Royal Ascot betting tips – Friday 21 June

The penultimate day of racing at Royal Ascot, with the Coronation Stakes taking centre stage and the winning connections will scoop over £200,000 in this race

The action starts with the Albany Stakes before a Group 2 contest in the form of the King Edward, with eight horses competing over the one mile four furlong trip.

2.30 Albany Stakes
A race for two-year-old fillies to kick off proceedings on Friday, with twenty horses entered at the time of writing and perhaps an opportunity to back a winner at a tasty price.

After all, these horses are unexposed and there is not a huge amount of form to chew over, although Sandiva tops the current ratings and the booking of Frankie Dettori means that there is likely to be plenty of money for the Richard Fahey horse.

Facile wins at Naas and Nottingham suggest the Irish raider should be in the mix, while Heart Focus has the benefit of four races under her belt, the latest of which saw the filly finish two lengths behind Sandiva.

3.05 King Edward VII Stakes
An intriguing renewal of this Group 2 contest, with eight horses set to battle it out for the £100,000 purse and Battle of Marengo has rock-solid credentials coming into the race.

Aidan O’Brien was disappointed by the performance of Camelot on Wednesday although his talented three-year-old can put a smile back on his face, with the one downside being the horse is carrying more weight than his rivals for this contest.

Fourth place in the Derby suggests that Battle of Marengo will take all the beating, although there is stiff competition in the form of Tha’ir and the Godolphin horse produced a reasonable performance when finishing second at Newmarket last month.

Frankie Dettori rides Contributer and the horse has racked up two second-placed finishes since winning at Newbury in April, with a second-placed finish behind Magician in the Dee Stakes not a shabby performance.

Fantastic Moon beat Tha’ir at Sandown in September and should be better prepared after a first seasonal outing at Sandown in April where the horse finished a disappointing fifth out of seven.

3.45 Coronation Stakes
We’re all set for a spectacular Coronation Stakes, with seventeen runners going to post for this one mile tussle and Just The Judge is virtually certain to go off favourite for this Group 1 encounter.

Charles Hills saddles this impressive three-year-old who won the Irish 1000 Guineas over the same distance, with the bookies offering 5/2 (bet365) that Jamie Spencer lands the spoils again in this showcase race of Friday.

Not that it will be an easy task for any horse to win this race considering the calibre of horses in the mix, with Sky Lantern running for Richard Hannon and the 1000 Guineas winner should possibly be favourite considering that he beat Just The Judge in May.

Big Break was fourth in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and should once again be in contention and the Dermot Weld runner can be backed at 6/1, while Pavlosk is a 13/2 poke and should be taken seriously after winning on both of his previous starts.

Viztoria arrives with a high rating after the Irish horse scored victory at the Curragh last month and can be backed at 11/1 with William Hill, with Rehn’s Nest meriting respect after exceeding all expectations when the 40/1 chance finished second in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

4.25 Wolferton Handicap
Sixteen horses will line up for this one mile two furlong contest, with Albasharah arriving at Royal Ascot with an unbeaten record after following up last season’s two victories with a comfortable eight length win at Doncaster in May.

There’s not much between several horses as far as the ratings are concerned, with Fattsota an experienced five-year-old who wasn’t too far behind Resurge in a handicap race at Epsom recently, although Sheikhzayedroad has a more impressive hit rate after a recent win at Epsom.

The David Simcock-trained charge has been in the frame on the past three occasions and merits respect, while Two For Two should come on for the run in the Royal Hunt Cup and could bounce back in style here.

5.00 Queen’s Vase
Leading Light carries three extra pounds than his rivals for this race, although the Aidan O’Brien horse might still take some stopping, having won a Group 3 contest at the Curragh back in May after scoring at Navan previously that month.

O’Brien won’t want too much cut in the ground for this two-mile contest, with Disclaimer running for Lady Cecil and that horse could be vying for favouritism in a race which is in memory of the late Sir Henry.

Disclaimer has won each of his last four races although only had one to beat at Goodwood last time out, while the other victories have also been achieved in smaller fields. Nichols Canyon is an interesting runner for John Gosden, having narrowly been edged out at Newbury last time out.

5.35 Buckingham Palace Stakes
A seven-furlong dash to cap off proceedings on Friday, with twenty-nine horses involved in the cavalry charge and we’re likely to once again see some big-priced horses featuring in the frame.

Joe Packet ran well at Nottingham recently and could be among the places in this race, while Highland Colori obliged as a favourite at Newmarket earlier this month and runs for Andrew Balding.


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