Royal Ascot 2021 Tips Day 1
|Time||Race||Our Tip||Place Bet|
|14:30||Queen Anne Stakes||Palace Pier||Bet Now|
|15:05||Coventry Stakes||Tolstoy||Bet Now|
|15:40||King’s Stand Stakes||King’s Lynn||Bet Now|
|16:20||St James’s Palace Stakes||Mostahdaf||Bet Now|
|17:00||Ascot Stakes (Handicap)||MC Muldoon||Bet Now|
|17:35||Wolferton Stakes||Solid Stone||Bet Now|
|18:10||Copper Horse Handicap||Arthurian Fable||Bet Now|
Royal Ascot is widely acknowledged to be the highest quality flat racing festival staged anywhere in the world. Ascot Racecourse hosts five days of top-class racing from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th June with seven races on each day. Last year’s meeting was held behind closed doors due to the pandemic and the indications are that Royal Ascot 2021 will have a reduced attendance.
There are eight Group 1 races as well as a plethora of Group 2 and Group 3 contests and some very competitive handicaps. Royal Ascot is the showcase for top thoroughbreds across all distances from the five furlong King’s Stand Stakes up to the two and three-quarter miles Queen Alexandra Stakes, the longest race in the calendar.
The Ascot Gold Cup is the most prestigious staying prize in racing and Stradivarius will be looking for a record-equalling fourth consecutive victory this year. Popular sprinter Battaash is being aimed at a repeat win in the King’s Stand Stakes while top miler Palace Pier is expected to line up in the opening Queen Anne Stakes.
RacingTips.com will provide you with everything you need to enjoy a profitable Royal Ascot festival, including the best betting offers for this year’s festival. We have every angle covered by our team of horse racing experts on our dedicated Royal Ascot pages with tips for all 35 races at the meeting. The race times are correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.
Royal Ascot Day 1 Tips
Royal Ascot 2021 opens in spectacular style with three Group 1 races on the card, starting with the Queen Anne Stakes at 2.30. The Group 2 Coventry Stakes for two-year-olds follows at 3.05 before the top sprinters take the stage for the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at 3.40. The final top grade race on day 1 is the St James’s Palace Stakes at 4.15.
The first handicap of the week is the Ascot Stakes (4.50) over two and a half miles followed by the Listed Wolferton Stakes (5.25) and the concluding Copper Horse Handicap at 6pm. Our Royal Ascot Day 1 Tips for all seven races will be posted here.
Queen Anne Stakes
The Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes is one of the most prestigious mile races of the season. The key form guide is often the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury with seven of the last twelve winners having run in that race on their previous start. Frankie Dettori is always popular for Ascot tips and is joint-leading jockey of all time in this race with six winners alongside Sir Gordon Richards. His most recent Queen Anne Stakes victory came aboard Ramonti for eight-times winners Godolphin in 2007. Dettori could partner the Gosden-trained Palace Pier this year, the winner of last season’s St James’s Palace Stakes.
King’s Stand Stakes
Last year’s winner Battaash is expected to try to become the thirteenth horse to win the race twice. The seven-year-old finished runner-up to Blue Point in this race in 2018 and 2019 prior to his impressive victory 12 months’ ago. Only three horses have managed to win this race at the age of seven, the most recent being Sole Power who successfully defended his title in 2014. The main market rival to Battaash is likely to be Glass Slippers, only fifth last year but later successful in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint for Kevin Ryan and Tom Eaves.
St James’s Palace Stakes
The Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes often features a clash between the best horses from the 2000 Guineas run in Britain, Ireland and France. Five of the last twelve winners ran in the Irish 2000 Guineas on their previous start including winners Canford Cliffs (2010), Kingman (2014) and Gleneagles (2015).
Only a short-head separated Poetic Flare and Master Of The Seas at Newmarket on May 1st with Aidan O’Brien’s three runners all well beaten. The Ballydoyle trainer has won this race a record eight times and his representative will certainly be worth considering in Royal Ascot day 1 tips. His entries include Dewhurst Stakes winner St Marks Basilica who missed the Newmarket Classic in favour of the French Guineas.
Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips
The feature race on day 2 is the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (4.15) over ten furlongs. This race has been won by top class horses including Dubai Millennium (2000), Ouija Board (2006) and Highland Reel (2017). The Royal Hunt Cup (4.50) is the big one-mile handicap of the week and there will be plenty of Ascot Day 2 Tips for this wide open contest.
The action begins with the Queen Mary Stakes for two-year-old fillies at 2.30. There could be some St Leger clues on offer in the Queen’s Vase at 3.05 and Ascot day 2 concludes with the Windsor Castle Stakes (5.25) and Kensington Palace Stakes (6.00). Our Royal Ascot Day 2 Tips for all seven races will be posted here.
Prince of Wales’s Stakes
John and Thady Gosden have the ante-post favourite for the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes in defending champion Lord North. The gelding produced a fine turn of foot last year to beat Addeybb but the placings were overturned in soft ground in the Champion Stakes here in October. Lord North returned to the winners’ enclosure with a stylish success in the Dubai Turf at Meydan in March and will be feature in plenty of Royal Ascot day 2 tips.
