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ROYAL ASCOT TIPS 2018

For racing fans, celebrities, dignitaries and even royalty, Royal Ascot is the undoubted highlight of the summer here in Britain. RacingTips is the best place to find tips for every race during Royal Ascot in 2018, along with betting updates and breaking news articles.
Our tipsters have been working overtime to make sure that we take the bookmakers to the cleaners at the showpiece and we're looking for another profitable week at Royal Ascot.  The layers will flock to the meeting and the battle in the betting jungle is almost as action-packed as the racing itself.  Our experts will be looking to send the bookies ducking for cover with a number of big priced Royal Ascot tips over the course of the five days.

With the likes of the Queen Anne Stakes, St James's Palace Stakes, King's Stand Stakes, Ascot Gold Cup and Prince Of Wales's Stakes all taking place over the course of the week, it really is a meeting to enjoy and it's even better if you're backing the winners.  We have all the latest Royal Ascot news, as well as all the key free bets ahead of the highlight.

2018 Royal Ascot Preview

Now the flat racing season is well into its stride, the eyes of punters, celebrities and dignitaries alike will be firmly fixed on Royal Ascot 2018. For five days at the end of June, the capacity crowd packed into the famous Berkshire venue will be treated to some of the most incredible and exhilarating sporting action anyone could hope to see.

Along with the racing, fashion takes centre stage at Royal Ascot and attendees are encouraged to wear their finest seasonal garments and enter some of Ascot’s lucrative fashion competitions. There’s also a vast range of top-quality refreshments and post-racing entertainment on hand to ensure a day spent at Royal Ascot is a moment you’ll never forget.

While food and fashion is all well and good, it’s the racing fans flock to Ascot to see and this year’s Festival looks set to showcase a wealth of incredible talent. Enable and Cracksman are the talking-horses heading into 2018 and the John Gosden stablemates are both likely to make an appearance during the five day spectacular, before their epic showdown – either here at Ascot or in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe - later in the season.

Irish trainer extraordinaire, Aidan O’Brien has won the Leading Trainer award at Royal Ascot for three years in succession. He’s likely to travel over to Ascot mob-handed once again, with former Gold Cup king Order Of St George, St Leger winner Capri and top filly Rhododendron leading the Ballydoyle troops into battle.

The famous blue silks of Godolphin will be a constant presence during the summer and Sheik Mohammed will be hoping the likes of Benbatl and Thunder Snow – who performed heroics during the recent Dubai World Cup carnival – can help turn the Royal Ascot winners’ enclosure blue. Queen Elizabeth II will be in attendance during the entire meeting and she will be desperate to see the Royal silks carried with distinction during the famous Festival.

John Gosden and Sir Michael Stoute – along with top trainers from Europe and North America - will be out to ensure Aidan O’Brien doesn’t have everything his own way, as the sporting world braces itself for five days of incredible action at Royal Ascot 2018.

2018 Royal Ascot Ante-Pot Accumulator

Ryan Moore riding Order of St George to the Gold Cup crown in 2016.

Our expert looks through all of the ante-post markets for Royal Ascot, which starts on Tuesday 19th June and teams four of his selections together to make up this 140/1 accumulator with William Hill.

As flat racing begins to take over the sporting landscape in Britain, all eyes turn to Royal Ascot. For five days in June, the biggest and brightest flat racers strut their stuff on the hallowed Ascot turf, all aiming to hand their trainers a bounty of riches and etch their names into the annals of history.

It’s never too early to look for some top tips for Royal Ascot and the ante-post markets can be accessed with most bookmakers. You may be better off waiting until various firms inevitably launch Non-Runner No Bet in their Royal Ascot markets, but for those who want to get their bets on nice and early, here’s a four-fold accumulator which returns around 140/1 with William Hill.

2018 Royal Ascot Ante-Post Four-Fold

19/6/18 3:40pm King's Stand Stakes (Group 1) 5f


BATTAASH didn’t make his return to action last season until the weekend before Royal Ascot, where Charlie Hills’ top sprinter managed to carry an 11/1 price tag to a tremendous victory in the Scurry Stakes at Sandown. Two further Grouped victories saw the Dark Angel gelding enter the Nunthorpe with an 11/4 price tag. Sadly, Jim Crowley’s mount was a little overawed by the occasion, wasting precious energy with some pre-start antics and he could only manage a fourth place finish.

