The superstar of the Tuesday show is Frankel for what could be an electric opening race of the meeting, although the other races look a good deal more competitive and we cast our eye over the first three of the day in a quest to find some winners.
2.30 Queen Anne Stakes
Frankel is many people’s banker of the meeting and Henry Cecil is simply hoping that his four-year-old star can live up to expectations, with a fair few punters likely to pile into the unbeaten horse despite prohibitive odds of 1/5 (bet365 free bets).
Customers can currently get even money at Ladbrokes about Frankel winning on Tuesday and Black Caviar doing the same on Saturday, with others looking to back the former to win by more than five lengths against a field that includes Excelebration and Strong Suit.
3.05 King’s Stand Stakes
Twenty-three horses are entered for this Class 1 race over five furlongs and there’s an Australian raider who arrives at Royal Ascot highly-rated after winning the last three races although it’s difficult to equate Australian form with how the horses in the UK have fared.
Even so, Ortensia is an 11/2 chance (Paddy Power bookmaker) and the seven-year-old might take some stopping, although many tipsters were impressed by Wizz Kid’s recent performance when winning in Chantilly and will be backing this runner at odds of 6/1.
Bated Breath is likely to be available at a similar price and the Roger Charlton horse could yet complete a double of this race and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday, with connections waiting to see whether the charge can mount a challenge to Black Caviar.
Little Bridge has been a winner twice this season and looks an each-way prospect at 12/1, with the Kiwi horse having won at Sha Tin in Hong Kong.
3.45 St James’s Palace Stakes
Power is the hot favourite to win the third race of Royal Ascot and the Aidan O’Brien-trained horse looked the part when winning the Irish 2000 Guineas although we should remember that something went badly wrong in the English 2000 Guineas which saw the horse finish second-to-last.
Even so, there will be plenty of takers about the 10/3 on offer and you wonder which horse will spring out of the pack and challenge the favourite, with several runners hovering around the 10/1 mark.
Born to Sea was 5th behind Power at the Curragh, although Lucayan looks an interesting type after some excellent form in France which has seen him claim three victories from five starts.