WhichBookie racing analyst Will Smith provides a preview and two each-way selections for the sponsored card at Fontwell Park on Wednesday 20th October
Royal Ascot takes place from Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th June and will be the first major UK racing festival since racing was put on hold back in March.
WhichBookie horse racing analyst Will Smith has provided his Royal Ascot Day 1 betting tips which can be found below which include tips for both the Buckingham Palace Handicap and the King’s Stand Stakes.
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Having recommended Blue Laureate at 14/1 each-way for the Ascot Stakes at 4.20 a few days ago, it is pleasing to see him declared with his most trusted of companions in the saddle Cieren Fallon – it would be great to see the son of the master Kieren break his Royal Ascot duck here. 14/1 is still available.
As for any further bets, the opening race of the whole week features a couple I like at generous prices:
Note: Any odds featured on this page were correct at time of publishing (20:50pm 14/06/2020) and are subject to change.
1.15 – Buckingham Palace Handicap
Cliffs Of Capri – 14/1 EW (BetVictor)
Glen Shiel – 20/1 EW (Skybet)
The likely favourite Daarik, representing John Gosden and Frankie Dettori will be popular with many, and rightly so after his brilliant win up at Newcastle just over a week ago. But for a very lightly raced horse who has clearly not been straight-forward to train, and on turf for the first time since a mightily disappointing debut, he comes with risks attached.
Ascot straight course form replicates itself very well, and so Kaeso must come into the equation, but he dropped away a bit tamely for my liking behind Daarik at Newcastle.
However, I am going to side with a horse that ran at Newcastle four days previous to that – Glen Shiel at 20/1 with Skybet, who offer 6 places each-way, looks a really good bet. Having come from the school of Andre Fabre in France, Glen Shiel has been a model of consistency since joining Archie Watson. A cracking run over 1m on heavy ground here at Ascot on Champions Day last October, where he was just worn down in the closing stages, was followed by a couple of notable runs at Newcastle at the turn of the year. Attempting to make all on the straight track into a tough headwind meant that those runs could be significantly marked up.
Glen Shiel then reappeared over 6f, and again gave a bold sight, but might just have bumped into the potential Wokingham winner, in the shape of Mubakker. This 7f trip at Ascot will be right up his street, and it is hoped that his draw in stall 10 could allow Hollie Doyle to take a lead on the far side, for as long as she dares.
On the straight track, in a big field, it usually pays to have a runner on both sides of the draw – particularly being the first race of the meeting, with no other evidence to go on. So, Cliffs Of Capri at 14/1 generally, is another very sound each-way bet – he is drawn right down the stand rail in stall 27, which could be a potential advantage. Four runs at the Berkshire venue have yielded two wins, a close third on ground that wouldn’t have suited, and a very close up fifth in a valuable handicap behind some group class performers. In addition to that, he ran a really eye-catching race on reappearance at Newmarket last week, when making up notable late ground away from the favoured rail on that day.
3.35 – King’s Stand Stakes
Shades Of Blue – 33/1 EW (Bet365) & market EW w/o Battaash
Due to a couple of notable potential rivals being absent, the way looks like it has been left clear for Battaash to finally lay the Ascot ghost to rest. Having bumped into the brilliant Blue Point in the last two renewals of this race, there is no such fly in the ointment evident this time, and surely Charlie Hills’ stable star gets the Royal Ascot win he so deserves.
However, there are a couple of Clive Cox-trained sprinters who are definitely worth backing each-way, if for any reason Battaash does run below par. Not only that, when the special markets are up nearer the time, they are both worth backing each-way in the market without Battaash.
Tis Marvellous has an exceptional Ascot sprint record, placed in any number of high-quality sprints, and the convincing winner of a couple of high-class handicaps, he is nicely drawn close to Battaash, giving Adam Kirby the ability to try to stalk the favourite and follow him through. Whether he can get past him is another matter, but he won’t be far away. At 28/1 with BetVictor and Coral, Tis Marvellous is way too big.
His stablemate is drawn in box 1, on the other side, but at 33/1 with Bet365, Shades Of Blue should be backed in the hope that blinkers first time help her break smartly and re-find the form that saw her finish a close second in the 2018 Queen Mary.