Here at 21.co.uk, we have a full guide to Royal Ascot 2021, including betting previews, TV Information, hot picks, history and much more!
Royal Ascot is one of the biggest events of any calendar year. However, after the major summer meeting of the flat season took place without fans last year, the most prestigious event in the summer sports calendar holds even more importance in 2021. The event isn’t just known for Horse Racing and betting; fashionistas worldwide attend the event known for its pageantry and, of course, the presence of Her Majesty, the Queen.
Dates: Tuesday June 15th to Saturday June 19th
Venue: Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire
Times: 2:30PM - 6:10PM
Where Can I watch?: ITV/ITV4 and Sky Sports Racing
Expected Attendance: 12,000 Each Day.
Expected Going: Good/Good to Firm in places.
Royal Ascot Friday Preview
|2:30pm||Albany Stakes||Group 3||Flotus (3/1)|
|3:05pm||King Edward VII Stakes||Group 2||Alenquer (2/1)|
|3:40pm||Commonwealth Cup||Group 1||Campanelle (9/2)|
|4:20pm||Coronation Stakes||Group 1||Mother Earth (10/3)|
|5:00pm||Sandringham Stakes||Handicap||Kestenna (10/1)|
|5:35pm||Duke of Edinburgh Stakes||Handicap||Aaddeey (6/1)|
|6:10pm||Palace of Holyroodhouse||Handicap||Equality (5/1)|
Albany Stakes - This novice race contains a lot of potential but not a lot of data to work with. Flotus and Hello You will definitely be tough competitors, but we will go for Oscula at 7/1. On flat turf, the horse has looked fantastic and we think the 3rd in his first race, All-Weather, has had quite a big influence on its price. Definitely the best value for money horse, in our opinion, alongside the longshot of 20/1 Sows.
King Edward VII Stakes - Once again, we find ourselves leaning towards the favourite here. Gear Up and Yibir could provide some fierce competition for Alenquer but have been far too inconsistent to bet on at low odds. Title is likely to be its closest competition and is worth an each way bet, but we don’t think it will defeat the impressive 2/1 shot.
Commonwealth Cup - A 4th place in the Breeders Cup has done wonders for those looking to back Campanelle in the Commonwealth Cup. A win there surely would have dropped the horse down to 2/1 or lower. However, as the horse had a relatively poor race, we’ve got a fantastic bet as Campanelle sits at 4/1.
Coronation Stakes - The Coronation Stakes is another where the last race has significantly impacted the odds. Pretty Gorgeous took a step-up in class last time out and took its first position finish outside the top two as it finished 7th. So, if you like the look of that horse, the odds at 4/1 are very good. However, the horse we see taking the win in the Coronation Stakes is Empress Josephine at 9/2. The 14/1 winner in the last race is undoubtedly on better ground to win this race than in the Irish 1000 Guineas.
Sandringham Stakes - This race is tough to predict, with the favourite sitting at 10/1. However, we can tell you one horse that we believe will dramatically drop in price is Camdeboo, who sits at 20/1 but is very highly rated and when bets start coming in on the morning of the event, the price will drop. However, one horse that we believe will perform well is the 25/1 She Do, which is an ideal each way bet due to its impressive pace.
Duke of Edinburgh Stakes - We once again find ourselves leaning towards the favourite. However, as the favourite is 6/1, we find ourselves content with this; especially with the favourite being Aaddeey, a horse who, when it comes to racing at 1m 3f, has an advantage over most due to its natural power and ability to sustain high speeds for prolonged spells.
Palace of Holyroodhouse - There is one horse that we’re thrilled was put into this race as we initially thought it would be placed into a different race with a clear favourite. However, Mo Celita is one of the most impressive horses that we have seen at this level and will definitely progress to be a force in more profitable races in the future. Definitely, a horse worth looking at with odds of 12/1.
Royal Ascot Saturday Preview
|2:30pm||Chesham Stakes||Listed||Points Lonsdale (5/4)|
|3:05pm||Jersey Stakes||Group 3||Creative Force (9/2)|
|3:40pm||Hardwicke Stakes||Group 2||Broome (3/1)|
|4:20pm||Diamond Jubilee Stakes||Group 1||Starman (5/2)|
|5:00pm||Wokingham Stakes||Handicap||Kings Lynn (9/2)|
|5:35pm||Golden Gates Stakes||Handicap||Alfaadhel (9/2)|
|6:10pm||Queen Alexandra Stakes||Conditions||Stratum (4/1)|
Chesham Stakes - Another race that is quite the lottery for bettors. With just one professional race under most of these horses’ belts, it’s going to be tough to properly judge a horse. We’re most tempted to go for an each-way bet on Reach for the Moon at 14/1, ridden by Frankie Dettori. However, the horse was beaten comfortably by 3/1 New Science in his first race. Both horses will be improving as time goes on and could be the two best bets for this race.
