Royal Ascot Betting Tips – 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th June 2017

For those who like their racing on the flat, with an international flavour and a liberal helping of class, Royal Ascot simply has no equal. Pomp, pageantry and the best of the best from the British and Irish runners locking horns with formidable overseas opposition, here we have five days of racing that is simply not to be missed.

The Berkshire venue spoils us rotten with a massive 30 races in total over the course of the week, and here we take a look at each and every one for your punting pleasure.

Day One – Tuesday 20th June 2017

2:30pm - Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1), 1m

Godolphin have recorded an impressive seven wins in this since 1996. Hopes will be high that Ribchester can continue Godolphin’s hot streak in 2017. Having landed the Lockinge in impressive style last time out, “the best horse Richard Fahey has ever trained”, is the one to be on.

Top Tip Ribchester to win at 10/11 with Betfair

3:05pm - Coventry Stakes (Group 2), 6f

It could be worth betting that Jessica Harrington can carry her National Hunt hot streak into the Flat season here. Brother Bear has been most impressive in landing his two career starts to date, seems versatile regarding ground conditions and surely has plenty more to come.

Top Tip Brother Bear to win at 6/1 with Betfair

3:40pm - King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1), 5f

Quick as they are, Acapulco and Marsha may find it tough to concede 5lbs to the three year old speed machine Lady Aurelia. The victory of Wesley Ward’s charge in the Queen Mary here last year drew gasps of disbelief from the crowd, and it’s hard to shake the image of her blitzing clear of the field that day.

Top Tip Lady Aurelia to win at 4/1 Coral

4:20pm - St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1), 1m

A cracker up next with a potential clash between the English and Irish 2000 Guineas winner, Churchill, Greenham winner and 2000 Guineas runner up, Barney Roy and French 2000 and Derby winner, Brametot. Whilst a mile on quick ground may not be ideal for the French raider, we do see Barney Roy at least making Churchill battle more than has previously been the case. Churchill looks the best three year old miler in training to our eyes though, and we will be backing him until proven otherwise.

Top Tip Churchill to win at 8/11 with Betfair

5:00pm - Ascot Stakes (Handicap), 2 1/2m

Willie Mullins has won two of the previous five renewals of this and currently boasts the first three in the betting for this year’s renewal. Arctic Fire was superior to both Whiteout and Penhill over hurdles and is worth backing to translate that ability to the flat.

Top Tip Arctic Fire to win at 7/1 Betfair

5:35pm - Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed), 5f

Take a chance on Aidan O’Brien’s rapidly improving son of Scat Daddy, Murillo, in the last. Hugely impressive when demolishing the opposition last time out at Tipperary, this scopey individual is taken to continue his ascent here.

Top Tip Murillo each way at 10/1 with Betfair

Day Two – Wednesday 21st June 2017

2:30pm - Jersey Stakes (Group 3), 7f

Three similar types feature towards the head of the market here, with Le Brivido, Dream Castle and Daban taking a drop in trip having contested the French 2000, English 2000 and English 1000 Guineas last time out. Preference is for Dream Castle who looked well suited to being held up when fifth at Newmarket and may have gone close granted more luck in running.

Top Tip Dream Castle to win at 3/1 with Bet365

3:05pm - Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2), 5f

In Happy Like A Fool, Wesley Ward may just have the filly to make it three wins in a row here, following the successes of Acapulco and Lady Aurelia. Hosing up by four lengths on debut, she has been the subject of bullish reports from her trainer and may be tough to stop.

Top Tip Happy Like A Fool to win at 5/2 with Bet365

3:40pm - Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2), 1m

Four year olds have taken 11 of the 13 renewals of this to date. John Gosden has landed the prize twice and it his Laugh Aloud who will be carrying our cash this year. Bolting in at Listed and Group 2 level on her two most recent starts, she looks the sort to handle this step up in class.

Top Tip Laugh Aloud to win at 5/2 with Betfair

4:20pm - Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1), 1 1/4m

By Derby winner Galileo, and out of Oaks winning mare, Light Shift, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Ulysees is certainly bred to be good, and this 1m2f trip seems likely to see him to best effect. An impressive winner of the Gordon Richards Stakes last time out, we see him landing a first carer Group 1 here.

Top Tip Ulysees to win at 7/2 with Betfair

5:00pm - Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap), 1m

The one we like here is the Richard Hannon runner, George William. Unlucky in his two most recent runs, a 3lb hike in the handicap for a fast finishing second last time out over 7f puts him right on the premises.

Top Tip George William each way at 16/1 with Ladbrokes

5:35pm - Sandringham Stakes (Listed) (Handicap), 1m

Icespire blew up badly last time out at Goodwood, but had previously looked a most unlucky loser when finding all sorts of trouble over this course and distance on quick ground in May. Take the daughter of Frankel to bounce back.

Top Tip Icespire each way at 9/1 with Betfair

Day Three – Thursday 22nd June 2017

2:30pm - Norfolk Stakes (Group 2), 5f

Another Wesley Ward jolly here in the shape of McErin, but we will take him on with Ralph Beckett’s Nine Below Zero. Posting a solid time last time out at Windsor, despite not looking fully extended, he looks well worth a crack at this level.

Top Tip Nine Below Zero each way at 12/1 with Coral

3:05pm - Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3), 1 1/4m

Mirage Dancer looks set to go well for Sir Michael Stoute following his close fourth to Cliffs Of Moher in the Dee Stakes last time out. That form looks solid with his conqueror that day having since finished second in The Derby, with this stiffer track also looking likely to suit.

