Get Ready for the Royal Ascot

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Get Ready for the Royal Ascot

For horse racing fans and punters, the summers are usually more than thrilling, as one of the top festivals in the UK, Royal Ascot, takes place in the summer, in 2017 it’ll be from June 20 until June 24. There are several other important events that are held in the summer – Northumberland Plate Festival, Coral Eclipse, Moet & Chandon July Festival, King George Weekend and Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor.

Will Dartmouth Win for the Queen?!

With 5 days of action and a total prize pool that exceeds £6.5 million, the Royal Ascot attracts every punter in the country and beyond. You can bet on any of the 30 races, but understandably, the 8 Group 1 races attract most punters and viewers.

Dartmouth already gave the Queen a reason to celebrate this year, after winning the Yorkshire Cup, but it is suggested that HRM will be ecstatic if her horse proves to be successful at the Ascot as well. The first day of the Ascot is often regarded as the most thrilling one, as Queen Anne Stakes, King’s Stand Stakes and the St. James’s Palace Stakes are all held on the Tuesday.

The King’s Stand Stakes was established in 1860, it takes place over a distance of 5 furlongs. Profitable was last year’s winner and it took this 4-yp horse, owned by Alan Spence more than a minute and two seconds to complete the race. Hopefully, this year, the winner will manage to go below a minute.

Lady Aurelia is this year’s favourite for the King’s Stand, followed by Acapulco and Marsha. The bookies feel that Ribchester has the best chances of winning the Queen Anne Stakes, whereas Churchill is the most likely winner of the St James Palace Stakes, at odds of 11/8.

The Queen’s Dartmouth is listed as one of the favourites for the Hardwicke Stakes that will take place on the last day of the Royal Ascot. However, the odds for Dartmouth to win are 8/1, which puts the royal horse behind Hawkbill, Seventh Heaven, Poets Word, Highland Reel and Jack Hobbs.

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes race will also take place on Saturday. Limato is the favourite to win this race, but the odds are just at 5/1, with the Tin Man and Magical Memory both at odds 8/1 behind the first favourite.

There’s always a Second Chance

Bookies usually make a lot of money during the Royal Ascot, but so do a lot of punters. If you have a bit of luck, and can spot a winning horse, you should definitely try your luck. A lot of betting operators offer multiple promotions and bonuses for the Royal Ascot, so it is wise to keep track of what they have to offer, check for more details.

And the best part is, if you don’t get lucky at the Ascot, you will have a chance to improve your score at the remaining summer events. At the 2016 Coral Eclipse, a horse at odds 150/1 finished second, maybe this year one of the underdogs will manage to win.