Ladies Day at Royal Ascot was certainly one to forget for punters. A 50/1 winner in the opener set the tone for what was to come with just two of seven favourites winning at Ascot on Thursday. The Queen's odds-on favourite, Reach For The Moon was turned over in the Hampton Court Stakes whilst Stradivarius failed in his attempt to equal Yeats' record of four Ascot Gold Cups. However, if you followed freebets.ltd.uk you would've banked a quick hat-trick as we successfully backed Magical Lagoon (11/4), Kyprios (13/8) and Thesis (14/1) to win.
On Friday there will be seven more exciting races to sink your teeth into, including two hugely-competitive Group 1 races. As we preview day four of Royal Ascot we'll once again provide the latest odds and free bet promotions from Betfair.
14:30 - Albany Stakes
Friday's opener is a Group 3 race open to two-year-old fillies. Run over a distance of six furlongs, the Albany Stakes was one of the additional races added when moving from a four day festival to five days in 2002.
Jockey, Jamie Spencer has won the race four times whilst trainer, Mick Channon has three Albany Stakes wins. However, neither feature in this year's renewal.
Mawj is a big favourite to win this year. The Exceed and Excel filly has just one previous run under her but was hugely impressive when winning at Newmarket last month. Newmarket runner-up, Believing, has won on the all-weather since and could possess excellent each-way claims back on turf at 16/1.
Improving Irish prospect, Meditate poses the biggest threat to Mawj. The No Nay Never filly followed up April's winning run on debut with a classy Group 3 win at Naas last month. Jockey, Ryan Moore has won a modest three races so far at Royal Ascot but he remains a class act.
- 15/8: Mawj
- 4/1: Meditate
- 8/1: Queen Olly
- 9/1: Powerdress
- 11/1: Fully Wet
- 14/1: Cathy Come Home, Lady Bullet, Sydneyarms Chelsea
- 16/1: Believing
- 28/1: Ibiza Love
- 33/1: Beautiful Aisling, Elvenia
- 40/1: Beautiful Eyes, Ivory Madonna
- 50/1: Land Of Summer, Shes Hot
- 66/1: Double O
- 80/1: Miss Mai Tai
15:05 - Commonwealth Cup
The first Group 1 of the day is up next with the six furlong Commonwealth Cup. Open to three-year-old colts and fillies, the Commonwealth Cup was only introduced to the meeting in 2015.
No trainer has won more than one Commonwealth Cup whilst last year's winning jockey, Frankie Dettori is the only two-time-winning jockey. Dettori sits out this year's race but we do have three previous winning jockeys set to compete.
Jim Crowley seems the most likely to land a second Commonwealth Cup. Winner in 2018, Crowley will ride Ehraz for Richard Hannon this year. C&D winner last July but is winless in two runs this year. Finished behind Go Bears ago on season reappearance before being beaten by a short head by Tiber Flow last time out. Ehraz was running on strongly when second to Tiber Flow and should comfortably overturn that result on Friday.
Perfect Power is the market leader for trainer, Richard Fahey. Failed to see out the longer trip in the 2000 Guineas with most of his best work coming over a shorter distance. Won the Norfolk Stakes at last year's Royal Ascot meeting and won back-to-back Group 1 races in August / September last year including the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville and Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. Excellent chance of landing another Group 1 this week.
However, preference is for the Karl Burke-trained El Caballo. Second on debut last April but has won six consecutive races since. First run in a Group 1 but impressed when winning the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock last month.
- 4/1: Perfect Power
- 5/1: Ehraz
- 13/2: El Caballo, Twilight Jet
- 9/1: Flaming Rib, Go Bears Go
- 11/1: Tiber Flow
- 14/1: Wings Of War
- 16/1: Slipstream
- 25/1: Sacred Bridge
- 33/1: Flotus, Zain Claudette
- 40/1: Sam Maximus, Miramar
- 50/1: Cadamosto, Hierarchy, Hala Hala Athmani
- 80/1: Boonie, Rizg
- 100/1: Gis A Sub
15:40 - Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes
The third race of the day is a huge 19-runner handicap set to be contested over one mile four furlongs.
First run at Royal Ascot in 1914, the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes was known as the Bessborough Stakes until 1999.
Trainer, Hughie Morrison has an excellent record in the race, producing four winners since 2003. Morrison won last year with Quickthorn and is back again for this year's renewal with Stay Well. Currently priced at 18/1 but with James Doyle booked to ride he should be given some serious consideration. Two strong second-place finishes this year that seem to have primed him for Royal Ascot. One negative is his form at the course. In two previous races at Ascot he's only beaten one horse home. 10/10 in the Golden Gates Stakes at last year's meeting before finishing 9/10 back here in September.
Ajero is the big gamble in the race. His odds have tumbled from 20/1 to 12/1 over the past 48 hours and he's likely to go off considerably shorter on Friday. A useful hurdler who has finished second in each of his three flat races.
The Queen owns the race favourite and Just Fine would prove a popular winner. Finished down the field in the King George V Stakes at last year's meeting. Encouraging signs when third on season return at York last month and should go better off the same mark on Friday.
