Royal Ascot 2017 Free Bets, Preview and PredictionsPublished June 19, 2017
Royal Ascot Betting Tip: Ascot Gold Cup (4.20pm, Thur) – Order Of St George at 1/1 Paddy Power
Royal Ascot gets underway on Tuesday in a year in which horse racing betting seems to be flying by at a dizzying pace.
From Tuesday 20th June right through until Saturday 24th June, the finest equine talent in the land will show off their ability at what many feel is the world’s premier flat racing event.
Of course the fashion on show, the drink, food and fanfare is a massive part of what makes thousands descend on Royal Ascot every year, but it is the horses that are the centre of the sporting attention and this year is shaping up to be among the best renewals of the five day spectacular in recent years.
The ITV Racing cameras will be covering the action for the first time, which gets kicks off on Tuesday with the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, a one mile contest which forms part of the British Champions Series through the Summer months.
At the top of the betting is Richard Fahey’s Godolphin owned RIBCHESTER, a lengthy and athletic son of Iffraaj that has developed into one of the classiest milers in Europe.
The four-year-old produced a sustained and telling turn of foot to win the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes last time out at Newbury, producing a career best in the process.
The is every chance this colt will be better as a four-year-old and in a division lacking any real star now that Solow has retired, the door is open for Ribchester to cement his place as the most dangerous miler in the land. He is a worthy favourite and will be very hard to beat in the 2017 Royal Ascot opener.
The St. James’s Palace Stakes at 4.20pm on Day One is one of the centrepiece races of the week and this year, CHURCHILL has been the standout performer for Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O’Brien.
This Champion juvenile has developed into a legitimately top notch three-year-old, proven by his emphatic wins in both the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish version at the Curragh.
This son of Galileo has a cast-iron temperament, which allows him to travel so beautifully through his races, conserving energy in the process and when he is asked to quicken, he possesses the presence of mind and natural ability to respond to pressure.
Thursday at Royal Ascot has the Ascot Gold Cup as the main event and once again, Aidan O’Brien is the man responsible for the hot and worthy favourite, this time in the shape of ORDER OF ST GEORGE, a formidable stayer looking poised to put up the race of his life in the 2017 renewal of this famous Group 1 flat race over a testing trip of two miles and four furlongs. Our betting tip is to back him at a 1/1 price with a Paddy Power free bet.
In 2016, this powerful son of Galileo stamped his class all over the Gold Cup field and after two ideal prep runs so far this season, Ryan Moore and this five-year-old, who has a massive engine, look set to complete the double.
Clive Cox is becoming something of a ‘Sprint King’ over the last couple of seasons and has several top class speedsters in his ranks. Perhaps the most exciting of those is the imposing HARRY ANGEL, a seriously fast, young horse who can serve it up to the favourite Caravaggio if he maintains his recent level of form.
This son of Dark Angel was a short price favourite to win the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock last time out and he didn’t disappointed backers with a hugely impressive display.
He covers so much ground with a minimum of fuss and everything he produces on the clock suggests he is a Group 1 winning Sprinter waiting to happen.