Royal Ascot 2018
Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting attracting racehorses from around the globe to compete for over £7 million in prize money. 5 days of top-class competitive horseracing starts on Tuesday 19th June till Saturday 23rd June.
Royal Ascot is like no where else in that if offers 5 days of fashion, food, drink, betting and celebrities off the track and true horsepower on the track. The tradition and heritage of Royal Ascot has made the annual event much anticipated and revered all over the world. From the arrival of the Royal procession, always at 2pm sharp to the communal sing along around the famous bandstand, with six races between, each of the five days truly is unforgettable.
The much-anticipated arrival of HRH The Queen and her Royal party is for many the highlight of the week. In fact, bookmakers these days now take several bets on the colour of the Queens hat!
Below we will run through each day with a short preview of the racing and a few selected tips to hopefully make the week a profitable one. Don’t forget will be showing the LIVE coverage across all 5 days so why not head down during lunch, enjoy a drink and some food and catch the thundering action from Royal Ascot 2018.
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Day One – Tuesday 19th June
The curtain goes up on Royal Ascot 2018 with three Group Ones. (The highest grade and most prestigious races) The Queen Anne stakes run over the straight mile, won by the unbeaten Frankel in 2012 is as open as ever in 2018. Favourite is likely to be Rhododendron, a winner of the Group One Lockinge over this distance but a suggested selection is Century Dream. A winner at the recent Derby meeting he’s on an upward curve and has potential to run a big race.
The highlight of the day is the King Stands Stakes run over the shortest distance 5 furlongs (1000m). Here it’s a battle between two speedballs the English Battash and the American Lady Aurelia. Both are Usain Bolt quick with devastating speed. Lady Aurelia has won at the past two Royal Ascot meetings but the selection Battash is fit from a recent race at Haydock in May and could just be hard to catch.
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Day Two – Wednesday 20th June
Day Two offers up the Group One Prince of Wales’s Stakes run over 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2000m). The favourite currently is Cracksman. Likely to be ridden by Frankie Dettori he will be popular but the suggested selection Eminent ran in the 2017 Epsom Derby finishing a creditable fourth, one place behind Cracksman and hasn’t quite had the luck recently. With the likely quicker ground forecast this should suit him better than the favourite.
Day Three – Thursday 21st June
Traditionally known as Ladies Day, Thursday’s and to many the weeks highlight is the Gold Cup. Run over 2 miles and 4 furlongs this really tests the stamina of the thoroughbred. Won in fantastic fashion in 2017 by Big Orange, 2018 sees 2016 winner Order of St George as a warm favourite. The suggested selection Vazirabad, trained in France has not finished out of the first two in the last twelve and will be finishing late and fast to land the spoils.
Day Four – Friday 22nd June
Friday offers two Group One’s. The Commonwealth Cup for three year-old sprinters is run over 6 furlongs (1200m). Sioux Nation is likely favourite and will run well for top trainer Aiden O’Brien. The suggested selection Invincible Army has won this year at Ascot over the course and distance. This is a major plus and will stand him in good order for this competitive race. The other Group One the Coronation Stakes is for three year-old fillies over a mile. Dominated by Irish trained runners the chosen selection Billesdon Brook is trained in England by Richard Hannon. The classic winning, 1000 Guineas victor was a surprise 66-1 winner that day but you won’t be that lucky at Ascot.
Day Five – Saturday 23rd June
The curtain closes on Royal Ascot 2018 with the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes: one of the world’s greatest sprint races. Potential favourite Harry Angel won first time up in 2018 at York, however he has been beaten every time at Ascot so is opposable. The suggested selection City Light trained in France has only raced five times. He’s unbeaten in 2018 with three victories and will certainly run a big race on the day.
Now you have some suggested selections make sure you head down and enjoy five days of the unique, traditionally English Royal Ascot.