Addeybb has also been in excellent form, winning the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Australia for the second successive season. Lord North would be only the fourth dual winner following Connaught (1969, 1970), Mtoto (1987, 1988) and Muhtarram (1994, 1995).
Royal Ascot Day 3 Tips
The Gold Cup (4.15) is the highlight of day 3 of Royal Ascot and will attract even more attention this year with the prospect of history in the making. Frankie Dettori is set to partner Stradivarius as he goes in search of a record-equalling fourth Gold Cup victory for John and Thady Gosden.
The action begins with the Norfolk Stakes for two-year-olds at 2.30 followed by the Hampton Court Stakes for three-year-olds at 3.05. There will plenty of Ascot Day 3 Tips for the two three-year-old handicaps, the Britannia Stakes (4.50) and the King George V Stakes (5.25). The all-aged Buckingham Palace Stakes is another tricky handicap to round off the card at 6pm. Our Royal Ascot Day 3 Tips for all seven races will be posted here.
Ascot Gold Cup
Stradivarius will bid to equal the record of four Ascot Gold Cups set by Yeats (2006-2009). The chestnut equalled the three victories of Sagaro (1975-1977) when cruising to a 10 lengths victory over Nayef Road last year. The horse was trained for the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe where he finished seventh before a poor run in testing conditions here in October.
Stradivarius bounced back with a win over Ocean Wind in the Sagaro Stakes in April and will be the very popular among Royal Ascot day 3 tips. His most dangerous rivals could be the Mark Johnston-trained duo, Subjectivist and Sir Ron Priestley.
Royal Ascot Day 4 Tips
There are two Group 1 races on day 4 of the Royal meeting, starting with the seventh running of the Commonwealth Cup for three-year-olds at 3.40. It is immediately followed by the Coronation Cup at 4.15, one of the most prestigious mile races of the season for three-year-old fillies. The form of the 1000 Guineas from Newmarket and the Curragh could be tested by the best of the French fillies from the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp.
The Group 3 Albany Stakes for two-year-olds opens proceedings at 2.30 and Epsom Derby form could be put to the test in the King Edward VII Stakes at 3.05. Ascot Day 4 Tips will also try to uncover some value bets in the three closing handicaps; Sandringham Stakes (4.50), Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (5.25) and Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes (6.00). Our Royal Ascot Day 4 Tips for all seven races will be posted here.
The Group 1 Commonwealth Cup is still in its infancy with this only being the seventh renewal of the six furlong race for three-year-olds. Muhaarar set the bar very high by winning the inaugural running before going on to become Champion Sprinter of Europe. Quiet Reflection (2016) and Caravaggio (2017) were other high class winners but this year’s race has a wide-open look.
Wesley Ward’s Campanelle struck for the American in the Queen Mary Stakes last year before winning the Group 1 Prix Morny. She ran creditably when fourth over a mile at the Breeders’ Cup but could revert to sprinting here. Stable companion Golden Pal was beaten a neck in the Norfolk Stakes last summer before going on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.
The Group 1 Coronation Stakes is for three-year-old fillies over a mile and features the cream of the Classic crop. Nine of the last twelve winners ran in the 1000 Guineas in Britain, Ireland or France on their previous start. Clive Brittain’s Rizeena (2014) was the last British-trained winner with the last six having been shared equally between Ireland and France.
Plenty of Royal Ascot day 4 tips will focus on the Newmarket Guineas form where Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth defeated Saffron Beach and Fev Rover. Leading juvenile Pretty Gorgeous was a late withdrawal through injury having been ante-post favourite during the winter.
Royal Ascot Day 5 Tips
The final Group 1 of Royal Ascot 2021 is the Diamond Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs at 4.15. The race was elevated to Group 1 status in 2002, making it one of the most prestigious sprint races in the world. Notable past winners include Australian champions Choisir (2003) and Black Caviar (2012). It is followed by the competitive Wokingham Handicap (4.50) over the same trip.
The Listed Chesham Stakes opens the card at 2.30, a race won by subsequent 2000 Guineas winner Churchill in 2016. The seven-furlong Jersey Stakes follows at 3.05 with the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at 3.40. Sir Michael Stoute is the trainer to follow in this race with a remarkable eleven previous winners. The curtain comes down on Royal Ascot with the Golden Gates Stakes (5.25) and the Queen Alexandra Stakes (6.00). Our Royal Ascot Day 5 Tips for all seven races will be posted here.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is the final Group 1 race of the week. Last year Dream Of Dreams failed to catch Hello Youmzain by a head with the favourite Sceptical only a neck away in third. He was beaten by the same margin by Blue Point in this race in 2019. Sir Michael Stoute’s seven-year-old finally gained his first Group 1 in the Sprint Cup at Haydock before disappointing at Ascot in October. Other possible contenders for your Ascot day 5 tips include Glen Shiel and Art Power, first and fourth in the British Champions Sprint.
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Royal Ascot 2021 will take place from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th June.
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