Ascot Races: What Are The Biggest Races At Royal Ascot 2020 Festival?
Royal Ascot 2020 is right around the corner, and along with it, some of the biggest flat races of the calendar. These so-called highly anticipated track ventures are known as group one Ascot races and will be spread out across the five days of action. So, we’ve taken a look at each one for you below, to ensure you have ample time to prep yourself for all the online betting frenzy as the drama unfolds. Without further ado…
King’s Stand Stakes
The first of the two group one Ascot races/sprints is the £500,000 King’s Stand Stakes, unfolding over five furlongs of the track. Open to horses aged three and over, this particular racing bonanza offers all the drama and entertainment in day one of action.
Leading this year’s Ascot betting tips charge is BAATASH. Owned by renowned trainer Charles Hill, BAATASH is a top-class sprinter who has already proved his worth in an impressive performance in last month’s Temple Stakes. With his form looking strong ahead of this year’s races, all the betting tipsters are pointing towards him and jockey Jim Crowley stealing the glory.
Some of the other names in the mix like BLUE POINT – whose been in fine form throughout last winter’s Dubai action – and ENZO LAD – another strong New Zealand contender – could make things interesting. Yet, our money is on BAATASH.
Queen Anne Stakes
Originally known as the Trial Stakes, the Queen Anne Stakes also takes place on the first day of Royal Ascot and provides just as much thrill and entertainment.
This year’s Group One Ascot races sees ACCIDENTAL AGENT leading the online betting charge – not surprising given that the horse sprung a 33/1 shock in this very race not 12 months ago. Indeed, the form that Eve Houghton seems to be in with AA’s skills put them in the hot seat.
Yet for such a high-caliber event, there’ll be other contenders. The likes of BARNEY ROY who have risen in form over the last year after appearing as a dud, to BEAT THE BANK, another strong performer, will also be on their A-game.
Prince of Wales’ Stakes
With one mile and one furlong on the cards for this race, the Prince of Wales’ Stakes is always a highly anticipated feature of the five days of action – taking place on day two of the action.
Historically, this race has been won by some big players and this year’s races are no different. Leading the online betting charge is CRYSTAL OCEAN. Indeed, developed into a high-class, middle-distance performer last year, it’s no surprise that Sir Micheal Stout’s horse is hailed to achieve Royal Ascot 2020 glory.
Not far behind are the likes of DESERT ENCOUNTER – a smart performer who proved his skills in last year’s Canadian international – and HUNTING HORN, another pacemaker of the longer distances. Yet, it seems that CRYSTAL OCEAN will snatch the first prize.
Ascot Gold Cup
Hailed as Britain’s most prestigious event for stayers – horses which specialize in long-distance racing – and the oldest surviving race in Royal Ascot history, this particular edition of the Group One Ascot races extravaganza is often the height of the five-day racing venture, taking place on day three of the drama.
The horse leading the online betting charge? CALLED TO THE BAR. Indeed, identified as one of the top stayer’s in France during last month’s racing, Oisin Murphy is expected to jockey this horse to Royal Ascot glory, despite the fact that he’ll be racing against some top contenders.
For instance, CAPRI. A St Ledger winner at the age of 3, the Irish representative suffered a dip in form last year, yet with his performances raised a notch, Aidan O’Brien could have another horse making Royal Ascot history. Following up is MAGIC CIRCLE and STRADIVARIUS. While the former has made his name in various wins over the last year in Chester and Sandown, the latter was a lead stayer in previous Ascots.
All in all, we’re set for a thrilling encounter at Berkshire.
The Commonwealth Cup is one of the more interesting races of Royal Ascot day 4, given that it is the only of the group one Ascot races that is exclusively for three-year-olds and allow geldings – male horses which have been castrated – to race.
Taking place over six furlongs, there are plenty of runners this year that could pose a few questions to the betting tipsters. Spearheading the list is Frankie Dettori’s ADVERTISE. Given that he’s already nailed three wins in the past over six furlongs, it’s no surprise that the bookies are tipping him to the trump his contenders – the likes of JASH and HELLO YOUMZAIN.
Nat Flatman and Morny Cannon are the jockeys who historically performed well in this particular edition of the Group One Ascot races in it’s various Ascot race times and dates. However, the horse expected to emerge victoriously over the seven furlongs and 213 yards is the impressive CASTLE LADY.
Unbeaten in three, including his efforts in last month’s French 1000 Guinea, CASTLE LADY will most likely lead the challenge to clinch Royal Ascot glory ahead of his contenders. The likes of USA’s HAPPEN, who has gone from strength to strength in the last year, and HERMOSA – the Dual 1000 Guinea winner – will put up a fight, but Mickael Barzalona’s horse is expected to win.
St James’ Palace Stakes
Just like the Coronation Stakes, this particular race also takes place over seven furlongs and 213 yards, with horses racing for Royal Ascot bragging rights on day 5 of the action.
With plenty of strong contenders for victory, the horse the betting tipsters have outlined as the front-runner is CIRCUS MAXIMUS. Although still in need of experience, his skill and endurance over the furlongs have made him a prized figure in the Newmarket, let alone in this year’s Ascot ventures.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes
The last of the Group One Ascot races is the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Dubbed as the ‘all-aged’ stakes, this particular race sees horses aged four and three take part in the action.
This makes for an entertaining watch, both on the track and in the Ascot free bets action. With plenty of horses taking the plunge to race, it’s no surprise that last year’s winner – BLUE POINT – is once again tipped to win. But as Ascot has proved, the tables can turn very quickly.