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2019 Royal Ascot tips – Four-fold ante-post acca could return £1800 from £10 stake

Hermosa will head into the Coronation Stakes as the overwhelming favourite.

Our expert takes a look through all of the ante-post market for Royal Ascot and rolls four of his best bets into this four-fold accumulator with Paddy Power on Tuesday 18th June.

Now that the 2019 Derby meeting has been resigned to the annals of history, all eyes in the flat racing world turn to Berkshire, as Ascot gears up to host their annual Royal meeting. The biggest and best names from across the world of racing - along with her Majesty, The Queen - will congregate at Royal Ascot later this month, all hoping to earn a share of the bountiful riches put up for grabs during the five-day spectacular.

The ante-post betting for all of the major races at Royal Ascot 2019 are starting to hot up. Our expert has picked out four of his best bets and combined them into this lucrative accumulator with Paddy Power.

2019 Royal Ascot Accumulator


18/6/19 4:20pm St James's Palace Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 1m


Phoenix Of Spain is one of my favourite horses in training. Agonisingly, I chose not to tip him in the Irish Guineas, fearing the time he had spent off the track would come back to haunt Charlie Hills charge as he made his reappearance, preferring to wait until he is inevitably stepped up in trip later in the campaign. 

While I was disappointed that I didn’t back Phoenix Of Spain, I was delighted to see Jamie Spencer’s mount claim Classic glory at the Curragh. Spencer nailed his fractions as Hill’s powerful grey saw off TOO DARN HOT and Magna Grecia from the front. The duo will have to perform similar heroics if they want to repeat that feat at Royal Ascot, as Too Darn Hot is bound to come on from the run and I think it could pay to back John Gosden’s colt turning the tables on his Curragh conqueror.

Injury forced last year’s top juvenile out of the British Guineas and a half-baked plan to point Too Darn Hot at the Derby was foiled when Gosden’s colt lost his unbeaten record in the Dante. Just over a week after that gruelling effort over an unsatisfactorily lengthy trip, and taking his injury lay-off into account, you could have forgiven Too Darn Hot a tired display at the Curragh. Yet, Gosden’s top colt ran another respectable race, finding Phoenix Of Spain a little too hardy on the front end.

Once an Newmarket had been ruled out, I’m sure the St James’s Palace Stakes would have been at the forefront of Gosden’s mind for Too Darn Hot. The fact he’s been able to take in, and run very well in, two high-profile races beforehand can only be a boost to his chances and, at 4/1, Too Darn Hot could be the best bet on day one of the Royal meeting. 

Phoenix Of Spain holds off Too Darn Hot to win the Irish 2000 Guineas.

2:30pm Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) (2yo) 5f


I usually prefer to back an American raider over the minimum trip at Royal Ascot, which is why Lady Pauline was my initial, each-way selections. However, after she was ruled out through injury, I'm going to desert Wesley Ward, as I don't think Anna's Fast would enjoy ground slower than fast.

Final Song won nicely on debut and Ickworth boasts obvious chances. That being said, Godolphin’s leading chance in this year’s Queen Mary has to be CHASING DREAMS, who made a laeting impression on debut an this daughter of Starspangledbanner could be hard to beat. 

Charlie Appleby's youngster entered the stalls at Newmarket as the overwhelming favourite to win on debut and Chasing Dreams didn't disappoint, cruising to a convincing triumph on the Rowley Mile. Runner-up, Good Vibes looks a strong each-way bet at Royal Ascot herself - having scored in the Marygate Fillies' Stakes last time out - with third-placed Kemble helping to boost the form of Chasing Dreams' debut win further by winning easily on her very next start.

Appleby's record with juvenile's this term has been impeccable and Startspangledbanner's progeny have proven themselves on good and even good-to-soft ground. Confidence in the camp must be high to send Chasing Dreams to Ascot on the back of one solitary outing, She looks like one of the strongest ante-post favourites of the week.

20/6/19 4:20pm Ascot Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 2m4f


Stradivarius enjoyed an unbeaten campaign during 2018, earning John Gosden the Wetherby’s £1m Bonus after winning at Ascot, Goodwood and twice at York. While Stradivarius’ achievements last term were admirable and he looked good when winning the Yorkshire Cup on his return to action, the staying division was particularly weak last term and I think last year’s Gold Cup winner will be vulnerable.

The obvious stayer to take Stradivarius on with is CROSS COUNTER, who brought the Melbourne Cup back to Britain with a wonderful display at Flemington in November. Charlie Appleby’s charge has improved 20 pounds over the last ten months, stealing the headlines at Glorious Goodwood when breaking the track record during a blistering renewal of the Gordon Stakes. 

Cross Counter built on his Melbourne Cup triumph with a simple success in the Dubai Gold Cup earlier in the year and he could have too much pace for even Stradivarius to cope with.

21/6/19 4:20pm Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 1m


The Prix de Diane had been talked about as HERMOSA’S next stop this summer. Yet, it seemed pointless for Aidan O’Brien to step his dual-Guineas heroine up in trip, considering he has Pink Dogwood and Fleeting for the French Oaks and when there are plenty of big prizes to be won over a mile during the summer. So it was no surprise when Hermosa was confirmed for Royal Ascot and she looks the banker of the meeting.

Those who thought Hermosa’s make-all victory at Newmarket was a fluke were proven wrong at the Curragh, as Ryan Moore’s mount made use of those front-running tactics again to hand her fellow fillies a sound thrashing. Hermosa has been the outstanding filly in this year’s Classic crop so far and I don’t think there’s a surprise contender who will come out of the woodwork to lower the favourite’s colours. 

I expect Hermosa will follow in the footsteps of Winter and Alpha Centauri and dominate the Group Ones over a mile this term. 


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2019 Royal Ascot tips – Four-fold ante-post acca could return £1800 from £10 stake

Our expert takes a look through all of the ante-post markets for Royal Ascot and rolls four of his best bets into this four-fold accumulator with Paddy Power on Tuesday 18th June.

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