Top Tip Mirage Dancer to win at 9/2 with Sky Bet

3:40pm - Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2), 1 1/2m

Alluringly, Horseplay and Coronet look set to represent The Oaks form, having finished third, fourth and fifth at Epsom. That trio were 11 plus lengths off the pace that day though and we fancy the Sir Michael Stoute runner, Mori, may have their measure. Doing her best work late when winning her two most recent starts over 1m2f, any improvement for this step up in trip may make her tough to beat.

Top Tip Mori to win at 5/1 with Betfair

4:20pm - Gold Cup (Group 1), 2 1/2m

A classy field looks set to assemble once again for the year’s major staying contest, including two St. Leger winners and a raft of top-notch cup horses. Over this marathon 2m4f trip though, Order Of St George simply comes into his own and it is difficult to see anything repelling him close home.

Top Tip Order Of St George to win at evens with Sky Bet

5:00pm - Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap), 1m

John Gosden’s Chessman has looked to be crying out for a step up to a mile having finished a fast closing second on each of his two most recent starts. He gets that extra distance here, and also looking likely to get quick ground: he should be tough to keep out of the frame.

Top Tip Chessman each way at 8/1 with Sky Bet

5:35pm - King George V Stakes (Handicap), 1 1/2m

Richard Hannon’s Hushood showed that a step up to this sort of trip and switch to a quicker surface was very much to his liking when getting on top close to home at Bath last time out, and with his trainer seeming to expect further improvement to come, he can make his presence felt.

Top Tip Hushood each way at 10/1 with Betfair

Day Four – Friday 23rd June 2017

2:30pm - Albany Stakes (Group 3), 6f

Jessica Harrington sends her giant of a filly Alpha Centauri in pursuit of this prize. She utilised her raking stride to slam a Listed class field by five lengths at Naas last time out and can go in again.

Top Tip Alpha Centauri to win at 9/4 with Betfair

3:05pm - King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2), 1 1/2m

Having finished a solid fifth in The Derby last time out, this looks like the logical race for Godolphin’s Benbatl to get back on the winning trail. He stayed on to great effect late that day and should be well suited by this more conventional track.

Top Tip Benbatl to win at 6/1 with Sky Bet

3:40pm - Commonwealth Cup (Group 1), 6f

Harry Angel’s track record-breaking effort at Haydock last time out suggested he may well be the new star on the sprinting scene, but he will need to be if he is to lower the colours of the frighteningly fast Caravaggio. Unbeaten in five, including here in the Coventry Stakes last year, only one horse has ever gotten to within two lengths of him and he looks a solid favourite at odds-against.

Top Tip Caravaggio to win at 11/10 with Coral

4:20pm - Coronation Stakes (Group 1), 1m

This has gone to a French trained runner three times in the past six years. Whether Wajna is quite good enough to lower the colours of the red-hot favourite Winter, we aren’t sure, but the Pascal Bary filly does look to be a good each way bet at the prices. Fourth in the French 1000 Guineas last time out on very soft ground, on breeding she should improve for this switch to a quicker surface. 33/1 is a huge price so get on board whilst you can.

Top Tip Wajnah each way at 33/1 with BetVictor

5:00pm - Queen’s Vase (Group 2), 2m

Mark Johnston needs just one more win to move into a tie for the all-time lead amongst the trainers here. Fourth last time out to stablemate Time To Study, Mister Manduro gave the impression that he would be well suited by a stiffer test at the distance which he will get here.

Top Tip Mister Manduro each way at 20/1 with Bet365

5:35pm - Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap), 1 1/2m

Sir Michael Stoute has taken this six times since 1998 and Mainstream is fancied to make it a magnificent seven. Owned by the Queen, this one possesses bags of ability but can struggle to settle at times. At the prices though he looks worth backing to get it right on the big day.

Top Tip Mainstream to win at 12/1 each way

Day Five – Saturday 24th June 2017

2:30pm - Chesham Stakes (Listed), 7f

As a full sister to Churchill, Aidan O’Brien’s Clemmie certainly has plenty going for her on pedigree. Doing all her best work late when third over 6f on debut, this step up in trip should suit and she’s the one for us.

Top Tip Clemmie to win at 7/2

3:05pm - Wolferton Rated Stakes (Listed), 1 1/4m

Stick to the four year olds here as they have emerged victorious in 12 of the 15 renewals to date. Khairaat looks to be the obvious one having won his three most recent starts in good style for Sir Michael Stoute.

Top Tip Khairaat to win at 9/2 with Sky Bet

3:40pm - Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2), 1 1/2m

Highland Reel, Jack Hobbs, Dartmouth and Frontiersman pose a formidable threat for the colts, but the one to carry our cash here is John Gosden’s filly, Journey. Hugely impressive when winning here on Champions Day in October, she can be expected to come on considerably for her recent comeback in the Coronation Cup.

Top Tip Journey each way at 12/1 with Bet365

4:20pm - Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1), 6f

Limato disappointed last time out on yielding ground out in Meydan, but under the likely conditions here he is a top class performer. Only ever beaten once on good to firm ground he looks the class of the field. Take last season’s July Cup winner to bag a third career Group 1.

Top Tip Limato to win at 5/1 with BetVictor

5:00pm - Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap), 6f

Take a chance on Nigel Tinkler’s dual course and distance winner, Normady Barriere. A 4lb rise for his latest win here in May doesn’t look harsh in the slightest, and likely to get the quick ground he craves, he looks a solid each way option.

Top Tip Normandy Barriere each way at 25/1 with BetVictor

5:35pm - Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions), 2m6f

Willie Mullins has taken this for the National Hunt trainers twice in the past five years. His impressive Albert Bartlett Hurdle winner, Penhill currently heads the market and he may well be the one to beat with stamina assured.

Top Tip Penhill each way at 10/1 with Betfair

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