Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Ascot) Betting Tips & Preview – Wednesday 21st June 2017

Fillies and mares aged four years and above get the chance to show what they can do on the third race of day two at Royal Ascot. The race was one of several to be introduced across Europe in 2004 to discourage trainers prematurely retiring their female horses to stud.

The one mile contest originally began as the Windsor Forest Stakes but changed its name in 2013 to honour Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge. With Group 2 status, it’s a fine race to win and one which will pay out £114,000 to the team of the winning horse.

Past Winners/Top Jockeys and Trainers

Favourites have won two of the last three renewals (2014 and 2016) but this is the only time they have done in the last nine years.

  1. 2016 – Usherette, ridden by Mickael Barzalona, trained by Andre Fabre
  2. 2015 – Amazing Maria, ridden by James Doyle, trained by David O’Meara
  3. 2014 – Integral, ridden by Ryan Moore, trained by Sir Michael Stoute
  4. 2013 – Duntle, ridden by Wayne Lordan, trained by David Wachman
  5. 2012 – Joviality, ridden by William Buick, trained by John Gosden

Betting Tips

This is looking like a particularly tight Duke of Cambridge Stakes renewal with little to separate the top three in the betting. Narrowly leading the way is Laugh Allowed who is trading at 11/4 with Ladbrokes. She made her Group debut last time out at Epsom when winning with absolute ease, five lengths clear of the nearest challenger. On the basis of this performance she definitely looks ready for the step up in class again, especially considering the ground is set to be just to her liking. On good to firm going, the four-year-old has picked up three wins from three starts.

Qemah follows closely behind in the betting at 10/3 with Bet365. She wasn’t able to win on her only appearance so far this season, finishing two and a quarter lengths behind Mix and Mingle, who will also feature on Wednesday (14/1 with Bet365). That was over a distance of seven furlongs however and the extra furlong this time will be much to Qemah’s benefit given her far superior record over this distance. She wasn’t pushed at Lingfield when it was clear she was out of contention so it wasn’t a fair representation of what she can do. Over a longer trip and with a recent run under her belt, a much stronger showing is due.

Third favourite is last year’s winner Usherette (4/1 with Coral) who will be aiming to become this race’s first ever two-time winner. She failed to progress from her win here last year though and is winless since. The five-year-old isn’t giving the impression she can really challenge; unlike Sir Michael Stoute’s interesting entry, Smart Call, who had a formidable record racing in South Africa before switching stables in April.

Although she wasn’t able to transfer her ability in full on her British racing debut, she did not disgrace herself when finishing third at York. It’s fair to expect better for the 12/1 (Coral) contender as she adjusts to the new conditions.


It’s a tough call between Laugh Allowed and Qemah but the latter’s greater experience at a high level makes her more appealing. For a side bet, Smart Call looks like an excellent each way option given her more than fair price.

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