- 4/1: Just Fine
- 5/1: Trawlerman
- 6/1: Candleford
- 15/2: Contact
- 8/1: Mashhoor
- 12/1: Ajero
- 14/1: Moktasaab
- 16/1: Cemhaan
- 18/1: Ever Present, Stay Well, Sir Rumi
- 22/1: Brilliant Light
- 28/1: Longbourn, Gold Maze
- 40/1: Cap Francais, State Of Bliss
- 50/1: Chichester, Kenzai Warrior
- 80/1: Kellys Dino
16:20 - Coronation Stakes
The feature race on Friday is the day's second Group 1; the Coronation Stakes. Open to three-year-old fillies, the Coronation Stakes, run over seven furlongs, has been a part of the Royal Ascot meeting since 1840. The famous race has held Group 1 status since 1988.
Last year's winning trainer, Andrew Balding is back this year with Sandrine. Despite being priced at 10/1, Sandrine has to be respected. Winner of the Albany Stakes at the 2021 Royal Ascot meeting and was a credible fifth in the 1000 Guineas after a 218-day break.
Inspiral is the market leader at 3/1 and we're backing her to maintain her impressive unbeaten record. Last year's champion two-year-old filly already has a Group 1 win under her belt having landed the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket in October. The daughter of Frankel was the long-time favourite for the 1000 Guineas before being pulled out. Definitely the one to beat.
Catchet won the 1000 Guineas in the absence of Inspiral and must be respected as should Mangoustine, winner of the French 1000 Guineas.
- 3/1: Inspiral
- 6/1: Catchet
- 15/2: Prosperous Voyage
- 8/1: Discoveries, Mangoustine, Tenebrism
- 10/1: Sandrine
- 11/1: Spendarella
- 14/1: Grande Dame, Pizza Bianca
- 80/1: Honey Girl
- 150/1: Rolling The Dice
17:00 - Sandringham Stakes
The Sandringham Stakes is a handicap race run over one mile. The race has been part of Royal Ascot since 2002, prior to that it was contested as the Fern Hill Rated Stakes at the Ascot Heath meeting. There at 29 runners confirmed for the Sandringham Handicap this year.
Frankie Dettori has won the race on seven previous occasions, most recently for John Gosden on Persuasive in 2016. Dettori and Gosden team up again this year with the well-fancied Crenelle.
Crenelle won a maiden at Newmarket in April with the horse in second going on to win well since. Failed to build on that when a BF last time out but didn't settle and should fare better on Friday.
Heredia heads the betting at 9/2 and is unbeaten in three runs so far. Run in to trouble when winning at York last month and would've won more convincingly were it not for traffic.
Preference is for Fresh Hope for 2019 and 2020 winning jockey/trainer partnership. Hayley Turner rides for Charlie Fellows as she did when winning on Thanks Be and Onassis. Won last time out despite being badly hampered at the start. A major danger here for a team that commands respect.
- 9/2: Heredia
- 7/1: Fresh Hope
- 10/1: Crenelle
- 12/1: Zanbaq, Washraa, Persist
- 14/1: Invigilate
- 16/1: Gatecrasher Girl, Discretion
- 18/1: Espressoo, Lullaby
- 20/1: Kings Joy, Tamarama
- 22/1: Mashaaer, Golden Spice
- 25/1: Love Interest
- 28/1: Cigamia
- 33/1: Golden Mayflower, No Nay Nicki, My Silent Song, Morgan Fairy, Pink Carnation
- 40/1: Wilderness Girl, Minwah, Ellade
- 50/1: Midheaven, Present Moment, Aunt Bethany
- 80/1: Augmentarium
17:35 - King Edward VII Stakes
The Group 2 Kind Edward VII Stakes is next up, contested over 1m4f and open to three-year-old colts and geldings.
Established in 1834, the race was originally known as the Ascot Derby. William Buick has ridden the winner four times in the last eleven years and rides the overnight favourite, Ottoman Fleet for Charlie Appleby. Only two previous runs but won a Listed race at Newmarket last time out. Open to improvement now up in trip for the 2018 winning trainer.
Changingoftheguard is likely to be his nearest rival. The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt won a maiden race at Dundalk in April before comfortably landing the Chester Vase last month. Decent run when in fifth in the Derby at Epsom two weeks ago and could get back to winning ways on Friday.
- 7/4: Ottoman Fleet
- 15/8: Changingoftheguard
- 7/2: Lysander
- 18/1: Grand Alliance
- 20/1: Savvy Victory
- 22/1: Dark Moon Rising
18:10 - Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes
- 6/1: Ladies Church
- 17/2: Korker
- 9/1: Latin Lover
- 11/1: Tippy Toes
- 12/1: Ruthin, Sterling Knight
- 14/1: Manaccan, Loves Me Likearock
- 18/1: Nymphadora
- 20/1: Spring Is Sprung
- 22/1: Shamlaan, Dynamic Force, Lil Guff
- 25/1: Fearless Angel, Canonized, Navello, Peggy Sioux, Swayze
- 28/1: Bond Chairman, Josies Kid
- 33/1: Fai Fai, Romantic Time
- 40/1: Khunan, Edward Cornelius, Catch Cunningham
- 66/1: Saliteh, Designer
- 80/1: Amber Dew
Royal Ascot Predictions
- 14:30 - Mawj (15/8)
- 15:05 - El Caballo (13/2)
- 15:40 - Stay Well (18/1)
- 16:20 - Inspiral (3/1)
- 17:00 - Fresh Hope (7/1)
- 17:35 - Changingoftheguard
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