There have been some new races added to Ascot this year. The Copper Horse Handicap, Golden Gates Handicap and Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap are all completely new races that have been added to the cards. We also see the return of the Buckingham Palace Handicap, as well as the addition of the Silver Royal Hunt Cup and the Silver Wokingham Handicap for the horses who don’t make the main races.
As well as the changes to the schedule, there are also big changes planned for the prize money at Royal Ascot. Traditionally, this is the richest horse racing event of the UK schedule. However, due to the loss of money in horse racing this year, the prize money is likely to be less than half of the amount that was planned. A record £8million prize pot was planned, but a reviewed prize of £3.6million will instead be in place.
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, that 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 2019. 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.
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