13 Jun BigFoot’s overview for Royal Ascot next week…
As promised to help you to continue to enjoy the racing at Royal Ascot from home this week (Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th June) Bigfoot will be providing his thoughts and tips on ROYAL ASCOT for the whole week exclusively for On Side Hospitality.
“We are set for possible rain showers over Tuesday and Wednesday and for it to brighten up as the week progresses, so be sure to do your on going checks for any changes in the ground conditions as we move into the week.”
“That fact that this year at ROYAL ASCOT has no spectators does bring a little less to the proceedings with crowds normally exceeding 300,000 people visiting over the weeks racing. However let us not be deterred from looking forward to watching the cream of flat racing on our screens …. So Ladies get out those fascinators and Gents dig out your best suit and pour the Pimm’s, sit back and enjoy the racing in the garden ….that’s more than likely looking the best it ever has since lockdown began.”
WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO
ROYAL ASCOT brings 36 races over the week with confirmed prize money for the five days at £3,680,000 .So what are clashes and highlights to look out for with it all starting 1:15pm Tuesday 16th June.
Here are just some of the week’s races to look forward to.
Queen Anne Stakes Tuesday 1:50pm
King’s Stand Stakes Tuesday 3:35pm
Prince of Wales Stakes Wednesday 3:00pm
Ascot Gold Cup Thursday 3:35pm
Commonwealth Cup Friday 3:35pm
Coronation Cup Saturday 1:50pm
St. James’ Palace Stakes Saturday 3:00pm
Diamond Jubilee Stakes Saturday 3:35pm
“Royal Ascot never fails to deliver with the cream of the international horse racing world bringing their best guns over to our shores and one man who loves to bring his speed merchants is Westley Ward and the American will be hoping for more Ascot glory with his strong hand of two year olds.
With rags to riches story that could be in the making, the highest rated Irish sprinter SCEPTICAL who just cost £2,800 has entries in the Kings Stand and Diamond Jubilee Stakes and is one to watch out for.
Stradivarius aim is for a 3rd Gold cup and that is likely to be well within his grasp as Kew Gardens will not be in this year’s line up having been withdrawn due trainer A.P Obrien not being happy with him in his prep.
Royal Ascot’s most winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute will look to have a strong hand in this year’s greatest show on turf and has hit the ground running since racing resumed along with Andrew Balding the 2000 Guineas winner with KAMEKO. And without doubt you can never avoid the cavalry charge from Ballydoyle with A.P Obrien and jockey Ryan Moore hitting form in recent days.”
John Gosden’s DAARIK heads the market in the opener at 1:15 on Tuesday in the Buckingham Palace stakes in what looks a wide-open race with punters able to get stuck into big prices and hopefully get the week off to a flyer.
The 3:35 brings us the King stands stakes and the enigma that is BATTAASH, who undoubtedly in his day is a class sprinter and a complete power ball of pace but you never know which Battaash will turn up and wont favour softer under foot conditions in my opinion.
The rivalry of MAGICAL v ADDEYBB is set for the Prince of Wales stakes.
I’m really looking forward to this as we could have the likes of JAPAN and LORD NORTH pitching in too, setting it up for classic.
Thursday – GOLD CUP DAY!!!
Frankie and STADIVARIUS bid for there 3rd gold cup and this is sure to have more confidence in doing so as Kew Gardens does not take his place in the race but Frankie will need to be wary of being taken on by a few unknown horses that are stepping up in a new distance.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR ASCOT …..and how to play it by BigFoot!!
Ease into the week …. Start off slow and keep your stakes small to begin with. Remember you do not have to play in every race!!
The draw and pace…. Tradition shows that low drawn horses are favourable especially over the straight track but more recently it has had little effect. When it comes to a pace you are looking for a horse that likes to front run and remember there may be more than one in a race and these can end up setting the race up for the horse that likes to come in with a late run off the pace. Pace is an important factor in how a race is run and shapes the race. You can find lots of info online like Patterform and GG.co.uk to give you the pace angle.
Do not be put off by BIG prices…. remember this is the cream of racing this week and you will find horses priced up bigger than they normally should. They run in lesser contests so don’t let the price put you off and remember it’s value we are looking for. As for favourites, we may find value in their price like we wouldn’t before in the prep runs or again against lesser opposition so do not discount even a shorty, these can still bring value.
Best odds…. Shop around for your best odds and best price guaranteed and extra places on offer.
Check back in Tuesday 16th June from midday for my selections on DAY 1.
All the best
NB – Please remember you need to be over 18 to bet and On Side Hospitality can not be accountable for any losses made during Royal Ascot but will take all the glory on the wins 😉