Queen Mary Stakes (Ascot) Betting Tips & Preview – Wednesday 21st June 2017

There will be a field packed full of two-year-old fillies when the Queen Mary Stakes gets underway on Wednesday afternoon. A total of 24 runners have been confirmed in what should once again be a very exciting race.

The five furlong event has history dating back almost one hundred years and in that time it has witnessed some very fast female sprinters. It’s one of the top sprint races available to young fillies and one that has carried Group 2 status since 2004.

Past Winners/Top Jockeys and Trainers

With an entry in this year’s race, Wesley Ward has the chance to get himself three consecutive Queen Mary Stakes wins on the bounce.

  1. 2016 – Lady Aurelia, ridden by Frankie Dettori, trained by Wesley Ward
  2. 2015 – Acapulco, ridden by Ryan Moore, trained by Wesley Ward
  3. 2014 – Anthem Alexander, ridden by Pat Smullen, trained by Edward Lynam
  4. 2013 – Rizeena, ridden by James Doyle, trained by Clive Brittain
  5. 2012 – Ceiling Kitty, ridden by Richard Kingscote, trained by Tom Dascombe

Betting Tips

Happy Like A Fool’s (7/4 with Bet365) only start this season is enough to make her the strong favourite here. The American bred horse ran impressively in a field of 12 when winning at Keeneland on the dirt in April. The predicted good to firm conditions at Ascot will be to her liking, allowing her to set a fast pace as she did on her debut. It wouldn’t be the first time a horse hasn’t been able to maintain their form after travelling the Atlantic but Wesley Ward knows what he is doing when preparing American runners for this race.

Heartache is another who began her racing career on an impressive footing. The 6/1 (Totesport) option won by a handsome margin of six lengths at Bath last month on firm going. It was only a Class 4 event but the daughter of the excellent sprinter Kyllachy, looks more than ready to take the step up. Being drawn close to Happy Like A Fool should help her keep tabs on the favourite.

Sticking with winning debutants, Chica La Habana is another well worthy of being mentioned. Her opening Class 2 win at Beverley saw her finish strongly after initially taking up a spot towards the rear. She could do with altering her tactics this time and under the trusty hands of Jim Crowley, you can expect just that.

Richard Hannon is represented in this race by Out Of The Flames (14/1 with BetVictor) who appeared at Ascot five weeks ago during a Plus 10 race. She stood every chance as they approached the line but found herself beaten by just a short head. This solid start was followed up by a win at Winsor although it was one where jockey Oisin Murphy had to work hard to keep the two-year-old keen.

It was Mrs Gallagher who won the closely fought race at Ascot and she’s back for more here, priced at 16/1 with Betfred for another victory. Unlike Out Of The Flames, she hasn’t featured since but it looks like they’ll be evenly matched again.

Conclusion

Wesley Ward’s Lady Aurelia demolished the field last year and he looks like potentially having another gem on his hands with Happy Like A Fool who must be backed for the win. There are other useful looking contenders and from them Chica La Habana is the one who is the most eye catching.

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