2021 Royal Ascot Day 1 Tips
Queen Anne Stakes – Result
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Coventry Stakes – Result
King’s Stand Stakes – Result
St James’s Palace Stakes – Result
Ascot Stakes – Result
Wolferton Stakes – Result
Copper Horse Handicap – Result
Royal Ascot day 1 races features three Group 1 events including the opening Queen Anne Stakes. Some of the highest rated milers in Europe will contest the Queen Anne, one of the most prestigious mile races of the season. The best of the current Classic generation of colts will clash in the St James’s Palace Stakes with the fastest sprinters in training lining up for the King’s Stand Stakes.
Royal Ascot Festival Day 1 Tips covers all seven races and the supporting card provides plenty of variety. Some smart two-year-olds compete in the Coventry Stakes while the Listed Wolferton Stakes always produces a high quality field of three-year-olds. Stamina is the key for the gruelling two and a half mile Ascot Stakes, one of the longest staying handicaps in the flat racing calendar.
Queen Anne Stakes Tips
The Queen Anne Stakes is a Group 1 race for four-year-olds over a mile and was first run in 1840. Notable past winners include the brilliant Goldikova (2010) and Frankel (2012) while Godolphin have enjoyed a record eight victories in this race.
Coventry Stakes Tips
The Coventry Stakes is a Group 2 race for two-year-olds over six furlongs and one of the first significant juvenile events of the season. The Coventry has been won by future Classic winners including Mill Reef (1970), Henrythenavigator (2007) and Dawn Approach (2012) while Aidan O’Brien has won the race a record nine times.
King’s Stand Stakes Tips
The five-furlong King’s Stand Stakes is one of the most important Group 1 sprint races of the season. Blue Point defeated Battaash in 2018 and 2019 before the latter won in his absence in 2020 to join the likes of Solinus (1978), Never So Bold (1985) and Dayjur (1990) on the roll of honour.
St James’s Palace Stakes Tips
The Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes is for three-year-old colts over a mile and regularly attracts 2000 Guineas winners from Britain, Ireland and France. Aidan O’Brien’s record eight winners include Giant’s Causeway (2000), Rock Of Gibraltar (2002) and Gleneagles (2015) while the great Frankel won this race in 2011.
Ascot Stakes Tips
The Ascot Stakes is the first handicap race of the Royal meeting and has been dominated by National Hunt trainers in recent seasons. Leading Irish trainer Willie Mullins is likely to feature in plenty of Royal Ascot day 1 tips having won the race four times between 2012 and 2018.
Wolferton Stakes Tips
The Wolferton Stakes was introduced in 2002 and is for horses aged four years and upwards over ten furlongs. It originally run as a handicap until 2018 with subsequent multiple Group 1 winner Addeybb winning the race in 2019.
Copper Horse Stakes Tips
The Copper Horse Handicap is for four-year-olds and upwards over one mile and six furlongs. The inaugural running took place in 2020 with victory going to Fujaira Prince who went on to win the valuable Ebor Handicap at York next time.