The 2021 Royal Ascot meeting, a spectacle of 36 races, begins on June 16 with eight Group 1s taking place over just five days. The highlights are the King’s Stand Stakes for sprinters, Queen Anne over a mile, the St. James Palace Stakes for three-year-olds, and the Gold Cup for older horses running over a marathon distance.
The odds for the 2021 Royal Ascot are now available. The odds are subject to change and we will update this page as the market moves. The odds were last updated on June 15, 2021:
Royal Ascot Betting Picks
The Tuesday, June 16 races include seven stakes races.
The Buckingham Palace Handicap at 1:15 will have Daarik as a probable favorite. Cliffs of Capri is in top form and showed that seven furlongs was no issue last time out.
The 1:50 Queen Anne Stakes (G1), which is part of the British Champions Series, is missing its usual wealth of turf milers, but Mohaather and One Master are two to beat in what is expected to be a large field. Circus Maximus for Aidan O’Brien is always dangerous, and Andrew Balding will start Fox Chairman.
The 2:25 Ribblesdale Stakes (G2) over 1 ½ miles features Frankly Darling and Miss Yoda from the John Gosden barn. Oriental Mystique may surprise.
The 3:00 King Edward VII Stakes (G2) for three-year-olds has six Aidan O’Brien runners entered early in the race. They are Mogul, Santiago, Arthur’s Kingdom, Cormorant, Nobel Prize, and Serpentine. Valyrian Steel and Wyclif will both be price plays at longer odds.
The 3:35 King’s Stand Stakes (G1), also part of the British Champions Series, has popular star Battaash slated to go for Charles Hills. Juddmonte Farms will run Equilateral and trainer Roger Teal has Oxted as a mid-level shot in the field.
The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (G2) goes at 4:10 and is over a mile. Nazeef is a deserving favorite for Gosden, but Lavender Blue is the danger, and Juddmonte and trainer Sir Michael Stoute have Jubiloso. Aidan O’Brien’s Magic Wand, the globe-trotting Group 1 winner who has raced in Saudi Arabia, Florida, Hong Kong, Australia, Ireland, France, and New York will make her third start of 2020.
The day concludes with the 4:10 Ascot Stakes for older horses over 2 ½ miles. 35 horses were entered at the first entry stage, and Verdana Blue is taking the early money over Diocletian, Land of Oz, Moon King, and True Destiny. Trainers whose horses are known for stamina often do well here.
Royal Ascot Information
English racing has long been known for the Royal connections from the palace, and racing at Ascot began in 1711, but the true week-long meeting at Royal Ascot first started in 1911. Formal dress including top hats for men and headpieces for women are required for spectators, even those tourists without access to premium seating.
The Royal Enclosure is where the Royal family and special guests of honor can visit to view the horses before each race. This major social event, which will go on without spectators in 2020, often draws more coverage for its fashion and style than the races themselves.
Trainers from all over the world covet a victory at Royal Ascot in front of the Queen and the Royal family, who arrive each day by horse-drawn carriage. Wagering is even taken on the color of the Queen’s outfit. The trophy for the marathon Gold Cup is often presented by Queen Elizabeth herself.
The Ascot track is shaped like a triangle, with two straightaway spokes that allow for one-mile and six-furlong races to be run straight without any turns. The course includes uphill and downhill portions designed to test the greatest of horses. John Gosden, Aidan O’Brien, and Charlie Appleby have the most success at Ascot, with Mark Johnston, William Haggas, Richard Hannon, Andrew Balding, and Sir Michael Stoute also regular names in the winner’s circle. Ryan Moore, Frankie Dettori, and William Buick are the top jockeys, but James Doyle, Oisin Murphy, and Andrea Atzeni have also won their share.
The track at Ascot does run races outside the Royal Ascot meeting, but that festival is its predominant purpose. The sweeping grandstand was remodeled in 2006, and 300,000 regularly stream through the doors during the Royal Ascot week.
Royal Ascot Races to Watch
Later in the Royal Ascot meeting are the Norfolk Stakes (G2) for two-year-olds and the Diamond Jubilee (G1) for top sprinters. Occasionally the winner of the King’s Stand on Tuesday returns for the Diamond Jubilee on Saturday. This double has only been completed by two horses, Blue Point in 2019 and Choisir in 2003. Before Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebration in 2012, the race was known as the Golden Jubilee.
Barney Roy is a good play to upset Japan in the rich Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1) for older males. They face filly Magical, who was second to Enable in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2018.
Although there are considerably fewer horses arriving from overseas this year, often the races are held with European, Australian, and American-based runners. Shipping in from America has gained more prominence with wins from trainers like Wesley Ward, and the great mare Tepin who took the 2016 Queen Anne over the males in a valiant performance. Japan has started sending horses over as well, with Deirdre likely to be the only competitor in the 2020 Royal Ascot races.