Royal Ascot Tips and Racecourse Guide

Royal Ascot is a highlight of the British social calendar, providing five consecutive days of top class racing with £6 million of prizemoney on offer in mid-June.

Royal Ascot is broadcast by partners including ITV, NBC and Sky Sports Racing. The traditional highlight is the Ascot Gold Cup for staying horses on Ladies’ Day, Thursday, but the purists tend to prefer the opening day, which features three Group One contests.

The race program is made up of Group races, conditions races and high-class handicaps. The World Pool tote betting operation means bettors from territories such as Hong Kong and South Africa can bet into the same pools, leading to some attractive dividends on long-shots, swingers and exactas.

The Royal Enclosure is available to members, their guests and connections of horses running. The dress code for ladies is formal wear with a hat. Men must wear morning dress with a top hat.

In the Queen Anne enclosure, where most racegoers are, ladies must also wear a hat. Men must wear a suit and tie.

Royal Ascot Tips

Ascot Tips

The 1m6f handicap at Ascot (2.25pm) has a warm favourite in Spanish Kiss, who looks to hold strong claims in his bid for a hat-trick of wins for William Knight, but at a bigger price Indianapolis looks the bet.

The Ian Williams-trained six year old joined his current connections late last year, was gelded soon after and was well found in the market on his debut for the yard in the Betway Queen’s Cup at Musselburgh in April.  However, he was below his best both in that and in the Chester Plate at Chester’s May meeting.

The cheekpieces came off for his third run for the yard, at Newmarket in May, and I actually thought he went well enough, for all that he wasn’t at his best.  The form has worked out well and he did run to the line after being outpaced.

He is now off a mark in the 80s for the first time in his career, drops in grade and comes here fresh, which is a positive given his two previous wins have come off the back of 5-7 week breaks.  His form was stronger in the second half of each of his two seasons with James Given and the close third at Haydock in September off 9lbs higher shows how well treated he is now.

His course form is also a big positive – he won the Shergar Cup Challenge here in 2019 and ran really well from a wide draw to finish fifth in the Duke Of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot last year off a mark of 99.  Now 10lbs lower and with the cheekpieces refitted, he looks a value alternative to the favourite.

2.25pm Ascot – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Indianapolis @ 11-1 (William Hill, Bet365, 888sport, 10-1 all other firms)

 

Royal Ascot Top Current Trainers (before 2021)

1. Sir Michael Stoute 81 wins

2. Aidan O’Brien 74 wins

3. John Gosden 55 wins

4. Mark Johnston 46 wins

5. Saeed bin Suroor 36 wins

Royal Ascot Top Current Jockeys (before 2021)

1. Frankie Dettori 73 wins

2. Ryan Moore 62 wins

3. Jamie Spencer 26 wins

4. William Buick 25 wins

5. James Doyle 16 wins

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Ascot Tips

Ascot Tips

The 1m6f handicap at Ascot (2.25pm) has a warm favourite in Spanish Kiss, who looks to hold strong claims in his bid for a hat-trick of wins for William Knight, but at a bigger price Indianapolis looks the bet. The Ian Williams-trained six year old joined his current...

Royal Ascot Tips

Royal Ascot Tips

Donnacha O'Brien's Nicest ran really well to finish third at 33-1 for us yesterday and I'm hoping he can do us another favour in the Albany (2.30pm), with Elliptic worth supporting at double-figure odds. She was well-supported on debut over 5f in April and easily...

Royal Ascot Tips

Royal Ascot Tips

The Ribblesdale market is rightly headed by Noon Star, whose second in the Musidora looks all the better now following Snowfall's demolition job in the Oaks, but at a big price I like the chances of Nicest, who is bred to make an impact at this level and looks a filly...

How to get there

Train

Ascot is a 52-minute direct train from London Waterloo. The station is a 10-minute walk from the racecourse, well signposted.

Taxi

An Uber from Sloane Square in London would cost £45 and take one hour.

Fly

Ascot is a 30-minute drive from Heathrow Airport.

Royal Ascot Top Races

G1 Queen Anne Stakes

G1 King’s Stand Stakes

G1 St James’s Palace Stakes

G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes

G1 Gold Cup

G1 Commonwealth Cup

G1 Coronation Stakes

G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes

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Royal Ascot Tips

Royal Ascot Tips

Donnacha O'Brien's Nicest ran really well to finish third at 33-1 for us yesterday and I'm hoping he can do us another favour in the Albany (2.30pm), with Elliptic worth supporting at double-figure odds. She was well-supported on debut over 5f in April and easily...

Royal Ascot Tips

Royal Ascot Tips

The Ribblesdale market is rightly headed by Noon Star, whose second in the Musidora looks all the better now following Snowfall's demolition job in the Oaks, but at a big price I like the chances of Nicest, who is bred to make an impact at this level and looks a filly...

Royal Ascot Tips

Royal Ascot Tips

The Queen's Vase has been dominated by Aidan O'Brien in recent seasons, but it's a race in which Mark Johnston also has a fine record, having won seven renewals between 2001 and 2014, and his Dancing King looks a cracking each-way bet today. He won the same Haydock...

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