Jersey Stakes - This is a race we’re really looking forward to as there are two horses we want to keep an eye on over the next two years. The first is the favourite Creative Force, who took to Royal Ascot last year and finished 10th in the Coventry Stakes. That seems like a red flag, but the horse was ridden wrong, which William Buick alluded to afterwards. The horse is best suited to a late charge rather than taking a commanding early lead like it did last year. That experience with the horse has proven fruitful as Buick has ridden the horse to three wins and a 100% win rate in the last two months. Our second pick is Bellosa, at 10/1. The horse struggled in its last race and hung badly over to the left but still was a commanding winner over Frankie Dettori’s Fundamental, who is 20/1 in this race.
Hardwicke Stakes - We’re three races in and we haven’t yet been tempted by the favourite. Broome is a great racehorse. However, our bet is Ilaraab at 13/2. He looked like a reasonably average horse in his first encounter, but has since gone from strength to strength, winning three races in a row by a neck before winning the next two races against more challenging opposition by three lengths.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes - This is another race that’s difficult to predict who could win. The strong runners all have horrible history on this course; meanwhile, a couple of mid-runners have good form and a good history at Ascot. The strongest runner of those horses is, in our opinion, Glen Shiel at 12/1. The horse looked a little leggy in its warm-up race in May but based on what we saw on this course in October, there are no doubts that Hollie Doyle and Archie Wilson could have a winner on their hands here.
Wokingham Stakes - We’re more than prepared to eat our words if this goes badly but we can’t see why Kings Lynn is the favourite here. The horse was unremarkable on Tuesday and is up against some even stronger horses than what we saw in the King's Stand Stakes. Danzeno looks like an excellent each-way bet at 33/1, but the horse we really like is Rohaan at 7/1. The horse is in great form, won a similar race at Ascot in April and has been genuinely impressive in recent races.
Golden Gates Stakes - Now, those of you who know your jockeys will have noticed that we haven’t yet backed a Frankie Dettori ridden horse to win, which given his record, seems almost idiotic. However, we think Dettori will grab his first win of the final day on King Frankel, the 8/1 horse. As it stands, he is 4th favourite, but the horse is also the most consistent at this distance. The favourite Alfaadhel is in impressive form itself, but it has never been tested like it will be at this level, unlike King Frankel, who has been tested and has consistently finished in the top two of those tests.
Queen Alexandra Stakes - The final day is the first day of the week where we genuinely don’t fancy any of the favourites. The majority of these horses are untested at this distance and the difference between 2m5f and 2m is the max most of these horses have ridden in a professional race. However, there is one long-distance horse who consistently performs quite well in races of above 2m. That horse is The Grand Visir who has faced sterner competition in longer races and come out in the top three. We’re backing the horse on this occasion at 10/1 each way.
Royal Ascot Thursday Preview
|2:30pm||Norfolk Stakes||Group 2||Lucci (7/2)|
|3:05pm||Hampton Court Stakes||Group 3||Mohaafeth (6/4)|
|3:40pm||Ribblesdale Stakes||Group 2||Noon Star (5/2)|
|4:20pm||Ascot Gold Cup||Group 1||Stradivarius (5/6)|
|5:00pm||Britannia Stakes||Handicap||Mithras (13/2)|
|5:35pm||King George V Stakes||Handicap||Sir Lamorak (4/1)|
|6:10pm||Buckingham Palace Stakes||Handicap||Aldaary (7/1)|
Norfolk Stakes - As seven unbeaten two-year-olds come into this race, it’s challenging to pick a winner, especially as they’ll have all improved. If the going stays good, I will go for Cadamosto at 4/1. However, if the going is fair, which it may well end up being, I would back Nakatomi at 11/2, who is also a fantastic looking horse.
Hampton Court Stakes - I try to avoid backing the favourite. However, with Mohaafeth at Ascot with good going seems a little too good to pass up. You can find Mohaafeth at 5/4, but if you prefer going for an outsider with higher odds, Movin’ Time at 6/1 looks a great bet.
Ribblesdale Stakes - There are a number of good horses in this race. However, when you have an unbeaten runner who looks as good as Eshaada did in their last outing, it’s almost impossible not to fancy the 4/1 runner.
Ascot Gold Cup - Stradivarius hasn’t been in the best form recently, and at ⅚ I’d much rather hedge my bets elsewhere. The French horse Trueshan has been very impressive and holds a long-distance cup win over Stradivarius in his recent form. I really like the look of the horse at 13/2.
Britannia Stakes - This is the race that should have the largest odds for the winner in my opinion. Mithras is a good horse, but it’s definitely not what I consider the favourite here, especially given its poor form. If anyone can get the horse running perfectly, it’s Frankie Dettori. However, on this day, I think the 18/1 runner, Aerion Power represents fantastic value for money and is definitely one of, if not the, strongest horses in the race.
