Royal Ascot runs from Tuesday 14th June to Saturday 18th June this year, and we have free tips for every race! Every race is shown live on Channel 4 from Tuesday to Saturday.
Our expert tipsters have been working hard on our free horse racing tips as always, meaning our Royal Ascot tips will cover every single race of the week! Tips will go up around 2 days in advance – some will go up earlier, but with some horses overlapping multiple fields especially towards the end of the week the last thing we want to do is misunderstand the pace of a race or tip a Non Runner!
British Champions Series
There are a total of 8 Qipco British Champions Series races, with each offering the chance of the top horses to qualify for British Champions Day. Also held at Ascot (on the 17th of October), the idea is to race the best of the best against each other in 5 extremely valuable ‘finals’ on one of the most exciting days of British (or worldwide) racing imaginable.
Last Year’s Winners
Favourite backers got off to the best possible start last year as Toronado ran on well to win the opening Queen Anne Stakes at a shade of odds on (4/5). Not one but two £10,000+ bets (£12,000 and £11,000) were laid in the ring – enough to cover plenty of Ascot’s famous champagne and scones for the rest of the week!
Indeed, the first day of 2014 Royal Ascot saw plenty of favoured winners, with just one coming in at over 12/1 (Domination) and Kingman, the other odds on favourite of the day, scooted up at 8/11. One bet of £75,000 summed up the day for the bookmakers – an absolute hammering!
Very little respite came on day two, with fancied horses such as The Fugue, Muteela, Integral and Anthem Alexander all keeping the punters happy and the bookies miserable. The tide started to turn on day 3 though – despite Leading Light landing another odds on win, and Cannock Chase taking home the Tercentenary Stakes, Baitha Alga sprung a surprise in the first with A P O’Brien’s The Great War not taking his chance and fading badly in the final furlong before the French raider Vazira failed to place in the third race of the day leaving it open for the O’Brien pair to get some revenge of Bracelet.
In a sign of just how quickly things can change, the bookies had a field day on the Friday (20th June 2014), with not a single favourite winning. Silvestre De Sousa provided trainer David O’Meara with a huge 33/1 winner in the Buckingham Palace Stakes, taking home £62,250 for their efforts. Marzocco was fancied by plenty for the Queen’s Vase and while he was hampered he never looked like getting in front, with Hartnell hanging across the track but holding on for a welcome victory for Mark Johnston.
The Saturday at Royal Ascot is always the big day, and the big names were out in force. Telescope stayed on strongly to take home the Hardwicke Stakes, before Slade Power made favourite backers even happier as he flew home to take the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Royal Ascot History
Ascot has a huge amount of history, with the first meeting dating back to 1711. That said, the course itself looks modern and sleek thanks to a huge new redevelopment ten years ago. Royal Ascot has a similar history – indeed, the first Royal Ascot meeting was back in 1711. Sadly, we weren’t around for tips back then!
Royal Ascot is Europe’s best attended race meeting, and has over £5,000,000 in prize money. There’s at least one Group 1 race every day, and numerous Group 2, Group 3, Listed & Class 2 Handicap events across the week.