Royal Ascot, one of horse racing’s most prestigious events, is taking place between Tuesday, June 14th and Saturday, June 18th this year.
Taking place in Berkshire, Ascot is where punters come to see the very best flat racing British horse racing has to offer. Its the flat equivalent of the Cheltenham Festival.
It’s extra special this year, too, as not only is it taking place in the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, but it will also be the first unrestricted event since pre-pandemic in 2019.
Last year only 1,200 people were allowed to attend but an event which has become synonymous with top hats and high fashion under a strict dress code will be a sight to behold once again, and the Pimms will be back in full flow.
The prize money has increased to £8.65m, too, which represents a major hike from £7.33m in 2019.
There are five races across the week which are considered to be the most esteemed, holding the highest prize money and generally the top-rated horses as a result.
Let’s take a look at those and the main riders and runners among them.
All these odds are taken from Bet365 bookmaker, who are best odds guaranteed on all the races at Royal Ascot this week.
What are the Royal Ascot tips for Tuesday? – St James Palace Stakes
Coroebus 1 / 2
My Prospero 4/1
Mighty Ulysses 20/1
New Energy 20/1
It’s little surprise to see a Charlie Appleby-trained horse a short favourite in this race, even if he has never won the St James Palace Stakes. Coreobus is comfortably the top-rated horse in this year’s race.
However, plenty of attention will be on Mighty Ulysses, which will be rode by legendary jockey Frankie Dettori. Its trainer John Gosden has won this race three times in the last eight years, making 20/1 (bet365) appear to be a big price.
Are there any Royal Ascot Wednesday Tips – Prince of Wales Stakes?
Bay Bridge 5/4
State of Rest 7/1
Grand Glory 8/1
Lord North 8/1
The bookmakers appear to expect this to be a more open race, although Bay Bridge is still a heavy favourite and heads into the Prince of Wales Stakes in excellent form having won four of its past five races.
Aidan O’Brien won this race four times in the past 14 years, so his son Joseph’s State of Rest may be worth considering at 7/1 (William Hill).
What are your Royal Ascot tips for Thursday? – Gold Cup
Princess Zoe 10/1
Arguably the biggest race at Ascot, the Gold Cup is notorious for rewarding “stayers”: those horses which specialise in racing over long distances and is included in the tote placepot..
Having won three Gold Cup’s in a row between 2018 and 2020, Stradivarius will undoubtedly receive plenty of backing once more, especially if Dettori is on the saddle once more as expected.
However, he limped to fourth last year and at eight-years-old, it remains unclear whether he has the speed and stamina required to win this race. Four-year-old favourite Kyrpios is much-fancied and could be tough to beat with youth on his side.
Can get Royal Ascot Tips for Friday? – Coronation Stakes
Homeless Songs 5/4
Prosperous Village 10/1
Usually one of the more wide-open races of the big five, Homeless Songs is expected to win its third race in a row.
However, the Gosdens’ Inspiral comes into the race in cracking form having won four races in a row and could take some stopping. 3/1 (bet365) looks a cracking price.
What are your Royal Ascot Saturday Tips? – Platinum Jubilee Stakes
Home Affairs 9/2
Nature Strip 8/1
Creative Force 9/1
Golden Pal 10/1
Aided by a change of name in honour of the Queen this year, the Jubilee Stakes looks as exciting as ever!
The appropriately-named Home Affairs leads the betting market but in all honesty this is a tough one to call and probably one to keep stakes small on.