This year’s Ladies Day will be more like Royal Ascot: pomp, pageantry and fashion as the crowd – even though they are small in numbers – compensate for their lack of time by dressing up in finery to match flat racing around the globe. If Her Majesty the Queen decides to make it to the track, this is the moment when she descends from her Royal Box and presents the Ascot Gold Cup trophy – the race that will dominate the meeting.
On Thursday, Stradivarius could make history by becoming the second horse after the great Yeats to win the Ascot Gold Cup four times in succession (4.20pm). John Gosden’s horse is partnered by Dettori, a regular pilot. He is one of the most loved horses in training. This afternoon’s historic win will be a major boost for racing. The betting suggests that Frankie will fly dismount. This is a golden opportunity to win it number nine. Frankie, the legendary jockey from Italy, has had a love affair this contest. He won it eight times.
Royal Ascot Betting: Top 5 Horses
We have put together a list of five horses that bettingexpert recommends to be followed. They will all hopefully be big players at the Royal Meeting (and they are definitely worth following throughout the summer months).
Ed Walker’s fast-improving sprinter made a lasting impression when he won the Group 2 Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes in York in May. He traveled strongly on the easy ground and was quickening easily clear in the style of a top performer.
After the race, his trainer stated that he prefers fast ground and should be very difficult to beat at the Royal meeting. He has only five career starts, with four wins.
Roger Varian often assembles a small, but determined team to tackle the five days of Royal Ascot. This 3-year-old really impressed when he made a winning debut at Leicester in May.
He was clearly doing well at home and was sent off as a 2/1 second fsvourite under Jack Mitchell. He looked like a Group class performer as he stormed past Thaler’s furlong pole (pair pulled quickly 16l clear of the rest in the easyd decent ground).
John Gosden’s star stayer has been a banker in this meeting for many decades and he didn’t show any signs of waning his abilities when he made a smooth winning return at this track in April in the Sagaro Stakes.
He is now the winner of a remarkable 17 career starts. With nearly PS2.7m in prize cash, he seems certain to be one the most affordable favourites in the Gold Cup.
4. Logo Hunter
Although Michael Browne is not a household name among the training ranks, he has a highly skilled sprinter on his hands for Royal meeting. He really impressed when he won the Sole Power listed sprint at Naas.
His rout indicates he is going be a force in Group company this year. Connectiosn knows he will be more efficient on faster terrain (soft ground last season, but tanked all across a useful field before trapping under Jamie Heffernan).
5. St Mark’s Basilica
Aidan O’Brien is a strong performer at this meeting. The bookmakers are often under siege after the winners start flying in. This progressive performer was one to watch when he won in Longchamp in May.
Ascot Gold Cup 2021 picks and predictions
The bookmakers seem to have decided that Stradivarius’ victory in the Sagaro Stakes has convinced them that he is still the best in the Ascot Gold Cup. 888sport made him their 5/4 favourite. But, there are plenty of reasons for bettors to back him.Last Updated on October 11, 2021