There were no histrionics as Battaash made his French debut at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting. Hills charge was backed into favouritism for the Abbaye and produced a hugely impressive display to beat Marsha and Profitable by four lengths. 

Battaash experienced Royal Ascot during his juvenile campaign and he proved last year he’s capable of going on any kind of ground. The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is an option, but five furlongs seems to be his ideal trip and Battaash is more than capable of adding another Group One to his growing collection.

20/6/18 4:20pm Prince Of Wales's Stakes (Group 1) 1m2f


After ending his three-year-old season with a stunning triumph in the Champion Stakes, all eyes were on CRACKSMAN when he made his reappearance in the Prix Ganay. Frankie Dettori settled his mount in behind the pace setter, before swooping into the lead down the home straight and comfortably holding off several classy rivals to win by four lengths.

It seemed to be a “coming of age” display for Cracksman, who has obviously matured and developed during the off-season. The only thing stopping Cracksman’s Royal Ascot price drifting past the even-money mark is Enable’s presence in the entries. Yet, it’s doubtful whether we will see Cracksman’s stablemate at Royal Ascot this year.

Enable will make her reappearance in the Coronation Stakes at Epsom at the start of the month. Connections don’t plan on letting the stablemate clash until the King George at the earliest and, with the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes the only viable Ascot option for both, Enable is likely to head to Ireland the week after the Royal meeting and have a crack at the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes.

When Enable is removed from the running, Cracksman’s price will plummet, so you better jump on while there’s a decent amount of value to be gained.

21/6/18 4:20pm Gold Cup (Group 1) 2m4f


Michael Bell couldn’t have picked better conditions for Big Orange to perform at his best at Royal Ascot last year, but it was still a surprise when the fan’s favourite was able to hold off ORDER OF ST GEORGE and win the Ascot Gold Cup. 

Aidan O’Brien’s top stayer didn’t sit around feeling sorry for himself following that defeat. Instead, he won an Irish St Leger trial before powering to an emphatic victory over Torcedor to claim that Classic crown for a second time. Order Of St George then carried the longest price of his career into the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and proved he was a horse of the highest calibre by finishing fourth over that mile-and-a-half trip.

Order Of St George reinforced his position as the best stayer on the planet when battling to a narrow victory in the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day, just three weeks after that mighty effort in the Arc. Regaining the Ascot Gold Cup will be at the top of his list of priorities this season and it will take a brave punter to bet against Aidan O’Brien’s star.

23/6/18 4:20pm Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) 6f


Despite falling to a disappointing defeat on his final start of the season in the Champion Sprint, Clive Cox can look back on HARRY ANGEL’S 2017 campaign with an immense sense of pride. His four-year-old developed into one of the most-feared sprinters in the sport, winning the July Cup before powering to a tremendous triumph in the Sprint Cup on ground many through the favourite would hate.

Harry Angel looked a tired horse at Ascot in October. He couldn’t find the devastating burst of speed that had helped him reach a rating of 125 and faded as Librisa Breeze scored a surprise victory. Yet, that fourth place finish has done nothing to dampen Harry Angel’s aura and he will be the sprinter to beat once again this year.

Cox could send Harry Angel to the Clipper at York before returning to Royal Ascot. Only Caravaggio was good enough to beat Harry Angel in the Commonwealth Cup last year and Harry Angel will be desperate to make amends when he returns to Ascot this summer.

what is royal ascot?

The pinnacle of the Flat season, the five-day showpiece Royal Ascot meeting takes place each June and the top-class festival of horse racing action on the flat is always a spectacle to savour.

The richest race-meeting in the British horse racing calendar, the spectacle attracts not only the very best runners from around the UK and Ireland, but also from Europe as well as the United States, Australia and the Orient to come together and compete for a share of a prize purse that totals in excess of £6.5million.

Throughout the course of five fantastic days of racing action, no less than eighteen Pattern-class races will head to post, including an impressive eight Group One contests, many of which have helped to forge the legends of the likes of Frankel, Solow, Yeats and Sole Power in recent years.

Precluded by the Royal Parade, as the Queen and her entourage travel the straight course each day of the Festival to herald the beginning of the Festival, the reigning Monarch has not missed a second of the Royal meeting during her reign, and while most of the betting action may centre around the on-course action, who could resist a flutter on the colour of the Queen’s hat on the opening day?

