Royal Ascot 2021 tips – Day one Royal Ascot best bets through the card

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Through the card Royal Ascot tips on day one

Arguably the biggest and best five days’ horse racing action in the UK gets underway on Tuesday with the first day of the 2021 Royal Ascot Festival and some unmissable top-class horse racing action awaits punters. We’ve looked through the Tuesday racecard to pick out our day one Royal Ascot best bets through the card.

Top-class flat racing action awaits punters on Tuesday as the 2021 Royal Ascot Festival kicks off for the first of five days of unmissable action on the flat. The Berkshire venue will also welcome back a limited number of spectators having been forced to hold the 2020 renewal behind closed doors and the atmosphere will be electric throughout the five days.

Day one sees three Group One races heading to post and the ITV Racing cameras will be on hand to broadcast every race from the Festival where seven races will unfold on Tuesday. Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand as usual to offer up their expert horse racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the day’s action and we’ve also looked through Tuesday’s racecard to pick out our day one Royal Ascot best bets through the card.

ITV Racing tips. The TV cameras will be on hand to capture all the Royal Ascot action.

ITV Racing tips. The TV cameras will be on hand to capture all the Royal Ascot action.


2:30 Ascot – Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m

Favourite backers can get off to the perfect start with PALACE PIER who looks very hard to oppose here and John Gosden’s charge and add another win to his tally.

The Kingman colt has gone from strength to strength, only beaten once in his career to date which came in soft ground here on British Champions Day where he failed to handle the conditions.

Better ground is clearly preferable and he’s reeled off seven wins from his eight starts, latterly winning readily at Newbury in the Lockinge Stakes from Lady Bowthorpe where he only needed pushed out to the line to score by just over one length where he hand a couple of these behind.

He’d impressively won at Sandown the time before on his seasonal debut and he also collected gold at this meeting twelve months ago in the St James’s Palace Stakes; another bold performance is likely and he should be hard to beat again.

3:05 Ascot – Coventry Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 6f

This race can often thrown up a good one for the future and a chance is taken on MASSETO who still looked pretty raw when finishing runner-up in a Group Three at the Curragh last month behind Castle Star.

Donnacha O’Brien’s charge had won on debut at Navan on better ground in April, readily seeing off Celtic Times and value for more than the half-length official winning margin; that form has been boosted and he confirmed the form with the runner-up when beating that rival again next time despite meeting with defeat himself in the Marble Hill Stakes.

The Territories colt possibly found the softer going too much and he met with some trouble in running in that contest, keeping on well but still looking awkward under pressure. He’ll come on for the additional experience though and the fifth from that race has won since.

He’s likely to have more to offer and he could post a big run here back on better ground and with further improvement anticipated from the Irish challenger.

3:40 Ascot – King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f

There’s always been a slight doubt over the temperament of BATTAASH who can boil over in the prelimiaries; but he looked much more assured last term with a trio of victories which included this race twelve months ago where he blitzed opposition impressively and Charlie Hills’ crack sprinter can defend his crown.

The Dark Angel gelding added the Qatar Stakes and Nunthorpe to his winning haul last term and he has an excellent record when fresh, winning all four of his starts following absences of more than 200 days.

His win twelve months ago proved he could do the job at Ascot – beaten in three previous starts here – and if turning out as good as he was in that renewal last June then he ought to be hard to beat again and he can retain his sprint crown.

Day one Royal Ascot best bets. Battaash can win a second King's Stand Stakes.

Day one Royal Ascot best bets. Battaash can win a second King’s Stand Stakes.

4:20 Ascot – St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Colts) Cl1 (3yo) 1m

A few of these reoppose from the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket last month and it might be worth taking a chance on CHINDIT who finished fifth in the colts’ Classic, but the Wootton Bassett colt can step up on that performance.

Richard Hannon’s charge had shown some top-class form as a juvenile, winning three times which included the Champagne Stakes before finding the ground too soft in the Dewhurst next time. He made a winning return to action at Newbury in the Greenham Stakes, turning in a workman-like performance to score by a neck prior to heading to Newmarket.

He didn’t appear to handle the track all that well, appearing unbalanced going into the dip but flying home late once he hit the rising ground and finishing to good effect. He could do better back at this venue where he’s won in the past and it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him firmly in the mix.

5:00 Ascot – Ascot Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m4f

The longest race of the week and one which jumps trainers have a very good record, especially Willie Mullins who saddles three in the race. However it might pay to side with ELYSIAN FLAME who ran better than the bare result in a very messy renewal of the Chester Cup when last seen and Mick Easterby’s charge could go well here.

The Champs Elysees gelding has mixed the flat with hurdling to decent effect, often finishing in the frame over timber including when third to Bear Ghylls at Exeter and winning at Carlisle in March; he’s since returned to the level to score at Newbury in April prior to that Chester outing where he was hampered early and raced further back than ideal before finishing off strongly, not helped by the steady pace throughout.

There’s likely to be a bit more pace to this contest which will suit, and while he’ll need a little luck in running he could still be well treated off this mark judged on his hurdling form and he can go well for his shrewd handler.

Day one Royal Ascot best bets. Trainer Mick Easterby could have a Royal Ascot winner with Elysian Flame.

Day one Royal Ascot best bets. Trainer Mick Easterby could have a Royal Ascot winner with Elysian Flame.

5:35 Ascot – Wolferton Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f

SOLID STONE finished runner-up here in softer ground when finding only Njord too strong in the Balmoral Handicap and Sir Michael Stoute’s charge turned in a promising effort back here on his reappearance in April behind Oh This Is Us, beaten two lengths.

The Shamardal gelding might have needed that and he stepped up on the run to strike impressively at Windsor next time where he beat Stormy Antarctic and Oh This Is Us in the Listed Royal Windsor Stakes. That form is working out well with the runner-up, fourth and fifth all winning since.

That win was all the more impressive as he raced on his own on the near side rail while the rest of the field went centre to far side and he was well on top at the finish, posting a two lengths victory and he’ll have no issue stepping back up in trip for this latest outing.

The handicapper has hit him with a hefty 8lbs rise in the weights but there’s likely more to come and his form stacks up well in this race so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him turn in a bold performance under Ryan Moore.

6:10 Ascot – Copper Horse Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m6f

THRONE HALL is taken to get back on the winning trail and close out day one with a win; the lightly-raced Kingman gelding has been in good fettle and has yet to finish out of the first three in six starts.

Two of those runs have returned wins at Hamilton last August and on his reapperance at Doncaster in March and while he’s met with defeat on both starts since he could have more to offer now stepping up in trip.

His latest run saw him beaten just over three lengths by Ilaraab at York last month during the Dante Festival, staying on at one pace and hinting that he’d better for a stiffer test which he’ll certainly get here over this extra quarter of a mile.

Only 2lbs higher in the weights he’s much less exposed than most of this field and he can continue to find improvement so every chance he can claim this valuable closing prize with the longer trip expected to bring out some progress.