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Royal Ascot 2018 News and Reviews.

Ladies Day at Ascot

Ladies Day at Ascot – a preview

Thursday is generally considered by many to be a day that is not just about horses, but about fashion as well. We at Bet2go won’t get into the fashion side, but focus on what the event is really about: absolutely top end horseracing..

Indeed, the day features amongst the 6 races the centrepiece of the entire week, the Gold Cup. It is also a hard day to predict anything with great certainty in the majority as 4 of the ones on offer are restricted to 3 year olds, which means there isn’t much information to go on to decide on the basis of form and trends.

So we will stick to the races we perhaps feel a bit more sure about, starting with the 14:30 Norfolk Stakes. In keeping with the previous years the field is not very large, just 10 runners. It also seems to have been a trend that this race is won by US trained horses, so perhaps we should look at Land Force (9/1), but he lost on his last outing. Still we think he can do well against current favourite Konchek (4/1) in this wide-open race.

So on to the big one of the day, the 16:20 Ascot Gold Cup. The favourite is the 2016 winner Order of St George at 15/8. He may have bene pipped to the line last year, but he still carries great expectation. He may be a bit too unreliable for some, turning up one day, and not the next. We like him, and he could win but we go for third favourite Vazirabad at 13/2. The French horse has a string of high class wins behind his name. Expect him to be ridden patiently until the pace is really required at the business end of the race to come to the front.

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Royal Ascot Preview for Day 2

We had a wonderful day’s racing on the first day in Ascot. It started with a massive surprise 33/1 winner, and throughout the day a bit of a mixed bag of favourites and outsiders.

We have another 6 quality races today, starting with the Queen Mary Stakes at 14:30. We like the look of Servalan (10/1) in this one. He will have to deal with the favourite Chelsea Cloisters, trained by Wesley Ward who knows how to win this race. They will be quickest off, but there is a good possibility that our choice comes up to close it at the end.

The feature race is the Prince of Wales Stakes at 16:20 featuring Cracksman as the star of the show, as the son of Frankel takes on six rivals. Naturally he is the big favourite of the race at 8/13. We find it hard to look beyond him in this race.

One more horse to watch is Hydrangea in the 15:40 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes. Even with a Group One penalty, they are the justified favourite at 7/4.

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The Bet2Go Day 1 value tips for Royal Ascot

Every day we will be bringing you value tips, but only if we can find them. Our promise to you is to look at the form, the stats, the conditions and everything else, to come up ONLY with those horse we really believe in..

Today we have two for you, both ridden by Ryan Moore.

The 15:05 Coventry Stakes, a Grade 1 race over only 6 furlongs. It’s the equivalent of a sprint here, and who do we think is the Usain Bolt in the field? Not a lot of doubt here for us and we go for Sergei Prokofiev at 3/1 as the current second favourite. It is the wonderful Aiden O'Brien / Ryan Moore combination, it’s nicely drawn, already one of the top-rated horses in the field and we think it will be better over 6f so lots to like.

In the 17:00 Ascot Stakes we opt for Chelkar (11/2), the current favourite. Ryan Moore & Willie Mullins have won this race 3 times and this is the most unexposed of his runners. Bar Stratum we guess Moore would have had the pick of the horses or certainly have been put on the one with the best chance, so this may be the one he feels best about. Soumillon has ridden the horse on nearly all of its runs in France, albeit some time ago, yet he is on another of Mullins’ horses. The only problem is the price is a lot shorter now because Ryan has chosen it. So if you are looking for some longer odds on horses with a chance of winning here, Dubawi Fifty (8/1) should also run a big race.

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Ascot Preview Day 1

Somewhere far away in Russia a World Cup football may be going on, but closer to home we are going to have 5 days of thoroughbred racing that you could refer to as a World Cup as well. Horses, trainers, jockeys and owners arrive from all over the world to take part and take home one of the biggest prices in flat racing.

In a long standing tradition her majesty the queen will come down the Royal Mile in a horse- drawn carriage, for one of other favourite weeks in the racing calendar. And it is ours too.

Frankie Dettori will return to Ascot after missing out last year due to the shoulder he broke just before the event last year. On Tuesday his biggest chance may be Without Parole in the St James’ Palace Stakes at 16.20. He is the favourite at 11/4, and he could add to his 59 wins at Ascot, the highest number of any jockey riding here. We like the look a well of Tip Two Win, priced at 5/1. HE was priced at 50/1 for the 2000 Guineas but he romped in second, and with a bit of luck, he will be in the reckoning here.

In total there are 6 races on Tuesday, as they are on each day, starting with the 14:30 Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday, where Rodondendron currently leads the betting at 3/1. It is a straight mile dash to the finish and we expect that Lightning Spear, at the time of writing priced at 8/1, may well shorten considerably, even though he is now a 7 year old. The fast ground will do him well, so consider this bet, or at least a place.

The 15:40 King’s Stand Stakes is also a race we at Bet2Go are looking forward to. Last year’s winner Lady Aurelia in our view has rightly been considered the favourite at 2/1, although the horse form the US will have plenty of competition, principally from Battaash at 5/2. He may well be a bit more inconsistent, but he ran well at Goodwood, so he may have the legs to beat our favourite. Beyond these two the odds get considerably longer.

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Royal Ascot is most definitely the highlight of the flat racing season. The pomp and ceremony, the dress code, the hats and dresses, the daily attendance by Her Majesty the Queen and her entry procession in a horse drawn carriage, it all adds up to a spectacle that could not be more British, and an event to look forward to.

It starts with a tremendous day on 19 June with the Queen Anne Stakes, always much anticipated, and it finishes on Saturday the 23rd.

The prime race of the whole event, and arguably the best flat racing marathon of the year is the Ascot Gold Cup, which will be run on Thursday 21 June. It was won last year by an impressive Order Of St George, who unsurprisingly leads the current field as the favourite, priced at odds of 2/1. Trainer Aidan O’Brian thinks his charge is in great form, as he demonstrated in his first race back this year at Navan in April, when he decimated an admittedly small field.

The markets have been a bit undecided on the second favourite in the antepost so far, but it has now settled quite firmly on Stradivarius on 3/1, suggesting that many punters fancy it to put up a very good fight against the favourite. He put in a great performance at York to earn his progression in the betting charts, and we will keep him firmly in our sights for the betting.

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