Off-course, the meeting gives rise to a social element found at no other venue, and the meeting is an icon of fashion and style, which is spearheaded by Ladies’ Day on the third day of the five-day meeting and goes hand-in-hand with the equine action on the track. Royal Ascot gives a chance to glamour-up and pull on the finest of fashions and rub shoulders with celebrities, sports heroes as well as friends and like-minded racegoers.

Broadcast to audiences around the globe, the spectacle that is Royal Ascot draws a worldwide following, bringing all the on-and-off course action to the small screen and allowing those who can’t make the fixture in person to experience all Royal Ascot has to offer. For those who do make it to one of the five days of the meeting, they will become part of Britain’s most popular race meeting with an expected gross crowd in excess of 300,000 visitors over the course of the fixture.

Johnny Murtagh and Yeats land the Ascot Gold Cup.

Royal Ascot schedule

Starting on Tuesday, the opening day of Royal Ascot begins with three cracking Group One contests headed up by the Queen Anne Stakes, with the King’s Stand Stakes and the St James’s Palace Stakes headlining the first day.

Racegoers on day one can expect to see some of the world’s best sprinters in the Kings’s Stand Stakes; while the St James’s Palace Stakes attracts participants who have contested the 2000 Guineas in the UK, Ireland and France.

Day two continues the top-class action with the Group One Prince of Wales’s Stakes, won in the past by the likes of Free Eagle, Al Kazeem , Duke of Marmalade and Ouija Board in recent years.

The most fashionable day of the British horse racing calendar takes up the mantle on day three with Ladies’ Day, and is the ultimate opportunity to get dressed to the nines and take in some top-class horse racing, which is headlined by the historic Ascot Gold Cup and represents the top-prize for staying performers.

Day four, and it is the turn of the gentlemen to get their glad-rags on for Men’s Day, and the Group One Coronation Stakes along with the second running of the Commonwealth Cup headline Friday’s action.

And bringing the fantastic fixture to a close on day five is the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, one of the biggest sprint races in the world, contested by some of the very best global sprinters. A competitive afternoon also includes the cavalry charge of the Wokingham, where a big field of runners will hurtle down the straight course in a real spectacle.

Tuesday 19th June

2:30 Queen Anne Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Straight course) 1m
3:05 Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 6f
3:40 King´s Stand Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1) 5f
4:20 St James´s Palace Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Round course) 1m
5:00 Ascot Stakes (Handicap) 2m4f
5:35 Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) 5f

Wednesday 20th June

2:30 Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 7f
3:05 Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) 5f
3:40 Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) (Straight course) 1m
4:20 Prince of Wales´s Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 1m2f
5:00 Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Straight course) 1m
5:35 Sandringham Handicap (Listed Race) (Fillies) (Straight course) 1m

Thursday 21st June

2:30 Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) 5f
3:05 Tercentenary Stakes (Group 3) 1m2f
3:40 Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) 1m4f
4:20 Gold Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 2m4f
5:00 Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Bobis Race) (Straight course) 1m
5:35 King George V Stakes (Handicap) (Bobis Race) 1m4f

Friday 22nd June

2:30 Albany Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) 6f
3:05 King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) 1m4f
3:40 Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (Fillies) 6f
4:20 Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Fillies) (Round course) 1m
5:00 The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) 1m4f
5:35 The Queen's Vase (Listed) 2m

Saturday 23rd June

2:30 Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) 7f 
3:05 Wolferton Rated Stakes (Listed) 1m2f 
3:40 Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f
4:20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1) 6f
5:00 Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) 6f
5:35 Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) 2m5f159y 

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famous winners

Throughout the years of Royal Ascot there have been countless top performances and runners, but who can forget the imperious Black Caviar in 2012 beating off all-comers to uphold his unbeaten record? 

It almost all ended in tears for jockey Luke Nolen as he mistook the finish line and stopped riding the top-class performer to the line, and he was almost caught by the fast finishing pair of Moonlight Cloud and Restidargent.

Or Frankel, who was at his fantastic best when romping to a facile wide-margin success over Excelebration in the Queen Anne Stakes, adding to his Royal Ascot win of twelve months previously in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

And of course, the Queen’s own horse, Estimate, who produced a thrilling display to win the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup, getting the better of Simenon in a protracted battle to the line. 

Those are just three memorable performances of Royal Ascot past, but there’s sure to be plenty more to come in the future!

Whatever the weather may bring, whether it is basking in glorious June sunshine or under a blanket of rain, Royal Ascot is an occasion that no horse racing fan can miss!

Black Caviar.

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