Do you want to start off your summer racing season with a stylish bang? Think about heading to the Royal Ascot this year, 16-20 June. The Royal Ascot is the place to see and be seen, and you’ll get a fabulous dose of both Thoroughbred racing and fashion. You might even get a chance to see the Royal Family, who have been in attendance at this heralded even for over 300 years since Queen Anne established it in 1711.
Each of the five days of racing has a spectacular card with high points like the Queen Anne Stakes, Prince of Wales Stakes, St. James’s Palace Stakes, Coronation Stakes and Golden Jubilee Stakes. Fifteen of the starts will be Group races. Perhaps the biggest is the 2.5-mile Gold Cup on Day 3–a staying race with a 3.5 million-pound purse. If the Ascot race results don’t make for some high stakes punting, nothing will. Make sure you check out the Royal Ascot Betting Tips here at BettingTools.co.uk which includes tips from some of the best horse racing tipsters on the internet.
Each day starts with a royal procession into the racecourse, and morning suits, top hats and the finest ladies millinery are the order of the day in the Royal Enclosure. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to put your armchair punting aside and head to the racecourse in person, this is it.
Maximize Your Ascot Race Results by Studying Past Performances
Before you set even a toe on the gorgeous Ascot grounds, take a look at the Racing Post or your favourite source for information about any of the horses you’re thinking about backing (or laying). Here are some tips for punting, so your race results may be profitable for you.
First, spend some time looking at every contender’s past performances. If the horse has ever raced at Ascot before, that’s a plus, because it will be used to the racecourse layout and the noise and intensity of the crowds, which can make some horses nervous.
Examine the distances the horse has raced in the past. You want to know that the horse can handle the endurance required of a staying race or the bullet-like speeds of a sprint.
Make sure to look at the going in past races. A horse that needs a fast, dry track will likely not perform as well on a rainy day. Wet tracks, even turf surfaces, also have the tendency to allow kickback, which is when the lead horses spray water, grass and dirt in the faces of the horses behind them. Some horses don’t like this and will hang back to avoid getting their faces wet or dirty.
Last, look at the jockey for each race. Does the horse have a history of being ridden by the same jockey? Did they perform well together? That’s a good sign for future successful teamwork.
Watch the Gallops
If you are able, it’s great to be able to watch the Ascot competitors doing their early morning gallops to workout before the races. It’s not always possible, because some of them exercise on private estates owned by their trainers. (Newmarket is hands down the best place to catch public gallops.) You can sometimes, however, purchase a weekend getaway with trainers who allow a select few to tour the barns and watch the workouts. This can be a great way to make the week even more special.
Check Out the Parade Ring
Even if a horse has performed well in the past, there’s no telling what can happen on race day. One of the best ways to predict race results is to watch the horses being tacked, saddled and mounted in the parade ring prior to each race. Look for a horse that is eager to get going, with a bright eye, a dancing step and rippling muscles.
A horse that’s swishing its tail, pinning its ears or making saddling difficult is likely to be a challenge to whomever is in the irons, and one that’s showing the whites of its eyes or refusing the bridle could be too nervous to run well. If it’s a fairly young horse that seems anxious, watch how it reacts to the jockey climbing into the saddle. If it calms down for the rider, that’s a good sign; if the jockey just makes it more keyed up, the horse may not even make it to the starting gate.
The Royal Ascot began as a British tradition and has become an international one today. Try it yourself this year, and the Ascot just might become a tradition for you too.
Horses to Watch at Royal Ascot
In the opening Queen Anne Stakes, Able Friend from Hong Kong and France’s Solow look to be the rivalry of the meet, with Solow having won in Dubai in March and Able Friend’s recent winning streak of six in a row.
The young Spark Plug shows great potential to take the Royal Hunt Cup, while the filly Tiggy Wiggy is a favourite of the three year olds in the Commonwealth Cup after Limato’s loss at Haydock.
In the Ascot Gold Cup, Forgotten Rules may be the short-priced “chalk horse” to some, but Vent de Force may be a solid contender if maneuvered cleverly through the field in time and the going is fast. For a little more excitement and a bigger payout, punters may want to put their money on a longer priced competitor.
This article was written by John Hawthorne who is a sports writer that loves horse racing from around the world. When he is not at the track he writes about his predictions for various international race results.