King George V Stakes - There are a lot of very good horses in this race, making it very difficult to predict. Eleven horses are coming into the race off of wins last time out. However, the horse I’m looking at actually has one of the worst forms out of those horses. First Light at 6/1 is a horse that I like the look of and I think perhaps hasn’t shown what it’s truly capable of just yet. I recommend taking a look at Lord Protector as well at 16/1. The horse is unbeaten but hasn’t been tested at this level yet.
Buckingham Palace Stakes - The longshot of Danyah at 16/1 is hard to ignore. However, I don’t think it’s the most impressive horse around that level. I’m going to go for the most consistent horse of the run and that is Tomfre Each Way at 14/1. The horse has been mightily impressive and should start strong but has the stamina to keep it up throughout the rest of the race. I can’t see this horse finishing outside the top three.
Royal Ascot Tuesday Preview
|2:30pm||Queen Anne Stakes||Group 1||Palace Pier (2/5)|
|3:05pm||Coventry Stakes||Group 2||Kaufymaker (11/2)|
|3:40pm||King’s Stand Stakes||Group 1||Battaash (7/4)|
|4:20pm||St James’s Palace Stakes||Group 1||Poetic Flare (4/1)|
|5:00pm||Wolferton Stakes||Listed||Cape Gentleman (9/2)|
|5:35pm||Ascot Stakes||Handicap||Patrick Sarsfield (4/1)|
|6:10pm||Copper Horse Stakes||Handicap||Saldier (11/4)|
Queen Anne Stakes - Seven of the last 10 winners have been aged four. Only four out of 12 runners are aged four, including the current favourite, Palace Pier.
Coventry Stakes: - Four of the last seven winners have been race favourites. When a favourite loses as it did in 2020, the next winner tends to land. Could history repeat itself with Kaufymaker?
King’s Stand Stakes - You have to go back to 2015 to find a race where either the first or second favourite hasn’t won. Battaash has been the favourite three years running but won only once. Is that a good omen for Winter Power at 5/1?
St James’s Palace Stakes - The last race that didn’t have an Aidan O’Brien horse in the top three was in 2014. Battleground has odds of 8/1, which is good. However, we personally like the look of Wembley at 12/1, Each Way.
Wolferton Stakes - Since the handicap was removed from the race, no horse with odds higher than 8/1 has won the race. With the 2nd, 3rd and 4th ranked horses all picking up wins. Will M C Muldoon or Golden Rules maintain this statistic?
Ascot Stakes - Since 2006, only two favourites have won this race. Both times owned by Willie Mullins. This doesn’t bode well for Patrick Sarsfield and as most winners have come from higher than 6/1, we’re going to back Blue Cup at 7/1 here.
Copper Horse Stakes - With just one running in its history, there aren’t any stats of note for bettors to focus on. However, we’re going to back a horse who commonly finishes in the top three and might not be the best winner bet but is a great each way shout and that is Throne Hall at 12/1.
Royal Ascot Wednesday Preview
|2:30pm||Queen Mary Stakes||Group 2||Twilight Gleaming (11/4)|
|3:05pm||Queen’s Vase||Group 2||Wordsworth (3/1)|
|3:40pm||Duke of Cambridge Stakes||Group 2||Lady Bowthorpe (15/8)|
|4:20pm||Prince of Wales’s Stakes||Group 1||Lord North (7/4)|
|5:00pm||Royal Hunt Cup||Handicap||Finest Sound (6/1)|
|5:35pm||Windsor Castle Stakes||Listed||Ruthin (7/2)|
|6:10pm||Kensington Palace Stakes||Handicap||Lights On (11/2)|
Queen Mary Stakes - Frankie Dettori has won three out of the last five races, including the last two meetings. He rides 15/2 Artos, who is our pick today.
Queen’s Vase - Aidan O’Brien’s horses have a fantastic record in this race with five wins in the last eight meetings. The favourite Wordsworth should have enough to win this race at odds of 3/1.
Duke of Cambridge Stakes - Winners of this race commonly come at odds of 3/1 or similar. This coincides with our top pick for this race which is Queen Power who sits at odds of 9/2. This is the same price that Strawberrydaiquiri and Aljazzi won the meeting at in 2010 and 2018.
Prince of Wales’s Stakes - Coming off the back of an unbeaten 2020, Love takes part in its first race of 2021 and we’re expecting the 2/1 horse to make it four wins in a row.
Royal Hunt Cup - Arguably one of the hardest meetings to predict in the world, our pick is the most consistent horse in the race Astro King at 14/1 Each Way. However, we also recommend Ametist at 16/1 to win.
Windsor Castle Stakes - There aren’t too many horses that take our fancy at this meeting. However, the one that does is Tipperary Sunset at 12/1.
Kensington Palace Stakes - The favourite here is Lights On and we’re expecting the horse to win this race at odds of 11/2.